We are very excited to welcome you to Ainsworth! We will be sending out our first News & Notes later today, and wanted to send a special note to all of you first with a few important items.
Kindergarten & New Family Popsicle Social:
Come to the front “field” to meet some of our fabulous staff and get to know each other from 11:00am-12:00pm on Tuesday, August 29th.
PTA Sponsored Kindergarten Picnic:
Join your fellow kindergarten families, as well as our school counselor Rebecca Cohen and PTA co-presidents Anna Short and Natalie Willes, for a casual BYOPicnic on Thursday, August 31st at 5:30 pm at Portland Heights Park.
Ms. Cohen will have some wonderful activities planned for the little ones, and you will have a chance to meet other parents and find out a little bit more about Ainsworth before the school year begins. If you might be interested in volunteering next year, Anna and Natalie will be available to answer your questions. We also have many kindergarten families with older siblings who would be happy to help you navigate this new experience for your family.
Most importantly, dessert will be provided.
Come get to know your community by coming to Ainsworth on Saturday, August 26th from 9am-noon. We would love your help getting the school grounds ready and it is always a fun day!
Kindergarten Assessment Sign-Ups:
You will receive a separate email later today with a link to sign up for a 25-minute assessment time for your child on either August 30th or 31st. Teachers will take time to get to know your child and also have you fill out some important information.
You will receive the following email right before school starts, but here is a sneak peek:
We are so excited to welcome you Tuesday morning for your child’s first day of kindergarten. We know many of you feel like it’s your first day too, so here are some tips to get you through…
The Night Before:
Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and enjoys a healthy breakfast for a smooth start to the first day.
Show your excitement and positive attitude about your child’s first day (even if you are feeling a little nervous yourself). Your child will follow your lead.
Morning of the First Day of School:
Do your best to arrive between 7:50 and 8:00am and line up outside the kinder wing on the ramp.
You may walk your child into the classroom and help put his/her things away and find his/her desk.
Take a picture, give a hug, smile and say goodbye. The sooner your little one gets used to the morning routine, the sooner they can start to build community with their teacher and peers.
We know there may be tears (from parents too) but we promise we are well equipped and ready to begin a positive kindergarten adventure. Your child is in excellent hands with our kinder team!
Just in case you forget all that is mentioned above, we will ring a little reminder bell to help you say, “See you after school. I can’t wait to hear about your day.”
Short goodbyes and long hellos are the key.
Afternoon of the First Day:
Get ready to greet your little one at the end of the day with big smiles and hugs at 2:15pm. Please do not enter the hallway to meet your students. Teachers will release students directly to parents through their outside doors on the front field.
As soon as you can, we would like you to drop your child off at the kinder wing door at the top of the ramp and not walk your student all the way to class. We are excited to get in the rhythm and routine of kindergarten. We know it is going to be a fantastic year!
If your student will be a bus rider, we personally escort all kindergarteners to and from the bus. (Please stop by the office to pick up your child’s bus tag). If your student will participate in our After Care program, the After Care staff will also pick up all kindergarteners and escort them to After Care.
If your child is expressing any worries about their first day of kinder, this might be a good virtual read aloud:
Once again, we are thrilled to welcome you to Ainsworth! We have a warm and wonderful community and look forward to having you be a part. See you soon!
Kris & Grace
Hello Ainsworth Community,
We would like to welcome you or welcome you back to Ainsworth. We hope you had a fun and relaxing summer spent with loved ones. We look forward to hearing what you are most excited about for this year. We believe this will be our best year yet and have so many wonderful things in store for our students and families. Every year brings us new beginnings and opportunities to make new friends and experience Ainsworth in a new way. Together, let's make it a great year!
Kris & Grace
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Ainsworth PTA Meeting
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Plumper's Pumpkin Patch - Kindergarten
6:00 PM Board Meeting
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM Oxbow Park Field Trip
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Spanish Immersion Back to School Night
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM TAG Informational Meeting