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Kindergarten

Open House

East Goshen Elementary School

Dear Kindergarten Parents,
Welcome to East Goshen Elementary School’s Open
House. We are so excited to meet the kindergarteners! We
look forward to seeing the smiles on their faces and their
eagerness to learn.
This packet has been designed to give you an overview
of the curriculum for kindergarten. Please keep this
packet in a safe place to reference throughout the year.
You will receive communications via newsletters and
‘Ask Me About’ papers, including information about class
events and suggestions for home support. On Tuesdays
you will receive an “efolder” from the school. This is an
email that is sent home from the office containing a weekly
newsletter called the Rodney Rundown as well as other
documents.
Our goal is to provide a safe and positive environment
that promotes social, emotional, physical, and academic
growth this school year, while having fun! We are
committed to that goal each and every day.
If at any time you have a question or concern, please
call, email, or send a note with your child. We look forward
to a fun and exciting year!
Sincerely,
The Kindergarten Team
Amy Buddock
abuddock@wcasd.net

Deanne DiDomenico
ddidomenico@wcasd.net

The First Day
I gave you a little wink and smile
as you entered my room today.
For I know how hard it is to leave
and know your child must stay.
You’ve been with him for five years now
And have been a loving guide,
But now, alas, the time has come
to leave him at my side.
Just know that as you drive away
and tears down your cheeks may flow
I’ll love him as I would my own
and help him learn and grow.
So please put your mind at ease
and cry those tears no more
For I will love him and take him in
when you leave him at my door.

Kindergarten General Information
 

Schedule:
AM Kindergarten - 8:40 – 11:15 a.m.
• Students are permitted in the classroom at 8:25 a.m. (no earlier). Students that are
dropped off will wait in the Gymnasium until dismissed to the classroom at 8:25. Drop off
is by the Gymnasium doors.
PM Kindergarten – 12:35 – 3:10 p.m.
• Students may be dropped off beginning at 12:25 p.m. DO NOT park in the bus lane.
Students should be walked to the front door for drop off.
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Schedule Activities:
Unpack, turn in notes & papers, journals
Pledge & Attendance
Calendar / Daily Math Activities / Poem (15 min)
Phonemic Awareness / Project Read (15 min)
Language Arts (35 min)
Flexible Groups (30 min)
Snack / Recess (10 min)
Math (30 min)
Specials (30 min)
Science/Social Studies/Health incorporated in LA
Pack Up & Bus Dismissal

Dismissal Procedures:
• Your child will ride his or her assigned bus unless we receive a note saying that you (or
another adult) will be picking him or her up.
• Please send in a note if your child must get off their bus at a different stop. Both
children should have a note for the bus driver. This should be for childcare purposes.
• AM students – parent pick up is by the office. You will sign your child out in the office,
and then wait by the office for the Kindergarten classes to come down the hallway.
• PM students – parent pick up is at the Paoli Pike entrance (the back of the school by the
playground). You will stay in your car and staff members will help direct your child to
your car.
• If you must pick your child up early, please send a note.

Please do not park in the bus lane.
• There are some scheduled “Early Dismissals” on the district calendar. More information
about them will be sent home prior to them occurring.

Absences:
• Please call the attendance hotline at (484) 266-1510 to report a student absent.
• Please send an excuse note the day your child returns from an absence. If a written
excuse is not returned within 3 days of your child’s return, it will become unlawful.
• Please try to avoid scheduling appointments during the school day if at all possible.
• Please try to avoid scheduling family trips during the school year. If you are planning a
trip, you must send a letter of request to Mr. Brown.
• If you know that your child will be missing a few days of school, please let us know ahead
of time. If enough notice is given, we will provide work for your child.

Visitations:
• When you are visiting the school, the district policy requires that all visitors report to
the office, sign in, and obtain a visitor’s badge. Please have your driver’s license ready
for the office staff. During the day, the school’s doors are locked. To enter, please
press the button on the building to the left of the door. Our office staff will unlock the
door for you and you may come in the office to receive your badge.

