Ms. Nelsen

  Ms. Nelsen’s TK/Kindergarten

Welcome to Oak View!! I am very excited to be your child’s teacher. This is going to be a GREAT year!!  I am entering my 16th year teaching here at Oak View, thirteen of which have been in Kindergarten. I have a BA in Child Development, a Multiple Subject teaching Credential & a MA in Teaching & Curriculum with a fine arts emphasis from Sacramento State. I have an open door policy….you are welcome to drop in and visit or observe anytime.  I want you to feel comfortable & confident about your child’s school experience. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me. My job is to be here for you and your child & I will do everything in my power to make this the best year ever!!

I look forward to getting to know you and your child, Ms. Nelsen

hnelsen@sjcoe.net       209-368-0636

 

TK/Kindergarten is from 8:15 – 2:40.   It is very important that your child is here on time in the morning. My door will be unlocked for the children to arrive at 8:00 in the morning. At Oak View we have staff and grade level meetings before school.  If my door is locked, that means I am in a meeting.  Please leave your child’s belongings lined up against the brick wall next to the classroom and then walk them to the Kinder playground. A yard duty will supervise the Kinder playground starting at 7:45 am.  Please do not drop your child off earlier than that as there will be no supervision.  If you are more than 5 minutes late picking your child up – we will walk them to the office and you may pick them up there. 

* We have one minimum day about once a month.  The schedule for these days is 8:15 – 1:00.

 

*Kindergarten Pick-Up*

Kindergarteners get out of school the same time as the rest of Oak View.  That being said, it can get quite chaotic at times.  To simplify the confusion we created the following “pick-up” policy here for Oak View Kinders:

1.)     The back parking lot (the lot closest to the Kinder playground) is for parking ONLY.  If you park here, you must exit your car and pick your child up from the Kinder playground.  This lot will no longer be a roundabout like it’s been in the past. 

2.)    Please wait for your child on the Kinder playground at the bench tables.  The school asks that you not gather in the hallway next to room 4.  This can create a fire hazard.  We will walk the children out to the playground and we kindly ask that your child wait to be “excused” by a teacher before they may run to you.

3.)    If your child is being picked up by someone “new” we must see a photo ID the first time. 

4.)    The front parking lot (by the new GYM) is the roundabout lot.  You may drive in circles until your child arrives.  Your child may use this lot ONLY if YOU give permission to a responsible sibling/relative student to pick them up from the Kinder playground and walk them to this lot and wait with them until you arrive.

** All bus kids will be walked to the bus area by our TA’S at around 2:35.  An adult will stay with them until they are safely on the bus or until an adult is present.  If your child will not be riding the bus one day, I encourage you to send us a note or meet your child at the front of the school by the flagpole early to pick up your child from their bus lines.  We appreciate your help and understanding.

 

*Parent Sign In*

If you plan on volunteering/visiting the classroom/school it is school policy to SIGN IN/SIGN OUT in the front office.  This ensures the safety of all students and personnel. 

 

*Money*

Any money brought to school by your child should be put in an envelope that is clearly marked with :

1)    The amount enclosed

2)   The child and teacher’s name

3)   The purpose of the money

 

*Cafeteria Lunch Money*

If your child will be purchasing school lunches, we encourage you to stop by the office and deposit money in a lunch account before school begins.  Your child will then not be responsible for handling the money. Your child will also be responsible for memorizing and entering a lunch # when they eat hot lunch in the cafeteria.  We will send this # home to practice.

 

*Changes In Bus Routine*

Please remember to write me a note if your child will not be going home in the usual manner or if your child is being picked up by someone new.  If I do not have written or oral permission, I must send your child home in the usual manner and to the usual bus stop. 

 

If you live a distance from the bus stop and plan to bring your child to the bus stop each day, please be there on time.  The bus driver can only wait a minute or two, and then must continue on their route.  If you are not there, you will be responsible for bringing your child to school.

