Things You’ll See on Your First Day of Kindergarten
1. Your Teacher Sonoran Sky is lucky to have four amazing kindergarten teachers!
2. School Spirit Check out the fancy t-shirts for sale in the Spirit Shop.
Things You’ll Touch
1. Your Hat All Sonoran Sky students wear hats whenever we go outside. It’s Sun Wise, and it’s a school rule. Students without a hat will be limited in the outdoor activities in which they can participate.
2. Your Shoes Students should always wear closed-toe athletic shoes to have a successful and safe day at Sonoran Sky. Athletic shoes are imperative for PE classes, and are the best and safest choice for chasing the wiggles away on the playground. Start working now to learn how to tie them yourself!
Things You’ll Hear
1. “Have a great day! I love you!” Kindergarten carpoolers have a special pick-up and drop-off area in the main parking lot at the corner of Sweetwater Avenue and 75th. In the morning, the kindergarten playground opens for drop-off at 8:25. Your kindergartener should sit on the RIGHT side of the vehicle in order to enter and exit the car from the curb. Older siblings may also use the kindergarten carpool zone.
Although there is usually a PTO volunteer helping open car doors, your kindergartener should be able to operate their seatbelt and exit the vehicle without assistance. Parents should never exit the vehicle in the carpool lane. Start practicing now! Please say your goodbyes and have backpacks in hand before you enter the drop-off zone.
If your child needs additional time or assistance in the morning, please park in a marked space so that you will not be hurried. More about getting to and from Sonoran Sky.
2. “Boo Hoo!” New kindergarten moms and dads are invited to the Media Center for the “Boo Hoo Brunch” on the first day of school. Principal Dawson and members of the PTO will be there to present school policies and answer questions.
Things You’ll Smell
Besides smelling the excitement of nearly 700 students and 50 staff members, there will also be the beautiful scent of hundreds of brand new crayons! Check out the 2017-18 Kindergarten School Supply List.
Things You’ll Taste
1. A Morning Snack All kindergarteners should bring an individual healthy snack each day to eat with their class during a morning recess. Later in the school year, students may bring in classroom birthday treats to share. In general, treats must be store-purchased and may not be homemade; contact your teacher for arrangements.
2. A Drink of Water All kindergarteners should bring a reusable water bottle, labeled with their name and phone number. We discourage disposable water bottles because of the math: Nearly 700 students x 180 days = a whole lot of garbage!
3. Your Lunch To eat hot lunch from the cafeteria, students keep money in accounts that are facilitated by EZschoolpay.com. We teach students to type in their account number in the checkout line, and that number will stay with them for their entire tenure at PV Schools. Excess money remains in the account from year to year. It’s not a bad idea to have a few dollars in the account for “those kind of days,” whether it’s a hectic morning or an exploded juice box.
Allergies are handled on a classroom-by-classroom basis as severity necessitates. In some classrooms, a specific allergen such as peanuts might be forbidden, and it will be marked with a prominent sign at the classroom door. In the cafeteria, there is a specially marked allergen-free table for those who need to or would like to sit there.
Please, refrain from sending peanut-based snacks for the first few days of school so that we do not have any unfortunate accidents. If you have questions about the allergen policy, please contact your classroom teacher.
Find out more about eatin’ lunch (and breakfast too!) at Sonoran Sky.
A Note for Moms, Dads, and Guardians
Kindergarten Curriculum Night: Monday, August 7th, 2017, 6pm – 7:30pm.
PTO Roundup and Meet the Teacher: Monday, August 7th, 2017, 8:30am – 12pm. Walk through the cafeteria “expo hall” featuring all the PTO has to offer, as well as connecting with a variety of our best Community Business Partners. Then you can head to your classroom, say “Hi!” to your new teacher, and drop off your school supplies so that you won’t have so much to carry Tuesday morning.
This day can be hectic and loud as excited older students fling school supplies, ditch their parents, and zoom off to find friends–which can be overwhelming for a shy little one. Please don’t feel rushed. Take your time to walk around and explore the school, and let your new student feel the excitement, too.
First Day of School! Wednesday, August 9th, 2017, 8:45am. Bring the tissues and your camera, because Grandma is going to want to see real-time updates on Facebook! Please plan to stay at school after drop-off on Monday, August 9th to attend the “Boo Hoo Breakfast” with brief presentations by PTO Board members and Principal Dawson.
August 9th and 10th are early release days for Kindergarteners only. Kindergarteners will be dismissed at 1pm to their waiting parents as walkers or carpoolers (in the kindergarten pick-up lane). And, just like that, you have a kindergartener! Congratulations!