Children are registered for Kindergarten through the Central Office.
Registrations to date are delivered to the building principal before the end of
The PTA sponsors and staffs a Kindergarten Orientation Program for
Kindergarten registrants. This program provides the soon-to-be kindergartner a
weekly school experience for four weeks. During this time, the child is
provided the opportunity to go to Music, Art, Library, and Physical Education.
They will also have the opportunity to meet with a Kindergarten teacher, our
nurse, and the principal. The children also have the experience of riding the
school bus. Parents/guardians of registered children will receive invitations.
When parents/guardians come to enroll a child for the Kindergarten Program,
they will be able to make an appointment for the childís Kindergarten screening.
If a child is not registered for the orientation program, the school will
contact the parent/guardian to arrange an appointment for the screening.
The Kindergarten Screening, which is mandated by the State of New York, is
scheduled for the end of May through the beginning of June and consists of a
school readiness test, a Speech and Language Screening, and a Pre-Kindergarten
Activity Sheet. If there are any areas of concern, a member of the Tackan Child
Study Team will consult with the parents and provide recommendations.
A meeting for parents/guardians whose children are registered for
Kindergarten is held in the Spring with the Principal and other staff members.
During this time, there will be a presentation giving an overview of what a
child will need for Kindergarten, a description of some practices at Tackan, and
ideas on how parents/guardians can help their child get ready for the
Conferences are held at
any time there is a need for communication between the childís parent/guardian
and the childís teacher. Conferences can be initiated by a phone call to or from
the childís parent/guardian. Just as teachers inform the parent about the
childís progress and adjustment, the parents/guardians often provide the teacher
with insight and understanding about the child that enable the teacher to be
more successful in assisting the childís learning and social-emotional
Written report cards, accompanied by a conference with the
teacher, are provided to all parents/guardians in November. Three half days are
scheduled by the district to facilitate the conferences. Written progress
reports are sent home in March and in June. The district schedules one half-day
release time in the Spring to facilitate a conference if one is requested by the
teacher, parent, or Principal.
Conference days are noted on the school calendar and
reminder notices are sent home. On these days, dismissal in Kindergarten and
Grades One through Five is:
Early School: 11:45 AM
Before parents meet with the teacher, it is a good idea to
have a conference with the child. We suggest asking the following open ended
Late School: 12:20 PM
you like about your class this year?
some of the most successful things you have done?
you found most difficult?
some of the things you feel you need to work on?
some ways your teacher or I can help you?
The following important topics should be discussed at the
formal parent/teacher reporting conference:
Information and supportive examples about how the child is meeting academic
about the childís work habits and time utilization
participation and ability to work in learning groups
for the rights of others
child is developing socially and emotionally
When a parent returns home from a conference with the
teacher, it is important to be positive and goal oriented in sharing the
discussion and report card with the child. Let the child know that the issues
he/she raised were discussed.
School Closing announcements will be broadcast over the following stations:
WALK (97.5 FM or 1370 AM)
WBLI (106.1 FM)
WCBS (880 AM)
Channel 12 News
As a courtesy, the class parents will make reasonable attempts to contact
families regarding school closings or delayed openings which are due to bad
weather or other emergency conditions. This call will be as early as possible
to alert everyone in time. Decisions are usually made by 6:30 AM. If you do
not wish to be called by the class parent, please inform him/her. To avoid
multiple calls at home or at work, many parents elect to be called only by the
class parent of the oldest child. Others do not mind multiple calls and use
additional calls as a backup. Class parents will also make reasonable attempts
of notification in the event of an early dismissal from school. Please be sure
that the class parent has a current phone number at which you or an emergency
caretaker can be reached in this instance. The caretaker person should be on
your childís bus route. Class parents should also have a current work number to
reach you should the emergency caretaker be unavailable. Please inform the
school office if you do not wish the PTA class parent to have your phone number.
An important practice, on a daily as well as emergency
basis, is to make a plan with your child as to what procedure they should follow
if you are not at home when he or she arrives home from school. It is always
possible that a parent can encounter an unexpected delay. Children should have a
plan that makes them feel safe even if you are not home when they get
It is also important to inform the bus driver if your child
has a medical condition that may require quick emergency intervention. All buses
have two-way radios and the driver can get help if he/she is alerted to a
potential problem (diabetes, epilepsy, allergies to insect bites, etc.). The
school is not permitted to provide this information to anyone, not even the bus
driver, without your written consent.
Class Parents act as a liaison between the school and the parents/guardians.
They are responsible for notifying parents of school closings, early dismissals
and delayed openings. Class Parents also assist the teachers in organizing
class events, parent volunteers for projects, field trips, etc.
We use the following procedure to select Class Parents:
In June, a flyer is sent home by the PTA asking for volunteers. The volunteer
list is then given to the classroom teacher who selects two people. Parents
will not be selected for the same child two years in a row unless there are no
other volunteers. If this occurs, this would not prevent a parent from being
eligible for the following year. A person can only be class parent for one class
in a given year. You can volunteer for more than one class but can only accept
At Tackan, we put in a considerable amount of time to develop balanced
classes in terms of class size, boy to girl ratios, and range of student needs.
As best as we can, we try to separate children who may interfere with each
otherís learning and ensure that every child knows some of the other children in
the new class. Our goal is to provide equivalent learning opportunities for all
the children in the school.
We do not take requests from parents for specific teachers. We do honor
requests not to have a particular teacher, but only if an older sibling or the
child him/herself has had the teacher before. In this case, we ask only that
you put this in writing and give no other reason except the prior experience
with the teacher.
