2018-2019 Kindergarten Handbook | Manual de Kindergarten de 2018-2019

2018-2019 Kindergarten Handbook (Print Version - PDF)

Manual de Kindergarten de 2018-2019 (Print Version - PDF)


Addendum to Student Handbook (Print Version - PDF)

Adenda al Manual Estudiantil (Print Version - PDF)


Kindergarten students attending Grand Prairie Schools have the opportunity of attending full day classes. These kindergarten classes offer an array of learning activities especially developed for the five-year-old child.

Children develop quickly, especially after they enter kindergarten. They are explorers who make sense of their world by talking about it, acting things out, and comparing new things with things they already know. They write with pictures, scribbles and all sorts of invented spelling. They listen eagerly to new stories and explanations, and they learn to recognize that print represents the stories we read to them. Before the end of the year students should be able to recognize letters and sounds and begin to read independently.

Your child will experience activities developed to teach and enrich through many learning experiences. Mathematics and science become an exciting part of each child’s day with counting, numeration, scientific discovery and problem solving activities integrated through "hands on" learning centers. Technology will be used as a learning tool to access new ways to learn. Cultural studies and citizenship will be an integral part of each learning experience. Developmentally appropriate activities will be provided to enhance motor skill development, musical explorations and artistic capabilities.

The kindergarten year will be one of the most important school years for your child because it establishes the importance of lifelong learning. It will also be a special experience for the entire family as most activities are child and family centered.

Attendance is very important to your child’s success in school. The State of Texas has a Compulsory Attendance Law which states:

Every child who resides in the State who is as much as six years of age, or who is less than six years of age and has previously been enrolled in the first grade, and who has not yet reached the child’s 18th birthday shall be required to attend school in the district in which he resides or in some other district to which he may be transferred as provided.

Once enrolled in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, a child shall attend school.

At the beginning of each school year an Elementary School Student Handbook is provided online. Additional information on attendance as well as other important topics is found in the handbook.

All registration must be completed online. Please contact the campus for additional information. 


In kindergarten language arts, your child will learn: 


  • listen to information, rhymes, songs, conversations, and stories listen and talk about experiences, customs, and cultures
  • make announcements, give directions, and make introductions act out plays, poems, and stories
  • clearly request, retell, and/or describe stories and experiences
  • listen responsively to contemporary and classic stories and other texts read aloud
  • learn the vocabulary of school such as numbers, shapes, colors, directions, and categories

READING. Students:

  • recognize that print represents spoken language and conveys meaning, such as their own name, and signs such as Exit and Danger
  • recognize upper and lower case letters in print and understand that print represents spoken language
  • manipulate sounds in spoken words (phonemic awareness) decode simple words using letter-sound knowledge
  • identify words that name persons, places or things, and words that name actions identify each letter of the alphabet
  • learn new vocabulary words through selections read aloud retell or act out important events in a story
  • gather important information and ask relevant questions
  • know that print moves from left-to-right across the page and top to bottom recognize how readers use capitalization and punctuation to comprehend
  • recognize that different parts of a book: (cover, title page, and table of contents) offer information

WRITING. Students:

  • write their own name and each letter of the alphabet
  • write messages using their knowledge of letters and sounds - words are separated by spaces record or dictate questions, ideas, and stories
  • write labels, notes, and captions for illustrations, possessions, charts, and centers

NOTE: Students of limited English proficiency (LEP) enrolled in Spanish Language Arts and/or in English as a Second language will be expected to learn the same knowledge and skills for this grade level; however, students in Spanish Language Arts will learn the skills through their native language, and students in English as a Second Language will apply ls at their proficiency level in English.


