- About Mrs. Burgess
I am very excited to be your child’s Kindergarten teacher here at Heartland Elementary! This is my 16th year of teaching. I have taught preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten. I enjoy teaching students at this age and hope to instill a lifelong love of learning and reading in them. We learn so much in Kindergarten and also have A LOT of fun at the same time.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Longwood University and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from WKU. I have lived in Kentucky for 11 years and my husband retired from 20 years in the Army and is now a government worker at Ft.
Knox. So, I think we are here to stay. I have 2 daughters. My oldest just recently got married and moved to South Carolina. She teaches high school Spanish and my youngest is a freshman at UK. I have a golden retriever named Jessie as well.
In my spare time, I enjoy shopping, traveling, playing pool, and spending time with family and friends.
- About Mrs. Sisk
Hello my name is Barbara Sisk. I was born and raised in Jasper,
. I met and married my husband Fred there. We have 3 wonderful children- Jordain, Karisa and Landen. We moved to Indiana in 1998. We moved here after living in Elizabethtown for a couple of years. We moved to High Point, North Carolina Elizabethtown, Kentuckyto be closer to our families in . I have volunteered in the Hardin Co. school district for 10 years before I started to work at Heartland Elementary. Indiana
My family enjoys swimming, playing sports and hanging out in our back yard. I enjoy home improvement projects and mowing the yard for relaxation. I hope to go back to
to a small beach home when I retire. North Carolina
- Kindergarten Handbook
Heartland Elementary School
We want to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to our class. We begin each new school year with excitement and enthusiasm, and we look forward to getting to know you and your child!
The beginning of a school year is an exciting time in the lives of children, especially kindergarten students. We have prepared this booklet of information to answer many questions you may have concerning procedures in our room and in our school. Please keep this booklet and refer to it when appropriate. Do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.
We look forward to establishing the best possible learning environment for your child. With teamwork and cooperation among parents, teachers, and students, we will all have a TERRIFIC year!!
Heartland Elementary’s Kindergarten Staff
Every one has a “First Day”
When they feel sad and all alone.
It can be so scary
When you’re out on your own.
Take my hankie, dry your tears.
You’ll find lots of things to do
And you’ll probably make new friends.
I promise we’ll be together
When the school day ends.
Here comes the teacher,
Blow your nose and be brave.
Come on now, wipe your eyes,
This is no way to behave.
“Well, good morning teacher.
We really must beg your pardon.
No, MOMMY doesn’t always act this way.
But it’s my first day of KINDGERGARTEN!!!!!”
Please label jackets, book bag, and towel with your child’s name. Your child will also need a regular size book bag he/she can open independently—NO Wheels—for daily school use.
Periodically, your child will bring money to school for lunch, milk, field trips, book club orders, etc. When sending money to school, be sure to use an envelope or Ziploc bag CLEARY MARKED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME, WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR, AND THE AMOUNT ENCLOSED. Please send exact change when sending cash.
Please follow money procedures outlined previously. Menus are sent home once a month. Please help your child select his/her choice before coming to school each day. If your child brings his/her lunch from home, please label the box or bag. Milk may be purchased or you may send a non-carbonated, low-sugar beverage from home.
Please remember to NOTIFY US IN WRITING if there are changes in the way your child will be going home from school. Without written instruction from you, we will send your child home or to your original designated place in the usual manner--we cannot accept verbal changes from your child or a sibling. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL TRANSPORTATION CHANGES!!!! I cannot guarantee that I will have an opportunity to check my email prior to dismissal. Additionally, substitutes do not have access to my email account. If a last minute transportation change arises, please call the front office and they will advise you as to what to do.
***We have found that it makes everything go smoother if your child uses the same transportation on the first day of school as s/he will be using the rest of the year. We highly recommend allowing your child to ride the bus to and from school. Not only do the kids ABSOLUTELY LOVE riding the “big kids’ bus,” you will avoid the hassle of our dreaded morning traffic and your child will ALWAYS arrive on time! If you want to walk your child to the room on the first day, we understand. However, we feel it is best for everyone if you allow your child to walk independently after the first week of school.
is an important skill learned in Kindergarten. Independence
We enjoy having our parents come to school to help us learn! However, for the safety of your child and all the other children in our school,
requires all adults that will be in the schools with direct contact to our children to have a criminal background check. This is provided for you when you fill out a Parent Volunteer Form. We send this home on the first day of school with every child. This will have to be performed yearly--if you filled out the form last year for this same purpose, you will have to do it again this year. After your background check is completed, please contact me if you are interested in helping out, and I will give you more information. Your help is GREATLY appreciated! Hardin County
Throughout the year, we will schedule trips into the community to enhance our curriculum. Permission slips and cost information will be sent home prior to each trip. Transportation to and from all trips will be provided by
school buses. Hardin County
You will have the opportunity to volunteer to be a chaperone for a field trip. However, to do so, you must have completed a criminal background check as described in the VOLUNTEER section of our handbook. Due to space requirements, the number of chaperones will be limited for each trip. When the field trip permission slip is distributed, if you are interested in chaperoning, please let me know as soon as possible. Chaperones will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. If we have more volunteers than spaces, we will take out names of parents who have already chaperoned a trip and then draw names. Please understand that we will make every attempt to give each parent the opportunity to go on at least one trip.
