Welcome to Kindergarten Letter to Parents



August 2016


Welcome to Clifford's Classroom,

My name is Mrs. Covington and we use Clifford as our class mascot.

I am very excited to be your child's teacher this year.

We are looking forward to working with you and getting to know your child.

Some important information is listed below:


Supplies Needed:

1 bath size towel (no mats please). The larger towels do not fit in the backpack or the small baskets we store them in.

1 set of “accident” clothes to be kept at school (socks and underwear included) – labeled in a bag. These clothes should be changed with the seasons.


1- Book bag (no wheels please)  

1- Pair of scissors  

1- Pencil Box (no character themed items)

2- Boxes of 24 crayons

1- Package of glue sticks

2- Pink pearl erasers

1- Box washable primary colored markers

1- Pack of dry erase markers

2- 70 page composition books, solid colors only (please no spiral binding)

1- Bag of treasure box toys

1- Box of gallon size ziplock bags

2- Bottles of hand sanitizer

1-Ream of plain copy paper

2-Boxes of Kleenex

2-3 prong, 2 pocket folders (solid colors only please)

1 container of Lysol Brand Disinfectant Wipes (any scent) or 1 container of Clorox Disinfectant Wipes: Lemon Fresh Scent, Lavender Scent, Orange Scent or Fresh Scent.   (These are the only brands approved by Buncombe County for use in classrooms.)

During the first week of school we will be collecting $10.00 from each student for a class shirt.


Rest Time:  There will be a rest time every afternoon for part of the year.  The children need not go to sleep, we often listen to relaxing music.  This provides them with the opportunity to reflect on the things that have been taught throughout the day as well as having a brain break.


Clothing:  Please send your child to school in clothes for learning.  Sneakers and “wash –and -wear” items are best.  Slick-bottomed dressy shoes can be dangerous when we run and climb. Please refer to the Dress Code policy on the school website. Please print your child’s name on clothes (sweaters, caps, coats, etc.).  Please send an extra set of clothes, labeled in a ziplock or plastic bag, in case of accidents (shirt, pants, socks, and underwear.)  When the seasons change you may send seasonal appropriate clothes.


Arrival:  School personnel arrives at 7:30 a.m.  Your child should arrive on or after this time. The school day officially begins at 7:55 a.m.  Please be on time so that we may take attendance and get started promptly.  If your child arrives after the 8:00 bell, please park and sign him/her in at the office.


Dismissal:  Children who ride first bus will leave at 2:35 p.m.  Car riders will leave at 2:40 p.m.  Second buses will leave around 3:00 p.m.  An after school care service is available through the YMCA.


Breakfast and Lunch:  Breakfast will be served from 7:30-7:50 a.m. and is free for every student.

Paying for your child’s lunch can be done at the school or even online. If you send money to school, please send it in an envelope labeled with the purpose of the money and your child’s name. There is a pouch on the inside of your child’s folder labeled for money. This is very important so we know where all money needs to go.  Be sure to fill out a reduced lunch form if you haven’t already.


Snack:  We will have a snack time each day.  Please send a nutritious snack daily such as (fruit, crackers, yogurt etc.)  Please do not send nuts, food containing nuts, candy, cake, cookies, or any type of high sugary foods. 


Volunteers:  If you would like to help in any way, please let me know.  There are several ways to volunteer in the classroom; working in the classroom weekly or monthly, making materials at home, donating items needed for projects, going on field trips, assisting in arts integrated lessons or cooking with small groups, talking to the class about a hobby, interest, or profession, playing with and/or singing for the children.  We strongly encourage your participation throughout the year.  You play a very important role in making your child’s kindergarten year successful. Volunteers must sign up through our online application system, Volunteer Tracker. The link is https://appgarden6.app-garden.com/VolTrackNC110.nsf



If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me. Communication between home and school is essential for your child to have the best possible learning experiences. Conferences may be scheduled before or after school.






Terri Covington - Kindergarten Teacher


Discipline Plan

We will be practicing the following school rules.  Please talk to your child about these rules before the start of school.  Please keep the discipline plan for future reference.

Official School Rules

S – Show self-control

U – Use polite words and voices

P – Problem solving

E – Expect success in learning

R – Respect for everyone

RESPECT                  RESPONSIBILITY               REFINEMENT


**Getting to Know Each Other**

Please join us for a “drop-in” play date on the kindergarten playground.

No bathrooms will be available.

Date:  August 22nd  Time: 5:30- 6:30


These will be great opportunities for the children and families to get to know each other before the school year starts, and hopefully lessen any anxiety anyone may be feeling. 

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