Monday, September 1st, 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions

Please let me know if there is anything you'd like me to add to this list.  Thanks!


Questions
1)  What Can I do to ease my child's anxieties about school?
2)  How can I contact Mrs. Tran?
3)  What are the visitor and volunteer procedures?
4)  I would like to be a Bridgewater volunteer. How do I sign up?
5)  What are the procedures if I drop-off or pick-up my child from school?
6)  What if I need to reach my child during school hours?
7)  If I am visiting the school, where do I park?
8)  What are Bridgewater school hours?
9)  What are the lunch procedures?
10)  What are your attendance procedures?
11)  Will there be a rest period during the day?
12)  My child does not live with both parents - can the Bridgewater Newsletter and report cards be sent to both parents?
13)  Will there be a snack time during the day?
14)  Will there be homework in kindergarten?
15)  What is the typical schedule in the kindergarten classroom?
 
Answers
1)  Q What Can I do to ease my child's anxieties about school?
A

Here are a few suggestions:


-Give your child a family picture to bring to school. He or she can hang this up in his/her locker. It will be reassuring to be able to "see" you during the first weeks of school

-To ease worries about where to go after school, please let us know as soon as possible what mode of transportation your child will be using at the end of the day (walk, bus, pick up... You can indicate this information on the emergency forms.

-If there are any concerns you have, please feel free to contact me. E-mail, phone calls and notes are a great way to do this.

2)  Q How can I contact Mrs. Tran?
A
The BEST time to reach me is between 7:35-8:20 a.m. If you must call during the school day, please call the office and leave a voice mail message (664-3300). I will check my e'mail twice a day (before/after school). Writing a note on your child's green Daily Communication Sheet is also a great option. I check these right away each morning. Office phone: 664.3300 E-mail: lahna.tran@nfld.k12.mn.us
3)  Q What are the visitor and volunteer procedures?
A
Visitors and volunteers are ALWAYS welcome at Bridgewater.  If you'd like to spend some time in your child's classroom, I'd like to know in advance so I can integrate you into our activities (as a helper). Volunteering on a regular basis is a great way to get involved.  Let me know if you are interested in being a regular volunteer. Don't forget to sign in at the office before going to visit or volunteer in any room or hallway. Thank you!
4)  Q I would like to be a Bridgewater volunteer. How do I sign up?
A
There are many opportunities to volunteer at Bridgewater. Whether it's an hour per year or an hour per week, your involvement is important and appreciated.  A volunteer form will be sent home so we can find out what kind of volunteer opportunities you are interested in.
5)  Q What are the procedures if I drop-off or pick-up my child from school?
A
If you are a parent/guardian that drives your child(ren) to school or picks them up after school, please keep the following guidelines in mind:  You may wait in your car for your child in the pick up/drop off lane by the front entrance of the school.  Children are NOT allowed to cross the parking lot without an adult.  You may not drop off your child at any location other than the BW pick up/drop off area.  There will be a parking lot supervisor - be respectful of her and follow her directions. Your cooperation is VERY much appreciated and helps keep EVERY CHILD safe!
6)  Q What if I need to reach my child during school hours?
A
Please plan ahead regarding after school plans to keep student messages to emergencies or sudden change of plans. Please call the office BEFORE 2:30 p.m.; notes are delivered to classrooms at that time.
7)  Q If I am visiting the school, where do I park?
A
All staff and parents use the east drive. ONLY buses may enter the north parking lot next to Jefferson Parkway and ONLY service delivery trucks may enter the west drive. Children are not permitted to go into the parking lot unless accompanied by an adult. Please keep traffic flowing in one lane even if it means circling the parking lot once or more.
8)  Q What are Bridgewater school hours?
A
8:20 a.m. - First Bell Rings
8:25 a.m. - Second Bell Rings - Class Begins
11:10 a.m. - A.M. Kindergarten Dismissal
12:30 p.m. - P.M. Kindergarteners Arrive
12:35 p.m. - P.M. Kindergarten Begins 
3:20 p.m. - Dismissal Bell for all students
9)  Q What are the lunch procedures?
A

The Northfield Public Schools participate annually in the National School Breakfast and School Lunch Program. This program makes available a nutritious breakfast and lunch meal daily at a reasonable cost. One half-pint of milk is included with every meal. Most of the cafeterias operate on a continuous serve basis during the entire meal period. Menus are planned using the USDA Menu Planning Guidelines. Menus will be posted on the district web site and will be available in each school prior to the beginning of each period indicated. If students bring food or beverages from home, we encourage them to be nutritious ones.

Alternative Daily Choices

Cold Sandwich Choice

A cold sandwich choice is available at all schools. This meal includes fruit and milk or side items from the main line choices.