 

If you plan to pick your child up early from school, you must sign them out in the office before doing so.  Even if it is only 5 minutes early, you must sign them out so the school has accountability for each child before dismissal.

 

*Homework*

I will provide each child with a homework envelope 4 times a year (One per quarter).  It is important to stress good care of these envelopes as they need to last the quarter.  The focus of homework is to teach children responsibility.  Please help your child with his/her homework, but please donot do the work for them.  Homework here at Oak View goes homes everyday Monday-Thursday and is DUE THE NEXT DAY.  We do not do homework packets here that are due at the end of the week.  Your child is expected to bring homework back in their envelopes to and from school everyday.  The homework assignment will be in their envelope.  Please clean out these envelopes regularly because they do fill up quickly. 

 

*Reading Log*

Another part of the homework policy is the Read-Aloud program.  Every month your child will bring home a reading log.  Please write down every book that you read to your child, or your child reads to you, during that month & return it when the month ends.  We will then add the next month to the folder. 

 

*Absent Work Policy*

All absent work will be placed in your child’s cubby at the end of the day, paper clipped with “ABSENT” and the date written on it.  Your child will bring it home when they return to school.  Please work on it and return the work as it is completed.  You may send a sibling to get absent work from your child’s cubby at the end of the school day if you’d prefer. 

 

*Incentive Programs*

-Sticker charts for homework = Prize Box

-Reading Log = Prize

-Reading Raffle = Quarterly book bundle prize

-Marble jar = Class party

- Group Points = “First” privileges

 

* Grading*

The grading rubric for all work in Kindergarten is:

 

        STAR ** = Great!!! Great effort and work quality.

         OK = Work was average but could be better. 

        Check Mark  = Poor quality and/or little effort.  Does not seem to care, or did not try at all.

 

*Newsletter/Parent Communication*

You will be kept informed of our classroom activities and units of study through our monthly newsletters.  Check for the newsletter in your child’s homework envelope at the beginning of each month.  Occasionally, we will send home special notes or reminders.  Lots of important information is included in these newsletters and notes, so please keep a look out for them.

 

I will also send home a weekly progress report each Friday or the following Monday if Friday is a minimum day/party day.  Please be on the lookout for these.  This will keep you informed regarding homework received, behavior, etc. 

 

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled throughout the school year.  This is a valuable time to discuss your child’s goals and progress.  It is very important that you make every effort to attend these conferences. 

 

*Discipline Procedures *

We have a 1,2,3 discipline plan here in room 4.  I will give them a verbal warning the first two times that behavior is out of line.  If I have to warn them 3 times in a relatively short time span, they will be sent to their tables to put their heads down for a time out.   More extreme behavior situations will be dealt with accordingly.

 

*Clothing, Backpacks and Lunch Boxes*

Dress your child in comfortable clothes and shoes…clothing that is easy to move around in and ones you won’t mind if they get dirty.  Please put first and last names in all articles of clothing, backpacks and lunchboxes that you send with your child. 

Also, please send an extra set of clothes to school for safe keeping if you think it is necessary in case of an accident. 

My students have PE on Mondays & Thursdays.  They must wear tennis shoes on these days.

 

*Toys*

Toys are not allowed at school or on the bus. (Please see Oak View Handbook).  Students will however have an opportunity to bring in toys to share with the class when it’s their “Bee” A Star week. 

 

*Bee A Star*

Each child will have a week during the year to share with us just how special they are.  This is a very special time for your child.  I will send home a poster at least one week before their special week so you will have time to finish the poster.  Please answer the questions on the poster.  This will help us get to know your special child. Also please send in 6-12 pictures to put up on our wall.  If you would not like us to “pin” the pictures, please let us know in advance.   Please send this poster back the following Monday.  This week is “JUST FOR YOUR CHILD.”  They may bring in toys, pictures, pets, snacks, a favorite book to read, etc to share.  Please send one thing each day of the week for them to share.    

