• Admission Requirements

    Age?
    Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1st Registration. You may register during the school day at the main office with Tammy. Please bring the following items with you to complete the registrationprocess:

    • Certified birth certificate issued by the County of birth (or passport)
    • Home address and phone number
    • Work addresses and phone numbers, local emergency contact names/addresses/phone numbers, name and phone number of child’s physician
    • Immunization record — your child may not start school until a completed Certificate of Immunization is on file in the office.

    An up-to-date immunization record reflecting:

    • 4 Doses DTP (DTaP or DT)
      One dose must be given after age 4 years2 Doses MMR
      Both doses must be given after age 1 year4 Doses of Polio (OPV or IPV)
      One dose must be given after age 4 years3 Doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
    • 2 Doses Chicken Pox vaccine (both after age 1 year)or Doctor certification of disease
  • Meet the Teacher

    Kinzer-Bio-2014-15
  • Daily Schedule

    A sample of Colton Kindergarten Five Full Day Daily schedule

    Time Activity
     8:10-8:20  Arrival Recess (outdoors)
     8:30-9:00  Morning Starters:  Lunch count, attendance and skill review
     9:00-9:15  Calendar: songs, poems, calendar jobs, counting, leader sharing
      9:15-9:45  Language Arts: shared read aloud & response, phonemic awareness, phonics, language lessons, guided reading.  This allows direct teaching time to occur.  This is a great time to volunteer!
     9:50-10:00  Recess
     10:00-10:10  Bathroom Break/Students eat snack brought from home/Story
    10:10-11:00 Math:  Song, story and introduction.  This is an interactive time that is hands on as well as paper and pencil work.  It has many opportunities to practice specific concepts taught.  This is a great time to volunteer!
     11:00-11:15  Bathroom and wash
     11:15-12:00  Lunch in the cafeteria.  Recess is outdoors.
     12:00-12:44  Writing/Social Studies
    12:47-1:29 Music or PE
    1:33-2:30 Science, Art, Computer lab, free exploration or rest time may occur. Free exploration is a time for social development. An example of free exploration choices are painting, Legos, blocks, writing center, or the listening center.
    2:30-2:40 Discuss, review the day and pack up for dismissal
    2:55 Elementary Dismissal. The elementary dismisses 5 minutes before the junior high and high school students. I will meet you at the front of the school
  • Grading Information

    It is the expectation that students are working throughout the year to meet or exceed end-of-the-year grade level standards. Student’s development is reported on a four point rating scale (4, 3, 2, 1.)

    Rating Description
    4 Exceeding Standard
    3 Meets Standard (The student consistently demonstrates understanding & application of concept/skill independently.)
    2 Working Toward Standards (The student is working toward competency in the skill. Further practice & use of this concept/skill is needed.)
    1 Not Meeting Standards (The student does not demonstrate an understanding of the concept or skill at this time.)
        Absence of a mark indicates an area not yet assessed.
  • Questions and Answers

    Attendance and Changes in Routine?
    Regular attendance is essential, and plays an important part in the development of your child’s attitudes toward school life. Irregular attendance causes a student to miss valuable learning time, and requires a period of readjustment which slows learning. Please don’t be tardy! The start of the school day is important to your child’s learning, and it is disruptive to the class if a child arrives after the session has started.If your after school routine has a change, I will need a note from you or a message from the office. Otherwise your child will be directed to the original plan you have told me.
    Kindergarten is — the bridging
    between the home and the school
    for each child.


    Lunch?

    Children in full day kindergarten will eat lunch at school. Students may bring a lunch from home or buy a school lunch. Those that bring a lunch from home are welcome to purchase milk. If you believe you are eligible for free or reduced lunch cost, please complete and turn in the required form from school.
    Kindergarten is — an opportunity
    for experiences that prepare children
    for learning throughout
    school and on through life.


