Classroom Handbook

Money and Notes Sent to School

All money must be sent to school in an envelope with the following information written on the outside:                                   Your child’s name
                                               Runkle
                                               Purpose of the Money (example:  Lunch Money, Field Trip)
                                               Amount

 Any note sent to me needs to be in an envelope with the following written on the outside:   

                                               Your child’s name
                                               Runkle
                                               NOTE

Please use the envelope given to you for your child’s lunch money.  Please use a pencil to write the amount each week.  Send all lunch money on Monday.  You may pay for more than one week at a time.  All lunch envelopes will be returned on Friday of each week.  If for some reason you do not get your lunch envelope back or if you loose the envelope, you will need to send in a regular envelope with the information written on the outside.

 There is also a NOTE envelope provided for you.  The NOTE envelope will be sent back home daily if you send it in.

 *PLEASE REMOVE LUNCH AND NOTE ENVELOPES FROM YOUR CHILD’S BACKPACK IN THEY DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING INSIDE!*

Toys

Your child may only bring a toy to school if he/she is the Special Friend.  You will receive a note to let you know what to send in if your child is the Special Friend.  The toy MUST fit into your child’s backpack.  Please do not let your child bring any toy guns, swords, or any play weapons (take them off of their action figures).  Please do not let them bring expensive toys to school (ipads, tablets, etc). 

 Drop off and pick up information

Please drop your child off at the loop at the end of the building.  You do not need to park or get out of your car.  There will be teachers outside to help your child open doors and get out.  The only day you may bring in your child is the first day they come.  I will show your child what to do when they come into the building.  You may want to remind them each morning when they get out that they MUST go to the cafeteria until the bell rings.  The first bell rings at 7:40.  This is when your child will be dismissed form the cafeteria.  Your child must be in the classroom by 7:45, this is when the 2nd bell rings.  If they come into the classroom after the 2nd bell they will have to get a tardy slip.  If your child is late, you can then park and walk them into the office and get them a tardy slip.  DO NOT DROP YOUR CHILD OFF AT THE FRONT DOORS. 

Please be on time when picking up your child.  Kindergarten students are dismissed at 2:40.  You will go to the same loop where you dropped off.  You will get in the line with the other parents.  You do not need to get out of your car.  You will receive a tag to hang in your car with your child’s name on it in a couple of weeks.  Until you receive this use the paper that is in your child’s folder that has their name and my name on it.  Hold it up where the teacher calling names can see it.    All names will be called and your child will come out of the building to your car when their name is called.  When your child gets into your car, please remove the tag or turn it around so we will know your child is in your car.

Emergency Information

If there is ever a change in the person picking up your child, you must write a note to me.  I will not let your child leave school with anyone not on your list without a note from a parent.  If someone else will be picking up your child and you do not send a note, you can call the school office to let us know.  

 Staggering Weeks

Kindergarteners do not attend everyday the first two weeks of school.  Please refer to your child’s staggering schedule sheet.  (REMEMBER that you can park and walk your child in the first day only).

Sickness

If your child gets sick at school, the parents will be called to come pick up your child.  Please do not send your child to school if he/she runs a fever, has a rash, or a very bad cold and cough.  Please do not send any medicine to school (cough drops included) with your child.  We do not give medicine at school.  If medication will be needed during the day, parents will need to see the school nurse to fill out necessary paperwork.  hool Rules

School Rules

  1. If you plan to pick up your child early, please go to the office and sign him out.  You are not allowed to come to the classroom.  THIS IS SCHOOL POLICY.
  2. Your child will have PE once a week.  On this day your child must wear tennis shoes.  Girls must wear pants or shorts.  If the girls wear a skirt or dress, they must wear shorts underneath.  (It is a good idea to always put shorts under dresses or skirts even if it is not a PE day)!
  3. If you need to talk to me, send a note with your child to school or email me.
  4. School attendance is very important.  Vacations must be pre-approved.  Send a note as soon as you know you will be out of town.  I will get it to the principal for pre-approval.
  5. If your child is absent, send a note to me as to the reason.  A physician’s excuse would be helpful.  It is important for school personnel to know the reason for any absence.  Notes are kept on file.  Your child will be marked unexcused if we do not receive a note.
  6. If your child is late, the parent is to sign the child in through the office and send the tardy slip with your child to the classroom.  YOU MAY NOT drop your child off at his door or at the front door.  You MUST bring them in to the office.
  7. All money MUST be in correct change only.  I will not be able to make change.  If at all possible send checks payable to Woodall Elementary (unless otherwise noted).  Do not send 1 check for more than 1 thing.  (Example:  Do not send 1 check for lunch money and field trip money.  You must send 2 separate checks).
  8. Children are to wear clothing they can manage before and after toileting.  I can not stop teaching to unbutton and button children when they go to the bathroom.
  9. PUT YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON EVERYTHING THEY BRING TO SCHOOL.
  10. YOUR CHILD MAY NOT WEAR FLIP FLOPS TO SCHOOL! 

