August 2017
Greetings Mohawk families,

I hope some time off from the typical school routines has been good for everyone’s soul. I know I feel refreshed and recharged after some vacation time. It was an awesome summer for my family! But, I have to tell you, I am getting that first-day-of-school excited knowing we are just a couple of weeks away from the start of the 2017-2018 school year!

I’m eager to introduce three new members of our Mohawk family!

We will be spending a lot of time fine-tuning our systems as our teachers head back to work. We are going to evaluate student-led conferences, homework, classroom management systems, and much more. I expect that you will observe more cohesiveness in our systems and communication between classes and even grade levels. 

Thanks to our wonderful PTA, you will see an increase in flexible furniture in each classroom this year. We are really excited about giving students more choice and flexibility throughout the school day. You can also see that our playground renovation is underway. Because of the 2016 Bond, our generous PTA, and a donation from Dr. Crosby, we have equipment that is up to date with ADA standards and a shade structure to help keep kids cool during the hot Texas months.

Calendars can fill up quickly with back to school events, so please make sure to mark your calendars with these dates:

Friday, August 18th Meet the Teacher!

Kinder 101 10:00am-11:00am Cafeteria
Back to School Night 4:30pm-6:00pm Classrooms

  
Monday, August 21st

First Day of School!!!
Doors open at 7:30am to walk your child to their classroom

Thursday, August 31st

Curriculum Night  6:00pm-7:30pm

 

This is a parent only event. You will be receiving essential grade level information that will guide families for the 2017-2018 school year.


Kindergarten Colts Tips

Drop Off

-For the first day of school, parents are allowed to walk their child directly to their classroom beginning at 7:30.

-After the first day of school, you will say goodbye to your child in front of the school. You will need to sign in at the front office if you need to go inside the building.

-If your child arrives between 7:30 and 7:40am, they will go to the cafeteria with the other kindergarteners. A kindergarten teacher will walk the students to their classrooms at 7:40am. They can bring something quietly do to while they wait, such as read a book.

-If your child arrives between 7:40 and 7:50am, they can walk to their classroom.

-You can use the carpool line or park your car to drop off your child, but please do not park in the teacher lot.

-Students should arrive no later than 7:50am. Your child will be considered tardy at 7:51am and will need to enter through the front office.

Pick Up

-Kindergarteners dismiss on the front porch and wait with their class.  They dismiss at 2:50pm, a few minutes before the whole school is dismissed.

-Your child will remain next to their teacher until they have found you. Students will let their teacher know you are there through giving a high five, hug, etc.

-If you drive through the carpool line, it is your child’s responsibility to watch for your car. 

-If your child is going home with someone other than you, please call the front office or send a note to your child’s teacher.

-If your child is sick, a handwritten note needs to be delivered to the office within three days of your child returning to school.

-If you are taking a vacation or missing school, notify the teacher as soon as possible. You will need to deliver a handwritten note to the office within three days of your child’s return. Please note that these will be unexcused absences.

Attire

-Make sure your child wears tennis shoes on PE days.

-A change of clothes to keep in your child’s locker might still be a great precaution as they get used to the kinder routine.

-Most girls like to keep a light cardigan in their backpacks and the boys can bring a sweatshirt (classrooms can get chilly). Make sure it is labeled with your child’s first and last name.

-Spaghetti straps are not allowed.

Lunch

-Lunch can be brought to school or bought in the cafeteria.

-To buy lunch: Visit https://paypams.com to set up an account for your child. They will receive a PIN number to use when purchasing lunch. 

-Your child will need to bring two snacks daily. Please make sure they are not messy and your child is able to open them independently. Snacks should be separate from the lunch box. 

-Water bottles are allowed inside the classroom. They can be taken to lunch with them.

-If you want to visit for lunch, you will need to complete a background check through RISD. You need to sign in at the front office and you can eat at the visitor’s tables in the front of the cafeteria. 

-Please, no lunch visitors until after Labor Day so we can learn the rules and procedures in the cafeteria. We do not allow lunch visitors during STAAR testing.

-The first two days of school, teachers will sit with the classes to support them and teach expectations. Nicole Frederking will monitor the students in the cafeteria the following weeks with other support staff. 

School Supplies

-School supplies can be purchased through the PTA at the end of the school year and is distributed to the teachers. Please note, this is a convenience for MOH families and is preferred by our teachers.

-Kindergarten teachers usually organize all of the supplies together and replenish the stash as needed.

Back Pack suggestions:

-water bottle

-light jacket or sweater

-lunch box

-change of clothes to store in locker

Stay Connected:

-Make sure you are part of the PTA, Join Here.

-Thursday folders: Sent home with school flyers and other important information. Sign and return on Fridays.

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I am excited to be on this journey with such an amazing community. It is the invested families, the dedicated staff, and of course, our stellar kids that make Mohawk Elementary the best place to be. Let’s SHINE BRIGHT together for the 2017-2018 school year!

 

Megan Cox
Mohawk Principal