Greetings Pre-K Parents and Families!
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Kipling School! My name is Jessica Manaois and it is my pleasure to be your child’s Pre-K teacher this year! This will be my 20th year teaching in the primary grades, and my 18th year at Kipling. I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Elmhurst College and my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Olivet Nazarene University. I am also Nationally Board Certified in the area of Early Childhood Education.
In our classroom your child will encounter many activities to stimulate a love of learning. Students will learn to follow school rules and routines which will help to prepare them for their Kindergarten classroom! In our classroom, students will learn through many different types of activities including song and dance, visual art activities, participating in science experiments and demonstrations, listening to stories, and learning how to play with their classmates! Additionally, time will be spent daily on learning how to problem solve and build good character!
Following is some information that will help you and your child get started in Kipling’s Pre-K Program:
Arrival and Dismissal Routines:
Arrival: The PreK students will enter and exit the classroom through the exterior classroom door (Door 8) which faces 94th Street. The door will open each morning at 7:45 for students to enter the classroom. You must sign your child in at the door upon arrival.
Dismissal: The PreK students will exit the classroom at the end of the day through the same exterior classroom door. The door will open at 2:40 for dismissal. Students will be dismissed individually as parents or designated family members complete the sign out procedure. We will keep the door open for 10 minutes. If you arrive late to pick up your child you will have to pick them up and sign them out in the main office.
Sign In/Sign Out Procedures: Each student must be signed in at arrival and signed out at dismissal -per CPS PreK policy. When you bring your child to school in the morning you will sign them in and when you pick them up in the afternoon you will sign them out. There will only be one sign-in sheet so please be patient!
Who is picking up your child? If your child is being picked up by someone other than a parent or guardian, you must inform the teacher. The person who is picking up your child (other relative, child care provider, etc) must be included on the emergency form for your child. If I am not familiar with the person picking up your child or they are not included on the emergency form, I will not release your child to that person until they check in at the office. In the event that your PreK student is going home with an older sibling, I must receive in writing that you have given permission for the older sibling to pick up your child.
The PreK classroom will be in need of the following supplies from families who wish to donate to the classroom:
disinfecting table wipes
The PreK students will be provided with all the classroom supplies they will need throughout the year. You do not need to send crayons, pencils, scissors, etc.
The Kipling School uniform consists of:
Any extra sweatshirts or sweaters must be navy, black or white without designs or writing.
Please write your child’s name on the tags of sweaters and sweatshirts. Any clothing items left in the classroom will be turned in to the lost and found
Please send a complete change of clothes for your child- including pants, shirt, socks, and undergarments. In case of an emergency we would like to be prepared to help your child. Please pack your child’s change of clothes in a shoebox or large ziplock bag. The clothes will be kept in the classroom until needed.
Part of the PreK curriculum includes playing outside! The PreK students will have 1 outdoor recess break every day (weather permitting!) Please be sure your child is dressed to be able to run and play outside.
We are happy to welcome parent volunteers in the classroom for various activities and field trips. Any parents who wish to be able to serve as a classroom volunteer or field trip chaperone must complete the required steps through CPS in order to be approved as a classroom volunteer. I urge you to visit cpsvolunteers.org to find information about how to become a classroom volunteer as soon as possible! In addition, all prek parent volunteers must have a recent TB test.
You are invited to visit the classroom to read a book to the students for your child’s birthday! Please let me know in advance if you would like to surprise your child by visiting the classroom on their birthday to read a book to the class! (If your child’s birthday is in the summer, we can organize a time for you to come read to the class as well!)
Treats are not permitted for student birthdays. Please do not send food treats, treat bags, party prizes, etc. for your child’s birthday. Your child’s special day will be celebrated in the classroom in other ways!
Invitations to birthday parties will not be distributed in the classroom unless there is an invitation for every student. If you plan on inviting only select students, please distribute your invitations outside of school.
Please review the Remind parent letter included in your child’s communication folder. Please follow the directions to sign up for Remind notifications from the PreK classroom. This is a wonderful tool to help increase and improve parent/teacher communication!
In an effort to keep you well informed and updated regarding procedures in the Pre-K classroom, additional information will be sent home throughout the year as needed. Please keep a close eye on your child’s communication folder from school.
It is truly my pleasure to be your child’s teacher this year. I have a feeling that we will have a wonderful Pre-K experience together!