    How You Can Help

    Your attitude toward school will be reflected in your child. Children will look forward to kindergarten with pleasure if they are told of the pleasant and interesting things that go on there and the many new friends they will make.
    The papers your child brings home are very important. Be sure to look over the work and make some positive comments. A little praise will work wonders and increase self-motivation. Children gain in both skill and confidence through sharing their experiences.
    Teach your child to be independent. Kindergarten children need to be able to button, zip, tie shoes, and put on coats, hats, gloves, and boots.
    Help your child to learn healthy home habits that carry over to school, such as: putting away toys and other belongings; listening to others and following directions; helping with tasks around the house; helping and caring for others, including pets; and having regular routines including limiting television to certain scheduled programs, and regular times for
    going to bed, getting up, and mealtimes.
    Kindergarten is — the beginning
    — the initiation into the love of
    learning — the first formal step of
    the many to be taken to become an
    educated, contributing member of society

  • Supply List

    Items for Personal Use
    Please label each of these items with your child’s name
    1 bath towel for rest time
    1 backpack (big enough to fit a folder and lunch box)
    1 plastic school box to store crayons (please mark name visibly on top)
    1 box of 8 or 16 count of Crayola crayons
    1 box Crayola Classic Fine Line Marker, 10-Count
    1 art shirt to pull on and off-arms not baggy please
    Extra pair of pants, underwear and socks to keep in cubby –marked with name to stay in cubby tub
    1 pair of non-marking sole P.E. shoes. Velcro only. They do not need to be new.
    One current photo and one baby photo for our display
    ***You will need to supply your child with a daily healthy snack even if your child is having school lunch. This a new change from previous years.*****
    Items for Classroom Use
    2 pkg. of 90 5 oz paper/Dixie Cups
    5 #2 pencils
    1 pkg. of 12 Elmer glue sticks
    2 bottles of 4 oz glue (their hands are able to handle the smaller bottle easier)
    2 boxes of Kleenex
    2 Containers of Lysol or Clorox Wipes
    1 roll of paper towels
  • Successful Learners

    Listed below are links to a number of pages that explore the behaviors of successful learners.
    Please click on the link for the page you wish to view.
    Early Indicators for Successful Kindergarteners
    What Do Good Learners Do
    Why Your Child Should Read for 20 Minutes Every Day
  • Learning to Write

    Listed below are links to a number of pages that explore the concepts for beginning writers.
    Please click on the link for the page you wish to view.
    Developmental Teaching Order
    Handwriting Without Tears
    Stages of Writing Development
    Teaching Your Child to Print Their Name Efficiently
    Numbers Worksheets: 12, 3, 45, 6789101112131415161718, 1920
  • Links for Students

Kindergarten Greeting

Welcome to our Kindergarten. I want your child to have a fun, exciting, and successful year.   I have been teaching since 1995. I am a community member with two children who will be a senior and a sophomore in the fall at Colton School. I enjoy teaching and being a part of the best year of your child’s life and I love our school.

This packet has the registration paper work needed to register your child. Please feel free to contact Tammy at 509.229.3386 if you have any questions. I will also answer any of your questions at kindergarten registration Wednesday, March 16th , at 6 pm in the kindergarten room.

What is Kindergarten? The kindergarten experience is designed to provide a foundation of skills for lifelong learning. It is a transition time between the less structured life at home/daycare or pre-school to a more formal or structured learning environment. We will be attending school five full days this fall. I will help the transition into “school life” be positive, consistent and comfortable. I will make learning a pleasant experience from the start.

Kindergarten is a place to:

*Explore a variety of activities including plenty of play, active hands on learning, quiet times, listening times,small group and large group, structured and not structured activities.

*Practice social skills.

*Build confidence by practicing skills in a safe nonjudgmental environment.

*Practice cooperation.

*Foster curiosity and a love for learning.

*To learn to communicate with others and express yourself and good listening skills.

*Learn beginning reading, writing, math, science, art and P.E. skills.

Consider what a challenge this will be for your child

*Separation from parents

*Transition to more structured environment

*Adjusting to a new place and new people: Mrs. Kinzer, bus drivers, Tammy, and Pam our cook.

*Making new friends and finding their place socially.

* Transition to a full day five day kindergarten program will have some real exhaustion for your child.

What can I do to help my child succeed in Kindergarten?

You are your child’s first teacher and we will work together this year to help your child learn and grow. It truly is a partnership! The best thing you can do is READ with your child every evening. The more experience your child has with reading, letters, and numbers, the easier the transition to kindergarten will be. It is also very helpful for your child if he or she can write his/her name and use scissors correctly with ease.

It is also important for you to talk with your child about what is safe and familiar in Kindergarten. The district will be offering three full days of “Kinder Camp” May 31st, June 1st and 2nd to ease the transition into school for your child. Your child is welcome to attend all day, half day, part of the time depending on what works for you and your child. It is a fun filled time with a lot of art and snacks.

I look forward to seeing you at registration. If you have any questions please contact me at ckinzer@colton.k12.wa.us or 509.229.3386.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Kinzer