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Welcome to Ringgold Primary!  
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Dear Parents,

I want to welcome you to Ringgold Primary School. I hope to make this a wonderful and exciting year for your child. If at any time you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me before or after school at 937-5437, room #712 or email me tqueen.rps@catoosa.k12.ga.us . Please read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, call or email me!
Attendance: Kindergarten is a busy, hands-on learning place. Our day officially begins at 8:00 and the dismissal process begins at 2:25 p.m. Regular attendance in kindergarten is expected. A successful year depends upon the habit of regular attendance. When a child is absent, tardy, or checked out early it is nearly impossible to make up work at home. I know that your child will be sick from time to time during the year, but I want to encourage you to send your child to school every day possible. If your child is contagious, has a fever, or is vomiting he/she needs to stay at home. You will be notified through letters, phone, or other communication from our principals or me if a problem with attendance occurs. Please view school as a priority, and see to it that your child attends everyday except in cases of illness or emergency. Certificates and awards will be given to classes and students with the highest percentage of perfect attendance (no absences, tardies, or early check outs).
Absences: Georgia law requires daily attendance in kindergarten. If a student misses 3 or more hours during a day, it is considered an absence. Notes for excused absences need to be given to me within 24 hours of the child returning to school. I need a written note to put in your child’s file.  If your child misses: 10 or more days- I must have a doctor’s excuse for each absence. Students with frequent absences may be subject to a review by the Catoosa County Attendance Review Board. This includes 5 unexcused absences, 8-10 absences that are either unexcused or notes written by the parent, or a combination of 10 tardies and/or early dismissals. School Board policy states that, your child will not be promoted to first grade if he/she misses 20 or more days, pending attendance appeal.
Tardies: You will need to walk your child in and stop by the office to sign your child in any day that you arrive at school after 8:00. The office will give you an admission slip that needs to be given to me so that the absence can be changed to a tardy on the computer records.
Early Checkouts: Please limit early checkouts to emergencies or doctor appointments. We must know who is in the building at all times, so make sure you stop by the office first before coming to the room. The office will give you a slip of paper or call the room to let me know. I will not be able to release a student until I receive the paper or a call from the office. 
Arrival to school: The first and second mornings (Tuesday and Wednesday) all children will go to their own classrooms where their teacher will supervise until the school day begins. If your child will be eating breakfast at school, he/she will go directly to the cafeteria and then come to the room when he/she is finished eating. Our class will go to the “Yellow Tiger Paw” room  at 7:30 until they are dismissed at 7:50. The kindergarten teachers will help them with this routine.
Discipline: Positive reinforcement is what works best in my classroom to help children learn appropriate behavior. To accomplish this, my paraprofessional and I will offer different types of rewards for correct behavior. Words of praise and hugs are daily rewards.
We will talk a lot about the fact that each one of us makes a choice to listen, learn, and follow the rules or to break the rules. We know that if we choose to break the rules, then we will have consequences. I hope that you will discuss their behavior as well as their work each night and help them to learn exactly how he/she can control the choices they make. It would be great for you to decide on a reward system at home too.  Your child needs to know how important appropriate behavior is to you, as well as the teachers, bus drivers & staff at school.  Ringgold Primary has a school wide behavior plan.  The idea of Bucket Fillers is based on the book "Have You Filled A Bucket Today? (A Guide to Daily Happiness For Kids)" by Carol McCloud.       
The premise of the book is this... We all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When our bucket is empty, we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people's buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time.      
On the other hand, a bucket dipper says or does things to cause other people to feel bad. A bucket dipper empties their bucket when they say and do mean things.       In our classroom, each student has a bucket on our Bucket Filler bulletin board. Everyone is encouraged to fill the buckets by following classroom/school rules, using kind words, and kind actions to each other. At the end of the week, we will empty the buckets and count the “warm fuzzies” that filled our buckets. I will also recognize students throughout the day for their bucket filling actions. They will receive a pom pom “warm fuzzy” for their bucket. Once their bucket is filled they will place a sticker on their bucket. At the end of the year the students will take their buckets home as a reminder to keep being a bucket filler! I am very excited to implement this new program in my classroom! I hope your child enjoys the journey towards becoming a lifelong bucket filler. Bucket Filler Books~ Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By: Carol Mc Cloud Fill a Bucket By: Carol McCloud & Katherine Martin How Full is Your Bucket? By: Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer If your child needs additional reminders to follow classroom/school rules we will need to meet and discuss ways to help him/her be successful. 
Personal Items: It is important to put your child’s name on ALL jackets, backpacks, and lunchboxes. Toys are not to be brought to school.
Parent Participation: A good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. During the year I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, newsletters, and progress reports, report cards, and parent- teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can call me at school 706/ 937-5437, send a note or email me at tqueen.rps@catoosa.k12.ga.us I check email several times during the day and at home. This is the fastest way to contact me and get a response. WE NEED YOU! There are so many ways to help out in and out of the classroom. During the year there will be several special classroom activities and celebrations that you will invited to attend. Remember to stop by the office and sign in when you plan on staying in the building. The PTO meets monthly and I hope to see you represent your child at these meetings. Your support of school activities makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value school.  
Changes In Transportation: If you plan to pick up a child that normally rides the bus or you wish for your child to ride a different bus than usual, you MUST send a written note or fax to school (937-8383). Do not rely on your child to tell me this information, because children often become confused and relay messages incorrectly. If no note is received, your child will be sent home by his/her normal method of transportation. Also, discuss with your child any changes that are made. I want your child to feel at ease at the end of the day. If you have another child at RES, you can pick both children up through the RES car rider line. However, PLEASE let us know so appropriate transportation tags can be made. We cannot accept changes over the phone, text or by email. This is for your child’s safety!
Recess: The children will go out for recess every day unless it is raining, below 32º, or above 95º. We are fortunate to have a variety of playground equipment, including several pieces for climbing. Please keep this in mind when helping your child select clothing and shoes for the day. Cowboy boots, flip flops and little girl’s dress shoes are not a good idea if your child plays on the equipment. For the most part, if your child is well enough to be at school, he/she is well enough to participate in outdoor recess, if properly dressed. In fact the germs that cause colds thrive more readily in the indoor air and it is beneficial to go outside and get some fresh air.
 
Daily Folders: A daily folder will be sent home and should be returned the following day. The daily folder that will contain important information that you usually have to sign and return to school. As well as papers, activities, projects, etc. that your
You are the key to our school’s success!
Join PTO! Get involved with PTO! Fundraisers, Special Days, Workshops, etc.
Read to your child every day!
Save Box Tops for education Box Tops = Money for RPS
Campbell Soup Labels = Money for Music
I apologize for the length of this, but I want you to know as much as possible about our class and school. You and your child are now apart of our Ringgold Primary School family!
Sincerely, 
Tracy Queen