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District Mission Statement

District Achievement Goal

To provide the utmost in quality education for our Scholars of Today by offering enriching opportunities for individual achievement to inspire our Leaders of Tomorrow.

Student success will increase through rigorous curriculum design, instructional best practices, meaningful programming and purposeful environments that maximize learner autonomy and capacity to thrive.



Dear Parents and Guardians, This guide was prepared for the purpose of giving you pertinent information about your child’s first year in Mariemont City Schools. We hope it will answer many important questions for you as well as serve as a source of information. It is the sincere desire of our district to make your child’s first year in school a joyful and meaningful learning experience. We realize that students and parents sometimes have a great deal of anxiety if this is their first contact with the school. This guide is full of information to answer questions and hopefully alleviate some of that anxiety. The kindergarten teachers and the school administrative team urge you to contact us if you have any questions that apply to your child that are not answered in this guide. Sincerely, The Administrative and Kindergarten Staff Ericka Simmons, Principal, Mariemont Elementary School 513-272-7400, Tami Croll, Principal, Terrace Park Elementary School 513-272-7700,



KINDERGARTEN READINESS Listed under each area are skills your child should be able to perform by the start of kindergarten. You can work with your child in the areas to prepare for kindergarten and beyond!

Language and Literacy • Listens to stories read to him/her • Recognizes and says simple rhymes • Recognizes letters of the alphabet, at least those in first name, and some others • Recognizes and writes name • “Writes” or scribbles notes, letters, stories • Answers questions • Tells the difference between print and pictures • Holds a book correctly

Cognition and General Knowledge (math, problem solving, social studies, science)

• • • • • •

Identifies and names numbers 0 to 9 Counts by touching objects one at a time and saying the numbers in order Sorts objects by attributes such as color, size or shape Shows understanding of general times of day Observes a situation and makes predictions on what might happen next States solutions to simple problems

Social and Emotional • • •

Separates from parents/family without being upset Expresses his or her own wants and needs Takes turns and shares when playing with other children

Physical and Motor Development • Dresses and meets toileting needs independently • Uses pencils, crayons and scissors • Gallops, jumps, hops and catches


Approaches to Learning (curiosity, initiative, creativity, follow-through)

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Tries several ways to solve a problem Persists with a task Makes detailed plans and follows through until task is completed Engages in pretend play with props Listens to adults/others and follows simple instructions Follows simple rules and routines


KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION Your child should be enrolled in school either on the day of registration or before the first day of school. Your child will be admitted if s/he will be five years old on or before September 30th. The original copy of your child’s birth certificate must be presented when s/he registers. Because many businesses and government agencies accept school records as an authoritative source for birth record, it is necessary for date of birth to be verified. Health and dental forms will be available during spring online registration. These forms should be taken to your family physician and dentist to be completely filled out, then returned to school by August 1st. Please make sure the vision and hearing section is also completed by your doctor. Our district health aide, Holly McCormack, RN, MSN, is available to discuss any health concerns you may have about your child’s care. She can be reached at or 513-272-7405.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR KINDERGARTEN All students enrolled for the first time in public or private schools in Ohio are required to be immunized as follows:

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR KINDERGARTEN IN HAMILTON COUNTY No pupil shall be initially admitted to the elementary school or this district, unless such pupil has presented written evidence, satisfactory to the person in charge of admission, that he has received, or is in the process of receiving, immunization against diphtheria, whooping cough, varicella, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B by such means of immunization as may be approved by the Department of Health pursuant to the powers granted by 3313.671 of the Ohio Revised Code. For the purpose of compliance with these resolutions, there are approved minimum immunizations, which you can find on the school district website > Parents > Student Health Services > Medical Forms and Requirements.




Do all kindergarten students go to the first day of school or do they phase in similar to preschool? Your child will be involved in a phase-in process when the school year begins. You will be notified of the exact day on which your child will begin. What do I do if my child is late to school or sick? The kindergarten child should learn that school is important and should be encouraged to attend regularly and punctually. When it is necessary that a child is absent from school or if your child is to be late, please call or e-mail the school by 8:45 a.m. and inform the secretary of your child’s absence and the reason for the absence. Your child should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. In general, it is advisable to ask your doctor to recommend re-admission after a communicable disease. How does lunch work? Students have a combined lunch and recess time. At the beginning of each day, students inform their teacher if they are buying lunch, packing or going home. If students go home, please send in a note and your child will meet you in the main office. If your child is buying a lunch, you can send in cash or put money into your online account. School staff will assist your child in buying the lunch. There are several adults in the cafeteria to help students open packages if they are having difficulty. Two of the main products that students in grades K and 1 have difficulty with are Go-Gurts and fruit cups. Do students have a snack time? Yes, parents will be required to send in an individual snack for their child each day. No peanut/tree nut products are permitted. If a student does not have a snack, pretzel rods will be provided.


