Virtual Kindergarten Orientation
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- Kindergarten Readiness Skills - Ideas to help get your child ready for Kindergarten
- Health Notes
- Food Service Quick Facts
- Bus Questions
- Transportation Form
- Parent Input Form
- Encourage your child to use eye contact when someone is talking to them
- Practice asking for help using words
- Say please, thank you, and excuse me
- Use "I feel_____ because_____" language
- Encourage your child to listen when others are speaking
- Listen to and follow one and two step directions
- Encourage imaginative play
- Practice turn taking in games and conversations
- Encourage your child to pick up his/her own toys after play
- Limit the use of electronic devices
- Practice zipping (and other fasteners) on coats, clothing, and backpacks
- Practice buttoning pants I snaps
- Practice putting on own jacket and art smock (t-shirt)
- Take off and put on boots and shoes independently (on correct feet) - work on teaching your child to tie
- Encourage your child to open snack I lunch items and clean up after eating
- Practice blowing and wiping nose and then washing hands independently
- Use bathroom independently, including washing and drying hands
- Encourage your child to actively engage in looking at books
- Encourage your child to listen attentively to stories
- Encourage your child to talk about the books that he/she listens to
- Read rhyming books & make up silly rhymes (pop/zop)
- Practice saying words that begin with the same sound (bop, big, boo)
- Practice saying the ABC's and recognizing capital letters
- Practice recognizing and writing his/ her name
- Practice writing and drawing frequently with crayons, markers, pencils
- Practice cutting with child-sized scissors
- Practice using glue sticks
- Practice building fine motor strength and control by playing with small objects such as Matchbox Cars, Lincoln Logs, Legos, etc.
- Practice counting out loud as high as your child can
- Practice counting a group of objects by pointing and counting one object at a time (up to 10)
As the academic year is drawing to a close, this is a good time to take care of a few matters including some new mandates that have been assigned to schools. If your child is entering grades Pre-K, K, 2, 4, 7, 10 they will need a mandated exam. These are best done by your private healthcare provider.
Remember that summers are very busy times for physician offices. Make your appointment early. It can take three months to schedule exams. A completed health form for Physicals, Dental Exams and Immunizations, must be turned in to the school nurse by Friday, August 30, 2019.
All required heath forms are available on our school website for you to download and print or you may bring in the completed forms provided by your family doctors.
Every Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten student will need a physical to attend school in September. The physical needs to be dated after September 1, 2018 to be valid for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have scheduled an exam after September 2, 2019, please call the health office with the appointment date and doctor.
Pre-Kindergarten students will also need a lead screening.
The health screenings for incoming Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students also includes dental. So, when you are scheduling your physical exams done by your private health care provider for your child, you should also schedule a complete oral examination for your child with your dentist. This form is available in the VECS Main Office or on our website @ https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1527015381/victorschoolsorg/dtvnmphax3gn9nlsbewt/DentalCertificate.pdf
If you do not have dental insurance, call 585-275-5051 or 585-473-2200 for further assistance.
Each student is required to be fully immunized prior to the first day of school. This is a New York State law.
If your child will be absent, tardy, or out for an extended period of time, please call the nurse’s office at ext. 2410, and send in a written excuse when your child returns to school. You may receive a call from me if your child becomes sick or injured at school. Please be sure to keep the school informed of any changes in telephone numbers, addresses, childcare providers, and authorized adults.
Any medication must be brought to the health office by an adult and accompanied by written permission from both the doctor and the parent for administration. If your doctor prefers, you may fax the order to 742-7048.
If your child goes to a sleep away camp this summer, please be sure to examine their hair often for head lice upon their return. Most cases of head lice are acquired over the summer at sleep away camps, but are missed until a good six to eight weeks into the infestation when the scalp becomes itchy, and this usually coincides with a return to school.
Lastly . . .
. . . your child’s ability to learn is influenced by his/her health status. If your child is ill with a fever, vomiting, or has any other contagious infection, please contact your health care provider and keep them home for 24 hours symptom free to reduce spreading these germs to their classmates.