In kindergarten mathematics, your child will learn: 


  • apply mathematics in everyday situations 
  • use a problem-solving model with guidance 
  • represent and communicate mathematical ideas 
  • explain and justify mathematical ideas and arguments 


  • count forward and backward to at least 20 
  • identify and represent quantities to 20 
  • recognize instantly the quantity of a small group of objects 
  • generate a number that is one more than or one less to at least 20 
  • compare sets of objects up to at least 20 in each set 
  • compose and decompose numbers up to 10 with objects and pictures. 
  • solve word problems to find sums up to 10 and differences within 10 
  • identify U.S. coins by name 


  • recite numbers up to at least 100 by ones and tens beginning with any given number 


  • identify and describe two-dimensional shapes by their attributes 
  • identify three-dimensional solids in the real world 
  • classify and sort a variety of two- and three-dimensional figures 
  • identify and compare measurable attributes, including length, capacity, and weight 


  • collect and use data to create real object and picture graphs 
  • draw conclusions from real object and picture graphs 


  • identify ways to earn income 
  • list simple skills required for jobs 
  • distinguish between wants and needs 


In kindergarten science, your child will learn: 

SAFETY. Students: 

  • demonstrate safe science practices in the classroom and field use and conserve resources 


  • use their senses and common tools such as hand lenses, balances, cups, and bowls to make observations and collect information by asking questions, gathering information, communicating findings, and making informed decisions 
  • use computers and information technology tools to support their investigations 


  • describe patterns including seasons, growth, day and night, and predict what happens next, using charts and graphs 
  • learn how systems have basic properties that can be described in terms of parts, such as those in toys, vehicles, and construction sets 
  • understand structures, interactions, and processes found in systems that, when put together, can do things they cannot do by themselves 

CHANGE. Students: 

  • observe, describe, and record changes in systems, cycles, and models 
  • record changes in size, mass, color, position, quantity, time, temperature, sound, and movement by observing weather changes and life cycles of organisms in their natural environment 


  • identify organisms and objects and their parts 
  • explore the basic needs of living organisms and give examples of their dependence on each other 
  • identify how the Earth provides resources for life 


  • observe and describe properties of rocks, soil, and water 


In kindergarten social studies, your child will learn:

HISTORY. Students: 

  • learn about patriotic holidays 
  • identify contributions of people, such as George Washington place events in chronological order 

GEOGRAPHY. Students: 

  • locate and describe the relative location of places identify physical and human characteristics of places 

ECONOMICS. Students: 

  • identify basic human needs and explain how they can be met identify jobs and why people have them 

GOVERNMENT. Students: 

  • identify rules and reasons for having them identify authority figures 


  • identify U. S. and Texas flags recite the Pledge of Allegiance 

CULTURE. Students: 

  • identify similarities and differences among people identify family and community customs 


  • identify examples of technology and describe how they meet people’s needs 


  • obtain information from a variety of oral and visual sources sequence and categorize information 
  • identify main ideas 
  • express ideas orally and visually 
  • use problem-solving and decision-making processes 


In kindergarten your child will learn to: Students:

  • work and play well in a group work independently 
  • accept responsibility for own actions respect self and others 
  • follow directions 


1. Help your child to attend regularly except when he/she is ill. 

2. Teach your child self-reliance by encouraging him/her to do things for himself/ herself. 

3. Know your child’s teacher. 

4. Show an interest in the school and whatever your child brings home. 

5. Take time to listen to your child’s daily experiences and discuss them with real interest. 

6. Build up in your child a wholesome, friendly attitude toward the teacher and the school. 

7. Report any upsetting experience which you think will help the teacher understand the child better. 

8. Help your child to anticipate happy experiences in relation to the school. 

9. Put your child’s name on each article of outside clothing and supplies. 

10. Teach your child to walk on the sidewalk when one is provided and how to cross the street when not accompanied by an adult. 

11. Teach your child to be considerate of others; to know simple rules of courtesy; to assume a place in group activities. 

12. School bus safety rules should be discussed with your child if a bus will be ridden regularly to school. 

13. It is highly desirable that parents be active in PTA. We welcome your participation in school affairs. We are happy for you to take part in school/class functions. 

14. Keep parent contact information current at all times. 


1. Read to your child frequently. Children need to hear the language of books and to know that their parents value reading. Include nursery rhymes, labels on household articles, even signs and billboards. 

2. Talk to your child. Discuss what you see, hear, smell, think, remember and feel. Children need to know that their parents are genuinely interested in what they say. 