If you have particular concerns about your child's needs that you believe we
should take into consideration for class placement, please bring them to the
principalís attention in writing before April 1.
Homework is any schoolwork done by the pupil at home. It is based on an
outgrowth, continuation, or projection of learning experiences. Homework is
effective if it contributes to achievement and has a favorable effect on study
skills and attitudes. It serves a valid purpose when it affords opportunities
for independent study and enriches school experiences.
The objectives of homework include the following:
|To enrich the school experience through related home
activities and promote family involvement in the childís schooling.|
This primarily takes the form of
establishing a homework routine and homework center. The child should develop
the habit of doing homework in a specific place and at a certain time.
Providing materials at the homework center encourages good work. Some supplies
for the homework center might include paper folders, pencils, eraser, sharpener,
scissors, markers, crayons and a stapler. In addition, sometimes this
involvement can take the form of helping the child with a special project.
|To stimulate voluntary effort,
initiative, independence, responsibility, and self-direction.|
This is a very important reason to provide homework and a
homework routine. It is a teacherís responsibility to structure the last ten
minutes of the school day so that the child can organize assignments and
materials to bring home. It is the parentís responsibility to expect the child
to pack what is needed. For security reasons, teachersí rooms are locked after
dismissal. The student should remember to bring home materials, books, and
assignments. In the event something is lost or overlooked, teaching the child
strategies, such as calling a friend for the work, helps to promote
independence, initiative, and responsibility.
|To reinforce school learning by providing the necessary
practice, integration, and applications learned in the classroom.|
Practice leads to internalization
and integration of skills and concepts. To accomplish this goal, it is important
that children do their own work. Parents can help with this by expecting
children to do their own work neatly and carefully. It is wise to ask them to
rewrite homework if it is sloppy or full of careless mistakes. If a child
expends reasonable effort and does not understand the work, the parent can
stop. In this situation, it is important to sign the homework and state that
the child could not do the assignment.
|To complete class assignments when necessary.|
While it is not recommended that
all pupils in the elementary school receive a stated number of assignments per
week, we do have suggested guidelines for appropriate homework assignments. The
approximate time for homework is as follows:
Grade One: 15
Grade Two: 20
As the students get older,
homework assignments should gradually increase in length so that by the time the
student is in fifth grade, he or she will be spending forty-five minutes to an
hour doing homework. Since homework in the upper elementary grades can consist
of both daily and long-term assignments, the time could vary on a daily basis.
It is important to help the child
develop the ability to do long range project planning and to learn to break the
project into smaller planning tasks with intermediate deadlines. In addition,
long-term assignments promote proficiency at problem solving methods and time
for creative endeavors.
|In addition, it is recommended that all children read or be read
to daily. The guidelines are as follows: |
Primary students: 15 to 20 minutes
Intermediate students: 20 to 30
minutes or more if time permits
A student will not be penalized for not bringing in homework on time due to
religious observance, when such is acknowledged by parental notice. Homework,
other than long- term assignments, will not be assigned over weekends or
Generally, if a child is too sick to be at school, he/she
is too sick to do homework. Doing work pages from a book, or reading a book is
not the same as being in class. You cannot duplicate teacher/student and
student/student interaction at home. Direct instruction, problem solving, and
strategies for learning as well as the interactions in the classroom provide a
learning experience that can only occur in school. In those rare instances
where a child may not feel too ill but is contagious and needs to be kept at
home, the parent/guardian should give the teacher at least one dayís notice
regarding the preparation of work to be sent home for the student. Books will
not be sent home via a child from another family without prior notification of
that childís parent/guardian.
Children are expected and required to be in school on days designated on the
School District Calendar as ďDays School Is In Session.Ē If a child is absent
on these days for purposes of a family vacation, it is an illegal absence. The
school will not provide work to students who are out of school for this purpose.
Long-term assignments encourage pupils to practice organizing their time,
provide opportunity for relating facts, promote proficiency at problem solving
methods, and encourage creative endeavors.
Students should be responsible for knowing their schedule. They need sneakers
on days when they have physical education class and a smock should be provided
In Kindergarten only, parents may provide a snack and juice to the class to
acknowledge the birthday of a Kindergarten child in school. The purpose of this
practice is to ease the childís transition into the elementary school and
enhance socialization skills. At other grade levels, the classroom teacher may
acknowledge the birthday boy or girl in some other way such as giving a
privilege, singing the birthday song, etc. We will acknowledge all studentsí
birthdays during morning announcements.
Birthday invitations may only be given out in school according to the
- All girls in the class are invited to an all girl activity.
- All boys in the class are invited to an all boy activity.
- All children in the class are invited to a boy/girl activity.
There are times during the school year when the children partake in school
activities and curriculum related events. These events may include an activity
or snack with the support of the parents. Prior arrangements must be made with
the classroom teacher. The school will consider any holiday and cultural
activity/ food with prior approval by the classroom teacher. We encourage this
request to be based on the cultural aspect of the holiday.
There are other instances when activities are held for the culmination of a
curriculum unit. These events may vary from year to year and be different at
each grade level and in each classroom. Some events, to name a few, that have
taken place at Tackan in the past are International Luncheons, 100th
Day of School Activities, Authorís Teas, Readerís Theater, Biography
Presentations, Pillow Reading and the Math Carnival. These activities are
arranged by the teachers to enhance subject areas. Classroom teachers may
contact parents if additional support is needed.