How do you celebrate birthdays? For birthdays, each classroom teacher celebrates your child’s birthday in a fun and exciting way. We want to make the birthday child feel special through songs, books and poems. The birthday child is encouraged to bring in a special snack for him-/herself to enjoy during snack time. Do I have to send in an extra set of clothes in case of an accident? No, it is not necessary to send in extra clothes. In the event of an accident, the school will provide students with extra clothes. What supplies do I need to buy for my child? A supply list will be published on the district website (parents > school supply lists) during the summer. Most supplies are provided by the schools but each child may be responsible for a few miscellaneous items at the beginning of the year. What is the daily schedule? At the open house event, you will be given a copy of your child’s daily schedule and many other pieces of information. Plan to attend the open house to find out details and sign up for volunteer events. How can I get involved? There are many ways to get involved at the school. The Mariemont City School District is blessed with many support organizations; PTO, Arts Association, Athletics Boosters and Kiwanis, just to name a few. Each has many opportunities to get involved with the classroom and in the community. There are many opportunities to help out in the classroom either on a regular basis or to chaperone a field trip. Information on volunteer opportunities in the classroom will be discussed at the open house and through weekly newsletters. Check the weekly PTO newsletter that will be sent to you via email for other ways to get involved with your child’s school.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS How does drop off/pick up work? You may drop off your child at 8:15 a.m. and pick up your child at 3:20 p.m. in the designated drop off/pick up areas of your child’s elementary building. Specific information will be emailed to you from the building principal. Adult patrol people and/or safety patrol students are on duty to protect your child at street and school crossings. Teach your child to obey and respect these safety guards and to take the accepted and safe route to and from school. What if my child has a playdate with a friend after school? Please make sure to send in a note to your child’s teacher so the teacher will know where your child should go. If there is a last-minute change, please contact the school office and they will get the message to your child’s teacher. If children do not normally ride the bus, they may ride the bus home with a friend if they have a note signed by a parent or guardian stating that they are allowed to do so. What are the big events I should attend? There are many events throughout the year but some of the events that you may want to make arrangements to attend are open house, the Halloween parade, Special Person’s Day, and the end-of-the-year parties. Please ask your child’s classroom teacher for details. What costs are required throughout the year? A fee is charged to each parent. This fee covers part of the cost of reading, phonics and math workbooks, technology use, as well as other consumable materials. This fee is payable in the fall. Please see the district website > Parents > Student Fee Schedule for more information. Should I teach my child to count? When your child expresses a desire to count, teach him/her to count objects within his/her realm of experience – toys, children, books, etc. Teach your child to recognize numbers through his/her address, a clock, etc.

Should I teach my child the alphabet? Recent studies indicate that the child who can recognize the letters of the alphabet will also find reading easier in the first grade. Consequently, the alphabet, upper and lower case, will be emphasized during the use of reading journals, games and other media. Your child undoubtedly will benefit from additional help at home. How can I prepare my child to get ready to read? Read to him/her often and let him/her see you read, too. Furnish your child with many experiences of different kinds; encourage the asking of questions and answer them as well as you can; help your child speak clearly; help him/her to follow directions and work independently; develop a sense of responsibility and initiative in your child and provide your child with good books. Should I teach my child to write his/her name? When your child expresses the desire to write his/her name, teach him/her to print in any way that is least frustrating for the child. Often, if you force a child to write too early, muscles are not developed well enough and the child becomes frustrated. Once your child comes to kindergarten, s/he will learn a form of printing that is found in the reading journals and is made with a simple stroke. Do not worry if your child cannot write all of the letters in both upper and lower case forms. If my child if left-handed, should I teach him/ her to use his/her right hand? Most children show a preference for either the right or the left hand. If your child does not show a preference, experience with pencils, crayons and scissors during the school year will help determine which hand is more comfortable to perform these tasks.




Reading/Language Arts The reading program used in kindergarten is comprehensive and correlates reading, comprehension, handwriting, phonics, listening and oral language skills through literature. The reading program introduces literature through a collection of books, both fiction and nonfiction, and through poetry. The kindergarten child practices phonics skills daily. Phonemic awareness activities include: rhyming words, phonemic segmentation, initial consonant identification and high-frequency words. As your child develops into an early reader, s/he is taught strategies to decode words and make meaning of the text. Writing is encouraged and developed throughout the kindergarten year. Early in the school year, the kindergarten child is provided opportunities to put ideas onto paper. In the beginning, ideas are expressed through drawing, with words dictated to an adult. As the school year progresses and the child is more comfortable with letters and sounds and has writing and the writing process modeled frequently, s/he begins to compose labels, sentences, personal journal entries and/or stories using his/her knowledge of letters and their sounds. This “temporary spelling,� also known as invented spelling, occurs often with a mix of conventionally spelled words and may continue into the first grade school year.

