Welcome Kindergarten families! Your Kindergarten teachers are:
- Erika Suckow, Room 109 Erika_Moore@dpsk12.org – see classroom website
- Heidi Stark, Room 112 Heidi_stark@dpsk12.org
- Laura Lasswell, Room 110 Laura_Lasswell@dpsk12.org
- Tara Hammond, Room 113 Tara_Hammond@dpsk12.org
For many of you, this is a first experience with Brown International Academy, and perhaps with any school for your child. Below is some information you might find helpful as we begin the school year. If you have any questions about this information, please feel free to call the front office staff at 720-424-9250 or your child’s teacher. We also encourage you to seek out other parents and attend PTA meetings to remain informed.
Kindergarten’s Program of Inquiry Timeline for Units-Kinder- 2017-18
Students in Kindergarten engage in six units of inquiry that span the year.
Morning Drop-off and Dismissal
Drop Off: There will be a staff member on duty on the Kindergarten playground starting at 8:30 a.m. daily. You may drop your student off on the Kinder playground starting at 8:30 a.m., but please be sure to escort them to the playground and let the person on duty know that you are leaving. Students will line up by class on the playground at 8:50 a.m. so that we can walk inside promptly when the bell rings at 8:55 a.m.
Please be sure to hug and say goodbye to your child prior to their lining up. It is much easier on the child and parent if goodbyes are said before getting in line, and is also much more efficient for teachers getting students into the building so that we can start our learning.
Teachers will escort students in through the side door of the building, so as to minimize traffic directly into the classroom. If your child is in Discovery Link in the mornings, a staff member will escort your child to the Kinder playground so they may line up with the rest of the class. Once inside the building, students will hang backpacks and coats on hooks and line up outside of the classroom door. Once in line, we will lead them into the classroom, where they will start the day with a morning meeting.
Dismissal: Students are dismissed through the Kindergarten classroom doors on the Kinder playground at 3:45 p.m.
Students participating in Discovery Link or other after-school activities (see below) will be escorted to the appropriate drop-off location by a teacher. Students who are not picked up by 4:00 p.m. will be taken to the Main Office so that they may contact the appropriate person.
Your child’s teacher will describe the classroom schedule on Back to School Night. Kindergarten classes have a mix of group and exploration time in the morning. They go to lunch at 11:10 a.m., followed by recess. Afternoons involve Specials, which include Dance/Physical Education, Music, Visual Art, Technology and Spanish classes on a rotation basis. Students have library check out weekly. If you have specific questions, feel free to talk directly to your child’s teacher.
Bathrooms and Water Breaks
Students are encouraged to use the restroom during lunch and afternoon recess times. However, there are bathrooms in each of the Kinder classrooms.
Brown offers a hot cafeteria lunch including a kid-friendly salad bar. Walking to the cafeteria and buying lunch may be a new experience for full-day kindergarteners. As a result, Brown staff ensure that children quickly learn the routine. Students will line up in the hall according to whether they have hot or cold lunch. Students walk in a line as a class to the lunchroom at 11:10 a.m. and are excused by class and escorted to recess by a Para or other staff member. Parents are always welcome to join their child in the cafeteria and may also purchase lunch. Learn more about breakfast and lunch at Brown.
School Information and Updates
The school regularly sends home information on school activities and events in students’ “Friday Folders” at the end of each week. Please encourage your child to bring this information home to you and to return the folder to the teacher on Monday.
Before- and After-School Programs
Depending on parent volunteer interest and funding, Brown makes available an array of before- and after-school programs. Discovery Link is available before and after school. Discovery Link staff drop off and pick up the children from their classrooms. Kids typically spend their time working on projects in the cafeteria and playing in the gym or on the playground.
Families can bring in a non food treat at arrival and if your student has a summer birthday they can celebrate their half birthday date.