What's Been Happening at Stockton

Welcome to Kindergarten

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to John Stockton Elementary Kindergarten. I hope that you are excited about the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. I am looking forward to having your child in my classroom! Working together as a team will enable your Kindergartner to have a more successful year.

The school packet will have very important papers to be reviewed, filled out and returned. Be prepared to have a photo I.D. with you during the first few weeks of school when you check in at the front office. A sticker will be printed for you to wear while on campus.
Kindergarten is a big step for you and your child . Please practice dropping off your child and quickly saying goodbye. This routine makes the child’s adjustment much easier.
Please dress your child appropriately for an active day in Kindergarten. We paint, we play, and we use play dough. Shoes need to be suitable for running and playing. Flip flops, loose sandals, boots and Sunday school shoes can make moving around difficult.

Students may bring a lunch or buy lunch in the Cafeteria. Lunches are $1.95/day. If you plan to have your child buy lunch regularly or just occasionally, I encourage you to send a check (made out to John Stockton) for a week or months’ worth of lunches. Please send the check or money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on it. Please be aware that there are lots of tempting snacks in the lunch line that cost extra. You should discuss with your child what he/she might purchase on any given day, or you may be surprised to find that your lunch account has decreased quite rapidly. Your child will be assigned a bar code for lunch. This code will be placed on a badge for each student to wear to the Cafeteria and use in the lunch line.

Our kindergarten students will have a weekly homework packet. It will be provided on Mondays to be completed by Friday. Be an active participant in your child’s education…. read, read, read!!! They will be required to read 2 books each night at home. You are also expected to keep a reading log of the books you have read to your child, so that they can meet the 90-book standard for each 9 weeks. That is 360 books total for the year! THIS READING LOG will be part of their reading grade on the report card each quarter.

Kindergarten Parents are invited to the Boo-Hoo Breakfast in the Media Center at 8:30 on Monday, August 14th. Please stop in after you drop off your child, and have some coffee and a Danish. This is a great opportunity to meet other Kindergarten parents, too.

Very important: We will need to know how your child is getting home the first day of school and the rest of the school year. Students can be a Bus Rider, a Car Rider, in Extended Day, or a Walker (students walk with a teacher to the front of the school to meet their parents, Kindergarteners do not walk home alone). Please send a note and/or place a sticky label on your child’s clothing stating how they will be going home in the afternoon for the first day. Please send a note any time there is a change in how your child is going home in the afternoon.

In Kindergarten, we depend a great deal on the support of parents. You must register online to volunteer in the classroom or go on a field trip. You will need to apply online at the Duval County Public Schools http://www.duvalschools.org/ website. Click on the “Parents” tab, and then click on “Volunteer.” This will take you to the page where you can apply online to become a volunteer. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can use the computer in our school’s main office. The process is very easy, and the office staff can assist you. This is required for field trips as well as volunteering in the classroom.
I hope that all parents will come and support our classroom and our educational community.

There are several ways you may assist:
1.) Two Homeroom Parents – Coordinate class parties, fall festival, and represent the class for PTA sponsored activities. 2.) FOS (Friends of Stockton) Representative – Distributes information to class parents regarding fundraising events and FOS activities. 3.) Classroom Volunteers from 9-12:00 p.m. Daily – You will work with small groups within the classroom or with individual children in writing, reading, and math or help with other class needs. Please sign up only for days you know you can make it – for example, all Mondays, or the 2nd and 4th Tuesday, or the 3rd Wednesday. It would be nice to have each morning covered if possible. 4.) Field Trip Volunteers – Assist the class on field trips outside the class. We are planning four field trips to the Conner’s Corn Maze, The Public Library, the Zoo, and a Theatreworks Performance. Dates will be announced as they are scheduled. 5.) Snack Volunteers – Bring in snacks for Fun Fridays by signing up for two weeks at a time. 6.) Garden Volunteers – Help students plant vegetables in our garden in the courtyard.

The above information along with other coming events are available on my website at http://www.cookeatstockton.com/. Anytime there is something you feel I need to know, please contact me. If you have any questions or concerns, you can call me at school (381-3955) or email at (cookea@duvalschools.org). I do not take phone calls when I am teaching, but I will contact you during resource and/or after school.
I am looking forward to our year ahead. Please get involved in Stockton and let’s work together to make it a great place for your child to grow and learn.

Kindergarten School Supply List 2017 -2018

All students will need one backpack without wheels. Please place the student’s full name on the inside of the backpack.

Students will need sturdy headphones (no ear buds or headphones that wrap around the ears.)
Please place the headphones in a Ziploc bag, with the student’s full name on the bag.

Please label all of the following items too: lunchboxes, coats, sweaters, etc.

• Four large Elmer’s Glue Sticks
• One 1 inch binder (notebook) with a clear view plastic vinyl cover and round rings
• One green plastic folder with prongs and pockets
• One red plastic folder with prongs and pockets
• One blue plastic folder with prongs and pockets
• One orange plastic folder with prongs and pockets
• One composition book
• One pump bottle of hand sanitizer
• One box of Kleenex
• Boys Only will bring one box of gallon size Ziploc bags
• Girls Only will bring one large container of Clorox Wipes

Teacher Wish List (Optional)

• One pack of computer/copy paper (8 ½ by 11 inch paper)
• Crayola Markers the classic colors, set of 8
• Lysol Disinfectant Spray, prefer Lavender scent

Teachers may request additional supplies for their classrooms.
*Ms. Cooke’s Class will need one box of Crayola Markers the classic colors, and a set of colored pencils (Crayola seems to work the best when sharpened). Please place these items in a gallon size Ziploc bag with your child’s name on it.

Remind

i-Ready

i-Ready is a single K–12 adaptive Diagnostic for reading and mathematics that pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level, and ongoing progress monitoring shows whether students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets.

It provides rigorous, on-grade-level instruction and practice with Ready® and additional downloadable lessons to help meet individual student or small group needs.

i-Ready also provides personalized student instruction targeted to students’ unique areas of needs and mobile apps to boost achievement.

The easy-to-use reporting and ongoing progress monitoring provide educators with real-time insights for each student at the class, school, and district level.

In Duval County students’ will need to meet the “Strive for 45” goal in Reading and Math. That means each student will need to be online for 45 minutes per week per subject. Students will be encouraged to work on their i-Ready lessons at school during center time, and also at home for home learning. You will need to go directly to the Duval County Public Schools website and click “Popular Links” at the top of the screen. Then open “Blended Learning” and scroll down to iReady where students’s login using their username and password.