School Volunteer Clearance Information:
• Step-by-step instructions for obtaining your clearances are on the East Goshen Website
• Volunteers working with students will need all 3 clearances
• Chaperones on field trips will need all 3 clearances

Special Subjects:
• Your child will have 30 minutes of Library and Physical Education each week.
• Please wear sneakers on PE days.
! Tuesdays for Mrs. Buddock’s AM class
! Fridays for Mrs. Buddock’s PM class & for Miss DiDomenico’s AM class.

On Library days, the current checked out Library book must be returned in order to
check out a new book.
! Thursdays for Mrs. Buddock’s AM & PM classes
!
Tuesdays for Miss DiDomenico’s AM class.

Snack:
• Please send a small, nutritious snack every day in a labeled bag.
• Please DO NOT send in snack that contain nuts/peanuts/treenuts.
• Small juice boxes and water bottles are permitted. A water fountain is available also.
• Keep in mind that we only allot 5-10 minutes for snack.
• Please make sure that your child is able to open his or her snack and drink.

Birthdays:
• Birthday treats/snacks are NOT permitted.
• In Kindergarten, we have suggested celebrating birthdays by “treating” the class to a
book. It can be donated to the classroom library, the school library, or could be a
favorite book that is returned home. This is optional.
• Passing out party invitations is not permitted. Do not send invitations to school.
• Summer birthdays will be celebrated towards the end of the year. Each student will have
his or her own special day to celebrate. Your child could also celebrate his/her half
birthday. Please inform your child’s teacher if he/she would like to do so.
Homework:
• Homework will begin in late September or early October. The homework may seem
nontraditional. Homework will include tips & suggestions, occasional project ideas,
reading with your child, etc.
• If your child has difficulty with an assignment, please let your child’s teacher know by
writing a note on the assignment.
• Show and Tell will be at the discretion of the teacher.
Report Card & Conferences:
• Report Cards will be given all 4 marking periods in Kindergarten (November, February,
April, & June).
• Conferences are held twice a year in November and February.
Roadrunner Behaviors:
• Classes are given Roadrunner tokens from staff members based on their positive
behaviors on the playground, in the hallways, in the cafeteria, & by showing respect.
• If the school reaches the 4 marking period goals, Mr. Brown will reward the school.
• Each week a student from each classroom will also be recognized as the Roadrunner of
the Week.
Student of the Week:

• Each child will have an opportunity to share more about him/herself when he/she is
Student of the Week. This will begin in October.

Communication
• Please check your child’s folder daily. This is how papers/notes will be sent back & forth
between home and school.
• You will receive communications via newsletters and ‘Ask Me About’ papers, including
information about class events and suggestions for home support.
• On Tuesdays you will receive an “efolder” from the school. This is an email that is sent
home from the office containing a weekly newsletter called the Rodney Rundown as well
as other documents.

Kindergarten Supply List

Supplies provided by students:








3 two-pocket folders
1 box of #2 pencils (sharpened)
4 jumbo glue sticks
1 box of tissues (AM Class)
1 box of ziploc gallon bags (PM Class)
Lysol wipes
1 composition book – primary lines if possible
1 pair of headphones - Do not pay over $10, yet dollar store quality is poor.
Backpacks are necessary.

Supplies provided by teachers (do not purchase):

Scissors
Crayons

It would be helpful to have supplies such as crayons, pencils, scissors, and glue available at home
for activities. Please replenish school supplies as needed.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

The First Day of School:
Please






have your child:
Wear a name tag
Bring a wallet sized photo of him or herself (name on back)
Bring a family photo (name on back)
Bring a small, nutritious snack in a labeled bag (no nut products)
Bring the school supplies listed above (anytime during 2 weeks of school)
Bring a labeled, easy to open book bag
Wear the bus tag that is handed out on the first day of school every day for two weeks

Trace

Try

Try

I can write my name!