• The ABC's of Kindergarten 



    If your child is ill, please call the nurse’s office (591-0400 ext. 2238) and inform her of your child’s absence and the reason for it. If your child must leave early for an appointment, please send in a note stating the date, time, and reason for the early dismissal. Please go to the nurse’s office to sign your child out and they will call the classroom for your child to be dismissed.  


    Children should arrive between 8:00 and 8:30am. Students should not arrive prior to 8:00am since supervision by school staff is not available. Children will wait in the hallway outside our classroom until 8:10am. School begins promptly at 8:30am. 


    The children will attend art class twice a week for 30 minutes. The art teacher’s name is Mrs. Lewinski. 




    Book Orders:

    Every month, I will send home a Scholastic Book Club order form for you and your child to look over. These clubs offer wonderful books at reduced prices!  What a great way to build your home library.  If you choose to order, please make the check payable to Scholastic Books and return it by the due date stamped on the order form.  I will send the books home when they arrive (in approx. 2 weeks). 


    A school breakfast is served every morning from 8-8:30AM in the school cafeteria. Children should go directly to the cafeteria upon arrival. Please be sure breakfast money is kept separate from lunch money. The cost of breakfast is $1.00. If your child qualifies for free or reduced lunches, it will also apply to breakfast. 



    We attend computer class in the lab once a week for 30 minutes. We use a variety of age-appropriate programs that reinforce math, reading, and art skills. Mr. Kelver is our Teaching Assistant in the computer lab.


    Parent/Teacher conferences are held in November.  You will sign-up for a time at Open House in September. This is a time to discuss your child’s accomplishments, strengths, and overall progress.  Please feel free to schedule additional conferences at any time throughout the year if the need arises. 




    Our classroom is a small community where teamwork and good relationships are expected.  We will spend time learning class procedures and practicing them. Each child is expected to act within our standards of behavior.   To establish good order and help the children learn self-control, they will be taught to respect themselves and others through specific directions, positive reinforcement, suggested new activities and responsible actions. 

    Our classroom discipline system will be outlined at the beginning of the school year.


    • Listen when someone is speaking.
    • Raise your hand to speak.
    • Follow directions quickly.
    • Be a caring friend.
    • Always do your best!




    My school e-mail address is bhayes@atticacsd.org.  Please do not e-mail me any bus notes or anything requiring an immediate response. If that is the case, just call the school main office and the school secretary will get the message to me.


    Please complete and return the emergency card promptly. This card will be used to determine your child’s dismissal procedure if there is an emergency closing (snow, fire, water main break, etc…).  




    Your child's folder will be sent home every day with papers and important notes. Please look these over each night and clean out any class papers. Please place all notes to me, the nurse, or bus notes in this folder. Lunch money envelopes should also be placed in this folder. Folders will be collected each morning upon arrival.  

    Field Trips:

    We plan two kindergarten field trips each year. Information will be sent home about place, cost, and parent chaperones. 




    Our class will have two 30-minute physical education periods per week. The children are required to wear sneakers and appropriate clothing on gym days.   Mr. Ianni will be your child's P.E. teacher.




    Please let me know of any special circumstances which may affect your child. These include medications that may make your child sleepy, a death in the family, etc. Also, please let me know of any allergies your child may have, especially food allergies.

    Help at home:

    Please work on the following skills at home:

    • Writing first and last name on a line
    • Reciting complete address and phone number (including area code)
    • Tying shoes and zippering coats
    • Identifying colors and shapes
    • Identifying letters and sounds
    • Identifying sight words
    • Rhyming
    • Counting to 100
    • Recognizing numerals to 20


    Please read to your child each night, practice and review letters, sounds, and sight words.



    The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when decisions must be made first thing in the morning. It is important, however, to keep your child home if he/she is ill. This helps them feel more comfortable and prevents others from becoming ill. Children function more effectively in the classroom when they are healthy.  Your child must be free of a fever or vomiting for atleast 24 hours before returning to school.         





    One strategy that we use to help convey the vital concepts that "print conveys meaning" is the frequent use of journal writing.  In these journals, the Kindergarten children combine their emerging writing skills with their drawing skills.  




    Students in our classroom are encouraged and expected to treat all classmates with kindness and respect.  Bothering others, inappropriate language, hitting, biting, spitting, yelling, bullying, and interrupting learning will not be permitted. 




