August Kindergarten Newsletter

  The Wonderful World of Kindergarten     August 2017    

Mrs. Rodriguez 

 Dear Kindergarten Parents and Students,

On behalf of Holy Savior Catholic Academy, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to the

2017-2018 school year!  There are many things about our classroom that I would like to go over with you.  Then if you have any questions we can cover them at Parent Teacher Potluck dinner/Back to School Parent Night, Thursday, August 24th.

1. Morning Drop Off: You need to drop your child off at the front south doors by the office. They need to walk to the classroom. I would like to have all students here at 7:40 a.m.  Class begins at 7:45 a.m.  If your child arrives before 7:40 a.m., he/she needs to go to extended day in the large portable- drop them off in back. Students will be dismissed to their classroom from there. Part of the Kindergarten experience is feeling like a “big kid” and learning independence. I like to see my students carry their own backpacks into class and put their things away.  On Friday’s, school begins at Holy Savior Catholic Church at 7:45 a.m. Our first school Mass is August 25, 2017. I will meet your child in the church. Please have them use the restroom at home before Mass. If your child isn’t feeling well, but comes to school, please let me know so I can keep a special eye on him/her.

 Late Starts/Tag Days- Each month there will be one or two Wednesday’s in which we will begin our school day at 9:00 a.m. so our faculty can have our staff meetings. Please note these days on the school calendar and the teacher’s monthly newsletters.  Our first late start is August 30, 2017. We have “tag days” on late starts as well. Students can dress out of uniform for $2.00. The office will send home a reminder note with the designated colors that students are to wear.  If you have purchased an HSCA spirit t-shirt, they can wear it as a default shirt on tag days only. Some tag days are designated “spirit colors” which mean our school colors: red, black and white. Teachers will have these dates on our newsletters as well!

  2. Afternoon Dismissal:   At 3:30 p.m. I will dismiss your child to you from our classroom.  If someone other than a parent will be picking up your child, you must contact the office and they will let me know.  If another student’s parent will be picking up your child, you need to let the office know first and they will contact me. Communication is very important at HSCA. Any students that are not picked up by 3:35- 3:40 p.m. will go to extended day with an extended day staff member. If you must pick up your child before 3:30 p.m., you need to sign them out at the office and they will call my room to send your child to the office.

3. Nap-time: If you did not send a blanket or towel for your child to use at nap-time, please send one as soon as possible.  Please only send a blanket or towel for your child to lie on.  Due to a lack of storage space, please do not bring a stuffed animal, mat, big blanket or pillow.  It is not mandatory for your child to go to sleep at nap-time, but he/she will need to lie down and rest.  Some children still need that extra sleep and some do not.

4. Behavior:  I will be using the Positive Discipline method along with a behavior intervention model to help create a classroom climate that enhances academic learning. We will be learning how to problem solve solutions that are kind but firm.  Students will gain self-worth that result from being respectful to themselves and others.  They will also gain courage, confidence and life skills that will help them live successfully in our society. We will be working on the following life skills:

 Goals for My Life

  1. I can be productive and follow directions even if I’m mad. 
  2. I can be productive and follow directions even if others are not OK.
  3. I can be productive and follow directions even if I don’t want to.
  4. I can let the teacher be in charge.
  5. I can do what I’m told the first time.

 Each month I choose one or two students for Student of the Month who have had great behavior in the classroom and have participated in class.  I also give Good Citizenship Awardseach quarter. Students earn this award by being kind, respectful, helpful and good stewards in class. We will accomplish more if we can keep behavior problems to a minimum.  So, I ask for your help as your child’s first educator to encourage your child to follow our school rules.  

 HSCA’s Two Standard School Rules

  1. It is never okay to interfere with learning.
  2. It is never okay to be hurtful to anyone.

5. Daily Folders:  Your child will use a daily folder to store any homework and paperwork that comes home for you to see and review. It’s very important that you and your child go through their folder each evening, clean out all paperwork and then place the folder back in their backpack.  We need them every day! I hope that you go over your child’s class work with them and let them explain it to you.  This is a great way for your child to review what they have learned! If you send something to school with your child either that goes to me or the office, please place it in your child’s folder.  Let your child know that there is something in their folder they need to give me.  I will get it to the office for you.

     BMPH Folders: Your child will have a separate folder for their BMPH (Bernie’s Math Power Hour) packet. Their math packet needs to always be kept in their BMPH folder NOT in their daily folder. Students will receive a sticker on their sticker sheet each week for taking care of their BMPH packet and folder and another sticker for having their packet signed by a parent. More information will be sent home about BMPH. Points are earned from Ms. Matthews which will be explained in a BMPH letter. These are due back to school every Tuesday.

6. Homework:  I would like you to read a book to your child in the evenings and ask questions as you read the story to help their comprehensions skills. From October through March we will participate in the Pizza Hut Book It! Program. Students can earn a slip for a free personal pan pizza each month when 20 books have been read to them by an adult. I’ll send home more information on this program in October.  Students will periodically bring home a math homework page. On Monday’s I’ll send home a handwriting practice page.  Students earn stickers for their returned homework. Homework is always due the following school day and please have your student use pencil. Since we do so much work during the day, it is my hope they can have some playtime after school.

