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Kindergarten Team

Ms. Schild and Ms. Beninga

Volunteers Requirements

We love our volunteers! We appreciate all of the wonderful parents and grandparents who touch the lives of our students each day. Volunteers are the reason our Kindergarten program is so successful. 

Please go to the district web site for further information and to download the appropriate forms needed to complete the fingerpinting process. This can take some time so we strongly encourage families to start the process as soon as possible.


California law does not allow school districts to charge fees to students for curricular and extracurricular activities. However, as you are aware, due to state budget cut backs, schools can no longer afford to fund many of these activities. Therefore, we are requesting voluntary donations from parents to offset the costs of these programs. Parents are not required to make donations and all students may participate in extracurricular activities regardless of whether their parents make a donation. You are not required to purchase the items listed below. For additional information, please visit the CUSD link on Student Fees.

Kindergarten Main Page

What To Expect in Kindergarten

Check out our What to Expect in Kindergarten Document in our resource  section at the bottom right corner of our website.

Themes and Letters

American Symbols, Famous Americans and Valentine’s Day!

February   5 th       Kk     

February  12 th       Ll

February  21th        Uu

February  26 th      Gg     

Important Dates


100th Day of School           Monday, February 5th

Kinder Round Up and New Family Orientation

                                           Monday, February 12th

Spring Pictures                  Thursday, February 15th

**Presidents Holidays***   Friday, February 16 th No School

                                          Monday, February 19 th No School

Valentine's Day

  1. Our Valentine celebrations will be held on Wednesday, February 14th.  Please be sure that if your child chooses to send valentines, he or she brings one for every member of the class. (30 will be enough in each class.)  PLEASE LEAVE THE ENVELOPES BLANK BUT ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO WRITE HIS OR HER NAME ON THE INSIDE.  PLEASE SEND VALENTINES TO SCHOOL IN A BAG WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME AS EARLY AS MONDAY FEBUARY 5Th BUT ON  OR BEFORE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH.


A notice will be going home regarding an orientation meeting for incoming Kindergarten students.  The meeting will be on Monday, February 12th at 9:30 AM in the multi-purpose room.  If you have a child ready to attend next year, or a friend or neighbor who has a child ready, please plan on attending and getting a jump-start on the year.

Patriotic Performance


We will be having a very special Patriotic Performance on Wednesday, March 7th in the Multi-Purpose Room at 11:00 AM.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Please mark your calendar.  

Kindergarten Schedules

Our regular daily schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) is as follows:

Early Birds: 7:45 – 11:38 a.m.

Late Birds: 9:15 – 1:08 p.m.

We observe our Academic Collaboration for Excellence (ACE) schedule every Wednesday. The kindergarten schedule on ACE day is as follows:

Early Birds and Late Birds: 7:45 – 11:38 a.m. (All students come together on Wednesdays)

Supply List



4 each “Expo 2” Marker, Dry Erase, Fine Tip, Low Odor, Black

1 ream Staples Bulk Copy Paper, 20lb, 8.5" x 11", 500/Pk ,white

3 sets Prang Pencils, Colored, 7", Sharpened, 12/Set

1 each Wilson Jones Binder, 3 Ring, Heavy Duty, View, 1.5", White

3 Boxes Crayola Crayons, Tuck Box, 24/Box

12 each Elmer's Glue Stick, Washable, Purple, Dries Clear, .21 oz.

1 each Binder, 3 Ring, Economy, 1", Asst color.

1 each Vinyl “Magic Rub” Latex Free White Large Eraser

1 each Marker, Sharpie, Fine Point, Black

1 dozen #2 Unsharpened Wood Pencils

1 Box Scotties Facial Tissues, Hypo Allergenic, 200 Count

Tote Bags

 To foster independence, we strongly encourage all of our Kindergarten students to use a tote bag, or messenger bag, rather than a backpack. Easy access without the difficulty of opening and closing zippers leads to student success and greater confidence.  If you wish to show your school spirit, Wagon Wheel tote bags are available  for $10.

Healthy Snack

Please remember to send a healthy snack with your child for snack time.  Please talk to your child to double check if their snack is sufficient. Please do not send candy, and high sugar snacks are discouraged.



PTA/ Kindergarten Music

 We are very grateful to the Wagon Wheel PTA this year for funding our Kindergarten Music program. For the past 15 years kindergarten parents have participated in a Music Donation drive to cover part of the cost of having music by a Credentialed Music Teacher.


Please remember that the PTA dues are only $15.00 per family.  They provide many wonderful programs in addition to our music program. Your participation is needed and appreciated





Monthly Stories


The monthly stories, that are sent home once a month for homework, are “language experience” stories.  These are intended to be dictated, meaning that an adult records the child’s spoken words.  The purpose is for the child to see that the spoken word can be recorded on paper to bring across a message.  Brainstorming some ideas around the topic and helping your child gather their thoughts can be helpful before starting this process.




Volunteers in Kindergarten make our program successful.  Due to CUSD policy, all volunteers are required to complete the Live Scan (fingerprinting) and TB testing.  This takes time to process and the district is adamant about protecting your children.  We cannot emphasize the importance of getting this done ASAP.


Parking Lot Safety

Please be advised that traffic can become quite congested and parking is limited. We highly encourage that you carpool and/or leave early, to allow enough time for parking. We suggest parking at the Sports Park, or in the neighborhood adjacent to the school.  Parking stall numbers 1-9 on the right, as you enter the parking lot, and stalls marked 42 through 36 on the left side of the school parking lot are available for Visitor Parking only.  Please do not park in the red curbed zone in the school parking lot or in the Bridle Path Cul-de-Sac.

Please remember that when dropping off or picking up your student, to be considerate and merge with others. Always use the crosswalk and watch carefully for pedestrians.   Be respectful of stalls assigned for staff parking and reserved spaces.

Wish List


Paper Towels

Days to remember

Please bring a share on Monday's and Friday's relating to our theme of study or our letter of the week.

Fridays: Spirit Wear

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Kindergarten Dismissal

Please meet your student at their classroom.  For student safety, please wear your Kindergarten Parent Badge while on campus, especially at Dismissal. 

Call-in Sick Line



Room Mom17-8 E-Mails

Room 1:  

Dana Eynon

Linsey Farrell


Room 2:

Jessica Johnson

Christine Arakawa

Niki Driefuss      

Kindergarten Writing Rubric

Picture details (who, what, where)  2 pts. ._____

___ ___ __Spaces between words 2 pts. _____

c/a/t   Beginning, middle, ending sounds 2 pts. ______

Aa Bb Cc      Letter formation 2 pts. ____(Be a letter detective; look for caps and lower case

letters in the right places.  Remember to start your letters at the top)

/\_____.?!  Punctuation 1pt. _____  (Every sentence begins with a capital and ends with a . ? or !)

Drop off /Pick up

Please remember when dropping off or picking up your student to be considerate and merge with each other. Make sure you always pull all the way forward. If you want to stop, please park in a spot (1-15) or at the sports park. Always use the crosswalk and watch carefully for pedestrians. Refrain from parking on the red curb.

Kindergarten Resources

PPT, Word, Excel Viewers [Go]
Acrobat Reader [Go]

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Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
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(949) 234-9200

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