• Kindergarten Handbook



    Mrs. Kim Terry

    2016 - 2017



    • READ TO YOUR CHILD!  This is most important thing you can do to help your child be successful.  Encourage an interest in stories and books.
    • Allow your child to share in family responsibilities to help prepare him/her for responsibilities at school; i.e., hanging up coat, keeping desk organized, in charge of own backpack.
    • Provide opportunities for your child to meet and play with other children.
    • Help your child to write his/her name in block beginning with a upper case letter and using lower case letters to finish; i.e., Jane or John (refer to the Zaner-Bloser alphabet for correct letter and number formation.)  Help him/her to recognize the upper and lower case letters of the alphabet.
    • Count out loud with your child.  Count up, 0 – 100, and count backwards, 20-0.
    • Help your child to recognize numerals to at least 10.
    • Help your child to count objects correctly one by one.
    • Provide opportunities for your child to use school tools at home – pencil writing and erasing, coloring, cutting with scissors and using a glue stick. These should be available in a study/desk area for them at home.


    • To learn to work independently and cooperatively with others.
    • To become responsible for own behavior and use self-control.
    • To listen for a purpose, for specific information and for directions.
    • To increase self-expression through oral and written language experiences.
    • To become observant and imaginative.
    • To understand that reading is important
    • To move from readiness toward independent reading and writing.
    • To understand beginning mathematical ideas and concepts.
    • To continue physical development of large and small muscles.
    • To feel positive about self as a learner.

    NEW SCHOOL HOURS  Fall 2016 hours are still in negotiations!

    AM  9:05  – 11:45 tentative

    PM  12:50 – 3:30 tentative

    Early Release (Please refer to your Mukilteo District calendar for these days and times)

    Morning Kindergarten -

    Afternoon Kindergarten -

    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL For Kindergarten

    The First Day of School for Kindergarten in called "Kindergarten Orientation". An adult will attend with the student. Regular school hours will begin on the second day of school for Kindergarteners. Bus service for Kindergarten also begins on the second day of school for Kindergarten.

    Kindergarten Orientation is September 7, 2016.

    AM 9:30 - 10:45

    PM 12:30 - 1:45


    When the AM students arrive, they put their belongings next to the outside classroom door under the windows and proceed to the playground. When the bell rings the students pick up their belongings and line up against the wall by the door where the teacher will greet them.

    When the PM students arrive - wait in the office and then students will walk to class together with a para-educator. Do not leave your child unattended in the office before class. Thank you.

    If students arrive late, they need to check into the main office before proceeding to class.


    Your child will be given a Name Badge.  On the badge will be your child’s name, address, phone, and place where your child will go after school.  Please have your child wear this badge EVERY DAY for the first two weeks of school.  This helps the school staff, the children, and the bus drivers.

    Please practice going to the bus stop or walking to school before the first day of school.  Establish landmarks so your child will recognize the route and where you will meet him/her. 


        1. Always obey the bus driver.  The driver will keep you safe.
        2. Get on and off the bus at your regular stop.  Be at the stop 5 minutes before the bus arrives.
        3. Cross in front of the bus when you need to cross the street.
        4. Always wait for the driver to motion when it’s safe to cross.
        5. Do not PUSH or SHOVE
        6. Take your seat and remember: “Seat on the seat, back against the back, legs hanging down, hands in lap”
        7. Be polite.  Use good words and a quiet voice.
        8. Keep the bus clean.
        9. Backpacks should be on the seat or in your lap.  Food stays in the backpack.
        10. Unsafe objects, balloons, pets are not allowed in the bus.


    If you are picking your child up after school, please meet him/her in front of our building “C” at the yellow line rather than inside by the classroom door.  If you prefer to park your car please wait for us in front of our building by the benches.  If you find it necessary to pick up your child before dismissal, please check in at the office, and the secretary will call the teacher in the classroom for your student. 



    *being picked up instead of riding the bus

    *going home with another child

    *riding another bus

    *being picked up by another adult

     *leaving school early


    * Large Backpack, No wheels, See “Backpack” section below

    * 1 sturdy folder, 2 pockets on the inside bottom

    Please do not label these items below with your child’s name.

    * One large box of Kleenex brand tissue

    * One box Huggies baby wipes

    * One box plastic Ziploc baggies, gallon size

    * Healthy Snacks, 25 kids, once a month

    * Change of clothing, in case of “accidents”, in a Ziploc bag to keep in backpacks (optional)

    * Additional supplies for special projects may be requested during the school year.


