Maya Angelou French Immersion PTSA

Dear Families of our Rising Kindergarten Class: 

Welcome to the Maya Angelou French Immersion parent community!  To help make the start of your new school year  as smooth and stress-free as possible, parents of past Kindergarteners and Transfer students did some brainstorming to gather helpful info, advice, and tips to share with you during this exciting, emotional time.

IMPORTANT WEBLINKS

Kindergarten School Supply List - Coming Soon

School Lunch Information - Click Here

Here Comes the Bus app. Click Here for more information and instuctions.

Schoolmax - Click Here

ENRICHMENT RESOURCES

BOUKILI - A FREE iPad /Android app (currently only available on tablets) with more than 50 books to read and 120 games in this app!

Abracadabra Have your child click on "zone enfant."  They can choose between letter/sound/syllable type activities, reading with help (they can click on individual words that they are not sure of and it will read it for them), reading comprehension activities (AFTER having read the story), and writing practice (4 levels).

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

The first day of school is a huge moment for both parents and children--especially when starting at a new school. Please rest assured that the staff is prepared to spot children who need assistance and will make sure all of the students meet up with their class.

Many parents choose to drive their children to school on the first day. Please note that the school parking lots will be filled with cars from eager parents and students on the first day of school. Please do not block the circle in front of the school building. Please also be aware that illegally parking on school property can result in your car being towed, so leave yourself plenty of time and patience. Don’t forget that special first day photo either at the bus stop or outside of the school building!

PREPARING FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

  • Visit the school grounds with your child so they can get familiar with the building prior to the first day of school.
  • Talk with your child about what they may experience, for example, not understanding the language.  Assure them that they will start to understand, possibly using their process of learning the English language as an example.
  • Help your child develop ways to communicate verbally and non-verbally about their needs. For example, how to ask permission to use the bathroom and get water.
  • Prepare your child for the school routine and if possible create a mock school schedule at home from breakfast to dismissal.
  • Give your child positive reinforcement for successfully completing independent tasks.
  • Visit the PGCPS website to sign up for text/email alerts about weather-related delays and cancellations.
  •  If your child is riding the bus, please make sure you have downloaded the Here Comes the Bus app. Click Here for more information and instuctions.

THE FIRST FEW WEEKS

Within about two weeks, most children become comfortable with the classroom routine, rules, and daily schedule and homework.  They will be very tired at the end of the day as they adjust to life at their new school.

Some important things to be aware of during this time:
  • Visit the PGCPS website to sign up for text/email alerts about weather-related delays and cancellations.
  • Currently, most teachers use the School Max portal to post grades. You can visit http://www1.pgcps.org/sis/index.aspx?id=72414 to learn more about this important online tool.

  • PGCPS runs on an A/B Day schedule.  While this impacts the older grades more, you will need to know what day it is so that your child is properly prepared for their specials-art, PE, music, etc. 

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Keep in mind that classroom supplies will need replenishment -especially the pencils, crayons, tissue, hand sanitizer, and other item that are  heavily used.

There are lots of ways to get involved, and it’s the best way to get to know other families and help your child feel connected to their school.  Check the PTSA website -- for the monthly calendar of events including volunteer opportunities and fun after school activities.  Some annual favorites are:

  • Movie Night
  • Skate Night
  • School Dances
  •  Parent Socials
  • Men Make a Difference Day!


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