3. Writing with your child is another means of encouraging growth. You might write stories as your child dictates them and bind them into simple books. Let your child participate in writing letters and thank-you notes. Allow your child to help write shopping lists or fill out orders for merchandise. 

4. Broaden your child’s experiences by taking him/her to various stores. Numerous learning experiences are possible in barbershops, hardware stores and plant nurseries, as well as in grocery stores, zoos, and airports. Libraries and museums are other community resources not to be overlooked. 

5. Help your child achieve by helping him or her to solve problems and be responsible. 

6. In doing homework, read directions together with your child, monitor your child's progress and check completed homework. 



Immunizations must be up to date before the child can be enrolled. 

  • Immunizations required by Texas Law are listed in the Kindergarten Handbook. 
  • A child who is catching up on late immunizations can begin school as long as 
  • necessary immunizations are given as soon as medically feasible. 
  • Upon enrollment, your child’s immunization record may be reviewed by non-medical staff. The school nurse will review the immunization record at the beginning of the school year. At that time, it may be determined that further immunizations are required. 


Please keep the secretary and campus nurse informed of any changes in phone numbers or emergency contacts or address. It is very important that we are able to reach you in the event of illness or injury. 


  • Medication should be given at home if possible. A school medication permit shall be completed and signed by a health care provider and parent for medication to be administered at school. The first dose of any medication must be given at home (this includes over the counter medication). 
  • Medication must be in the original container with a prescription label. 
  • All medication will be kept in the clinic in a locked cabinet. 
  • Medication will not be sent home with a student. Parents must pick up medication from the clinic. If medication needs to be given at school, ask your pharmacist to label an empty bottle for school. 


Please keep ill children at home. A child must be free of fever (less than 100 degrees without the use of Tylenol, Motrin or Ibuprofen) for 24 hours before returning to school. 



Vision screening 

Hearing screening 

The school nurse will screen your child for a possible vision or hearing problem within the first semester of school attendance. If your child has a known vision or hearing problem, please notify the school nurse or the teacher. Your child’s weight and height will also be recorded on the health record. School Nurses follow best practice guidelines in performing dental, height and weight screening. 


Please notify the school nurse if your child has any food, insect or environmental allergies or health conditions upon enrollment. 

Immunization records by a physician or public health clinic will be required for entering school. 



REQUIRED DOSES for 2018-2019*

*Please check the district website in August for any changes for the 2018-19 school year.


5 doses with one received after the 4th birthday or

4 doses with one received after the 4th birthday


4 doses with one received after the 4th birthday or

3 doses with one received after the 4th birthday


2 doses with 1st dose received after 1st birthday,


3 doses, given at any time after birth. “At Birth” for the first date is not acceptable. A date must be provided with a health care provider signature or clinic stamp


2 doses required with 1st dose received after the 1st birthday

VARICELLA (Chicken Pox)

2 dose after 1st birthday or history of disease verified by parent signature.

Vaccines given four days before the minimum age or interval are acceptable.

All immunizations records must be validated by a health care provider signature or a clinic stamp.

Foreign vaccination records (except Mexico) must be translated by Dallas County Health Department and a copy of the translated record returned to the school before enrolling.

Please see the GPISD webpage at www.gpisd.org for further immunization information.

Exemptions from immunization requirements may be granted on a medical basis or for reasons of conscience. A medical exemption, signed by the physician, is required annually if not otherwise stated by the physician. Exemption for reasons of conscience must be submitted on an affidavit provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Exemption for reason of conscience is granted for two years. Exemptions are not recognized in time of epidemics. Students will need to be immunized or cannot attend school in case of an epidemic declared by the Commissioner of Health.

Upon enrollment, your child’s record may be reviewed by non-medical staff. The school nurse will review the immunization record at the beginning of the school year. At that time it may be determined that further immunizations will be required.

Health Services 

(Information for Parents) 

Please notify the school nurse or school personnel of any illness or medical condition for which your child is being treated or monitored. 

A parent, guardian or designated contact will be notified immediately to pick up a child from school who presents any of the following conditions: 

➢ Signs or symptoms of a communicable disease that cannot be contained at school; 

➢ Localized rash causing acute discomfort or systemic rash of undetermined origin as a sign of potential illness; 

➢ An oral temperature greater than 100 degrees. All students must be fever free for 24hours 

without the aid of fever reducing medication before returning to school. 

