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    Jump Start Kindergarten
    Posted on 08/17/2020
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    Hello Lafayette Kindergarten Families,

    The kindergarten team is so excited to welcome your incoming student to our wonderful community, and we are kicking things off with a week of virtual Jump Start! The link for your child to attend each meeting is the same for each day and included below. Throughout the week, students will have one or two opportunities each morning to click the link and attend an online Jump Start meeting. Our first and last meetings will include all of the Lafayette kindergarten teachers so that students can meet everyone ahead of class lists being released. The other meetings will be run by different teachers on different days (and will even include a read aloud by our new assistant principal)!

    9:30am Brief Welcome Meeting and Staff introductions (use link)
    11am-noon OR 5-6:00pm Jump Start Packet Pick-Up (in front of school)

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
    9:30am Mini-lesson (use link)
    11:00am Read Aloud (use link)

    We are aiming to keep each meeting under 20 minutes. If you are traveling or otherwise unable to pick up the Jump Start packet on Monday, I'm attaching the list of all items so you can see what's included. Please do not go out of your way to buy these items. You may already have similar items at home you can use. Generally speaking, if your child has access to items to write with, color with, and write and color on, that'll be fine for most meetings, though scissors and glue may be helpful and there will be a day when we use play-dough!

    Your child is invited to all 9 meetings, but if you're busy and can only get them on sometimes, we'll be happy to have them whenever they're available. 🙂

    We look forward to seeing as many of your kiddos as possible tomorrow at 9:30am, online!

    Lafayette Kindergarten Jump Start Link:

    Meeting ID: 992 5780 0432

    The PTA also asked me to pass along this link to you. Joining is a great way to stay involved and informed on what's happening at Lafayette!

    If you have trouble logging in tomorrow, let me know and we can try to get you set up for Tuesday. Please let me know if you have any questions!

    Sarah Benson and Kindergarten Team

    To Our Wonderful Incoming-Kindergarten Families,

    Hello! Welcome (or welcome back) to Lafayette! We are so excited to get to know you and your child this year and look forward to having you in our Leopard community. We know there is a lot of uncertainty and anxiety regarding the upcoming school year, but we want to assure you that the kindergarten team is ready and eager to make this an exciting and happy experience for your little one. We are prepared to offer a robust remote schedule so that your child learns and makes growth while at the same time appreciating the importance of social emotional learning, especially in these uncertain times. We understand that starting the year online is not ideal for kids or parents, but we are looking forward to working with you and your child and making this as smooth a transition as possible. This is an exciting time for your child, and our biggest goal is making sure they have a good, enriching experience, even if it’s untraditional.

    The Lafayette kindergarten team is pleased to offer virtual Jump Start this year to incoming kindergarten students. Attending school on the computer may be a new and unique experience for your little one, and virtual Jump Start will give your child a “jump start” on the school year by allowing them to practice attending different remote sessions during the week of August 17th-21st, 2020. Virtual Jump Start is open to ALL incoming Lafayette students. Please see the schedule below for an idea of what the week will look like. Every day except for Monday will offer two sessions (9:30am and 11:00am) so students get a taste of the various things we do in kindergarten plus get used to logging into meetings at different times. Your child may attend every session, but even if they can only attend one or two, we’d love to see them! Additional information and meeting links will be emailed out to all kindergarten families; no need to RSVP.

    On Monday, August 17th, 2020, after our first Jump Start meeting there will be two time slots available for families to come by the front of the school to pick up a kindergarten welcome packet. These packets contain a lot of useful and fun items for your child and we will be using these materials during Jump Start! We have a pick-up time available in the late morning and again in the evening so hopefully one of those times will work for your family.

    Kindergarten Packet Pick-Up Times: Monday 8/17 11:00am—noon or 5:00-6:00pm
    (In front of the school on California Ave.)

    Please look for an email soon from the kindergarten team with some additional Jump Start information, plus some answers to questions you’ve sent us over the summer. As of now, there is still a lot being figured out regarding the school year, but we will relay what we know. In the past, we’ve had some concerns about equity in Jump Start and this year is no different; we understand that while the district will be getting all kindergarten students iPads for the regular school year, this may not be in place in time for Jump Start. Please know that even if your child does not have easy access to a device in time for Jump Start, we will be reaching out to you before the school year starts so we have a chance to talk to everyone before the first day of school. 😊

    We look forward to seeing you and your child soon!

    Lafayette Kindergarten Team

    Lafayette Kindergarten Jump Start Schedule

    Monday 8/17/20

    9:30 am 

    -Meet the teachers!
    -Expectations for K

    11:00 am

    (packet pick-up; see below)


    Kindergarten Packet Pick-Up in Front of Lafayette School (on California)

    Tuesday, 8/18/20

    9:30 am Mini-lesson (Writing)

    11:00 am Read Aloud

    Wednesday, 8/19/20

    9:30 am Mini-lesson (Math)

    11:00 am Read Aloud

    Thursday, 8/20/20

    9:30 am


    11:00 am Read Aloud

    Friday, 8/21/20

    9:30 am

    Mini-lesson (Variety)

    11:00 am 

    -Reiterate expectations for K
    -Can’t wait to see you again soon. 😊