Missed Work

I will send home any work missed due to an absent.  If going on a vacation, let me know if you want the work that will be missed before you go.  If not, I will send it home upon your child’s return.

 Homework

My Kindergarteners will have homework.  They usually like the idea of this.  It makes them feel big!  Homework will come home on Thursdays.  If you complete it by Friday, you may
send it back then, if not it must be turned in by the following Monday.
  

Parties and Field Trips

We will have a party for Halloween and Christmas.  If you would like to attend a party, you are more than welcome.  However, please make arrangements for your younger children while you are at our party.  NO YOUNGER CHILDREN ARE TO ATTEND PARTIES.  I will need your help with the class.  Each party will have a chairperson.  The chairperson will contact the other parents assigned to that party.  This person will let you know what needs to be done or sent for your party.  We will celebrate Valentines and Easter, however we will not have a “party”, therefore parents will not attend these celebrations.

 We usually do the following Field Trips:

October – Pumpkin Patch (Parents are welcome to attend)!

April or May – A trip to Nashville Children’s Theater to see a play.  (Parents will not attend).

All Field Trip information will be sent home with your child.  Please return all permission slips.  NO YOUNGER BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE TO ATTEND FIELD TRIPS

 

 School Closing Information

Sometimes we have unexpected early school closings, due to bad weather, or snow.  Robert F. Woodall Elementary goes by the Robertson County School Closing Schedule.  You need to stay alert for these closings and be ready to come early for your child.  Do not call the school.  We receive closing information at the same time the radio and T.V. stations do, and our School Reach.

  Discipline Policy

In my classroom, the children pull cards for undesirable behavior.  The following are the consequences for each card pulled:

1st card pulled – Student pulls the green card.  “Warning”

2nd card pulled – Student pulls the yellow card.  “Time Out” for 10 minutes.

3rd card pulled – Student pulls the blue card.  “Time Out” for 20 minutes.

4th card pulled – Student pulls the pink card.  “Time Out” for 30 minutes.

5th time the children does not follow directions student will be sent to the office.

Severe disruption – Student is sent to the office.

 

This will all be explained to your child.  Each day your child will start over with their green card.

 Each Friday, your child will bring home a Behavior Chart.  Inside this chart will be listed if and what each card was pulled for and what day it happened.  I do not send these home daily. Please sigh and return their Behavior Charts the next school day.

 Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home at the end of each 9 week period.  Please sign and return the report card the following day.

Grading

Your child will bring home work almost daily.  The papers will not always be “graded”.  If graded, the papers will have a “smiley” face if the work is satisfactory.  The paper will have a “straight” face is it needs some improvement.  The paper will have a “sad” face if the work is not satisfactory.  If work is unchecked, please go over it at home with your child.  I do walk around and see their work while they are doing it, so I will be aware of unsatisfactory work.

 Lunch

You are welcome to come and eat lunch with your child.  I do suggest  and want you to wait until we have been in school for around 3-4 weeks.  If you do come, just go and sign in at the office.  You can wait in the foyer or by the cafeteria doors for us to come.  You may not come to our classroom.   SCHOOL POLICY:  NO OUTSIDE FOOD FROM RESTURANTS MAY BE BROUGHT FOR LUNCH.  After lunch, say your goodbyes when the children line up in the cafeteria to come back to the room.  You do not need to walk your child back to the classroom.  This sometimes causes the children to become upset when you leave.

  Supply Money

There is a $25 supply fee.  This money will be used to purchase items needed in the classroom.

(examples:  crayons, pencils, glue, construction paper, paint, pencils, writing paper, and the list goes on). 

 Contact Infromation 

School Address:  Robert F. Woodall Elementary

                            300 Eden Way

                            White House, TN  37188

 

School Phone Number:  615-672-7772

 

Mrs. Michelle’s Emailmichelle.runkle@rcstn.net

 Please email me with any questions!!!  However, do not email me with any dismissal changes!  If there is a change in the way your child will leave school, you MUST send a note or call the school office!  If I am not at school and there is a substitute in the classroom, she will not know of the change if an email is sent to me!

 

 

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