➢ Signs or symptoms of acute illness, serious accident/injury; 

➢ Vomiting (not related to a single event such as gagging, positioning, mucus, running after eating, or eating spicy food); 

➢ Diarrhea of two or more loose watery stools; 

➢ Asthma symptoms that do not respond to prescribed medication or no prescribed medication is available for treatment of asthma symptoms; 

➢ Diabetes with a blood sugar greater than 400 and positive ketones or inadequate supplies to treat diabetes at school; 

➢ Uncontrolled coughing; 

➢ Pink eye or purulent conjunctivitis (defined as pink or red conjunctiva with white or yellow eye discharge). The student must receive treatment for 24 hours before returning to school or provide a note from a health care provider stating that the condition is not contagious and the student may return to school. 

According to the assessment of the School Nurse, if staying in the classroom is counterproductive to the student’s education, or the safety and wellness of others, a decision may be made to send the student home. 

The parent will be expected to come for the child within an hour or a reasonable time agreed upon with the nurse or school personnel. In the event the parent, guardian or designated contact cannot be reached, a parent conference may be held at the earliest opportunity to establish correct contact numbers, school district expectations and parental responsibilities. 

Any additional guidelines necessary for special needs students will be addressed in the Individualized Health Care Plan. 

In the event of a student medical emergency, school personnel may call 911, and the student may be transported to a medical facility via ambulance. The cost of services provided by ambulance, private physician, clinic, hospital, or dentist remain the responsibility of the parent/guardian and will not be assumed by Grand Prairie Independent School District or school district personnel. 

The Texas Education Agency requires school employees to report any issues of child abuse including medical neglect to Child Protective Services. 

It is our goal to provide a safe, healthy environment that promotes learning for all students. 


Prescription and nonprescription medication can be given at school with a written request from the parent/guardian and physician. If your child must have medication in order to remain in school, we request that the parent/guardian, and your child’s physician complete the GPISD Medication Permit. Please return the permit to the office or school clinic. 

Only one week supply of medication may be brought to the clinic in the properly labeled original container. Please request pharmacist to dispense two labeled bottles for medicine: one for home and one for school. We request that all medication be brought to school by the parent or an adult for reasons regarding safety. Therefore, please do not send medication of any kind to school with your student. Also, we cannot send any medication home with your child. It must be picked up by a parent or designated adult. 

Please contact your school nurse for further information if you have questions or concerns. 

All medication should be given by the parent outside the school hours if at all possible. For example – three times a day medication should be given before school, after school, and at bedtime (every 8 hours) unless otherwise prescribed by your health care provider. 

Over the counter medication may be given at school if it cannot be given at home. Written permission from the healthcare provider and the parent/guardian is required. 



Recess and unstructured play outdoors is vital to our goals of increasing physical activity for children. Most children can participate in vigorous play in an outdoor environment if properly clothed. Weather precautions are necessary while students wait outside for school to begin and wait for transportation home from school. Hypothermia can result from prolonged exposure to the cold. Due to our rapidly changing weather, students are frequently unprepared in wearing enough clothing to provide adequate protection. Because of this unreliability, our district must take extra caution to provide a safe environment for all students during inclement weather.

Temperature and Wind-chill Factor Recommendations

Temperature plus wind velocity or wind chill is a prominent factor in determining cold weather safety. As the speed of the wind increases, it carries heat away from the body more quickly. The effective temperature is the air temperature multiplied by the wind velocity; commonly know as the wind chill factor (see the following chart). Conditions in the shaded zone make it dangerous for time spent outside. Wet weather and wet clothing create more rapid heat loss from the body, therefore increasing the risk for hypothermia even in cool temperatures (above 40 degrees). Also, 50% to 60% of the body’s heat loss takes place from the head and hands. Children cool more rapidly than adults due to their relatively greater surface area to body mass ratio.

