(507) 477-3235 9 Sixth Ave SE, Hayfield, MN 55940

Nikki Smith & Kathleen Schroeder

Hayfield Kindergarten Teachers

ABC’s of Kindergarten

The ABC’s of Kindergarten:

Mrs. Smith’s & Mrs. Schroeder’s

Helpful Hints for Parents and Students

A: Attendance – Please be at school at 8:05 (on time) and ready to go! We teach until the final bell at 2:50. Send a note when your child has missed school or if he/she will miss school. Please call or email the school secretary, Tanya, when you know your child will not attend school due to illness, doctor appointments, etc.

(507-671-1518 or rieketa@hayfield.k12.mn.us)

*REMINDER: to schedule doctor, dentist, or any other appointments on the mornings of the late starts if possible.*

(The first Monday of each month)


B: Book Orders – Book orders will be sent home once a month. The company we use is called Scholastic. Please do not feel obligated to purchase books for your child, but be aware that the books found in the book orders are less expensive than buying them in bookstores. Send a check payable to Scholastic, do NOT send cash. You can also purchase from the online website at https://orders.scholastic.com/K37QQ – Activation Code:K37QQ

Birthdays – We celebrate birthdays in Kindergarten in style! Your child will wear a crown and vest and receive some special gifts from the teacher. If your child would like to bring treats, please purchase them from a store (NO Homemade food). We celebrate summer birthdays too, anytime throughout the year! Just send a note and let us know the date you have in mind.


C: Conferences – We will have conferences three times this year.

Back to School Conferences: Sept. 4 & 5         Fall: Nov. 15 & 19     Winter: January 31


D: Donations/Kindergarten Expenses

Here’s a list of our Kindergarten expenses so you’re prepared financially before the time actually arrives

Healthy Snack Option – $50 – September See the letter “H”.

Witches Brew – Halloween (one candy item on the list we will provide)

Thanksgiving Feast ($2 towards one item on the list)

Book Exchange – December – ($3 book for another student)

Roller-Skating for P.E. – January – ($8 for renting all the equipment)

Book Orders – Once a month (not required)

Book Fair – December (not required)

Muffins with Moms – March (one candy item to decorate the gingerbread house)

Donuts with Dads – January (one candy item)

Oxbow Park Field Trip – May ($3-5 / depending on bus cost)


E: Excellent Specialist Schedule –

Music- Mrs. Fjerstad (Every single school day for 20 minutes.)

Library-Mrs. Gillette (Mondays and Wednesdays for 20 minutes) – Mondays are check out days!!!

Physical Education- Mr. Schroeder (Every single school day for 20 minutes.)


F: F.I.S.H. Binders – Family Involvement Starts Here!!!

Each child will have a black binder with 2 folders, a notebook for communication and information kept in sheet protectors. Children will bring binders home each day with completed work and parent information. Please check these folders daily and return them in your child’s backpack each night. Read, complete, and return appropriate papers in this folder.

Binders will include: daily schedule, yearly/monthly calendar, lunch menu, kindergarten ABC’s, alphabet chart, copy of report card,  100’s chart, sight words list attached. The binders will also have folders (which you will bring according to the supply list) One folder will be art projects/daily work to keep at home. The other will have homework to be returned to school the next school day.

*It is the students’ job to make sure it is cleaned out DAILY and kept looking nice.

*Special notes can go in the front pouch…this will be a GREAT way to communicate.


We will be going to Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch in the fall and Oxbow Park in the spring.

More information to come. – All information will be in your child’s binder J


G:  GO GREEN! “HAVE A GREEN DAY” = Our discipline plan in the classroom.

Purple= AMAZING – Students who go above and beyond have a chance to earn this color!

Green= SAFE –Everyone starts on Green every day (following rules & expectations)

Yellow= WARNING – SLOW DOWN! You need a second to think about your actions.

Red= STOP – *If your child gets into trouble when he/she is on red…

Note Home/ Call/Parent Conference/Principal’s Office

Depending on the severity of the problem…they will happen in this order.

Please read and review periodically with your child.


H: Healthy Snack EACH day: Each and every day your child will get to eat a healthy snack. You can either send your child with one each day, or you can participate in the $50 for the whole year healthy snack option for your child. This fee will allow your child to choose from the 12 choices of healthy snacks each day. Your child is in school for roughly 175 days a year, so this is equates to about 28 cents a dayJ We will have a snack in bulk like animal crackers for students who forgetJ

Helping from home is a great way to jumpstart your child’s learning and abilities.

– Look through your child’s FISH notebook nightly

– Create a special “homework area” at home.

– Read to your child and encourage him or her to read to you!

– Give your child praise for a job well done! (SO Important!)

– Talk to your child about their day – Here are some ways to encourage your kids to share about the happenings at school:

– Know the daily schedule and themes in your child’s classroom so you can ask specific questions.  Asking questions like, “What did you do for choice time?” or “What did you learn about caterpillars today?” usually gets more detailed responses than, “What did you do today?”

– Use that monthly calendar to write down something fun or interesting about each school day.


I: Interactive SMARTBOARD – YAY – These are AMAZING – They can be used for writing, internet sites, songs, reading & math skills, internet games, pictures, etc. The possibilities are endless. These are very expensive, so please reiterate to your child that this cannot be touched unless instructed to by the teacher.


J: Jobs in the classroom are very important to the way the room runs. If the jobs get done daily, things go smoothly throughout the year.


