UPDATE 7/27: Meet and greet moved to Wednesday August 20th from 2:30 – 3:30 (details below)
July 25, 2014
Dear Incoming Kindergarten Families,
First of all, we would like to welcome you 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 Crocker students are minimum days, with kindergarteners being dismissed at 1:30 (older siblings get out at 1:40). A full school day can be a challenge for the younger students, particularly after a long summer. To continue with a gentle transition, from August 28 through September 5, all of the kindergarten students will come to the MPR for quiet rest time between 1:50 – 2:45, except for Wednesday, September 3, which will be a minimum day.
You’re probably wondering about class assignments. This year, Crocker Highlands is using what they call in Berkeley “Balanced Beginnings.” Students will be temporarily assigned to a color group (green, orange or purple) that will travel together to each of the three classrooms for the first three days. This will give our team (teachers and the principal) an opportunity to get to know all of the students a little bit, making it easier to create balanced classes. The color groups will be posted outside the school office by 5:00 PM on Friday, August 22 alongside our other class lists. Their schedule for the first three days is at the end of this letter. Final class lists will be posted by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 27 and will also be emailed to all kindergarten families.
The morning of August 25 will be crowded at Crocker! If you drive, please plan to park a block or two from the school and walk onto the campus. Other than spots for the disabled, there is no parking available adjacent to the school and limited options across the streets from the school. It is really important that we not block any of our neighbors’ driveways.
On that first day of school, we invite all kindergarten families to meet us in the multi-purpose room between 8:35 and 8:45 AM. PLEASE do not bring your child into the building beforehand. The teachers will organize the children into their color groups and bring them up to their classrooms at 8:45. At the end of the day, the teachers will bring their groups to the playground, where they will match each student with “their grownups.”
Once the new kindergarteners are on their way, our principal, Joci Kelleher, will talk about the schedule for the day for a few minutes, then all parents and guardians are invited to stay for a welcome reception in the library hosted by the PTA co-presidents, Lesley Podesta and Danielle Vidal. Before you leave campus, please let Mrs. Kelleher know if your child will be going to Adventure Time after school.
We are excited to start the year off right and are eager to get to know your children. There is lots of helpful information in both our special Kindergarten Handbook 2014/15 as well as a more complete handbook for all families. Both can be accessed from our website (http://crockerschool.org). In addition, there is information online about registration paperwork. If you did not turn in all of the registration forms before school ended in June, please bring whatever is missing to one of our registration events between August 19 and 22 (specific times are on our website’s calendar). 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 (http://crockerschool.org), “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 know your children are excited to come and possibly a little nervous. Therefore, we invite all interested families to meet our three kindergarten teachers and see their classrooms on Wednesday, August 20 between 2:30 and 3:30 PM. Although the kids will not be able to play in the rooms, as the teachers are trying to get everything perfect for the first day, it will be a chance for them to see our kindergarten faces and spaces.
We are so looking forward to meeting you, either on the 21st or the first day of school!
Joci Kelleher, Principal
The Crocker Highlands Kindergarten Team – Ms. C., Ms. Henry and Ms. Shannon
Drop Off and Pick Up Schedule – August 25 – 29:
August 25: Drop off in MPR by 8:45 – Pick up on playground at 1:30
August 26: Drop off in MPR by 8:35 – Pick up on playground at 1:30
August 27: Drop off in MPR by 8:35 – Pick up on playground at 1:30
August 28: Line up in teacher’s line on playground by 8:35 – Pick up on playground at 2:45
August 29: Line up in teacher’s line by 8:35 – Pick up on playground at 2:45
Teachers’ Line Up Locations :(for dismissal every day and drop off starting Thursday)
Ms. Henry – between the small climbing structure and the Adventure Time building
Ms. Shannon – in front of her classroom door on the far right side of the main building, across from the small climbing structure
Ms. C. – along the wall near the water fountain on the playground