Welcome to Kindergarten!!Dear Families,Welcome to Crossroads Charter Academy! I hope everyone had a great summer! My name is EricaSinicropi and I am very excited to be working with you and your child. I hope to get to know each of youas the year goes on, but first, I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself. I am fairly new to theCrossroads Charter Academy team. This is my third year teaching here. My hometown is St. Louis, alittle town that is the geographic center of Michigan. It is just a little over an hour from here. I feel veryfortunate to still be close to my family and friends because I really enjoy spending time with them. A fewof the others things I enjoy doing are reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors, especially at HigginsLake. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2007 from Central MichiganUniversity. My major is in child development and my minors are mathematics and reading.I will be working extremely hard to establish our classroom as a happy, challenging, comfortable, safelearning environment where we all do our personal best. However, you and your child will be workingequally hard to make this year a successful and rewarding experience too. I encourage you to take thetime to sit down with your child and discuss what they are learning and reinforce that learning at home.I believe that each child brings their own unique talents, experiences, and personality to share in ourclassroom. I look forward to learning with your child and sharing curriculum with them that is enrichingand sparks their interests. They will be provided with instruction in the core-subject areas ofEnglish/language arts, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. The three specials that they willhave the benefit of participating in are physical education, music, and art. A few other enriching additionsto our curriculum are character education, habits of the mind, and handwriting without tears. Also, wehope to have volunteers to keep our Movement Matters program going that helps students improve theirfine motors skills. If you are interested, please contact Carol Noreen, our Title I parapro or myself!I encourage all parents/guardians to come join us and be involved in many of the exciting things we willdo this year. Research states that the more directly parents are involved in their child’s education the moresuccessful the child will be in school. Please fill out the classroom helpers questionnaire and return it tome as soon as possible, as there will be various opportunities throughout the year. No experience isnecessary to volunteer! Volunteering in and out of the classroom is a win-win opportunity. You are ableto see how your child interacts with others and you get to participate in our daily learning experiences. Ireally enjoy having the opportunity to see parents on a regular basis.Since we are all working toward the same goal, it is important for us to communicate often. I will send aweekly newsletter home every Monday informing you of our activities for the week. Please feel free to e-mail me (email@example.com) or contact me by phone at school (231-796-6589 Ext. 314) if you haveany questions or concerns. Writing notes is also a good way to share information.Together we can make this a great experience for your child! Thank you in advance for your support!
* Important Information *Here and There FolderI have labeled a “Here and There Folder” for your child. This will go home and come back to schoolEACH day. I will have a basket on the blue table for them to be placed in each morning as your childcomes in and gets started with their day. This is what I will send papers, book orders, notes, etc. home in.Please check this folder daily for important information and remove the papers in it. Send backcorrespondence as necessary and make sure your child brings it to school every day. This is also thefolder for you to send me money, etc. in. I know students will be bringing me change for Friday treats ormoney for a field trip. It is hard for me to keep track of it all when they are handing me money that’s notlabeled. Please send any change (or money) in a labeled baggie or envelope with your child’s name andthe purpose for the money. That would be greatly appreciated! I will do my best to recycle and get theenvelopes/baggies back to you to reuse if you choose.Drop Off and Pick UpThis is an area that I must be very picky about for your child’s safety. Kindergarten students can notcome into the classrooms no earlier than 7:45 am. I know we are on the first floor and it’s easy to walkin and get your child started early for the day, but teachers do not have to be at school until 7:30am. Weappreciate the time to get ready for the day, which sometimes entails running to the copier or otherbusiness we may have to take care of around the school. That can be hard to do when we have students inour room that have to be supervised. The absolute earliest time your child can be dropped off is 7:30amand they are to walk straight through the building to the playground until dismissal to their classroom. Onrainy days or days where it is too cold to be outside, they will go to the auditorium. Please try to haveyour child at school by 8am so they do not miss our very busy morning and get enough time to eatbreakfast. Breakfast time is over at 8:15am. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CIRCLE DRIVE ATANY TIME AND LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE. Also, please do not double park on the street - you mayreceive a wonderful souvenir from the police that you will have to pay for! This is a HUGE safetyissue. Pick up is at 3:05pm and we file out through Ms. Carroll’s classroom, which is to the right of themain entrance. I have included a transportation sheet so that you can tell me who may be picking up yourchild. If this changes, please let me know AND call the elementary office. I want you to know, up front,that I will not release any child to anyone who is not on your list or who you have not contacted us about.Also, I will not let your child leave until I physically see who is picking them up so PLEASE makecontact with me, literally , in some way to let me know you are there to pick them up. Thank you inadvance for your cooperation!*The first week of school, I will meet all students out front. I will be waiting under the overhang with asign that says Ms. Sinicropi – K. We will discuss how we enter the school as a way to start learning theexpectations here at school.UniformsCCA’s policy is that all students wear a uniform shirt each day to school. This can be a polo shirt orsweatshirt. Please label sweatshirts because in the winter kids get warm and remove them, especially ingym, and it would help if we knew who they belonged to!!! It is also asked that the shirts be tucked in.However, throughout the day, re-tucking shirts could be all I do! So, do not be surprised if your childcomes home untucked!!! Please refer to the handbook for appropriate attire for pants/shorts/skirts, etc.Also, please, no open-toed shoes. Our playground is full of little stones and sticks that can get jammedinto toenails or cut the toes, not to mention lots of other little feet that tend to step on others by accident!Gym ShoesCCA requires that all students have a pair of (inexpensive ) shoes used for gym only. They must have awhite or light colored sole. Please put your child’s name on these as well. I have a basket we keep ourgym shoes in, so they are never forgotten! If your child does not know how to tie their shoes yet, I wouldencourage you to send them with shoes that they can easily put on themselves, i.e. velcro. I do not mind
