Absences-Excessive absences hinder a child's progress.  If your child is absent, you must send a note to the school when he/she returns.  Please include your child's name, teacher's name, date of absence, and the reason for the absence.
    Allergies-Food does play a role in our classroom- we have snack, and celebrate birthdays and holidays.  If your child has any food allergies, please let me know so precautions can be made.
    Arrival-Your child should be dropped off in time for the starting bell at 8:40 a.m. The bell at 8:50 begins our school day, and arrivals after 8:50 A.M. are considered late.  Please make every effort to have your child here on time.  Late arrivals are very disruptive to the start of the day.
    Bus- If you believe your child is eligible to ride the bus, contact the transportation dept. at 807-3888.  Students will be placed on the bus every day unless you have given prior notice, with no exceptions!
    Birthdays- Birthdays are very important to children.  If you would like to bring treats for the class on your child's birthday, we will pass them out at the end of the day.  Please do not send birthday invitations to school to be passed out.
    Backpacks- Your child's backpack should be big enough to hold a pocket folder.  Please check your child's backpack DAILY. 
    Breakfast- A nutritious breakfast is especially important if your child is to be an efficient learner.  Breakfast is served here beginning at 8:20 a.m. each morning.
    Communication- Communication between home and school is very important.  We are a partnership working for your child's success.  If you have a question, concern, or information to share, please send a note or call the school (807-3825 - to reach Mrs. Charsley, use ext. 2132)  Please remember that I am dedicated to teaching your child during the day, and may not return your call until the end of the day.  If you have an urgent message, such as a change in your child's dismissal arrangements, please press 0 and let Mrs. Kania  or Mrs. Mye know so that she can relay the message to me.
    Discipline- I work hard to make the classroom a positive and safe place for all.  Rules are discussed the first day of school and reviewed daily.  Problems are looked upon as just that-problems to be solved.
    Everyone- has gifts and talents which are valued in our room.  Remember that children are like plants-they do not all grow at the same rate.  With care even the smallest blossom will bloom into something special.
    Folders-Take-Home Folders will be coming home each night.  Your child will receive a folder purchased by our school.  The folder will travel to and from school each day.  It will come home with papers completed during the day.  It will also contain important information at times.  Please use this folder for all communications: lunch money, notes to the office and myself, etc.  Please check this folder EVERY DAY.
    Get involved with our home-school organization.  This is a group of dedicated parents and teachers that work as a team to raise money and provide many fun-filled events and extras for our students.  All money for field trips, and other social activities comes out of our MEADOW Budget.  Please join and be a part of making this a wonderful school year for all of the Meadow Elementary School students.
    Homework is a very important part of school.  Your child will have a light amount of homework.  I will also send home special assignments from time to time.  The most important things are daily practice of spelling words, sight words, multiplication facts, and reading for a minimum of 20 minutes everyday.
    Information about upcoming events and important information will be sent home in your child's folder.  Please check this on a daily basis.
    Jamming your child's schedule will only lead to academic frustration.  Please make sure your child has some down time after school and a set homework time.  Children still need 8-9 hours of sleep each day.  Please make sure your child is getting enough sleep.  An 9:00 or 9:30 bedtime is appropriate.  Also all children need a healthy breakfast to begin each day.
    Keep it upbeat.  School can be very tiring and difficult for some children at the beginning of the year.  Please remember to always talk about school in an upbeat and positive way.  The way you talk about school is the way your child will perceive it.
    Library  If your child brings their book home, please make sure that it is properly cared for, and returned in time for library.  Children cannot take out another book if they have not returned one.
    Money is a very tricky thing for some students.  If you are sending in money with your child for lunch or to make purchases of any kind please be sure they have the amount they need.
    Nurses are wonderful people.  Our Meadow School nurse is the finest around.  She is on staff to take care of any emergencies and administer any prescribed medications.  Please contact her if your child has any health issues.  If your child has a fever or has been sick the night before, please do not send him/her to school.  This helps keep the germs from spreading around the class.
    Outside play is encouraged.  We will be going outside to play as often as possible.  Please make sure your child comes to school dressed for possible outside play.  On cold days please send your child with a heavy coat, mittens, a hat, and scarf.  On snowy days please make sure your child also has boots.  We will not be going outside on rainy days or when it is extremely cold.
    Parent teacher conferences begin in late November.  This will be a chance for us to meet individually and discuss your child's adjustment and progress in kindergarten.  You will be able to sign up for a convenient time during Open House.
    Questions are always welcome.  No question is ever a silly one.  If you are unsure about something, or are wondering why something is the way it is please feel free to ask.
    Rules are set for the safety of all students.  Please discuss with your child the importance of following the rules of the classroom and the school.  Rules are discussed the first day of school and reinforced daily.
    Safety.  The school needs to be informed in writing of any changes in your child's dismissal arrangements.  It is also very important that we have a current phone for you as well as your emergency contacts.
    Toys should be kept at home.  We have so much work to do in our classroom; toys are usually a distraction and end up spending the day on my desk.  It is best if they are kept at home.
    Unbelievably important is being on time for school.  The first bell rings at 8:40 a.m. and the school day begins at 8:50 a.m.  Please make sure your child arrives at the school by 8:50 a.m. so he/she can be ready for learning at 8:50 a.m.  Thank you!
    Volunteers are an important part of our program.  Requests will be sent home as the need arises.  All volunteers must attend a short training session and be approved by the Board of Education before they begin their volunteer service.
    Wear practical clothes to school each day.   Please have your child wear SNEAKERS every day for safety and comfort.  Also, label all jackets, backpacks, and lunch boxes to avoid confusion.
    eXtra clothes are available in the nurse's office in case of a major spill or accident.  If your child needs a change of clothing from the nurse, please wash and return them as soon as possible.  The supply is limited.
    You are your child's first and most important teacher.  No one can influence your child's life in the way that you can.
    Zoom, zoom, zoom!  Sit back and watch your child's skill and confidence take off.   You will be amazed and surprised at the changes this year will bring!