Hello Wonderful Incoming-Kindergarten Families!
Welcome (or welcome back) to Lafayette! We are so excited to get to know you and your child this year and look forward to having you in our Leopard community. We know there is a lot of uncertainty and anxiety regarding the upcoming school year, but we want to assure you that the kindergarten team is ready and eager to make this an exciting and happy experience for your little one. We are prepared to offer a robust remote schedule so that your child learns and makes growth while at the same time appreciating the importance of social emotional learning, especially in these uncertain times. We understand that starting the year online is not ideal for kids or parents, but we are looking forward to working with you and your child and making this as smooth a transition as possible. This is an exciting time for your child, and our biggest goal is making sure they have a good, enriching experience, even if it’s untraditional.
The Lafayette Kindergarten Team is pleased to offer virtual Jump Start this year to incoming kindergarten students. Attending school on the computer may be a new and unique experience for your little one, and virtual Jump Start will give your child a “jump start” on the school year by allowing them to practice attending different remote sessions during the week of August 17-21, 2020. Virtual Jump Start is open to ALL incoming Lafayette students. Please see the schedule below for an idea of what the week will look like. Every day (except for Monday) we will offer two sessions (9:30am and 11:00am) so students get a taste of the various things we do in kindergarten plus get used to logging into meetings at different times. Your child may attend every session, but even if they can only attend one or two, we’d love to see them! Additional information and meeting links will be emailed out to all kindergarten families; no need to RSVP.
On *Monday, August 17, 2020, after our first Jump Start meeting, there will be two time slots available for families to come by the front of the school to pick up a kindergarten welcome kit. These kits contain a lot of useful and fun items for your child and we will be using these materials during Jump Start! We have a pick-up time available in the late morning and again in the evening so hopefully one of those times will work for your family.
Please look for an email soon from the kindergarten team with some additional Jump Start information, plus some answers to questions you’ve sent us over the summer. As of now, there is still a lot being figured out regarding the school year, but we will relay what we know. In the past, we’ve had some concerns about equity in Jump Start and this year is no different; we understand that while the district will be getting all kindergarten students iPads for the regular school year, this may not be in place in time for Jump Start. Please know that even if your child does not have easy access to a device in time for Jump Start, we will be reaching out to you before the school year starts so we have a chance to talk to everyone before the first day of school.
We look forward to seeing you and your child soon!
THE LAFAYETTE KINDERGARTEN TEAM
JUMP START SCHEDULE
|Monday, August 17||Tuesday, August 18||Wednesday, August 19||Thursday, August 20||Friday, August 21|
-Meet the teachers
-Expectations for Kindergarten
|11:00am||Read Aloud||Read Aloud||Read Aloud||Goodbye!
-Reiterate expectations for Kindergarten
-Can’t wait to see you again soon!
|11:00am - 12:pm||*Kinder Welcome Kit Pick-Up|
|5:00pm - 6pm||*Kinder Welcome Kit Pick-Up|
*Kindergarten welcome kits will be available for pick in front of school on California Ave. If you are unable to make either pick up time, please contact the front office to arrange a mutually convenient date/time.