The decision for students to be outside is determined by the campus administrator. If the weather is questionable for an outside activity such as recess, these websites report the temperature and wind chill factor: www.weather.com website or the www.srh.noaa.gov

It is the recommendation of the Grand Prairie ISD School Health Advisory Council that during a

temperature or wind chill factor of 45°students will wait indoors with supervision for school to begin. Students with clothing appropriate for cold weather shall be sent outside to wait for transportation home for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, they shall be allowed back into the building. Students without appropriate clothing for cold weather shall remain inside the building. During inclement weather of rain, snow, lightening, or an approaching storm, students will remain inside.


Ozone Guidelines:

In an interest to protect student health, faculty and staff should follow the protocols below on ozone action and heat advisory days. Students will be allowed outside for Physical Education, recess, or extracurricular activities using the following guidelines:


PPB Ozone

Color Designation

Action Recommended




No health effects are expected, no special action needed




Students with a respiratory illness such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and emphysema should limit prolonged exposure.

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups







Student with a respiratory illness such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and emphysema should limit exposure entirely. High-energy activities for elementary age children should be limited. All other students should be allowed adequate access to water and shade. For every thirty minutes of high-energy activities, students should be allowed ten minutes of rest. Students involved in outdoor extracurricular activities such as athletics, band, drill, or cheerleading., should also follow the guidelines as stated above.

Very Unhealthy Hazardous







Exposure for students should be limited entirely. Students involved in outdoor extracurricular activities such as athletics, band drill, or cheerleading, should engage in indoor practice on the days designated very unhealthy or hazardous.

Sensitive groups are defined as children who are active in outdoor activities, people involved in high-energy activities, and people with respiratory disease. Students with respiratory disease should follow the advice of a doctor or guardian.

In order to help keep the campus informed, designate a person on your campus to be responsible for notifying you of ozone action days. This person should follow ozone colors posted on the following website: www.airnow.gov for the hourly air quality index.

In addition, you can use one or all from the following methods for notifying your campus:

  1. E-mail alerts to the teaching staff
  2. Use color coded flags in easily visible areas.
  3. Include ozone levels in the morning announcements
  4. Include a definition of the ozone level for the day, temperature (high expected) and precautions.

Heat guidelines: 

During times of excessive heat, the following precautions will be taken for all outdoor physical activity including, but not limited to: recess, physical education classes and /or outdoor field trips. 

  • Start slowly getting students acclimated to hot-weather exercise. 
  • Use a 1-to 2 ratio of exercise to rest schedule. Example: 5 minutes of vigorous exercise to 10 minutes of rest and fluid replacement. 
  • Students should be hydrated prior to outdoor activities and drinking water shall be easily accessible. 
  • During extended periods of outdoor activity (> 30-35 minutes) periodic drinking should be enforced. 
  • Students should not have recess or Physical Education classes outside during extreme heat >90 degrees. 
  • Teachers are advised to use precaution on days when the temperature or heat index is high. Limit outside activity to no more than 15 minutes and ensure that students have access to adequate water prior to and/or after outside play. Be aware that hot playground equipment may cause burns. 

See Coaches and Trainers regarding outdoor activity during Athletics. 

In order to help keep the campus informed, designate a person on your campus to be responsible for notifying you of heat action days. This person should follow the listed heat index posted on the following website: www.weather.com for the hourly temperature and heat index readings. 


2 box/pkgs. 12 or more pencils (#2 lead with attached eraser) 

2 boxes of 24 Crayola crayons 

1 box of 8 Crayola broad tip markers (classic colors) 

4 .32 oz. glue sticks 

1 4 oz. non-toxic glue (plastic squeeze bottle, NO paste/gel) 

1 pair of scissors (Fiskars for Kids) 

1 school supply box (plastic) 

1 pkg. of asst. colored construction paper (heavyweight, 50 sheets, 12x18, approx.) 

1 pkg. of manila drawing paper (heavyweight, 50 sheets, 12x18, approx.) 

3 Polyfolders – folders with brads and pockets 

1 Tub Play Dough (any color) 

1 pink pearl eraser 

4 composition books 

1 box of quart, and gallon Ziploc freezer bags (boys - quart, girls - gallon) 

2 box tissue (200 ct, Kleenex/equal)