LES Kindergarten Roundup
- Kindergarten FAQs
- Transition Period
- The Kindergarten Program
- Reporting Your Child’s Progress
- Tips for Kindergarten Success
Welcome to Kindergarten!
We are so excited to have you join our Liberty family! We know this is a big transition for your family. Here are some frequently asked questions that might help you prepare.
What’s Kindergarten screening, and does my child need to do it?
Kindergarten screening is a short assessment incoming Kindergarteners take before school starts. Every Kindergartener needs to be screened. If you did not already sign up through the SignUpGenius link, please call the school office at (615)790-0892 and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We will be screening July 22, 23, 26, and 27.
What’s Small Group Day?
Small Group Day is a day when Kindergarteners come to school and get introduced to their teacher, some of their classmates, and the building. Half of the class (or a small group) will attend each day so that students can ease into the transition of school. This year’s Small Group Days will be Tuesday, August 10th and Wednesday, August 11th. Your student will only attend one of those days. You will select a Small Group Day after Kindergarten screening. This year’s Small Group Days will begin at 9:00 AM and dismiss at 1:00 PM. Bus transportation is not available on these days. Students will eat lunch while at school. Please either send lunch money or a cold lunch from home for your student on that day.
What are the typical school hours?
- Students may come to school after 8:00 AM.
- School starts at 8:30 AM and dismisses at 3:30 PM.
What school supplies do we need?
Supply lists are located on the school website in the “Students and Families” section. You can also grab a copy of the list in the school office. If possible, please send school supplies with your student on Small Group Day. There will also be an option to have your child’s school supplies ordered through a link on the school website. These supply boxes will be delivered to your child’s teacher prior to the first day of school.
What’s the dress code?
Students need to be in school appropriate clothing. We ask that they wear tennis shoes every day so they’re ready for P.E. and recess. If your student would like to wear a dress or skirt, please have them wear shorts underneath to keep them covered while sitting on the carpet and playing on the playground.
Where’s the lunch menu? How do I pay for my student’s lunch?
You can find menus and other helpful information about lunch by clicking on the “Cafeteria” option on our school website. Breakfast and lunch will be free for students during the 2021-2022 school year.
What if my student is bringing his or her lunch?
Please have them practice opening and closing their lunch containers on their own at home. Breakfast and lunches brought from outside food service facilities (Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, etc.) will not be permitted to be consumed in the cafeteria, according to FSSD School Board policy 3.500.
Is there a snack time?
Yes! We have a daily snack in Kindergarten. Like lunch, please have your child practice opening and closing their snack containers at home so they can use them independently at school. Please send in a healthy snack each day (no cookies, cakes or chips.)
Is there a nap time?
We have a daily rest time until Labor Day to help their bodies transition to the long day of school. After that, we won’t be having a rest time. Please do not send any blankets, mats, stuffed animals, etc. to school for rest time.
What does a typical day in Kindergarten look like?
We stay very busy in Kindergarten! A typical day will include these activities, plus more.
- 2 Hours+ of Reading/Writing Instruction (Whole Group, Small Groups, Phonics, Literacy Centers, Word Work, Writing, Read Aloud)
- 1 Hour+ of Math Instruction (Whole Group, Small Groups, Math Centers)
- 30 Minutes of Science/Social Studies
- 1 Hour of Specials (P.E., Music, Art, etc.) and 30 Minutes of Recess
The kindergarten transition period is a 5-day phase-in leading up to the first full day of kindergarten on Monday, August 16th, 2021. Watch the Kindergarten Round-Up video (to the right) to learn more about signing your child up for a screening day and an orientation day.
Your child will be scheduled to take a short basic skills assessment. If you did not already sign up through the SignUpGenius link, please call the school office at (615) 790-0892 and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We will be screening July 22, 23, 26, and 27. This screening provides the teachers with information necessary to plan instruction that will best meet the needs of your child. While you will not accompany your child to the screening room, please plan to remain in the building until this brief screening is completed.
Students will be dismissed at 1:00 on this day after having an opportunity to tour the building, meet school staff and begin to understand school procedures in a small group setting. This day provides a gradual introduction to school and enables students to feel happy and confident as they start their year. You must provide transportation to and from school on this day.