If you have any questions or would like to meet to discuss your child’s health care concerns, please call me at 924-3252 ext. 2410 to set up a convenient time.
Corinne Fox, R.N.
Victor Early Childhood School
P: 585-924-3252 ext. 2410 F: 585-742-7048 FoxC@victorschools.org
EAT WELL / BE SMART
The Food Services Department is committed to providing healthy school meals and snacks to the students of the Victor Central School District. The team of dedicated food and nutrition professionals supports student academic success and promotes healthful eating habits that lead to lifelong positive nutrition practices.
- This program is self-supported and operated as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs abiding by federal and state regulations.
- Breakfast and Lunch are available daily to all students. Menus for both are posted on the Victor Schools Website by going to “Parents”-“Food Service”-“Menus”.
- Free and/or Reduced Price meals are available to eligible students and those in need are urged to apply. Students who qualify for free or reduced meals will also receive free breakfast. Applications can be found on the Victor Schools Website by going to “Parents”-“Food Service”-“Meal Applications”. Families who are eligible for Medicaid/SNAP will automatically receive the free meal benefit.
- We accommodate special diet needs and fresh fruits, vegetables, 100 % whole grains, low fat and nonfat dairy products are offered on a daily basis.
- Meals are priced as a unit and are broken down into various components (i.e. Protein, Grains, Fruits, Vegetables and Milk) allowing the child to pick a minimum of 3 with one being a fruit or vegetable.
- Prices are extremely affordable! The value and convenience for a nutritious meal is unbeatable.
- Parents will be asked to use the on-line ordering app to pre-order breakfast and lunch for their children. This must be completed at least 1 day in advance. Instructions for how to sign up can be found on the Victor Schools Website at “Parents”-“Food Service”-“Online Sign Up Instructions”. The link to place meal orders online can be found on the same website by going to “Parents”-“Food Service”-“Online Ordering Link”.
- Students have meal accounts tied to their student ID’s. Sign up at www.myschoolbucks.com to view your child’s account and make payments on line through a credit card if so desired.
- You are invited to learn more about our program by viewing www.victorschools.org and going to “Parents”-“Food Service”, or by calling the Food Service Office at 924-3252. You can reach Alix TePoel-DeWitt, Food Service Director, any time at ext. 6470 or by email at email@example.com
We look forward to serving and nurturing your children!
What do I do if I want to request a transportation change?
You will need to fill out a dismissal change form and submit it to the VECS office. The form can be found on the district website at: www.victorschools.org under the Early Childhood School, Parent Handbook, and Dismissal link. Please note changes to dismissal must be made prior 11 :00 am.
I want to bring my child to school. Where do I drop him/her off?
Children must be escorted to the building. Park in the visitor parking lot on the right when you pull into the VECS, cross at the crosswalk and escort your child to the front door of the building. All students in grades K & 1st enter through the main entrance flag pole side door at the front of the school.
When I drop my child off to school late, do I need to walk him into the school?
Yes, for the safety of our students, children must always be accompanied by an adult into the building. You will need to sign your child in at the main office.
How does my child know when it is safe to cross in front of the bus?
There is a universal sign that all bus drivers must use to signal children when it is safe to cross in front of the bus. This is called the Universal Crossing Signal (which is a sideways “L”). The driver will give the Universal Crossing Signal to let the child know it is safe to cross. Children must cross 1 0 feet in front of the bus.
What happens if the bus arrives at my home and it appears no one is there?
If they do not see an adult, they will continue on their route and radio the bus garage. The transportation department will attempt to contact someone in the home via the phone to confirm an adult is present. If the transportation department is unable to contact anyone at the home, the child will be returned to campus and school staff will contact the parent(s) regarding a pickup location.
How are children seated on the bus?
There is a graduated seating protocol in place. Kindergarten students are seated in the front of the bus with each successive grade seated sequentially behind them.
Can I request that my children be seated together on the bus?
Yes, the request must be in writing. Younger siblings would be moved seated in the section with their older sibling(s).
Does my child need to wear a seatbelt?
No, it is not legally required. If you would like your child to wear a seat belt, then they would need to be able to fasten and unfasten it independently.