Welcome to Kindergarten at Farmington Woods!
We are so excited for you to join us as an IB learner in the 2023-2024 school year!
Learn more about our school and our IB/PYP Magnet Program Here:
@fwesibpyp (check out our Twitter Feed- also available on the website if you do not have a Twitter account)Register for Kindergarten in 2023-24- do this NOW if your student will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2023!!!2023-2024 Transition to Kindergarten Family Resources
The About Our School- General Information- section of the website includes updated documents and materials for additional review to prepare for the start of kindergarten.
WCPSS Volunteer Registration- Use this link to register to become an approved volunteer for the 2023-24 school year. Volunteer approval includes a background check and ONLY approved volunteers are allowed access to the building during the instructional day to assist in classrooms, tutoring, PTA projects, read to classrooms, etc. It is also required for participation on any field trips or special events.
WCPSS Transportation Site (updates will not yet be available until August 18, 2023)
Important Dates to have on your calendar:
- August 2nd- online "line up"- Registration for the FWES After School Program- first come first served. If you are "seated" after the online line up, you will bring materials to complete the registration process on August 9th and 10th. Use the link above to read more about the process.
- Marbles Museum Kick Off to Kindergarten, Saturday, August 19, 2023
- Friday, August 25, 2023- FWES Open House 2:00-4:00pm- Meet all kindergarten teachers and visit all kindergarten classrooms and take care of many starting the year tasks.
- Kindergarten Staggered Entry- Students will attend school ONLY 1 FULL Day the week of August 28-31, 2023 based on the first letter of their last name.
- Monday, August 28: Last Name A-C
- Tuesday, August 29: Last Name D-L
- Wednesday, August 30: Last Name M-R
- Thursday, August 31: Last Name S-Z
- Friday, September 1st- Kindergarten Meet the Teacher (find out who your teacher will be)- 1:00-2:00pm- For parents AND students!
Additional Kindergarten Readiness Resources:
- Kindergarten Orientation Presentation 5-24-2023
- Kindergarten Health and Immunization Requirements
- School Calendar for 2023-2024
- Kindergarten Staggered Entry Letter
- School Supply List 23-24 FWES PTA Yubbler- school supplies purchased and mailed to your home
- Tracing Activity sheet for kindergartners to practice fine motor
- Getting Reading for Kindergarten/En Espanol
- Off to a Good Start Un buen comienzo en el Kínder
FWES Kindergarten Countdown Messages
Countdown to Kindergarten- 1 week to go!
Join FWES Families and new friends on Thursday, August 24th from 4:30-6:30pm on the playground for a picnic.
Bring your dinner picnic/snacks and a blanket/chairs
Brusters Ice Cream Truck will be there to buy dessert!
Kindergarten students are NOT assigned to a teacher until the Staggered Entry days have been completed- so there will not be an assigned teacher for your student to visit. Kindergarten students and families will visit each kindergarten classroom and meet all kindergarten teachers. There will be an activity to complete in each of the 7 classrooms.
Open House Kindergarten Stations- review to know what you will be doing in the kindergarten classrooms
In the school there will be many other starting the year activities to complete, too:
Get a Carpool Tag (or Pre-Register before Tuesday, Aug 22nd at 8:30am to have it ready at Open House for pick up) if you will be picking up in the PM at ANY POINT in the year (Tag not needed for AM drop off)
Ask questions about Bus Routes
Put $ on a lunch account
Join the PTA and order New Spiritwear
Please monitor your time in each kinder classroom to make sure you have time for all activities before 4:00pm:)
Check your Staggered Entry Date for next week- Kinders only come one day the first week of school:)
Parents are encouraged to walk in with kindergartners on their staggered entry date:)
Bring a backpack with:
Lunch box/Lunch money ($3.25) and a snack are needed
Change of clothes
**DO NOT send school supplies from the list on the Staggered Entry Day (bring them on September 1st when students are assigned to a teacher)
Make sure you have let the Kindergarten Team know (at Open House) how your child will be going home on their staggered entry day.
Getting Ready for Kindergarten and School Rules and Procedures
One of the biggest transitions for our kindergarten students is adjusting to a classroom with many more students than preschool or at home. There is a need to wait your turn, walk in a line, follow directions from adults, sit in an assigned seat, listen, transition between activities (even if it does not get finished), follow a schedule and many more. While our teachers are skilled and making these things happen with a classroom full of kindergartners, you can begin to assist your child with this transition at home.
The information below will help your family consider rules and behavior expectations and how you can create similar structures at home to make your family function at its best- like we will do at school to make sure learning functions for every student at its best.
Countdown to Kindergarten- 2 weeks to go!
FWES PTA Back to School Picnic is Thursday, August 24th 4:30-6:30pm on the FWES playground!
FWES Open House is 2:00-4:00pm on Friday, August 25th
Don't forget to review the information in the 8-11-23 Friday Folder for much more information on how to prepare for the start of the year!
Section #5 Cognitive Development
Public School kindergarten is an academic based program with developmentally appropriate learning practices to support success of our young learners. There will be reading, writing, “spelling”, math, Science and Social Studies each day. As you review the Cognitive Development document and activities linked above- also take a look at the Learning Standards comparison document below to see the changes from a Pre K program standards to the expectations in Kindergarten. You'll see that academic development will be a priority throughout the day, based in engaging experiences designed to support learning. You are in for a treat to watch your child learn and grow this year as an IB Learner!
At Home Activities This Week:
Check out the FWES Website homepage pictures with your student. Ask questions and decide which things they look forward to doing when they come to school.
