• FLOWER MOUND ELEMENTARY

    2023-2024

    Kindergarten Information

    First Day of School is August 9, 2023

     

    August 14, 2023 - 5:30 pm (parents only)

    Kindergarten Orientation- Come and learn what your child will be doing this year.

     

    Here are some things to work on over the summer so your child will have a successful start in Kindergarten:

    • Letter and number recognition
    • Know first and last name
    • Be able to write first name with one capital letter and the rest lower-case
    • Know colors and shapes
    • Know how to cut with scissors
    • Know basic self care skills (put shoes on, zip coat, use bathroom, etc.)
    • Know how to open their own lunch items (milk carton, straw, bag of chips, etc)

     

    Experiences to enjoy this summer with your child:

    • Library Programs
    • Visit museums, parks, zoo

     

    2019-2020 School year prices were: 

    Breakfast is served from 7:20 AM -7:40 AM for $1.25

    Lunch cost $2.65 (includes milk)

    Milk $.75

     

    We look forward to having your children next year in all day Kindergarten. This will be a great experience for your child.

     

    Have a great summer!

    The Kindergarten Teachers




    10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT KINDERGARTEN

    1. Children who are five years old on/before Sept. 1, 2023 are welcome.
    • Children may have little knowledge of letters/sounds or know all their letters/sounds. Teachers work with children on their own levels, differentiating to meet their needs.
    • Children with disabilities, developmental delays or limited experiences, as well as those with intellectual and creative talents benefit from kindergarten.

     

    1. Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be!
    • Kindergarten is more than coloring and playing, but those are still there! All LISD teachers teach a curriculum based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. It includes instruction in language arts, math, science, social studies, technology, art, music and physical education.
    • Although it is more structured than traditional kindergarten, teachers still make learning fun in developmentally appropriate ways.

     

    1. Instruction is learning through play and structured academics.
    • Through independent and partner activities, hands-on activities and games, students explore literacy, math, science, and social skills.
    • The day includes time working at tables, on the floor, at computers, in the library and outside. It may also include “specials” such as physical education, art, music, and creative dramatics.

     

    1. Most children will leave kindergarten reading and writing.
    • Their knowledge of letter names and sounds before kindergarten is a strong predictor of how quickly they will become independent readers. Teachers work with children in guided reading groups at their level.
    • In writers’ workshop, the students will learn to express ideas on various topics using pictures, letters, words & sentences.

     

    1. Kindergarten includes learning social skills and routines.
    • Learning to get along with others is a skill needed throughout life.  They will develop respect for others, listen when others are talking, and keep their hands and feet to themselves.
    • Kindergarten is a time to learn one’s self-control. Children learn there is a time to be quiet and a time when you don’t have to be!

     

    1. Children are encouraged to be as independent as possible.
    • Students will develop a sense of responsibility as they bring their backpacks, folders, library books, etc. to and from school. Children will use basic learning tools—pencils, crayons, scissors, computers, and books.
    • Encourage your child to fasten and unfasten clothing as needed (zippers, buttons, etc.) If some fasteners are still too challenging, it is best for the child to wear ones with which he/she can be successful. They will be expected to use the restroom independently.

     

    1. Students are assessed individually on skills during the year.
    • Teachers observe the children’s thinking, problem solving approaches and student products such as writing samples to show signs of their learning.
    • It is a state requirement to use early reading assessments. In LISD, the Istation is used to monitor student’s reading progress.  Parents will receive student progress expectations on report cards four times during the school year.

     

    1. Parents/child care providers are partners with the teacher.
    • Homework will include expectations for parents and children to read together. There may also be some short assignments, and at-home projects.
    • School communication will include newsletters, email, and parent conferences. Please don’t be afraid to ask!

     

    1. Parents/child care providers can help prepare children for transition.
    • Prepare your child by encouraging his/ her curiosity and to ask questions. Enjoy picture books with them. The love of reading is an important part of becoming a successful learner. Teach him/her respect for others.
    • Help your child to name colors, shapes and letters and to recognize his/her own name. Work with them on writing their name by using an upper-case letter for the first letter and lower-case for the others (Anna rather than ANNA).
    • Phonological awareness is another strong predictor of reading success. Help children become aware of the sounds in words and how they can be changed to make new words. They will come to appreciate rhyme and recognize how new words can be made by substituting letters (cat, mat, hat) or putting sounds together (b-e-d).

     

    1. Kindergarten is another step in learning to enjoy life!
    • Parents are their children’s first teachers. We look forward to joining you in aiming for high school graduation and whatever career path your child will choose some day!



    Flower Mound Elementary

    Frequently Asked Questions

    2023-2024

     

    What are the arrival/dismissal times? Based on the 2022-2023 schedule, students should arrive at school between 7:15 a.m. (when the doors open) and 7:45 a.m (when the tardy bell rings). Students must enter the building by the main entrance by the office and go directly to the cafeteria where they may eat breakfast. The North entrance on Windsor is for bus riders only; this is not a drop off area. Dismissal time is 3:00 pm.   All students should leave the building and grounds at dismissal time unless detained for a school reason or in the after-school program.  

     

    Note:  Please confirm the schedule on the school website the week before school starts.

     

    How do I notify the school about an absence?  Please send an email to our Attendance Clerk, Debby Chappell, at chappelld@lisd.net and copy your teacher or call Debby at (972-350-5603 to notify her of your child’s absence.  Your email can serve as notification and a parent note. Without any notification the absence, by default, is unexcused.

