Routines and Procedures
Water and Footwear
This year, we are very fortunate to have physical education daily and will go outside for recess when the weather permits. As such, please send your child in sneakers each day until winter boot season arrives. At that time, please pack a pair of sneakers or send a pair that can be kept in your child’s locker throughout the week. Please note that for safety purposes, if your child is not wearing sneakers, he/she will not be permitted to take part in physical activities, including playing on playground equipment and participating in P.E. class. Additionally, please be sure to send a filled water bottle with your child each and every day.
A daily snack will be provided for all students each day and will be served in the afternoon. While snack items are furnished through our Pre-K grant, we are always accepting and very appreciative of any snack donations (Goldfish, pretzels, fruit snacks, etc.)! Thank you in advance!
Breakfast and Lunch
School breakfast and lunch are available for purchase daily. Students who need to attend breakfast at the cafeteria may do so upon arrival, after checking in with the classroom teacher. However, if a student is late for school and the breakfast session has ended, this morning meal service will likely not be available. Lunchtime for our class is scheduled from 11:08-11:38 daily and our classroom teacher's aide will accompany the students to the cafeteria to assist as needed. Students needing to purchase a lunch will make their menu selection in the morning when they arrive in the classroom. Monthly menus are available on the GLP School website. In order to purchase a meal, you will need to make a payment using the My School Bucks system (see link below); no cash payments are accepted. Please visit the links below for more information on our meal payment system, free/reduced lunch program, and menus. Also, please reach out to the GLP main office with any additional questions.
This year, I will be utilizing an innovative online tool called Class Dojo to help keep you informed of your child’s behavior at school, share whole class and individual messages, and post photos of all the fun things we are doing in the classroom!
Within Class Dojo, students can both earn and lose points based on the behaviors they demonstrate in the classroom, at lunch, and at specials. As a parent, you will receive an alert when your child has earned or lost a point, along with a brief statement regarding the point change. For example, your child may earn a point for “showing determination” and “demonstrating empathy” towards others, while our negative point descriptors include “noise control” and “not following directions”.
You will also be able to view messages that I have sent to the whole class or to your particular family, and message me with any questions or concerns of your own. However, please refrain from using Class Dojo to communicate sensitive or confidential information. Please contact the school nurse with all health-related inquiries or concerns. Any dismissal changes or emergencies should be directed to the GLP Main Office.
To get started, all you need to do is download the free app and enter your parent code (please see your child’s Class Dojo flyer for your specific code and more detailed instructions on how to get started).
Because we are a full-day pre-kindergarten classroom, the students will have an afternoon nap/rest time. This gives all children an opportunity to relax and recharge in a safe, calm, and comfortable setting. We will transition into rest time gradually with storytime, calming music, and dimmed lights. Children who do not sleep during this time will be provided with quiet activities such as books to read on their mats while their peers take a snooze. Please be sure to send in a mat and blanket with your child to be kept at school. Rest time supplies will be sent home regularly for laundering.