• ABCs of Kindergarten in Room 18


    AIf your child is absent, please call the school office (760) 632-5892 to let us know.   


    If your child is late getting to school, even 5 minutes, please check in at the school office before coming to class. The gates are locked 10 - 15 minutes after school starts, so if you're late, you need to enter through the front of the school.


    Our aide is Mrs. Ceseña.



    BPlease provide your child with a backpack that can hold a standard folder. 

    Back-to-School Night Night is September 4th.   Meet at the lunch tables at 5:45.


    Birthdays are big in Kindergarten.  Cardiff School celebrates birthdays in a healthy way. Consider a bubble party, chalk-drawing party, or wrap a book or game that your child can open in front of the class, then donate to the classroom to continue to enjoy throughout the school year.  Let me know if you have any other ideas and we can plan together.  We will recognize summer birthdays at the end of the school year.  Please do not send birthday party invitations to be distributed at school unless all children receive an invitation. 


    I will send home book order forms for you and your child to look over every month.  Book clubs offer books at reduced prices.  It's a great way to build your child's home library!


    CParent and Teacher conferences are held at the end of the first and second trimesters, November  18-22  and March 30 -April 3.  I will send sign-ups a few weeks earlier for you to choose a time to meet that works for you. 

    Communication Folder  I will be sending home a folder with your child on Wednesdays.  Please check it regularly as it will contain any paperwork for you, your child's schoolwork, and any homework.  PLEASE RETURN THIS FOLDER EACH WEEK!!
    Contact Info:  Feel free to contact me whenever you have a question, comment, or concern.  You can reach me by email christa.stone@cardiffschools.com (preferred), by phone (760) 632-5892 x218 in person, or by note.

    Closed-toe shoes (with back straps) are required at school because of the active nature of playground time and other activities at school.  Please dress children appropriately for the school setting/learning. Visibly and clearly label sweaters, coats, and back packs, with first and last name and room number.  No hats are allowed in Room 18.


    DDiscipline is simple. We work hard as a class to make the classroom a positive and safe place for all. Our Cardiff Way rules are as easy as following the ABC's:


              1.  Act Responsibly

              2.  Be Honest

              3.  Care for Others

              4.  Show Respect

    E  If anything changes for the school emergency card, please inform the office and me.


    Early Release Days will take place for the 1st Graders on Wednesdays. Be prepared for increased traffic. 


    F Full Day Kindergarten starts on January 6!  School is then dismissed at 2:35 every day, except Wednesdays, which will still be 12:15 Minimum Day dismissal.


    GOur class will have a 30 minute gym (or P.E.) class every Thursday 11:30 - 12:00 with Mrs. Jones. We also have Cardio Club on Fridays at 8:30. The children are asked to wear athletic shoes on these days.

    We will visit Mr. Kardos in the Garden on Wednesdays from 11:10-11:50.
    We will be celebrating Grandparents Day in the Spring.  We invite Grandparents to join us for lunch that day! (This year's date is still TBD.)


    HThis year some homework assignments and projects will be assigned to complete at home as needed.  Please look in your child's communication folder on a regular basis.  Nightly reading to, with, and by your child will make a positive impact in developing his/her reading skills now and with study skills in the future.  Math Homework sheets will be provided if you and your child would like to follow up with class lessons at home.

    IIndependence is a goal for students because it builds self-esteem and confidence.  Kindergartners are very capable of doing many things on their own and I encourage them to do as much as they can for themselves in the classroom.  Please work on the following self-help skills at home with your child:  zipping, tying, dressing, etc.


    JWriting takes place every day in kindergarten.  One way we accomplish this is through writing in our journals.  Encourage your child to write at home for a variety or purposes.


    K Keep updated by reading the classroom newsletter online and checking the communication folder every day for other notes and information.  The newsletter & other information can be found on our website at cardiffschools.com -> Cardiff School ->Classroom websites -> Stone, Christa


    LOur class will visit the LRC (library) once a week on Mondays at 11:05.  Our library associate is Mrs. Hagen. Your child will check out a book to keep in the classroom when we go full day and return it the following week. 