7. Breakfast/Lunch:  We offer a breakfast and hot lunch program.  Your child (or the youngest sibling) will bring a menu home each month.  If you have purchased hot lunches, but your child does not care for the lunch that day, please send a sack lunch with him/her so they’ll have a lunch.  We only charge for a breakfast or hot lunch if they eat that day.  Please do not send fast food, food that needs heated, pop or candy with your child.  Students cannot have pop or candy in their lunches as per the State Health and Wellness Program. All breakfasts and lunches will be ordered one day in advance. Make sure your child knows what they are eating for the next day so they can let me know and/or please communicate with me.  A breakfast or hot lunch must be ordered in order for them to eat a school meal. It is imperative that you communicate with me when they will be eating breakfast or hot lunch the next day. I would appreciate it if parents would let me know which days your child will be eating a hot lunch and/or breakfast when you receive the menu. You can write the dates down on a piece of paper or mark on a menu and give to me. If a breakfast or lunch was not ordered for your child the day before, you will be called to bring your child a sack lunch as extra meals are not ordered. Breakfast is served at 7:20 a.m. so children are not tardy to class. If you have ordered a breakfast, please be on time to school so they can get to class on time. J

 8. Calling in Sick/Lateness:  If your child is going to be tardy or absent, while calling in to excuse their tardy or absence, you must order breakfast and/or lunch for the following day. If your child arrives after 7:45 a.m., they must stop at the office to receive a late slip. They will be asked to go back to the office to get one, which will take away more class time.  I know that you want your child to receive the benefit of a full day of learning. Please avoid being late!

9. Tardy Policy:  We count tardies from Thursday to Wednesday. Any student from Pre K 3 – 8th grade that is tardy three (3) times a week between Thursday of the current week and Wednesday of the following week will have to attend morning detention at 7:00 a.m. on the Thursday of that week. If a student misses Mass on Friday, that counts as two (2) tardies. I send home a note when your child has two tardies as a reminder. Per Diocesan Policy #406 students who are absent 20 or more days of school will be mandated to attend summer school.  Late/Tardy minutes will be accrued to a school day. If the student accrues 7.5 hours in tardy minutes, that will equal one day absent.

10. Student Information:  If there is anything about your child’s health that I need to know about, please let me know as soon as possible.  (For example, food allergies, nose bleeds or asthma.) Thank you.

11. Newsletters: At the beginning of each month, I will have my Kindergarten newsletter on our church/school website to keep you informed of what your child is learning in our classroom and upcoming school, church and community events. To find my newsletter, go to, click on Holy Savior Catholic Academy on the right side under the Quick Links then under “Teachers” find my name. I hope you find them helpful!  If you do not have internet access, please let your child’s teacher know that you will need a hard copy of their newsletter.

12. Responsibility: As you can probably already tell, I work hard helping your child learn responsibility.  A few ways that help them at school are: being at school on time, in their correct full uniform every day and bringing their backpack with their folders daily.  Please help your child by getting in a consistent routine with these procedures and your child will be off to a great start of being a responsible individual!

13. Birthday/Special Day Celebrations:We celebrate all birthdays and any other special days on one day during each month. In staying with the State Health and Wellness Program, healthy snacks will be consumed at each month’s celebration. Snacks that I would like you to choose from are: fruit snacks, chewy granola bars, string cheese, graham cracker bears, animal crackers, carrot sticks/dip, pretzels or popcorn.  I would appreciate it if you could let me know if you will be sending treats for your child’s birthday. You only need to send one or two items when it’s your child’s birthday month. Celebration days will be on the following dates: August 25, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8, January 19, February 9 (Valentine’s Day Party), March 2, April 20 and May 11. These dates will be in my newsletter and the school calendar each month from the office. **** We have Mass on Friday’s and ride the bus back to school.  So, if you could do me a great big favor and send your child’s snacks the day before that would be very helpful! **** Please do not send cupcakes or cake.

             Upcoming Events:

August 16     First day of school

                     HSCA Fundraiser at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers- Central & Rock Rd.

5:00-9:00 p.m.- Please come and join us for supper! HSCA will receive a percentage of

the sales from this event!! Be sure to tell the cashier you’re part of our group!

            21     Total Solar Eclipse (from 11:37 a.m. – 2:33 p.m.) darkest time is 1:04 p.m.

            24    Parent-Teacher Potluck & Back to School Night- 6:00-8:30 p.m.

            25    First School Mass (Kdg. – 8th grade) at Holy Savior Catholic Church at 13th & Erie

School begins at church. Parents drop students off at church. Extended day is available in the Youth Building (north of the Rectory). You don’t need to bring kindergarten to church until 7:40 a.m. Students return to HSCA on a school bus.

            25    July & August Birthday Celebration- 2:30-3:15 p.m.

September   1         Mass and Children’s Adoration following Mass

                     4        NO SCHOOL- Labor Day

                     5        Classes resume at 7:45 a.m.


Sincerely in Christ,

Mrs. Rodriguez, Kindergarten Instructor, Lead Teacher and Elementary Team Leader  


    “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed; we’re the class of 2018!”

Kindergarten Educational Websites

Hello parents and students!

Here are a few educational websites that your kindergarten child can work on at home. Research shows that keeping your child engaged over the summer months will help him/her not to lose skills they learned the previous school year!

I hope you and your child enjoy these websites.



Mrs. Rodriguez

Holy Savior Catholic Academy
4640 E. 15th Street North
Wichita, KS 67208

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