Frequently Asked Questions
Can my child celebrate their birthday at school?
Your child will be given a date on the snack calendar on or near their birthday. Birthday parties are not permitted at school; however,you may send a simple birthday snack on your child's scheduled snack day that he/she can pass out to their friends. I have found that iced cookies are usually the very best option. Cupcakes are okay.Please do NOT send goodie bags, drinks, presents, cake, etc. We will sing to your child and they will receive a birthday crown and small gift from Mrs. Minton on their special day. You may send birthday invitations to school IF you are inviting all of the students in our class. Summer birthdays will be celebrated near the end of the school year. June and July birthdays will have a special day to celebrate and August birthdays will have a special day to celebrate. More details will be provided at Back to School Night and closer to the special snack days
May I come eat lunch with my child?
Yes, we would love to have you join us for lunch any day at 11:00. Please wait for your child in the hall near the cafeteria and join us as we pass. Also, please make sure your child is aware that you will be leaving right after lunch and they will be staying at school. We ask that the first week of school that you do not come to lunch simply because we are learning the routines and procedures for the cafeteria. After a week, the children will know what to do and where to sit, and the time that it takes for us to go through the line will be greatly reduced. Then would be a great time to begin joining us for lunch if you would like. Thank you for understanding
NO, we have many toys and educational materials to keep us busy during the day.
Please send money in an envelope labeled with your child's name, "Minton", and the purpose for the money. Each type of money (lunch, pizza, etc.) should be in a seperate labeled envelope. The money generally goes to different locations, so seperate labeled envelopes are necessary, not just suggested. Some items, such as t-shirts and yearbooks, can also be purchased on Pay-For-It. Please send a copy of the receipt to school if you do so.
Yes, please! The Eden Gardens sweatshirts, fleeces, etc. all look alike and all outer wear should be labled inside with first and last name.
No, due to a lack of space. However,your child may wear a sweater or fleece during nap time if desired.
Preferably NOT. These are DISCOURAGED because very often they do not fit in the lockers. If they do, it is usually very difficult for the students to get them in and out of their lockers.
Each child will have a week during the school year to be our "star"fish. A note will be sent home just prior to your child's special week. Below is a copy of the note that you will be receiving when your child is chosen. If you and your child would like to begin making his/her board and have it ready ahead of time for when he/she is chosen, you are welcome to do so. Congratulations! It’s your child’s turn to be “The ‘Star’fish” for the week of _______________________. Your child will be featured on the special bulletin board in our classroom. This special focus on one child and family per week strengthens self-esteem and helps us learn more about our varied backgrounds, cultures, and interests. Please help your child make a poster telling about himself to display in our classroom during this special week. On the poster, please include information and illustrations about the topics below and also photographs of the child and family. We will be sure to return this poster to you. Thank you very much. We look forward to learning more about your special one. My birthday is _____________________________________. I was born in ______________________________________. An interesting place I have visited is ____________________. My favorite book is _________________________________. I wish I could learn to _______________________________. This is a picture of my family. Here is what I like to eat. This is how I like to play. This is what my family does for fun.