tying shoes but children get a little anxious when all their friends are lined up and they are still waiting forme to get to them to tie their shoes. In the winter, I allow the kids to use these for indoor shoes as well sothey do not have to bring other shoes if they don’t want to.Extra ClothingIn the event that your child has an accident, we ask that you please bring in a change of clothes to keep intheir locker. This includes a change of socks, underwear, shirt and pants appropriate for the currentseason. This way we do not have to call you away from your busy schedule and your child won’t missany great kindergarten fun! Please put these items in a big Ziploc bag with your child’s name on it. If atany time I have to send soiled clothes home, please send replacements back as soon as possible. Keep inmind that your child grows and might not fit into what was sent at the beginning of the year at the end ofthe year. SnackWe will have a snack every afternoon to help our minds and bodies survive! Each child is to bring theirown snack each day. I also would like to clarify snack…a food low in sugar and relatively “healthy.”Some suggestions would be applesauce, pretzels, banana, any type of crackers, etc. If you would like tosend a box of something with your child, I will put their name on it and it will stay in our snack cupboard.When it runs low, I will send home a snack alert note. I will have some snacks on hand in case one isforgotten at home. Also, you may send a labeled water bottle with your child. I will do my best withtrying to remind them to take them home everyday to be washed.BirthdaysThis is the time for those “unhealthy” snacks like cookies, cake and brownies!!! We will celebratesummer birthdays towards the end of the school year. I will send a note home when that time gets closer.Our birthday celebrations will happen at snack time, which is at 2pm.Show and TellEach child will be assigned a certain day of the week to share their item. They may choose a small item toshare. Try and encourage them to bring something that fits in their backpack but does not take up all ofthe space in it. However, I will allow larger items to be brought in and shared if they are super special! I will find a spot for it to hide until its reveal. Also, I know some children get really attached to certainitems but try to discourage them from bringing it in repeatedly.V.I.P. of the Week BagWe will have a V.I.P (Very Important Person) every week. If your child is our V.I.P. of the week, theywill bring home the V.I.P. bag the Friday before the week they are it. In the bag will be an All About Meposter that you will need to help them fill out. It is ok to write the words for them. Also, there will beour V.I.P. binder in there. Please help your child complete the next blank page to add to it. Once everyonehas had a chance to be a V.I.P., the binder is going to go in our classroom library for everyone to read andlook at. Please return the bag and its completed contents back to school on Monday.Lost a Tooth BagWe are also going to have a Lost a Tooth Bag. When your child looses a tooth, we record it on our losttooth graph and send the bag home with them. In the bag will be a binder. Please help your child fill outthe next blank page to add to it and return it to school the next day.Box Tops & Soup LabelsPlease save Box Tops and Campbell’s soup labels for our school. There will be a due date and you cansend them in your child’s “Here and There Folder.” These things help us get money for our school to getthings like playground equipment, etc. In the past, we have also saved ink cartridges and old cell phones,so you can send those in if you are just going to throw them away. Thank you!
Coming Late, Leaving Early, and SicknessIf your child is late, or you know they are going to be late, please notify the elementary office and makesure that your child’s lunch choice is taken care of. We have to have our lunch count and attendance in by8:20am, so after that, it is a homemade PBJ if no other arrangements have been made. When coming late,you need to stop in the office and sign your child in. Same thing when they are leaving early - you need tostop in the office to sign them out. Please do not just walk to our room or the playground and take yourchild. This is for safety reasons. Another big safety issue is to make sure you sign in when you are in thebuilding to visit. This way we know who is in the building and for what purpose. We love visitors, but askthat you sign in at the office. If your child is sick, please keep them at home!!! You would be surprised athow many kids come to school saying they threw up at home and continued that process here. You knowyour child and whether or not they are truly sick. There have been known cases of “I need to go home, Iam SO sick” only to find out there is a new video game or plasma t.v. at home! However, it is no funwhen they come to school in the morning sick and have to spend their morning and/or afternoon in theoffice sick and uncomfortable. When you have to keep your child out of school, please notify the officeso that the absence can be recorded and excused. I will put all missed work in their mailbox. If you knowyour child will be gone for a few days, I can also get work together with a few days notice.Supplies needed for our room:___ 2 packs of washable, broad tip markers (8-color)___ 2 2-pocket plastic folders w/o clasps___ 1 2-pocket folder w/o clasps (plain)___ 2 washable glue sticks (big .77 or .74 oz.)___ 1 spiral notebook, 70 pg., 1 subject, wide rule___ 1 box of Kleenex, 200 count___ Anti-bacterial wipes, 40 count___ Plastic cups (8 oz. or bigger)___ 1 pkg. of baby wipes___ 1 roll of paper towel___ 1 pkg. of pencil cap erasers___ 1 can of Play-Doh___ Any one of the following: napkins, Ziploc bags (gallon, sandwich, or snack size), or paper plates (any size). I may ask for extra items throughout the year if we run out! ___ CCA uniform shirts/sweatshirts, labeled___ Change of clothes (shirt, pants, socks and underwear) in a labeled Ziploc bag___ 1 pair of inexpensive, white or light soled gym shoes (to be kept at school, velcro please if child cannot tie on own)*Please DO NOT label the school supplies… we share everything in table caddies. So, as new is needed, we get more out!*Due to lack of storage space, we are asking that the following items are not brought in - backpacks with wheels (they do not fit in our lockers), pencil boxes, and blankets/pillows.* If your child does not know how to tie their shoes, you may want to have their everyday shoes be velcro as well.