Please refer to this handout during the school year if you have any questions about our classroom policies and procedures

    Attendance/Absences: Attendance at school is very important! Your child’s progress, both academically and socially, is greatly influenced by daily participation.  However, if your child is sick and needs to stay home, please call the school absence line at 619-258-2205

     *If you take your child for a doctor or dentist appt. the school must have a note.


    Arrival/Dismissal Procedure: School hours are from 7:45 to 1:35.  There will be a supervision on the beginning at 7:30 am.

    Please be prompt at dismissal time. If you  are more than a few minutes late, your child will be taken to the office so that we may call to make arrangements for pick up.



    Birthdays: On your child's birthday, we will sing songs to celebrate your child's special day. Your child will receive a crown, pencil and certificate. Due to state nutrition guidelines and the high number of children with allergies, we are no longer celebrating with food and treats!

    We also celebrate "un-birthdays". If your child has a summer birthday, we will let you know the day we will be celebrating. Birthday ideas for the class: party bag/favors, pencils, a book for the class, etc.


    Behavior Policy: We believe students thrive on positive recognition and praise. We work hard to create an atmosphere of friendship and respect in our classroom. We strongly believe that all students have the right to learn in a safe and productive environment.  We teach students that life is about choices and learning to make good choices will be emphasized throughout the year.

    We strive for consistency and we will begin the school year with clear expectations. The first couple weeks we will practice the procedures and expectations in the classroom.  Before you know it, the procedures become a habit for the students. 

    At this young age, children are still learning how to share, express their feelings, solve conflicts, etc. If a problem occurs, your child and we will look at what was done, who might have been affected, how they might feel, and think of other ways to have handled the situation. We believe EVERY situation is a TEACHABLE MOMENT!! 

    Our Classroom Rules
    1. Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Honest
    2. Respect others, respect yourself, respect our school 
    3. Listen when your teacher is talking
    4. Follow directions quickly 
    5. Raise your hand to talk (show peace and quiet)
    6. Make Smart Choices
    7. Keep your dear teacher happy 

    Our Classroom Rewards:

    1. Verbal Praise/Positive note sent home 
    2. Individual & Home: BUCKAROO Bucks (see letter “B” for more info.)
    3. Group: Table Points (winning table get to have our Wrangler the Horse trophy on their desk for the week)                
    4. Bucket Fillers (students are encouraged to be "bucket fillers" and not "bucket dippers". Our class has a class bucket and if they are nice friends, they get to fill the bucket).
    7. School Wide: Falcon Friday Assembly

    Our Classroom Rules: ROUNDIN'-UP Great Behavior clip chart "SHERIFF REPORT".

    We use a colored "clip chart" to monitor our behavior and classroom choices. Your child will have a clip that           he/she can physically move up or down the chart, depending on their choices. Please keep in mind that your           child may not move every single day! In order to move up, students must go above and beyond in their behavior            choices.
    1. PINK is OUTSTANDING DAY--"BEST in the WEST Buckaroos": Students who reach the pink level will be rewarded for their positive choices, and will receive 3 Buckaroo Bucks!!!.
    2. PURPLE is GREAT DAY--"Rootin Tootin Great Day": Students who continue to make positive choices move up to the pink level. They are one step closer to having outstanding classroom behavior (earn 2 Buckaroo Bucks).
    3.BLUE is GOOD DAY--"Giddy Up Good Day Partners": Students who make positive choices will receive recognition as they move up the chart (earn 1 Buckaroo Buck).
    4.GREEN is READY TO LEARN--"Roundin Up A New Day Cowpokes!": Everyone starts the day "Ready to Learn"! Students can "clip up" or "clip down" throughout the day depending on their behavior choices. 
    5.YELLOW is WARNING--"Saddle Up and Try Again": Students who receive a warning will move to blue. This serves as a reminder to students to think about the choices they make.
    6.ORANGE is TEACHER'S CHOICE--"WHOA! No More Horse'n Around": Students, who continue to make poor choices, will move to purple. This will result in a consequence (example: loss of special activity; miss 5 minutes of recess). A note will be sent home. 
    7.RED is PARENT CONTACT--"WANTED: Better Behavior": Students who move to red will miss a special activity and 10 minutes of recess.  Parents will be contacted either by a note, e-mail or phone call.                                
    Most situations can be rectified when there is reinforcement from home. Communication is key to making your child’s experience a success. 
    Bucket Fillers: Students will be introduced to the idea of Bucket Fillers and Bucket Dippers. A bucket filler is a person who does nice things for others or says nice things to make others feel good. When you fill someone else's bucket you also fill your own. A bucket dipper is someone who does something that makes someone feel bad about themselves. When you dip in someone else's bucket you also dip in your own. As a class we will brainstorm the different ways we can be bucket fillers. If students are seen being bucket fillers they get to fill up the class bucket. If they do something to dip in a bucket they will have to take something out of the bucket.