K: Kindergarten Supply List – Please label ALL school supply items

  1. $3.00 for party money
  2. Blanket for rest time
  3. Backpack
  4. Gym Shoes (kept at school)
  5. Paint Shirt (old shirt)
  6. 4 Dry Erase Markers
  7. 1 Crayola Watercolor Paint Set (8, 16, or 24)
  8. 1 Box of Kleenex
  9. 1 Box 24 Count Crayons
  10. 1 Pencil Box
  11. Clorox Wipes
  12. 3 Folders (with 2 pockets inside each)
  13. 2 Spiral Notebooks (used for parent communication/journaling)
  14. 24 Pack #2 Ticonderoga Pencils
  15. Headphones (used for computer lab)
  16. 2 Glue Bottles


L: Library check out day is Monday – TRY to remember your books that day!

Rule: If they bring back their books, they get to check more out.


M: Morning Meeting – Our large group opening is our first structured activity of the day. Our opening includes; greetings, room helpers, Pledge of Allegiance, agenda, morning meeting (greeting/activity/sharing/morning message). Our daily news and message offers children the opportunity to share and also work on letter recognition and sight words. Our opening also includes songs, rhymes and phonemic awareness.

Monthly Calendars

Each month we will replace our monthly calendar inside your child’s binder that will show you what special events are happening each day. Some examples are: letter we are working on, show and tell days, parties, birthdays, etc. You may also find it on our website.


N: Nightly homework– READING READING READING is KEY !!! See letter “Y”.


O: Organization – We will try to keep the classroom as organized as possible. Also, we expect your child to be responsible for keeping their own things organized to reduce the chance of losing, misplacing, or forgetting things.

*Along the lines of Organization, we will be updating our website (See Q) each week with new announcements, up-coming events, our weekly newsletter, math & reading websites, pictures, etc.! Please feel free to view it often also e-mail us with any questions or concerns.


P: Play – FREE PLAY – Since we know that an important part of kindergarten is socialization, we have a morning free time break, where the children can choose an activity from the various areas in our room. Some of the activities included are Legos, big blocks, puzzles, board games, dramatic play area, puppet center, computer area, Library (reading corner), writing area, listening area, math/science area, and other themed activities. This time offers the children the opportunity to share experiences and to explore friendships before the school day begins.


Q: Questions? Ask! – Call 507-671-1514 or email smithni@hayfield.k12.mn.us or kschroeder@hayfield.k12.mn.us


View our website at www.hayfield.k12.mn.us

(Elementary>>Academic Departments>>Kindergarten>>Mrs. Fish/Mrs. Smith)


R: Rest & Relax – Every day we will have a 20 minute rest time where your child will lie and relax on their mat/blanket while listening to peaceful music or stories. Please bring in a vinyl mat or blanket. – After Christmas break, this time turns into “quiet” reading time to get them ready for first grade.


S: Show and Tell – A monthly calendar will be sent home informing you of the dates for sharing something from home that begins with the letters that week. Children are encouraged to bring one item related to our weekly letters. Please keep your calendar inside your binder and refer to it often.

Special Me/Star of the Week – Beginning the 3rd week in September, we will be sending home a suitcase (we draw a name on the last day of the week, so you will have the weekend to complete) that you and your child can work on together. It will contain a poster and stars which your child can decorate and bring back to school to share with the class. Also, please bring in special items from home to share such as pictures, trophies, favorite stuffed animal, etc. They should be transported safely in the suitcase. The directions will be found in the folder inside the suitcase.


T: Testing – Fastbridge – This is a program that helps teachers and parents know how each student is doing on kindergarten skills. We have 3 benchmarks (fall, winter, spring) in reading and math. There is more information about it on our class website.

Take Home Bags – Throughout the year, we will be sending home a bag that contains special activities to do with your child. It will correlate with a particular theme or book we’ve covered in school. Please bring the bag back the following school day so we can send it home with another friend. Our first take home bag will be in September about caterpillars and butterflies!


U: Umbrellas, coats, boots, sweaters…please dress your student for the weather.


V: Violence of any kind is NOT ACCEPTABLE.

Visitor Pass – Obtain a Visitor’s Pass form the office whenever entering the school building.

Volunteers – We love to see parents throughout our school year. There will be many opportunities for helpers in our classroom such as our Halloween/Valentine parties, Field Trips, Thanksgiving Feast & JUST COMING IN TO READ!!!!


W: Writing – will take place every single day in the classroom. Various forms explained belowJ

Modeled Writing-Teacher chooses the text and writes in front of children.

Shared Writing-Children choose the text and the teacher writes their words

Interactive Writing-Teacher and the children share the writing, “sharing the pen.”

Guided Writing-Child does the writing with the teacher as coach.

Independent Writing-Child does writing independently. 

The first three methods of writing use “dictionary spelling.” Guided writing includes a combination of “inventive” and “dictionary” spelling. The teacher will not help with all of the writing. Only in independent writing is “inventive” or “temporary” spelling used. It is the child’s own writing. They will also utilize their writing skills in their Journals.


X: X-citedJ We cannot WAIT and we know you are excited too!!


Y: YES we LOVE to read – The only true “homework” we will give your child is to read at night. It is the most important thing you can do for your child’s education. Reading to your child is JUST as important as having them read to you!!


Z: Zillions of books will be read in Kindergarten. We both love to read and our goal is to help each student find that love too!


Now you’ve read our ABC’s,

Ask any questions if you please!

Mrs. Smith – smithni@hayfield.k12.mn.us

Mrs. Schroeder – kschroeder@hayfield.k12.mn.us

Phone – 507-671-1514