My principal asked us to put together a welcome letter for our class to go with the back-to-school packets she sends out. Here's mine...
When I was putting this together, I thought some other teachers might find it useful, so I have this blank template. Just save it as a picture and insert it into a PowerPoint file to edit. Insert text boxes and images to make it work for you.
I also wanted to share how my team does kindergarten assessments. We pick a few afternoons in August and invite the students in for their assessment. It only takes 10 minutes or so per student, and we set out books and coloring materials for the kids who are waiting. We've also done this in the spring, during our registration. The big advantage to that is not having to come in over the summer. However, the information is not as useful because it's outdated by the time we start school. It's worth it to me to give up a few afternoons so I can start my year off knowing where my students are and where I should focus.
This year, I put together a new assessment and I wanted to share it with you! We do a very basic academic assessment to give us an idea of the students' current level and their most pressing needs. It includes alphabet recognition, name writing, counting, and concepts of print. All you need to complete it is a pencil, 10 counters, and a simple guided reading book that includes two lines of text per page.
If you think you might be able to use this with your students, click here for a free download.