2019-2020 K Center Welcome from Dr. Brookins

Posted by Brian Baron on 6/18/2019 9:00:00 AM

Hello, Kindergarten families!

I am so excited for the 2019-2020 school year to begin! I am the Program Administrator of the Kindergarten Center and this is our second year in this fabulous space!  I am in the unique position of being the Administrator and also an MES parent, with a rising 2nd grade son and a rising 1st grade daughter this year!

You might be wondering what the title Program Administrator means… as Program Administrator at the MES Kindergarten Center I will have the opportunity to work with your sweet kiddos and our fabulous staff daily, under the direction of our amazing principal, Audrey Sofianos. Mrs. Sofianos will be visiting us frequently so she can also get to know our Kindergartners and their families.

I know you have lots of questions (and maybe some anxiety which is totally normal!) about the new school year so I wanted to send you some communication in advance! Please reach out to me or our secretary, Ms. Pierre with any additional questions- our door is always open to our families and communication is very important to us!

K Center FAQs

  • Who will be working with my child this year?  Permanent staff at the Kindergarten Center includes a Program Administrator, 8 teachers, 7 paraprofessionals, a Registered Nurse, a secretary, a custodian and a cafeteria staff member. We will also have our own dedicated Special Area teachers: PE, Art, and Music. Our counselor, media specialist, and garden paraprofessional will visit us on a regular schedule from the Main Campus! We have an incredible team put together and we can’t wait to get started! 

  • How do I find out which class my child will be in? At the beginning of August, all enrolled Kindergarten students will receive a letter letting you know who your awesome K teacher will be. Be on the lookout!

  • How will my child get to school?
  • Option 1: Assigned neighborhood bus (check out the APS Bus Stop Locator to determine your bus stop and schedule!)
    Option 2: Carpool or Walk to Main Campus by 7:40am and your student can ride the shuttle to the K center
  • Option 3: Carpool to the K Center

*Please note that for safety reasons, K Center walkers is not an option

  • How will my child get home from school?
  • Option 1: Assigned neighborhood bus (check out the APS Bus Stop Locator to determine your bus stop and schedule!)
  • Option 2: Main Campus Carpool, Walker, Haygood Hut, or Morningside After School program (MAS)- your child will ride the bus from the K Center to the Main Campus and staff will assist in getting them to the correct spot
  • Option 3: Daycare vans from K Center (check with your provider- some pick up at K Center, some pick up at Main Campus)
  • Option 4: K Center Carpool

 *Please note that for safety reasons, K Center walkers is not an option

  • Arrival/Dismissal Schedule: We have been busy refining our schedule, and have some updates to share!
    • 7:30 - 8:00am |Carpool begins at Kindergarten Center (999 Briarcliff Road) Please note that after 8:00am, students are considered tardy.
    • 7:40am | K Shuttle leaves Main Campus (1053 E.Rock Springs Road)
      • Please note that there is only one K Shuttle departure time. If your child misses the K Shuttle you must drive them to K Center and drop them off.
      • Students can ride their assigned bus from their house and transfer (with staff assistance, of course!) to the K Shuttle
    • 8:00am | School begins at K Center; students must be present and in their classrooms at 8:00am.
    • 2:20pm | K Shuttle leaves K Center to Main Campus
      • Transfers to assigned bus, Morningside After Care, Main Carpool, walkers, and van riders will all happen at Main Campus with staff assistance
    • 2:20pm | Carpool begins at K Center

Fun Fact:

Did you know that all our kindergarten classrooms use Promethean boards? Teachers use the oversized interactive “ipads/tablets” called Promethean boards to engage their students during their daily lessons at MES. Wow, right?!? A couple of years ago the MES PTA and Morningside Foundation came together and purchased one for each of our MES classrooms. It has been an amazing tool to use in the classroom and our teachers can’t wait to show your kiddos how they use technology to learn! 

I want to keep you all "in the know" so please check back on this page for updates.  As a reminder, all MES webpages can easily be translated by clicking on the “translate” button on the sidebar or top menu of any of our webpages and then select the language preference. Communication is important to me, please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns!

Enjoy your summer! - Holly Brookins, Ph.D.

Program Administrator Kindergarten Center | Morningside Elementary School

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