    This should be large enough for a folder and large library books and should be carried to and from school each day.  Your child’s name should be on the inside.  Students will need to have a backpack and folder on the first day and every day of school.  Please encourage your child to use it to transport items back and forth to school each day. It is helpful to have an area designated for backpack items such as a bin, tub or basket where everything is emptied from the backpack and folder each night. This helps to not lose important papers and library books.


    Kindergarten is an active, hands-on learning experience.  Children are painting, using chalk, Moon Sand and playing outside.  It’s important to dress to suit the weather, safety, and comfort.  Please practice zipping, snapping, buttoning, and tying at home.  Please label all clothing on the inside with child’s name.

    Recommended guidelines:

    • Sturdy shoes - sandals and dress shoes are slippery and break easily. The toes should be covered and attach around the ankle.
    • Comfortable play clothes that can get glue or paint on them.
    • Short sleeves or long sleeves that can be pushed up when painting.
    • Zippers, snaps, buttons, and belts that your child can operate alone.


    Any notes, school forms, money, etc. should be placed in an envelope with your child’s name and my name on it, and contents.  This procedure helps to organize materials and recover loss of materials that Kindergarteners manage to misplace on their way to school.  (Example:  Mike Smith - Mrs. Terry – Fieldtrip Money


    If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.  You can request a conference any time.  For same-day information, please call the school and leave a message with the secretary.  For items that do not require same-day attention, please use our e-mail or a note in your child’s folder. I reserve email for quick notes - not about discussing your child's behavior or academic progress.

    We will send home many notes about kindergarten during the year.  We encourage you to read these papers carefully to make sure you keep informed about classroom and school-wide issues.  Daily “mail” may be sent home from me, other basic “mail” will be sent home on Thursdays and look for any school newsletters on Fridays during the month.


    At the beginning of the school year, please allow four weeks for the teacher to establish a “bonding” with the children before you visit the classroom.  If you wish to attend your child’s class after this time, please set up a time with your child’s teacher prior to your visit.


    Please advise us if your child has an allergy or other health problem that requires special consideration at school.

    Your child should be kept at home with symptoms of sore throat, vomiting, earache, diarrhea, fever, or head lice.  Please call the school each day your child will not be at school.  Columbia’s PTA sponsors a “Hot Line” (366-2601) program for student safety.  Office staff calls the home/work numbers supplied by the parent to verify the child’s absence from school unless a parent has called the school that day. 

    Please send your child to school well rested and with a good breakfast in their tummies. 


    Daily reinforcement with reading and math activities will help your child better understand and retain concepts we have worked on in the classroom.  We recommend that the child and parent work on homework activities together in Kindergarten.  The Homework menu will be sent home twice a month.  Please select and choose the items you know your child needs to be helped with at home.  Sign the homework and return on the due date.


    Our program is enhanced by parent volunteers coming into the classroom to provide additional attention, encouragement, and reinforcement for students.  With all of the activities involved in Kindergarten, it is very beneficial to have this help.  There are various capacities for which parents may volunteer: working in the classroom, making materials, helping with parties and field trips.  If you are interested, complete the parent volunteer form that is provided by your teacher.  You will also need to fill out WA State Patrol History Information form to volunteer on campus.  We always appreciate your help, but we need to let you know that younger siblings are not to be brought to class when you are volunteering.

    There are other volunteer opportunities at Columbia such as helping in the Library and through our wonderful PTA program.
    Other Volunteer helpers include the Kamiak Peer Tutor program where a high school student comes over for one class period every day. We also have a Buddy program where our class buddies up with an older grade for reading and other activities each week.


    The projects and papers your Kindergartener brings home are very important.  Be sure to look over the work and give positive comments.  A little praise works wonders and will increase self-motivation.  The student’s first attempts may not be artistic.  If you are having trouble recognizing objects in the picture, have your child tell you about them.  Children gain skill and confidence through sharing their experiences.  And always remember,

    Children bring something home everyday…

                Sometimes in their hands

                Sometimes in their heads

                Sometimes in their hearts


    Washington State Essential Learning:  The state of Washington has outlined academic requirements for kindergarten.  The OSPI Website can provide specific details.




    Center for Collaboration:  Kindergarten activities promote an interest in learning to read and write independently.  This year your child will be strengthening his/her ability to observe, listen, think, speak, read, print clearly, and write creatively.

    Our reading program is enhanced by a school-wide program called “Accelerated Reader” or “AR”. Students are awarded points by reading and taking a small, 5 question quiz on the computer. Awards are given in Kindergarten for earning 25, 50 and 100 points.


    Your child will engage in a variety of oral language experiences which promote vocabulary building, listening, rhyming, speaking clearly, and organizing thoughts into whole sentences.


    Math Expressions: Your child will engage in activities that develop skills and understanding of mathematical concepts, approach problem solving, and learn to do computation.


    Zaner-Bloser Block Handwriting: This penmanship program is used throughout our elementary schools.  Your teacher will provide you with a model for the correct formation of letters and numbers. We will also be practicing our handwriting in a Kindergarten Journal.


    Insights: Scientific concepts and skills include identifying The Five Senses and how they work together to help us learn about our environment.


    Children learn that individuals grow and change; that each family is unique, but all families share common traits; that communities have rules and helpers who have certain roles in the community; and that different people celebrate different holidays throughout the year.  We will learn to respect our flag, our school, and others around them.


    Art activities will help your child develop skills and express thoughts and feelings.  Drawing, painting, coloring and cutting help your child develop control of the small muscles.  Art projects also help with learning sequence, spatial relations, and following oral and visual directions.  We use patterns for some projects to promote development in hand-eye coordination. We also make a seasonal art project which we display in the hall for the month then it will be saved and sent home at the end of the year in their Memory Book. 

    Our PTA sponsors a series of four art lessons during the Spring.  They introduce the class to major artists and how their work demonstrates the different elements and techniques of the visual arts.

    Silver Burdett: Through our music activities, the children will have opportunities to enjoy listening to music and singing with their classmates.

    They will learn to respond to and interpret rhythms and to follow directions for singing games while learning to keep a steady beat.

    During the year we will be creating a Song Binder of some of our favorite songs, poems, and finger plays.  The binder will be taken home the last day of school.

    Kindergarteners will participate in outdoor activities during recess that strengthen their large muscle skills.  They will develop balance skills and improve their muscular coordination in such loco motor activities as running, skipping, hopping, and galloping.  Simple group games which promote teamwork and good sportsmanship will also be introduced.


    We encourage you to request a conference any time you have a concern or information you want to share.  We, in turn, will contact you if a situation arises that needs attention. 

    Progress Reports come home three times a year.  They will come home in a white envelope.  Please take the report out and review it with your child.  Set a goal (i.e., improve handwriting, increase counting skills) and work with your child on achieving this goal.  Sign the envelope and return it to school each trimester.

    September – Baseline Assessment       

    October – Conferences (Early Dismissal days)

    December – Progress Reports

    March – Progress Reports

                 June – Progress Reports



    We at Columbia Elementary believe that all students need a safe place where they can enhance their self-esteem, learn to know themselves, and take important steps toward learning responsible decision-making.  Our goal in effective discipline is to help students learn to make appropriate choice through personal accountability and guided problem solving.

    Our behavior goals are listed below.  We will have individual and Table rewards for learning to behave as a good student and classmate. If your child receives a consequence for disobeying these expectations you will receive a note home.

    Your child will also be sent to the "Turn Around Room" in the Main Office for the following reasons: Severe Disrespect, Extreme Disruption, Noncompliance, Bullying, Fighting, and any Illegal Activities (per our Behavior Plan).  When in the Office your child may call you and inform you of their misbehavior and/or a written plan will be made and sent home for you to discuss, sign, and return.  Your child may be in the office for up to 30 minutes.  Sometimes this time is needed for them to take a break before they return to the classroom.

    Personal/Social Skills

    • Displays positive attitude
    • Shows courteous and respectful behavior
    • Solves conflicts appropriately
    • Accepts responsibility for own actions
    • Follows rules and procedures
    • Works and plays well with others

    Work Habits/Study Skills

    • Completes work on time
    • Follows directions
    • Stays on task/uses time wisely
    • Produces neat work
    • Organizes self, materials and belongings

    Columbia Campus Rules

    • Show respect for yourself, others, and property
    • Make Columbia a positive place to learn
    • Work and play safely

    Classroom Rules

    • Make Good Decisions
    • Show Respect
    • Solve Problems

    Children are so excited about their birthdays and look forward to celebrating them at school.  If you would like to send treats for your child’s birthday please let me know a few days in advance.  All food items must be store bought and simple is best (no whole cakes, please!)  If your child has a summer birthday, we will celebrate it with one big party near the end of the school year.

    Our librarian and our PTA also have a “Birthday Book Program”.  Before your child’s birthday they will try to notify you to see if you would be interested in donating money towards a book for our library.  The PTA buys the books that the librarian identifies as a need and in the front of the book they put a sticker dedicating the book to our library from your child.  Your child will then get to be the first student to check out that book!

    Here’s to a great school year filled with fun adventures while learning together!

    Mrs. Kim Terry

    Columbia school office (425)366-2600
    E-Mail: terryke@mukilteo.wednet.edu