    Communication: Communication between home and school is vital to your child’s success.  We value your involvement and believe we can better teach your child when working in partnership with you and your family.  Therefore, consistent, positive communication with you is one of our top priorities.  To keep you informed, we will be sending home a daily take home folder and a weekly newsletter as well. We see parents as partners, and my biggest allies, in education.  You know your child better than anyone, and we value all that we can learn from you! We welcome your questions, comments and any concerns you may have. Please contact us anytime:

                       *Classroom Number: 619-956-2466

                       *School E-Mail: jaimie.knudson@santee.sd.net and erica.trafton@santeesd.net



    Daily Five:The Daily 5 is a structure that helps students develop the daily habits of reading, writing, and working independently that will lead to a lifetime of literacy independence. During the Daily Five, the kindergartners practice Five Essential Skills for becoming great independent readers and writers:
    Read to Self
    Read to Someone
    Listening to Reading
    Working on Words
    Working on Writing
    Daily Folders: Every day your child will be bringing home a blue folder containing important notices such as school bulletins, classroom news, finished classwork, unfinished classwork, field trip notices, and homework calendar assignments. Please take time to go through  the folder so you are informed of classroom activities. Please return the folder every day for parent-teacher communication and on Thursdays with your child's completed homework as it is due on Thursdays. I will keep the folders on Thursdays to review the homework and return them on Fridays.  

    Differentiation: Because all children enter our classroom with different abilities, learning styles, prior knowledge and experiences, they may be learning concepts differently from their peers.  With this type of teaching in the classroom, you can be sure that your child’s individual needs will be met.


    Dress for Success: Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for energetic (and sometimes messy!) learning and play at school.  Clothing should be washable, comfortable, and cover well when running, jumping, and turning upside down.  Shoes should be sturdy, with closed toes and backs.  Tennis shoes/sneakers are best. PLEASE LABEL ALL YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHING!!!!!!!!


    Emergencies- Please make sure we have the correct emergency information on file for your child. If phone numbers change, you can call or send a note so your child's file can be updated.
    Field Trips: As part of our educational curriculum, we will be going on field trips this year. More detailed information will be sent home in your child’s folder in the weeks prior to each event.    

    Goodbyes: Saying goodbyes at school can be very emotional for you and your child. But try to send your child off with a smile and a wave along with the reassurance that you will see them after school. (You may need to fake your own distress!).  Remember even distressed children settle very quickly once you’re gone, so make your leave loving but brief.  If they cry, it usually lasts about 30 seconds after you’re gone.  Resist the urge to return if they cry—this will only prolong the situation.  Please don’t feel guilty about leaving your child with me if he/she is crying.  Just trust that they will be shown concern and compassion from the moment they enter our room.  Our main goal is to make them feel comfortable right away. 



    Health: Please let us know of any special circumstances that may affect your child (i.e., medications that make him/her sleepy, a death in the family, etc). Also, please let us know of any allergies your child may have, especially food allergies.


    Howdy Helpers: Each week your child will be given a new job in the classroom (i.e., trail guide, door rustler, paper wrangler, etc).  The children love being Howdy Helpers! It gives them a chance to really shine and promotes a sense of responsibility.

    Homework: Please read the Weekly Email for weekly homework.


    Illness: The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when the decision may affect your work schedule and alternate arrangements may need to be made.  It is important, however, to keep your child home if he/she is ill.  This helps them to feel better quicker and prevents others from becoming ill.  Children function more effectively in the classroom if they are healthy.


    Joy…that’s how we feel about being with your kids each day!!!




