How should my child dress for school?
*Due to the inconsistent weather temperatures, have your child dress in layers. (If the bag of extra clothes you sent in for your child earlier this school year contained "summer" clothing, please prepare another bag of warmer clothes and we will send home the original items)
*Label all jackets, hats, and gloves with your child's name.
*Please have your child practice putting on their jacket and zipping it up independently. Please look below for some fun and helpful videos to watch with your child to help them become more independent with their personal care!
Will my child have homework?
At Dayton School, Kindergarten students are given reading homework. This is in the form of a reading calendar that your child will bring home each month. Please read a book with your child each night and record the book in the calendar. The calendar will be collected on the last day of each month. Math homework will be sent home on Mondays and should be returned by Thursday each full week of school.
How will reading instruction take place in Kindergarten?
We will use a balanced approach to reading instruction. It will combine phonics and building sight word vocabulary. Instruction will take place in small groups (guided reading) and large group (shared reading).
When are the children tested?
We will assess all children at the beginning, middle, and end of the year in Math and Literacy.
Are tests made available to parents to review?
No. Since these are district tests (standardized tests) they are not available for you to review. You will be notified of your child's score on the district tests at conferences in November and at the end of the year. In addition, if there is an area that your child needs remediation in, you will be notified.
What types of parties will happen in school?
Holiday celebrations will be kept simple. The class parent will be informed of our expectations for the party. The end of the year party will involve the entire school in June. Parties are for students in the class; please do not bring younger brothers or sisters. The class parents will let you know if they need assistance with any parties.
Can I volunteer in the class if I am not a PTO class parent?
Yes. Typically, volunteers will be asked to come in on Friday mornings to help with math centers. Siblings may not come with you when you volunteer.
Can I send out birthday invitations in students' folders?
No. You must use another form of distribution for your child's birthday celebration. (Email, Post Office, or telephone).
How do I get my child's ID# for their Lunch Account?
Please call Mrs. Maccaro in the Dayton Main Office at 732.329.1043 for this information. She will give you the number for your child.
My child buys lunch every day. Why do I need to send a note to let you know what my child is ordering?
We do not know what they like to eat and must order lunch by 8:30am. If you do not send a note and your child does not know what they are buying, we will assume your child has lunch from home or is buying hot lunch. If your child is vegetarian, please make note of the vegetarian items on the school lunch menu (they are marked with a "V") so that you can be sure to select the meals your child is allowed to eat.
My child has been sick. Can he/she stay inside at recess?
No. If your child is well enough to attend school, he or she will be expected to go outside.
What is the best way to contact my child's teacher?
Email is the best way to contact your child's teacher. All of the teachers names and email addresses are on the top right side of this page. If you need to speak to a teacher by phone, please call the Dayton main office at 732.329.1043, and leave a message with Mrs. Maccaro.
What should I do if my child's dismissal routine changes?
Please send a note with your child in their folder. The teacher will forward it to the office. If there are changes that need to be made during the day, you must call the main office directly. DO NOT email your child's teacher about sudden dismissal changes, as we do not always have the time to check our email during school hours.