Kindergarten Orientation Presentation

For Parents
August 11, 2021

Welcome to our Kindergarten Orientation for the 2021-2022 school year! Below you will find a review of the information that was shared and discussed at the Kindergarten orientation on August 10. You will also be able to get a good overview of the Kindergarten program.


Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting

Morning meeting occurs every day and involves the following aspects:

  • Encourages feelings of trust, belonging, and fun!
  • Each morning, students and teachers gather together for
    • Greeting: Everyone greets one other by name.
    • Sharing: Everyone shares information about their lives
    • Group Activity: Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity 

Morning Message: Students read and interact with a short message


Overview of Kindergarten Program Skills

There are essential standards identified for instructions for Kindergartners. These foundational skills are:

  • Reading
  • Writing 
  • Oral communication
  • Math
  • Science & Social Studies

Additional information regarding the Kindergarten program can be found on FCPS' website. More details regarding the foundational skills for Kindergartners can be found on the FCPS Kindergarten Year at a Glance page.


Math Workshop

The math workshop consists of the following things:

  • Calendar Math
  • Focus Lesson
  • Centers
    • ST Math
    • Meet with teacher(s)
    • Number Sense or Review Activity
  • Class Share


Literacy Workshop

Being a Reader

  • Read Aloud 
  • Centers
    • Independent Reading
    • Word Work
    • Small Group Reading
    • Handwriting
    • Online Reading (Imagine Learning, MyON)


Being a Writer

  • Read aloud
  • Focus lesson in writing
  • Shared writing
  • Independent practice
  • Small Group writing with teacher
  • Sharing your work


Why Read 20 Minutes at Home?

Research shows that students who read 20 minutes a day score higher, in the 90th percentile, on standardized tests.



All Kindergarten students participate in the following specials each week:

  • PE
  • Art
  • Music
  • Library
  • Guidance


Lunch & Snack 

All Kindergarten students have 30 minutes for lunch. Hot lunch is available each day in the cafeteria. Please pack a snack and a water bottle every day.


Computers & Schoology

All Kindergarten students will be issued a school laptop computer. This computer will be used at school. 

Schoology will be a new, online communication tool to connect parents & teachers. This platform will allow parents to see student progress & assignments as well.


Transportation Information

Call 703-446-2150 for information on riding the school bus. All kindergarten students must be met at the bus stop by an adult.


School Aged Child Care (SACC) Information

Call 703-449-8989 for registration and additional information. More information can also be found by visiting


Health Information & Requirements

Health forms are available on the school website. Please contact the school health attendant about any medications or inhalers that need to be kept at school. All students and staff will wear a mask indoors and outside.


Kinder School Supply List

The Kinder school supply list was provided at the orientation as a handout. It can also be found on the school websitePlease try to drop off supplies at the school office before the first day of school or send with your child on the first day of school. Please place in a bag with your child’s name & grade on it.


Skills to Practice Independence

  • Pack own backpack
  • Put on jacket
  • Button/zip/snap coats and pants
  • Put on own shoes (tie or velcro)
  • Eat and open foods on own (juice boxes)
  • Wash hands


Welcome to the Pod!

We are happy to have you with us this school year. For more information about our school, feel free to explore our school website

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