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Kindergarten Schedule and Class list update!

posted Aug 19, 2013, 5:54 PM by Beth Murphy
Hello Kindergarten Families!

If we don't have your email address in Infinite Campus (a system our district uses for grades and all contact information that you enter upon being enrolled) you may not have received the email below from our principal, Tracy Stegall and myself.  Please read below:

Dear Families--

Over the course of the last few days, we've had MANY new registrations for Kindergarten.  So many, in fact, that our two kindergarten classes have reached 28 children in each class!  As much as she would love to teach ALL the kindergartners, Beth Murphy will be getting a new teammate who will be teaching one section of kindergarten on Tuesdays and Thursdays (and Friday mornings).

I'm writing to ask you to please be patient with us as we make this change in the 'final inning' of the summer.  I'm also asking for your grace and flexibility as we make some class changes that are best for all students.  We're working on hiring a person who has kindergarten experience and is a 'known quantity' but we just now got the 'go ahead' to do so.

To that end, we are not holding "Meet the Teacher" for Kindergarten tomorrow; as soon as we've hired our new teacher, we will host that event and inform you of any class changes and possible new start dates.  As we rebuild class lists, this will be done by student mix and ability levels to ensure a high quality, balanced environment.  

We are very aware that many of you had to create new childcare for our staggered start for Kindergarten.  If our soon-to-be-developed and then announced staggered start schedule causes an undue hardship and you do not have a way of getting your child to school as a result, we will excuse the absence.  The kindergarten teachers will be planning accordingly, knowing that our last minute change was difficult and not all students may be in attendance.

Right now, we have 28 students in our Monday-Wednesday-Friday afternoon class.  Some of these students (10-ish) will need to move to a Tuesday-Thursday-Friday morning section.  If you are currently scheduled in M-W and are able to easily switch to T-Th, please let us know by replying to this email.  (Note, this does not necessarily mean that you would be assigned one teacher over the other; again, that will be determined by best mix of kids and ability levels.)

We will share more information with you as soon as we can.  In the meantime, this IS a celebration (because we do believe that smaller class sizes work better for kindergartners); it just feels like a challenging hurdle right now.  Not to worry, though... our running shoes and leg muscles can handle it!

Best to you,

Tracy Stegall, Principal
Beth Murphy, One of two Kindergarten teachers
____________, Unknown right now Kindergarten teacher