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    September News 

    What's happening?:

    This year is going to be unique!  However, we are excited to meet your child and committed to making his or her Kindergarten year special!  During our first weeks of school, we will focus on learning our new school routines including arriving to school, caring for our belongings, transitioning between tasks and identifying what the "expected behaviors" are for each activity (i.e. whole body listening at circle, walking feet in the classroom).  These concepts are important to know so that we can make the most of our learning time!  You may hear your child taking about being in the "GREEN" or earning green tickets!  I will share more about these at Open House.

    We will also be working on getting to know one another, including our interests, talents, and "connections" between one another.  Some activities will include graphing our opinions, making self-portraits and comparing our similarities and differences.  


    Things to remember:

    • Have your child's Ipad come to school in the carrying case and fully charged each day.  These will be distributed at school.

    • Masks:  We will wear masks daily and will have "mask breaks" throughout the day.  Please keep an extra mask in your child's backpack in a labeled, ziplock baggie.

    • Please keep your child home when he or she is sick.   

    • Snack:  Please send in one healthy snack and drink each day that is packed separately from his or her lunch.  Include needed utensils, please.  Keep in mind that students only have 10 minutes or so for snack.

    • Lunch:  We will be eating lunch at 12:45 each day.  If your child would like to buy lunch, you will need to set up an account.  For more information, please click here.
    • Headphones:  Students will have opportunites to use IPads in the classroom to work on literacy and math concepts.  Please send a pair of headphones (IPad compatible, labeled, over the ear vs. earbuds are best) to remain at school for the year.  

    • Labels:  Please remember to label all items brought to school with your child's name (i.e. lunch box, sweatshirts, outdoor gear).  I encourage toys to remain at home.

    • Weather:  Please be mindful that we will be going outdoors often throughout the year.  It can be chilly in the mornings so please dress your child accordingly.

    • Communication:  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year.  The best way to reach me is through email (hferreira@duxbury.k12.ma.us).  I check my email frequently and typically am able to respond within 24 hours if not sooner.  However, if you have an issue that is an emergency or time sensitive, please contact the main office.  

    • Birthdays:  We will celebrate your child's special day with the birthday song, a special birthday badge and pencil.  We are not able to distribute food, favors, invitations, etc. 
    • Class contact list:  Our homeroom parent will help us to create a class list during the fall.  More information to come!
    • Dismissal:  If there will be a change in your child's typical dismissal schedule, I ask that you do not email this information.  Rather, please send a note in your child's green folder or contact the main office.  Digital dismissal notes can be found on the Chandler homepage or in the Dismissal tab on my teacher page.

    • Bus riders:  If your child rides the bus, please attach his or her bus ticket to the outside of his or her backpack.


    Upcoming events:

    September 8th and 9th:  Kindergarten Welcome Back Day at 11:00 a.m.

    September 14th:  First day of school!

    September 17th:  Virtual Open House at 6:00