Read a book aloud nightly
Countdown to Kindergarten- 3 weeks to go!
FWES Open House for Kindergarten is 2:00-4:00pm on Friday, August 25th!
Although there will be no Kindergarten Rosters posted on Thursday, August 24th all Kindergarten families are invited to attend the FWES PTA Back to School Picnic on Thursday, August 24th from 4:30-6:30pm on the FWES Playground.
Establishing Routines- time to get started!
All students, but especially kindergartners, thrive on routine and procedures. It provides them with comfort and stability throughout their day. The transition to Elementary School is a big one for a 5 year old and having routines ALREADY established at home for morning and bedtime routines will allow your child to be equipped to focus their energy on the school transition. Please review the documents linked below filled with information and ideas on how to establish morning and bedtime routines. You’ve got three weeks+ to develop and practice them before school starts so get ready!
Some general reminders:
Leave early enough from home for the bus stop or carpool that a student is not rushed or late
Pack backpacks the night before
Decide on what to wear (or two options to wear) the night before
Make time for a calm breakfast and talk about the things that your child has shared that they like at school (playground, friends, centers, etc.).
A regular, enforced bedtime will help your child’s body adjust to the school routine
Always read a book before bed! Even the same book over and over will provide that structure to help your child go to sleep faster:)
Use calming music or other calming activities to help your child transition into sleep time (research says no screens/TV for 30-60 minutes prior to going to bed will support falling asleep faster)
Section #4 Language Development and Communication
At home activities for this week:
Read a book with your kindergartner and use the guide linked below before during and after reading to get them ready for reading in Kindergarten!
All About Me- complete page 1 with your kindergartner
- Counting Practice 1-10! Select items in your home (silverware, socks, toys, goldfish crackers, baby carrots, etc.) and make various group sizes and have your child count them- make sure they touch each object as they count them. As a challenge, use index cards or cut paper to have numbers 1-10 on them- as they count the group, have them match the number to the group they just counted:) Have fun!
Countdown to Kindergarten- 4 weeks to go!
Eating Lunch at School- Review the WCPSS information about School Meals including menus to begin to consider what you will want your child to do for lunch in kindergarten. Students do not have to only have School Meals or only bring a lunch box but thinking ahead of time about what is best for your child is important.
Lunch Box and Cafeteria Notes:
Students should be independent in using utensils and managing foods they have for lunch each day.
Students should be able to open most packaging independently- summer is a great time to practice opening lunch containers (tupperware, ziploc bags, reusable bags, etc.), chip bags, yogurts, etc.
Refrigeration or heating is not available for student lunches from home
WCPSS School Meal Menus* Note that as with many other things, supply issues can impact the published menus and there may be items that are not available on the scheduled day.
Apply for Meal Assistance- Free and Reduced Price Meal Application- can take 10 days to 2 weeks to process. Required each year. Apply early!
Visitors at Lunch: Anytime beginning September 24th, kindergarten families are invited to join your student for lunch in the cafeteria for special occasions (no treats or food to share with the class is allowed) or just for fun. It is important that you consider if your child is ready to see their family and lunch and that they understand the family members will be leaving and the student will be returning to the classroom. If your child struggles with separation anxiety, it may be best to wait a while longer before coming to lunch. Other details about visiting can be found in the FWES Family/Student Handbook 2023-24.
Eating Snack at School: All classrooms will provide students with an opportunity to eat a healthy snack during the day. If families are interested in their student having a snack, it should be sent to school daily with the student. Snack will not be provided to students by the school. Please review the Healthy Active Students guidelines regarding healthy snacks to send to school. Only water is allowed in the classroom for drinking- please do not send juice.
Your child’s snack should be something they can manage independently while other activities are happening in the classroom. Instruction will not stop for snack time, but the teacher may read a story while students who have a snack eat it; students may be allowed to take their snack to a center while they work in a small group on a learning activity or other “working snack” models. Snacks should not require adult support and should not take more than 5 minutes to consume. One healthy item is typically plenty to fill the tummy for learning. Snacks are not required, it is a family decision to provide them.
At home activities for this week:
Countdown to Kindergarten Week- 5 weeks to go!
Registered Kindergarten Families will get weekly communication to help support your student and your family's transition to kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year.
If you are a new family or missed a message, visit the Kindergarten Parent page on our website to see previous messages and activities sent.
Let’s Get Ready! - Office of Early Learning publication to support families
The guide has several sections to guide families, along with some sample activities for each section to do at home to help prepare your kindergartner’s skills for kindergarten.
Section #2- Emotional and Social Development
(FWES will produce our own school specific video for the start of the year that will be shared closer to school's start:)
Week #2 At Home Activities:
7-18-2023 Countdown to Kindergarten Week- 6 weeks to go!
Hi Kindergarten Families!
We are busy getting things ready for the start of the 2023-24 school year and are excited to have your student and family joining us at FWES.
Each week until kindergarten begins, we will send you information that will assist you and your student in preparing for the transition to kindergarten. It will include information for parent review and activities to do with your child, too.
As we get closer to the start of the year, the weekly email will also contain some kindergarten specific school information…. And you’ll begin getting our whole school information sharing, too!
Register for Kick off to Kindergarten at Marbles!
Let’s Get Ready! - Office of Early Learning publication to support families
The guide has several sections to guide families; along with some sample activities for each section to do at home to help prepare your kindergartner’s skills for kindergarten
Section #1- Approaches to Play and Learning
At home student activities for this week: