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Kindergarten Info!


Dear Parents,
I am excited to begin a new school year with you and your child.  Here is some information for you in regard to Kindergarten. It is very specific to our classroom at St. Mary’s Primary School. Please take time to read it thoroughly. Thank you!


If you missed it at Open House there were star cutouts on the table that contained many different items that our class may be in need of throughout the year. If you would be willing to donate any of those items or you have already, thank you. I would be more than happy to accept these items at any time during the school year. I am still in need of small stickers, and a couple puzzles (60-100 count.) The puzzles can be gently used too!  


Your child has gym on Monday mornings at 8:30, and Wednesday mornings at 10:15. Mrs. Lilla is the gym teacher. On the days that your child has gym, please send a pair of tennis shoes along with your child.  Thanks!


The kindergarten classes will all be having music with Miss Welch on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 12:50-1:20 p.m. 


We have Art class with Mrs. Berhow on Monday mornings from 8:00-8:30 and again on Wednesday mornings from 9:45-10:15a.m.   


We have library time on Tuesday afternoons from 12:50-1:20. Your child will have the opportunity to check out one or two books per week. Please help your child remember to bring his/her books back to school on Monday so Ms.Cadence (our  librarian) has time to check them in before check out time again. If they are not returned on or before library day, your child will not be able to check out additional books.


We will be having an opportunity to explore all that technology has to offer! We will have computer time as a class in our classroom on Thursday afternoons from 12:50-1:20. We are waiting patiently for our IPad cart at St. Mary’s. Once it arrives and it is all set up, we will be having fun with Starfall and Reading Eggs. We hope to be adding additional apps throughout the school year as well.

Book Clubs

Occasionally your child will be bringing home book club order forms. Do not feel obligated to order books. However, if you would like to order, make checks out to the specific book club. The most convenient way now is to order online and an added bonus is that we get free books for the classroom!


Each child receives a crown, a sticker, a book and the opportunity to enjoy the Birthday Chair among other things!  We sing a couple of birthday songs in honor of the birthday girl/boy!   As we try to be a more health conscious society, I would like to offer a couple suggestions when celebrating birthdays at school.

1. Children may bring birthday treats if they wish.  A birthday treat could be food, stickers, pencils, etc.  We have 18 students in our class. When choosing a snack to share, please make sure they are packaged and not homemade. 

2. Please bring a favorite book to share with the class.  While we enjoy snack time with friends, I will read it aloud to the class.

I’d like to ask that birthday invitations not be sent to school to be passed out, unless all the boys, all the girls or all of the class is invited. I’d really appreciate your cooperation on this, as it helps to avoid a lot of hurt feelings and misunderstandings for those who are not invited.  A summer birthday will be celebrated at school at some point throughout the school year (most likely within their Star Student week.)


Star Student

Starting in mid September we will start our “Star Student” of the week program. Each child will be selected to be our “Star Student” sometime during the year. This is your child’s week to bring in sharing items, pictures, mom and dad and even pets. Please be in touch with me in terms of special visits of people and special craft activities. If your child celebrates a summer birthday, we will celebrate their birthday within their week of being the Star Student as well! Our Star Student schedule was in the folder that you received at Open House.  If you need another one, just let me know!

Estimation Jar

We will begin the Kindergarten Estimation Jar after we have learned more about our numbers. Each child will be able to take the jar home and select items that they think the rest of the class will enjoy estimating/guesstimating. This activity helps to develop the children’s math skills. There will be more details provided later on this activity.

Surprise Box

Sometime throughout the school year your child will be bringing home the Surprise Box.  There is a description of the activity in the box. Please help your child choose an item to put in the box along with 3 clues to help the other children guess the “surprise!”  There will be more details on this activity in the very near future!   


May I suggest that each child keep an extra set of clothing in their backpack.  Occasionally, incidents may arise that entail your child to need an extra set of clothing (illness, accident, snack spill, etc.)  Feel free to keep this set of clothing in a plastic bag in your child’s backpack.  Thank you!

Rest Time

There is NO rest time in kindergarten. Occasionally the students will be allowed to have some “down time” to look at a book quietly by themselves. It is important to give the students a chance to decompress and get ready for the afternoon and evening activities.


When your child has the opportunity to be the Star Student, they may bring in special toys, dolls, etc...that they like to play with.  However, I am asking that when your child is not the star student they refrain from bringing toys to school.  Thank you!

Cold Lunch

We do not have access to a refrigerator for all kindergarten children bringing a lunch from home. I would suggest putting a frozen cold pack inside an insulated cold lunch bag/box to help keep the food inside chilled until lunch time at 11:30 a.m. The boys and girls will put their cold lunches in a blue tote located inside the classroom. Thanks!


We have our weekly paraliturgy time together on Thursday morning at 9:00. Please feel free to join us when/if you can. Our first paraliturgy of the school year is on September 6th. Please be mindful of appropriate church attire as stated in our WACS handbook. Starting in January, the kindergartners will start attending Mass with Fr. Jim on the second Thursday of the month at 8:30.

Take Home Folders

All paperwork, newsletters, order forms, etc....will be placed in your child’s take home folder EVERYDAY!  Folders can be emptied everyday and sent back to school.  If you have notes that need to be seen by me, feel free to place them in your child’s folder.  Many parents have also found it quite useful to attach it to the folder with a paperclip.  Thanks!

Homework Folders

Throughout the year your child will come home with homework that needs to be completed. Please guide and monitor your child as they complete the work at home. One component is making a family game and that can be kept at home to play again and again! There will be some work that needs to be completed and returned in your child’s homework folder to be reviewed by me.

More information will be coming home in the future. Thanks!


Our school day begins at 7:45 but the children are welcomed into the classrooms starting at 7:30. If a child arrives earlier than 7:30, they are invited to sit in the hall right outside our classroom. Please try to have your child here by 7:45 so we can start our day promptly! Moreover, our school day ends at 2:10. Children will be escorted out the front doors to meet their buses or their parents unless they go to EduCare. If there are changes made to your child’s dismissal on any given day, please communicate that information by calling the office or put a note in your child’s folder. If you have questions about this, please let me know.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me. My email address is and I do check it on a regular basis. My number at school is 452-2890 x2105 and at home, 452-2107. You can also reach me on my cell phone, 459-6227. If I am unavailable, please leave a message and I will return your call promptly.  Look for all this information on our school website:


Mrs. Melissa Cichosz


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