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
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
* We have one
minimum day about once a month. The schedule
for these days is 8:15 – 1:00.
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:
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.
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.
If your child is being picked up by someone
“new” we must see a photo ID the first time.
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
*Parent Sign In*
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
Any money brought
to school by your child should be put in an envelope that is clearly marked
child and teacher’s name
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.
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.
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
for homework = Prize Box
-Reading Log = Prize
-Reading Raffle =
Quarterly book bundle prize
-Marble jar =
- Group Points =
The grading rubric
for all work in Kindergarten is:
STAR ** = Great!!! Great effort and work
OK = Work was average but could be
Check Mark = Poor quality and/or little
effort. Does not seem to care, or did
not try at all.
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.
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.
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
*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 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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
Hilmar Cheese Factory
Oak Park Ice Skating Arena
are subject to change
Bears & Bees African Zoo Animals
& Harvest Spiders
Ribbon Week Winter
Presidents Recycling &
Air & Water Weather
Seasons Life Cycles
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
8:15-8:35 = Morning Work & Calendar
– 9:00 = Writing/Journal
– 9:30 = L.A Lesson & Phonics Instruction
=Language Arts Centers/Reading Groups
10:20 = SNACK RECESS
– 10:40 = Handwriting/Story Time
– 11:00 = Math Instruction
– 11:30 = Math Centers
12:00 = Lunch
12:15 = RECESS
– 12:45 = Quiet Time/Creative Writing (Last half of the year)
–1:35 = Choice Time/ Math Extension/PE
1:35 – 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 **
– 2:30 = “Bee” A Star Sharing
2:30 – 2:35
2:35 – 2:40
=Walk students to bus/parent
PE twice a week for 50 minutes with our PE Instructor
Computers are integrated into centers & quiet time
Please note this schedule is subject to change