    Only Kindergarten kids who will be attending After School Extended Day Care will have the option of buying a lunch until we go full day. The school website has a  menu each month.  A single lunch costs $4.00.  After we go full day, our class will eat lunch at 12:15. If lunch money is sent to school, please send it in an envelope with your child's name on it. Or better yet, I highly recommend paying for lunches in the office and taking that responsibility off of your child.


    Please visibly and clearly label lunch/snack boxes on the outside with first and last name and room number. 


    MThe children will have music class with Ms. Zapata every Tuesday at 10:50.


    The kindergarten math curriculum provides students with a variety of mathematical experiences that help them develop number sense and a positive attitude towards mathematics that will continue throughout their school career and lives.  Many of our math concepts are also covered through our daily calendar routine.

    NA newsletter will be sent home weekly (usually on Wednesdays) through email, and is always available to view online. If you would rather receive a paper copy, please let me know and be sure to check the communication folder regularly.

    OOpen House will take place on Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. 


    PSchool Picture Day is Thursday, September 12!  (Picture Make-ups will be Thursday, October 3rd.)

         When picking up your child, please be prompt, and never leave your car parked in the drop off/pick-up lane.


    QQuestions? Please feel free to call, stop in, email, or send a note.

    RKindergarten report cards will be sent home 3 times during the year . 


    Kindergartners have morning recess from 10:15 - 10:45.  When we go full day, lunch recess is from 12:15 - 12:55, and afternoon recess from 1:40 - 1:55.


    SOur kindergarten day starts at 8:15 when we pick up the children at our clasroom door. Kindergartners should not arrive at school before 8:00 a.m. as there is no adult supervision until this time. Your child should remain on the playground until the bell rings when they will line up at our door.

    On rainy days bring your child directly to the room at 8:00.  

                At dismissal time, 12:15 p.m., you may meet your child in front of the school office for pick-up in your car.  If you choose to meet your child at the tables outside our classroom, PLEASE park in a legal spot, not in the red pick-up zones (the San Elijo Ave. gate will be opened about 10 minutes before dismissal should you choose to park and pick up at our door.  Daycare students will be picked up at the classroom.  Please let us know if your method of pickup changes.

                Students are not allowed to play on the playground after school.  This is because first graders are still learning in their classrooms. 

                Siblings are not allowed to play on the playgrounds because of liability issues.


    We have a snack time at 10:15. Please send a healthy snack to school with your child.  Please note that snacks are NOT available for purchase at Cardiff School.


    Sharing will start after the first couple of weeks of school. I'll send a list of the topics and your child's day to share before we start.  


    If your child has any changes in their transportation please let me know in writing, or by email.


    Don't underestimate your child.  This is a year of great growth.  If you have any concerns as we go (and grow), please let me know.


    VVolunteers and visitors must register in the office and pick up a badge.  If you would like to volunteer to help in our classroom, I'll be sending out a sign-up after Back to School Night. I'll need a room parent to assist with parties and I will also need a Cardiff SEA representative to make calls to schedule help at our annual Monster Dash and After Bash, Gala, and Ice Cream Social and to keep the class informed about what is going on with the SEA. This is a monthly, adult only meeting, but childcare is provided.


    We encourage each family to join SEA, our Parent-Staff Organization, whether you plan to attend meetings, or simply like to have the school address book.


    **I miss your students when they are not at school!  Please consider that your child may be missing important activities/new skills if he or she is on vacation on school days.  Please take a look at the school calendar and plan your vacation to align with our days off.  If your family has to take a vacation during school time, please be sure to let us know.


    WOur school website is cardiffschools.com.  It is a great resource.  Our class website can be found under 'Cardiff School', 'classrooms', then my name.

    XDuring school hours, perimeter gates are locked.  Parents and family members may eXit and enter via the main school office entry.   Please don't forget to check in with office staff.

    YYour ideas and suggestions are welcome!

    Z Zzzzzzzz- Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest.  Setting and keeping a bedtime is a wonderful gift you can give your child.