    KIND Cactus Wish List: We always appreciate any extra help and support in the classroom. The “KIND Cactus” will have various cacti posted on it with desired items needed for the classroom. Simply “PRICK” a cactus and return the donated item(s) to us. Thank you again for your support!



    Lunch and Snack: Brain research has shown that hunger may impair learning! Please send a healthy snack with your child every day in addition to his/her lunch.  Your child may buy a lunch if you prefer, but he/she still needs to bring a small snack each day.


    Memory Books: We will be making a very special memory book of your child's kindergarten year. To help make this possible, we are asking of a donation of $8.00 to cover the cost of photos. Thank you for your support.

    Mrs. Trafton and Mrs. Knudson's Class Goals: Our goal in the classroom is to instill a life long love for learning that will carry on with our students throughout their educational journey. We want to give our students a solid foundation (academically, socially, and emotionally) that they will use as a springboard toward reaching their fullest potential.  It is our goal that every child will come to believe in their own abilities—that they are capable of accomplishing anything because they have the tools to do it themselves.  Every child will know that they are very much loved by us and that we value them for the unique individuals they are.  In turn, it is our goal that every child will come to realize his/her value as a person and to see what an incredible gift they are to this world.  Be assured that we will guide and encourage your child, celebrating each step of the way as he or she gains a love of learning, self-confidence, and the academic skills that form a foundation for continued success.



    NO Toys Policy: This school has a no toy policy.  Please check your child’s backpack to make sure no toys have hidden themselves inside there.


    Open Door Policy: Please know that we have an open door policy in our classroom, and invite you to be a part of your child’s school adventure.


    Office Contact Information:

           Elementary Office: 619-956-2400 (School Secretary is Ms. Tessa)


    Pen Pals: We will have PEN PALS this year from a kindergarten class at PRIDE in Santee.  


    Project Based Learning: With the incorporation of Project Based Learning and the latest technology, we are ready to move forward into the 21st century. PBL is the use of classroom projects, intended to bring about deep learning, where students use technology and inquiry to engage with issues and questions that are relevant to their lives.



    Quick and Quiet Hellos- as you volunteer in our classroom or our building, we will urge your child to acknowledge you with a "quick and quiet" wave hello. It is important for them to greet you, but remain involved in class activities



    Report Cards and Progress Reports: We will be sending home report cards and progress reports at scheduled times throughout the year. 



    Scholastic Book Orders: Each month, students will be able to order from Scholastic Book Club.  The Scholastic Book Club is a great way to foster your child’s love for reading and to help his/her home library grow too!  Not only does it benefit your child, but it also helps our classroom accumulate bonus points. We use Scholastic bonus points to get free items and books for our classroom. Scholastic Books are a great value as well.  Most books are priced below retail.  If you would like to order books, simply follow the directions on the link below:

                                                            Scholastic Book Club Online Ordering 



    Tardies: If you bring your child to school later than 8:00, please sign them in at the office. It is very important that your child arrives on time so they can get settled in and ready for the day.


    Technology: We believe in 21st century learning and a lot of the learning in our classroom will incorporate technology including: blogging, i-pods, Tag Readers, Skyping, netbooks, PIXIE, Dream Box and our class website.


    Unique Theme Days: During the year we will enhance our learning by having theme days such as Color Days, Gingerbread Man Hunt Day/Dr. Seuss Day/Holiday Celebrations…etc: We will let you know ahead of time in the weekly newsletter when these days will take place. 


    Volunteers-“Ranch Visitors”: Volunteers are a vital asset to the overall success of our classroom and to our school. Without help of our volunteers, our classroom would not be able to do as many fun and exciting projects, lessons, and activities.  If you are unable to help in the classroom we frequently have projects that can be sent home for you to work on a well. 

    If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Parent Volunteer form. WE LOVE ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET!!


    WESTERN THEME:The theme is our classroom is “BEST in the WEST!!! Please feel free to come in and take a look around our room at all the exciting things taking place.  When students have exceptional behavior, they get to read in our life-size covered wagon!


    eXited: We are eXcited to work with your child this year!


    You!: Please remember that you are your child’s first and most important teacher. No one can influence your child’s life in the way that you can!


    ZzZzZz: Please make sure that your child gets plenty of rest each night. Setting and keeping a bedtime helps them to be alert and ready to learn each day!


Last Modified on June 25, 2018