 

*Birthdays*

To celebrate their special day, each child will receive a birthday hat and be given birthday treatment all day long. If you wish to bring treats, or be a part of our celebration just let me know.  I would love to include you.  If your child has a summer birthday…do not worry.  We will have a Summer Birthday Bash party the last week of school where every child will be able to receive special birthday treatment. 

 

  *Snack*

The first recess at 10:00 is a snack recess.  Due to bugs/mice and lack of storage, we can no longer store snacks in mass quantities in this wing. Please send a nutritional snack with your child each day for snack.   Most kids cannot wait until 11:30 lunch without having a snack. 

 

*Phone Number*

Please make sure that we have current phone numbers (home, work and cell phones if available).  This is very important in case of emergencies. If you would like to contact me, please feel free to call me at the school 368-0636.  My class phone will go straight to voicemail during school hours.  If it is an important message, please call the front office and have them relay the message directly to me.  If e-mail is easier you may contact me at hnelsen@sjcoe.net. I usually don’t have a chance to check it until the afternoon, after my kids have left.  So again, if it’s an emergency, please have the office ladies get me the message immediately. 

 

* Quiet Time *

Because Oak View has adopted an “all day” Kindergarten schedule we will also have a daily quiet time. This is a time for students to rest and relax.

This will take place right after lunch period. I ask that you send a towel foryour child to lie on. We have very limited storage space in this room.  Please send in a small towel, not a big thick beach towel.  During this time we will watch an educational video, listen to music, or have story time.

 

*Donations*

Attached to this packet you will find a supply sheet that lists items that we would love for each family to donate.  These are items that we will use on a regular basis here in the classroom.  Please also locate the “Bee Kind” donation board in the classroom.  This lists specialty items that we need for an upcoming craft/gift/art or cooking project.  Please take the bee off the board and return it with the item if you would like to donate.  We will add to this board periodically so you may check it anytime you would like. We truly appreciate all of your support.  J

 

Field Trips

 

We generally take a few field trips a year. Here are a few that we have been to in the past:

 

Liberty Fire Station

Fog Willow Science Farm

Theatre Performance

Hilmar Cheese Factory

Oak Park Ice Skating Arena

ZOO

*these are subject to change

Grade Level Themes

 

Bears & Bees                           African Zoo Animals

Pumpkins & Harvest                    Spiders

Red Ribbon Week                      Winter Holidays

Presidents                              Recycling & Conservation

Land, Air & Water                    Weather

Seasons                                 Life Cycles

Living Things/Plants                    Five Senses

Living Things/Animals                  CA & USA Symbols

 

……………………….  And more!  I want this year to be a great introduction to grade school for your child.  If there is anything that I need to know to help teach your child better, please do not hesitate to contact me!!!

 


Sample TK/Kindergarten Daily Schedule

 8:15-8:35 = Morning Work & Calendar

8:35 – 9:00 = Writing/Journal

9:00 – 9:30 = L.A Lesson & Phonics Instruction

9:30–10:00 =Language Arts Centers/Reading Groups

10:00 – 10:20 = SNACK RECESS

10:20 – 10:40 = Handwriting/Story Time

10:40 – 11:00 = Math Instruction

11:00 – 11:30 = Math Centers

11:30 – 12:00 = Lunch

12:00 – 12:15 = RECESS

12:15 – 12:45 = Quiet Time/Creative Writing (Last half of the year)

12:45 –1:35 = Choice Time/ Math Extension/PE

1:35 – 1:50 = RECESS

1:50 – 2:20 = Science/Social Studies/Art/Thematic Activity

** As the year progresses, this block will also be used to extend reading, writing & math skills **

2:20 – 2:30 = “Bee” A Star Sharing

2:30 – 2:35 =Pack up

2:35 – 2:40 =Walk students to bus/parent

* PE twice a week for 50 minutes with our PE Instructor

* Library weekly

* Computers are integrated into centers & quiet time

* Please note this schedule is subject to change