In accordance with requirements of the Tennessee Department of Health and the policies of Franklin Special School District, all Kindergarten students are required to have proof of a physical examination and a valid Tennessee Department of Health “Certificate of School Immunization.” This document is available from your child’s healthcare provider who provided your child’s immunizations or from the local health department (you will need to provide a copy of your child’s vaccine record). For students who have medical or religious vaccine exemptions, the “Certificate of Immunization” is still required to document the physical examination and the exemptions.
The health department is anticipating that their facility and area pediatricians will be extremely busy in the upcoming few months and are requesting that families go ahead and make appointments as soon as possible for their physical exam and necessary vaccines. If your child is not yet five years old, you should schedule the appointment now for a date on or soon after their fifth birthday.
Additional items required to complete enrollment for Kindergarten students includes completion of the online enrollment application, a copy of the child’s birth certificate, and two proofs of residency.
All items must be on file for your child to start kindergarten. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the school where your child will attend.
Tennessee’s academic standards are used for English language arts, math, science, and social studies. Visit the Tennessee Department of Education website
https://www.tn.gov/education/instruction/academic-standards.html to access them. Learning goals are based on these standards.
Some of the academic standards for reading/language arts include recognizing and writing alphabet letters, using letter sounds and other clues to read simple words, answering questions about details in stories, speaking clearly to express thoughts, feelings, and ideas, and using a combination of drawing, dictating and writing to create a story. In math, children count, sort and classify objects, compare quantities, identify and describe basic shapes, add and subtract small numbers and use addition and subtraction to solve word problems. In science, children explore the world around them, including plants and animals. They build knowledge based on experiences with their families, schools, and communities in social studies.
In addition to these academic goals, kindergarteners continue to develop skills for collaboration and adjusting to a classroom environment. In FSSD, the focus is on the whole child, including their physical, social, emotional and academic growth. Experiences in movement, art and music are a vital part of the kindergarten curriculum.
You will receive a report card four times during the year in addition to other teacher communication. This is a chance for us to share your child’s academic achievement, challenges, work habits, and social development.
FSSD uses a standards-based report card that measures progress toward academic goals in reading/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Curriculum benchmarks are specifically identified on this report card. It is the progress toward these goals that we will monitor and report to you. This enables us to better recognize academic needs, to tailor teaching strategies to meet them, and to provide parents with the resources to help reinforce specific skills at home. Our teachers differentiate instruction, so each child learns at a pace that is comfortable, yet challenging. The report card will also communicate your child’s progress in developing responsible behavior that is essential to learning.
Thank you so much for your support and partnership as we begin an exciting journey with you and your child. Kindergarten is a special year full of wonderful experiences. We look forward to sharing them all with your child.
Here are some ways that you can help your child learn and reinforce what is being taught in school:
- Help your child develop a positive attitude about school and his or her ability to learn. It is important that children come to school well rested, fed and ready to learn.
- Make every effort to bring your child to school regularly and on time. It begins the day on a positive note and sets a good work habit.
- Talk to your child about their school experiences. Ask them about the best thing that happened in school each day. Show interest in what they are learning and doing at school.
- Establish a routine for reviewing information that is sent home with your child. Be sure to return information as requested.
- Talk with your child’s teacher regularly about your child’s progress. Ask about what you can do to help them learn and grow.
- Volunteer to help in your child’s classroom or school.
- Set high expectations for your child. Make it clear that school and learning is a priority. Encourage your child to work hard, even when presented with learning challenges.
- Dedicate at least 15 minutes a day to talking with your child and reading together. This will help develop literacy skills important for reading and writing.
- Limit the amount of time your child spends watching television and playing video games.
- Take opportunities to help your student learn as you go about your daily routine. Talk about how objects are alike and how they are different. Name letters and numbers on signs and in other printed materials. Ask the student to count objects and to put sets together and take them apart to build understanding of addition and subtraction.
- Help your child practice writing his or her name. Also, encourage them as they work on self-help skills, such as zipping, buttoning, and mastering bathroom skills.
- Give your student jobs around the house and offer praise when those jobs are successfully completed. This can foster a sense of responsibility and a feeling of importance.
- Encourage your student to listen and follow directions.