    The children will go to the Library two days a week for 30 minutes. In the Library, Mrs. Lathigee will entertain them with stories and/or Library games.  Once a week, the children will select a book to borrow for the week.  Please remember to teach your child to keep the book in a special place so it won't get lost or damaged.

    We will eat lunch in the school cafeteria at the same time every day.   Children may bring a packed lunch from home or purchase a school lunch. The lunch menu will be sent home monthly.  It will also be posted in the Pennysaver.   Lunch monitors will assist the children as needed. Parent volunteers (from our class) are also VERY HELPFUL at this time of day. Please let me know if you would be willing to come in during lunch time to help our class.

    Lunch Money:         
    Please send in lunch money in a sealed baggie or envelope.  It MUST be labeled with your child's full name. It will be sent directly to the cafeteria.  I don't collect the money for the cafeteria so it is very important to label your child's money so the cafeteria workers can be sure to assign the money to your child's account.  The best plan isto pre-pay for your child's lunch by sending in a check made out to ACS Lunch Fund. 



    Mrs. Farrell will be your child's music teacher. She will be teaching the children the basics of music education and will be sharing many wonderful songs. She also prepares the children for Kindergarten Rhythm Band performance in March and Kindergarten Graduation in June.  We will go to Music class twice a week for 30 minutes.




    A class newsletter is sent home at the beginning of each month in your child’s folder. This will keep you informed as to what is happening daily in our classroom.  


    Miss Dispenza is our school nurse. Please notify her of any school absences at 591-0400 ext. 2238. She will tend to any minor scratches and scrapes, as well as student illnesses.  If your child requires any daily medication or emergency medication during school hours be sure she has a doctor’s script and the medication necessary.  All medications must be delivered and picked-up by an adult.  It should never be transported by your child to school.  


    Open House:

    Open House is a great time for your child to show you around their school and meet their teachers. This is a very special evening for them!  You will also get a chance to sign-up for Parent/Teacher conferences in November.  


    Parent Involvement:         

    Your support of school activities makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value school.  We are always happy to have your help. Please let me know if you are available to help in our classroom or in the cafeteria.   I hope that you can come in and enjoy the fun!

    Project Read:

    Project Read is an excellent reading program supported by Wyoming County and our school PTG.  Your child will receive a monthly calendar (Oct.-May) to track family reading.  Please initial the days you read with your child and return it for a monthly sticker and a ticket for a chance to win some great prizes. In June, your child will receive a free book of their choice!


    There are three main classroom parties each year… Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day.  I will have sign-up sheets at Open House for treats and drinks.  




    Since many of you are new to Attica Elementary, I’m sure that you may still have some unanswered questions. Please feel free to call me at school between 7:45 - 8:10 am  or 3 - 3:15 pm daily.  You can also write me a note or e-mail me at: bhayes@atticacsd.org, or message me on ClassDojo.  E-mail or ClassDojo are the best ways to get a hold of me because I can reply whenever I get a chance throughout the day.




    We have a restroom in our classroom.  Please be sure to practice proper toileting and hygiene. Students will need to be self-sufficient in the bathroom.  Please do not have your child wear belts to school unless they can fasten it on their own. Please practice proper hand washing at home.  




    Each child should bring in a daily snack.  This should be a healthy snack that is quickly eaten.   Snack milk can be purchased on a weekly basis.  If you are interested, please send in money on Monday to pay for snack milk for the entire week.   Your child can also bring in their own drink for snack and we have a drinking fountain in the classroom.  Juice boxes or water bottles are an excellent choice. Pop, energy drinks, and RED JUICE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED!  




    Please do not allow your child to bring toys to school because they distract the children from learning and toys from home tend to get lost here at school.   We have many toys and other activities in our classroom to keep everyone busy.  




    Kindergarten children will learn that they are special and unique!  



    Visitors are required to sign in at the main office and get a visitor's tag to wear.  It is our goal and the responsibility of the school staff to maintain a safe learning environment.



    Check out my website regularly to find information about school events, answers to questions, and many other interesting things!  I try to keep it updated throughout the school year.




    This is an exciting time for you and your child!  Please enjoy every minute because before you know it, they will be graduating from high school!



    Yummy Treats:          

    Throughout the year, we will be cooking and enjoying treats.  All items brought to class must be store-bought. This is a Wyoming County Health Department policy.  




    Make sure your child gets plenty of rest.  Setting and maintaining a bedtime routine is a wonderful gift to your child.   It will help them be alert and ready to learn!