Welcome to our Kindergarten at LES. Sometimes it is difficult for new families to feel at home in a new community. Here are a few things to help make the transition smoother for you. As always if you have any questions please feel free to contact your child's teacher and/or the school for clarification.
Arrival: 8:15 a.m. through 8:30 a.m.
Dismissal: 3:10 p.m. or on half-days at 12:00 noon
Breakfast Program is between 7:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m.. Children can be dropped off at the back entrance (by the gym's entrance) any time between 7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m. for supervised educational games and fun activities (bingo, board games, etc.) in the cafeteria. At 8:00 a.m. they are served breakfast by the staff, and at 8:15 a.m. they are then sent to outdoor recess from 8:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Your child does not need to eat breakfast but in order to support the on going funding of this program they will be charged a breakfast to attend this program. The charge will be to his/her lunch account. If your family received financial assistance the charge rate is adjusted accordingly. If there is a delay the same amount of time is applied to the breakfast program; for example, one hour delay means breakfast program begins at 8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m.. Additionally, we encourage families to consider the Lee Youth Association (LYA) which has extended hours, both before and after school, for children to attend.
Every Kindergarten child will be given a bus tag on the first day of school. S/he will wear this tag on the outside of her/his backpack everyday. It tells staff what bus your child rides. This includes those children who will be a "parent drop-off/pick-up" and/or those with the Lee Youth Association (LYA) services. If there are any changes to your child's routine please contact us via a note and/or the front office (413) 243-0336 and the secretaries will inform your child's teacher. Emails are tricky because often in a Pre-School or Kindergarten classroom teachers don't always have the luxury to check the emails in time. So to be sure please use a note or call the front office. Thank you!
Parent-drop off in the morning for kindergarten must park in the parking spaces in front of the building (by the football field) and the parent/guardian should walk the kindergartner to the second entrance where an LES staff member will be waiting for your child. Please use the cross walks and be careful because it is very congested with traffic. Once dropped off the Kindergarten children remain supervised by kindergarten paraprofessionals and have a separate play area, while the older children go out to the playground after drop off. They are also supervised by class paraprofessionals The older students are also dropped off at the second entrance. The reason for separate morning play areas is to help ease the transition from home to school in a less congested area and allow for room to play with other kindergarten children. Please avoid dropping your child off in the classroom as we emphasize the value of play. Drop off for children is 8:15-8:35. A helpful hint: have your child ready on the passenger right-hand side as it will prevent the chances of your child entering traffic.
If you are late, please drop your child off at the front office and the secretaries will inform your child's teacher. Then the classroom paraprofessional and/or teacher will arrive to pick up your child.
Parent-pick up in the afternoon will be at the same place. Each child will be escorted to the car, so please stay in the car.
Your child will need a snack packed every day. This snack must align with any allergy restrictions the classroom may have. We promote healthy choices such as fresh fruit, yogurt, cheese, etc. If you choose to have your child receive a milk with snack we must have that information in your child's folder with their lunch selection.
Milk is an option to have at snack at $.50 per milk. Snack milk is not available for free or a reduced rate. Your child's lunch account will be charged for the snack milk.
If you forget to pack a snack--if it is possible--drop off the snack in the front office and the secretaries will send it down.
Your child has an opportunity to have a packed lunch from home and/or enjoy a school provided lunch. Each child will receive a menu monthly with daily options. Milks are also available for purchase with packed lunches. Your child's lunch account can be prepaid through check or cash, and a balance will be provided as needed.
Allergy restricted classrooms are not restricted in their packed lunches as long as your child has a contained lunch bag that is separate from your child's snack. There are special areas in the cafeteria for children with specific allergies. However, classrooms are held to different standards, as snack time lends itself to be more interactive and social. Please help us in providing the safest environments for our children by limiting any potential for cross-contamination: thank you!
If you need financial aid then you may want to consider assistance. Please contact the front office directly and the secretaries will help with the paperwork. By doing so you are actually helping your child's school receive Federal funding; so we strongly encourage families to come forward if it applies.
On field trips your child will receive a letter specifying what is expected to be packed.
If you forget a lunch for you child one day--if possible--drop it off in the front office and we will swing by the office on our way to lunch; or, we will have your child enjoy a hot lunch and the balance will show on your child's account. It happens to everyone!
Your child will need a change of clothes with each season. Please include: underwear, socks, pants, shirt. Place in a large ziplock bag with your child's name on it.
Sneakers are the preferred footwear for proper physical development and safe mobility throughout our busy day.
During snow-pant season your child's teacher will contact you about possibly leaving an extra set of pants and/or shoes to help minimize the load for your child.
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
Interested in joining? They are an integral part of our school's community. The LES PTO provides assistance for field trips, scholarships, enrichment programs, etc. Please consider joining!
Any Additional Questions?
Please, refer to the two page pamphlet below, refer to our LES Handbook or contact Lee Elementary for further clarification.