August 2020
    Welcome to Kindergarten at Margaret C. Clifford School! My name is Ms. Stacey Stewart and I will be your child's teacher this year. I've been busy preparing for the start of school, and I am sure you have as well.  I am so excited to meet your child and I hope they are excited as well. I know this year will be unique, but first and foremost, I want you to know that I am here for you and your child, and I will walk you through these challenging times. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns as we navigate this experience together. Please take note of a few tips below to help alleviate some “first day jitters.”
    Important First Day of School Items:
    On the first day of school, unless your child has a medical exemption per our school nurse, your child must wear a mask in the classroom at all times.  Please pack 1-2 extra masks in your child's backpack in the event the one they are wearing becomes soiled and please label masks with your child's name on the inside if possibe.  Please have your child practice wearing their mask as much as possible before school starts.  In addiiton, your child should bring a backpack, a spill-proof refillable water bottle, and a spare change of clothes (to be kept in their backpack). Please label all of these items with your child's name.  
    Health Screening:
    You will be required to complete a health screening at home each morning and return a form to school indicating that your child is healthy and fever-free.  PLEASE DO NOT FORGET THIS IMPORTANT FORM.  If your child is exhibiting signs of ANY illness, please keep them home out of an abundance of caution.  Attendance policies will be more flexible this year to encourage our families to be as prudent as possible in keeping their children home if they are not feeling well.  
    You were mailed forms from the office - please send those completed forms to school on the first day!  The most important form to fill out and return on the first day are the TRANSPORTATION FORMS so we know exactly how to send your child home at the end of the day. During the first few weeks of school, many important forms/notices will be sent home through your child’s school folder.  Please check your child's folder DAILY and review the materials inside. Please return any forms ASAP for processing.
    On my webpage under the "Supply List" tab, you will find a list of required supplies for your child.  In the interest of limiting the sharing of materials in the classroom, I have included a few additional items that your child will need in Kindergarten this year.   Please send all supplies to school by September 18.  Feel free to send materials in a little bit at a time to make it more manageable for your child to carry.