Salad Choice

A full salad bar selection or pre-made salads are available at all schools. The pre-made salad meal includes side items from the main line choices.

Hot Entrée Choice

In addition to the main line entrée, an alternate hot entrée choice is available at the high school and middle school. This meal includes side items from the main line choices.

Prices
Parents, guardians and other family members may eat with students during their meal time. All visitors are required to sign in at the school office. Staff meals, adult meals, visitor meals and second student meals are priced higher because the Food Service Department does not receive any federal or state reimbursement for those meals, as we do for a student's first meal.

Elementary Student Meal Prices

Single Day

Monthly

Breakfast

Lunch

Both

Breakfast

Lunch

Both

Full Price

$1.25

$2.05

$3.30

$25.00

$41.00

$66.00

Reduced

Free

$0.40

$0.40

Free

$8.00

$8.00

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Free

Staff / Adult / Visitor / Second Meal Prices

Single Day

Monthly

Breakfast

Lunch

Both

Breakfast

Lunch

Both

Full Price

$1.75

$3.25

$5.00

$35.00

$65.00

$100.00

10)  Q What are your attendance procedures?
A

The first bell rings at 8:20 a.m. and the second rings at 8:25 a.m.  If your child is not at school by 8:25 a.m., he/she must check into the office for a tardy slip. If your student will be absent or tardy, please call our attendance line at 664-3306. This line is answered 24 hours a day, so you may leave a message as soon as you know your child will not be coming to school. Please do not send your child to school if he/she is ill. A child must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. (A fever is considered 100F or higher.) If you have questions about whether or not to send your child to school, please call the school nurse at 664-3305.

11)  Q Will there be a rest period during the day?
A

Yes.  In the afternoons, children will have a quiet time.  We will play quiet, restful music while students lie down.  During this time children may fall asleep or choose to look at a book quietly.

12)  Q My child does not live with both parents - can the Bridgewater Newsletter and report cards be sent to both parents?
A
Yes. Parents may request a duplicate copy of the newsletter to be mailed to a separate address by calling the Bridgewater office at 664.3300.
13)  Q Will there be a snack time during the day?
A

Yes. Please send a healthy snack to school with your child each day.  Milk can also be purchased for a flat rate of $20 which covers the cost of milk for the entire school year.

14)  Q Will there be homework in kindergarten?
A
Homework, in the traditional sense, will not be sent home. It is my opinion that homework is developmentally NOT appropriate for kindergartners. However, I will be sending home other activities several times a week for your child to do at home with a parent, babysitter, grandparent, etc.

-BOOK IN A BAG: Book-in-a-Bag is an at-home reading program that helps children learn how reading a book works and eventually leads to actually reading the book. The books are generally very short and has predictable text. BIB will be sent home several times a week depending on volunteer scheduling.

-BOOK SACKS: Your child will also have the opportunity to take home "Book Sacks" throughout the school year. These small canvas sacks have a board-book version of a favorite book from our classroom library. Along with the book is a short, fun activity for you to do with your child. It is a way to bring quality literature into all of the homes.
15)  Q What is the typical schedule in the kindergarten classroom?
A

A more detailed schedule will soon be added, but for the meantime, here's a general layout of the typical kindergarten day:

  1. Morning Meeting: Students arrive and sit on the carpet.  We will talk about the calendar, weather, count the number of days we've been in school, sing songs, count, read a story and read a "morning message" from Mrs. Tran.
  2. Snack Break: Each day, students will receive a snack break.  Milk is provided at no cost and students are invited to bring a HEALTHY snack from home if he/she chooses.
  3. Stations: A great time to volunteer!  Students will be broken into 4 small ability-based groups to rotate through 4 language-arts based acitivities.
  4. Recess/Lunch: Students will have a daily 25 minute recess and 25 minute lunch.
  5. Afternoon Greeting/Read-Aloud/Rest Time: We will return from lunch and sit in a circle and greet one another by shaking hands and saying "Good Afternoon", we will read a story aloud and then find our "Rest Time Spots" and turn off the lights, listen to calming music and read books quietly or shut our eyes for a cat-nap.
  6. Math Block: Students will have a daily math block which might include a whole group lesson, math game, or small group activities.
  7. Specials: Each day, students will go to Specials.  Specials include: Phy Ed (4x/week), Music (2x/week), Art (1x/week), and Media (2x/week).  This is Mrs. Tran's prep time.
  8. Choice Time: During this time, students can freely choose to play in the classroom.
  9. Writer's Workshop: Eventually, we will incorporate a "Writer's Workshop" into our daily routine. 
  10. Wrap-Up: Before we go home for the day, we'll make a list of things we did during the day and say goodbye to our friends!
  11. Dismissal