Chaperones will be responsible for 3-5 children while we are away from school. Since you will need to devote all of you attention to our students, siblings are not permitted to accompany you. You will be required to ride the bus to and from the site with our class. Additionally, since not all parents can go on every trip, please do not purchase souvenirs, extra activities, food, etc. for your child or any other child in your group. Everything you need will be provided. Thank you for your cooperation.
We know how special birthdays are for you and your child. We will recognize birthdays at school in an appropriate manner. Please let us know ahead of time if you wish to send in a special “healthy” snack for the class on your child’s birthday. Because of federal health guidelines, please check with us first to find out requirements of what a “healthy” snack is. Grapes, apple slices, or pretzels make wonderful treats.
Kindergartners are involved in activities that require jumping, running, climbing and the like. Tennis shoes with laces or Velcro closures are required for PE days. In class, students will be cooking, painting, using markers, using glue, working with play dough, and other “messy” stuff. Please select clothing that is both comfortable and appropriate for these activities.
Kindergartners are busy people during the school day! We use our brains and bodies to learn and play. As a result, we need time to rest and re-energize. Your child will have a short 30-35 minute rest period each day. Please provide an appropriate towel to serve as her/his rest area—specifics are listed in the materials section. Please do not send in pillows or stuffed friends for your child to sleep with. These items are among the worst carriers of lice and other critters and NOBODY wants that! Your child is not required to sleep—as if we could “make” them—but must relax on his/her towel quietly and not disturb the other sleeping children. The lights are turned off and soft music fills the room so you might be surprised to find out you have a sleeper!
As children enter Kindergarten, they are eager and ready to learn. Kindergarten homework lays the foundation for good work habits in later years. Furthermore, homework helps establish the home–school connection and involves parents as partners in their child’s daily learning experiences.
Beginning in September, your child will receive a weekly homework packet. It will include basic skills practice sheets, sight word practice, and a reading log. Every night throughout the week, your child will be expected to read a book to you or have a book read to him/her. Also, a family project will be sent home monthly.
Occasionally, additional homework may be sent home to complete. It will be placed in your child’s folder and should be completed and returned by the determined date.
DAILY FOLDER and COMMUNICATION
Every day, your child will take home a daily folder. Inside you will find any important notices, a daily behavior log, and other important information. Please review your child’s folder each day.
If you need to contact me, you have three options:
- Notes: Please place any notes in your child’s folder. This is the easiest way!
- Email: I will check my email daily, but please do not email me if you need an IMMEDIATE response as I often check my mail in the morning and may not get your message until the next school day.
- Phone: Please leave a message with the ladies in the office and I will return your call as soon as I can.
DAILY BEHAVIOR PLAN
As you know, good behavior and learning go hand in hand. Simple class rules have been established to ensure your child experiences a positive and safe learning environment.
We raise our hands to speak.
We sit quietly at our seats.
We use voices soft and sweet.
We keep our places tidy and neat.
We are helpful, friendly, and fair.
We take turns and willingly share.
Even at the young age of 5, children need to learn the importance of accepting responsibility for their actions. In our classroom, we keep track of our behavior with cards. Every child has a pocket with his/her number on it. At the beginning of each day, every child’s card starts out on green. Our goal is to keep all the cards on green during the day.
If a child has difficulty following a rule or directions, s/he is first given a verbal reminder about the correct behavior. If it continues, they will receive another reminder.
After 2 reminders, the child must change his/her card to yellow and sit in a stop and think area. The same procedure is used if a student is having difficulty following a yellow card and then they will move to a red card.
Continued difficulty will be referred to the office, and parents will be called.
Please refer to the student handbook as well for the school behavior plan.
DAILY BEHAVIOR REPORT
Each day you will receive a report about your child’s behavior. Please reinforce and praise positive behaviors and discuss difficulties with your child. A behavior log will be stamped with the color card your child ended the day with. Please initial the daily behavior log and return it to school in the daily folder.
About once every nine weeks, we have a special program/open house. This is a chance for you to come in, see what your child has been up to, and ask me any questions that have come up. Flyers will be sent home announcing these events.
Please review the Heartland Elementary Handbook and Hardin County Code of Conduct book for a detailed description of school policies and disciplinary procedures.
Encourage your child to discuss school activities with you. Instead of “what did you learn today?”, try “what was your favorite thing you did at school today?”. Talk positively about school. The way your child perceives your feelings about his/her school and teachers will have a direct effect on how s/he feels about them. We are delighted to have your child in our class and we look forward to working with you to make sure your child starts school on a positive note. We GREATLY appreciate your support and anticipate a fun and successful school year!
- Kindergarten Word List
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