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Kindergarten Welcome Letter (and back to school info)

August 13, 2012

Dear Incoming Kindergarten Families
Welcome to Crocker Highlands!  We are looking forward to you and your child becoming part of our wonderful school community.
Kindergarten is an exciting time for our new students. The first three days of school for all our students are minimum days, 8:40 – 1:40 (1:30 for kindergarten).   A full school day can be a challenge for the younger students, particularly after a long summer.  Therefore, in order to make it a gentle transition for our kindergarten students, we are extending minimum days for the first two weeks.  The schedule will be:

Monday, August 27th  – Friday, September 7th:  Minimum Days (8:40 – 1:30)
Monday, September 3rd – Labor Day Holiday for all students

On Monday, August 27th, the first day of school, we are asking all kindergarten families to meet us downstairs in the multi-purpose room (also called the cafeteria) at 9.00 a.m, 20 minutes after the 1st – 5th graders arrive and go to class. (This will make the first day easier for the new kindergarteners, and those with older students can walk them to class if they want.) The kindergarten teachers will meet everyone in the cafeteria and then walk the students to the classrooms.  (Please do not bring your child into the building before 9:00.)
After your little ones depart for class, parents/guardians are invited to stay for a welcome reception, with the principal, Beth Rhine, and the PTA co-presidents, Jessica Tagami and Louise Bedsworth, in the Library.  We will have coffee and bagels and be available for any questions that may arise.

We are excited to start the year off right and are eager to get to know your children.  Information about the classroom routines, expectations, and what your child needs to bring on the first day of school can be found in the Kindergarten Handbookwhich is posted on the Crocker Kindergarten website. Kindergarten is an exciting time for everyone and we want to make sure everyone – students, families, and teachers – are successful!

For those of you whose children were unable to attend one of the Kindergarten Round-Up sessions last May, we are having Round Up III on Tuesday, August 21st at 9:00 a.m.  Please bring your child to school and meet us in the school office. You will have 45 minutes to an hour to relax and go get a cup of coffee, while we spend some time with your child.   And don’t forget about the New Families’ Picnic on Sunday, August 19th at the North Temescal Picnic Area.  Details will be posted on the Crocker website.  We also begin the year with two PTA meetings, one on Thursday, August 23rd, and the second on Thursday, September 6th.  Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.  We would like to encourage new families to come to the meetings and hear what is happening at Crocker Highlands.

There are so many great things happening at Crocker Highlands.  In order to get the most current information, be sure to visit the Crocker Highlands website  (, “like” us on Facebook and subscribe to our Weekly Email Bulletin. We also have the Crocker yahoo group for periodic email communications from school staff and PTA members.

We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

Beth Rhine

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