     

    Know that attendance policies can change from time-to-time.  Please refer to FME Attendance Webpage for a current summary.  Also, please see the LISD Student Handbook for additional  attendance policy details.

     

    Is there an after-school program? Yes, Extended School Day Program (ESD) is offered from school dismissal time to 6:30 p.m. each school day.  The program follows the LISD calendar and is not in effect during school holidays, teacher in-service days, or bad weather days. Contact LISD Campus Support Services at 469-713-5997 for more information.

     

    What areas have bus service? The general rule of thumb is 2 miles from the school, however, some areas are eligible within the 2-mile limit if children have to cross a busy intersection with no crossing guard or sidewalks are not available. Be advised that no kindergarten or first grade student will be released from the bus unless there is a parent or designated person to meet them. The only exception is when the kindergarten student has an older sibling who also rides the bus and can accompany them to their home. For more information please contact Texas Central School Bus at (469) 794-0152.

     

    What are the procedures for visitors? All persons visiting our school must be cleared through the office before going into any other part of the building. Please provide your driver’s license which will be scanned through the Raptor system and wear your visitor sticker while in the building. The visitor sticker only allows you to go to the Cafeteria or for some classroom events. 

     

    Volunteering:

    There are many wonderful opportunities to volunteer at FME.  Some opportunities are organized by classroom teachers and others are managed by the PTA.  Some areas of need are:  Teacher Workroom; WATCH DOG Dads; Yearbook; Book Fair; Mentoring; and Mystery Readers.  All volunteers must fully complete the background check process through the LISD VOLY system before they can volunteer.  For more information please visit the LISD Volunteer webpage.

     

    Do you serve hot breakfast/lunches? Yes, our cafeteria provides a nutritionally balanced breakfast and hot lunch each day. Parents can establish an account via the Child Nutrition website to pay online, check balance, and sign up for low balance notifications.  

     

    Parents can send cash or checks for the lunch account.  Make checks payable to Flower Mound Elementary.  Be sure that your child’s name is on the check or payment envelope.

     

    Also, Free & Reduced Meal applications for school are available either on the Child Nutrition site or in the school office. 

     

    Visitors at lunch are allowed:  We are happy to have lunchtime visitors, but you must sign in at the office and wait for your student in the cafeteria. If you plan to eat the school lunch, have your child include you in the morning lunch count. Students and their guests sit at the guest tables. Adult lunches cost more than student lunches, currently $3.50, but could change over the summer.  Please also keep in mind that our campus is closed to visitors on days when we are administering the STAAR test.

     

    Do you have a nurse on campus? How are medications handled? Yes, we have a full time Registered Nurse on campus.   All medications are kept in the health room and administered by the school nurse or a designated person by the principal. A written authorization by a parent is needed for all medications. It should include: student’s name, date, instructions and parent signature. The medication must be in the original container and labeled with the student’s name. Over-the-counter drugs cannot be given for more than five days without a physician’s authorization. Parents must come in and give the medication to the nurse.

     

    How do I schedule a parent/teacher conference? Each teacher has a regularly scheduled conference period. Write a note, send an email to the teacher, or call the office to schedule a conference. Please give several days advance notice if possible. All parents are requested to attend one conference each semester.

     

    How are students checked out of school for the day?  Only people listed in Skyward Family or Emergency Contacts will be allowed to pick up a student. Please send an email to the teacher or a note to school to let the teacher know your student will be leaving. The office will request a driver’s license for identification on any person picking up a student as a safety precaution. We encourage parents to only check the students out early for doctor visits and emergencies. Unless it is for medical purposes, early check outs do count as an unexcused tardy. 

     

    What if my child needs to go home a different way than normal? Students should bring a signed note from a parent stating how the student will get home (car rider instead of bus, or going home with another student). If a student is not a regular rider on that bus, the bus driver will require that the student give them a note signed by the parent, and signed by someone in the school office. This is First Student Transportation’s policy. If a student does not have a note from home, FME staff will send the student home by their usual way. If you need to change the way a student is going home, please call the school office before 2:00 p.m.  While we understand emergencies do happen, please try to keep the number of mid day changes to a minimum. 

     

    When is a child considered tardy? Students who arrive after 7:45 a.m. are considered tardy and must be signed in at the office. Students who come in after 9:00 a.m. without a note from a medical office are counted absent for the day. Mid-day and early signouts are also counted as tardies.  Students who have medical visits will not be counted absent regardless of the time they arrive at school, provided they bring evidence of that day’s visit from the medical office.  

     

    How do I know if school is closed for bad weather? The decision to close or delay LISD schools will be made by 6:30 a.m. School closings or delays will be broadcast via Skyward Alert and reported to social media, local radio and television stations.

     

    Report cardsReport cards for all grade levels are posted at the end of each nine week period in the student’s Skyward Portfolio folder.  Please check the LISD Academic school calendar for exact dates of the grading periods.  However, you can keep up with your student’s progress in Skyward Family Access - Gradebook tab at any time.  

     

    Does the school have a counselor? Yes, we have a full time counselor available to students, parents and staff. LISD has developed a guidance curriculum to help students learn skills that the State Board of Education has identified as priority needs of students such as self-esteem, motivation, decision-making, goal setting and responsible behavior. These skills are taught through classroom presentations, small group interactions, and at the individual level.

     

    What can you tell me about the curriculum? Our curriculum follows the guidelines set by the Texas Education Agency. There is a committee that adopts the curriculum each year for our district. You can find out more about our curriculum by going to each grade level’s page on the FME website.