Math Program

Science Program

Your kindergarten child will develop number sense with hands-on experiences, utilizing a Math Workshop model. Through the use of manipulatives, your child will work on mastery of activities involving patterning, sorting, measuring, counting, comparing and problem solving. Your child will be taught numeral formation, graphing and basic math concepts. Your child will be taught to recognize simple shapes and will begin addition and subtraction.

The kindergarten child will explore several areas of science during the school year, including life science, physical science, Earth science and the human body. Throughout the year, your child will be involved in completing simple experiments and recording data.

Social Studies Program Social studies is taught in an integrated manner throughout the kindergarten program. Children discuss and have activities related to concepts of respect for others, caring for the school environment, similarities and differences of others and other cultures (holidays), basic map and globe skills and the economic concept of goods and services. It Is through literature, maps and globes, Weekly Reader, arts and crafts projects, daily school living and class discussions that these concepts are presented.



Learning Lab


In an effort to give each child every opportunity possible to succeed throughout not only their school careers but also the rest of their lives, we have incorporated a Learning Lab into the curriculum for grades K-6. Learning Lab will occur for 30 minutes at the same time each day for all students, so no child misses out on regular classroom instruction. Our intention and main goal for this program is to meet the individual needs of the students in our district. Learning Labs include three platforms: specialized studies, intervention and enrichment. Specialized studies will include students who have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and will focus on each child’s specific needs and goals. The intervention platform provides a concentrated focus on math and reading, and will include research-based reading and math-specific programs to strengthen skills. The enrichment platform will be an extension of the curriculum, executed in a dynamic, complementary approach. Utilizing the results from the DIBELS reading and math assessments conducted during your child’s phase-in day, reading level and their performance on classroom activities over the first several weeks of school, teachers will be placing students into one of the three learning lab platforms in reading and math. Letters will be mailed home indicating your child’s placement. These groups are fluid and can change throughout the year depending on the needs of your child.

Technology Instruction Technology skills are taught from kindergarten through grade 12. There are numerous skills that the kindergarten child is taught/introduced to throughout the year by the classroom teacher and school librarian. The kindergarten child will have access to computers and iPads in the classroom and in the library. Throughout instruction, your child may use age and skill-appropriate websites and/or apps related to math and reading. Additionally, s/he will be involved in simple writing tasks or simple publication.

Learning Centers The kindergarten classroom is designed with areas of “learning/choice centers.” During a specified period of time, the kindergarten child may choose his/her own activities from any of the centers. Learning centers in the kindergarten classroom include: • Blocks or other constructing/building materials • Sensory table (water/sand table, etc.) • Art (specified mediums) • Open or independent art • Writing center • Books • Reading/language center • Math center • Puzzles • Manipulatives (beads, geoboards, etc.) • Science center • Dance center Other centers, which may appear for a short period of time, are theme oriented. By using the materials in these centers, the kindergarten child also learns to coordinate the work of mind and hands, develops muscular coordination, learns to work independently and/or cooperatively and learns to appreciate his/her own creations and the work of others. These centers allow students the opportunity to develop social and emotional skills. Language and reading readiness skills, as well as math and science concepts, are developed through the exploration of the materials in these areas.




Reports of Progress

Health and Safety

Parents and teachers need to develop a partnership in order to work together, understand each other’s goals and share observations that concern your child. To this end, the following procedures are observed:

The kindergarten child will be encouraged to practice good health habits during the restroom and snack times as well as during class times regarding coughs, sneezes and runny noses. Your child also will be encouraged to engage in safe behavior in the classroom, school building and on the playground. The kindergarten child will be involved in class discussions and activities regarding strangers, making appropriate choices and what it means to be healthy.

• Parent communications are sent home highlighting activities and special/ upcoming events. • Blackboard is an online resource that contains information that is helpful to parents and students. You may access Blackboard trough the district website at • Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for each child at the end of the first quarter. Additional conferences are scheduled as needed by the teacher or at a parent’s request. • Report cards will be available for parents on the Student Achievement Dashboard each quarter. You are encouraged to discuss your child’s progress with him/her. You can access the Student Achievement Dashboard through the district website by clicking on Academics or My Mariemont Portal. • Standardized assessment information will be housed in your child’s password protected site on the Student Achievement Dashboard. We will notify parents via email when new assessment data is posted.


Kindergarten Specials The kindergarten “specials” rotation is a part of the student’ daily schedule. Kindergarten students go to art class, music class and library weekly. They attend gym class twice during the week.

Music The kindergarten child learns to enjoy and appreciate music through singing simple songs, listening to music played on the computer, CD or piano and playing simple rhythmic instruments. Your child will be introduced to basic music concepts: fast/slow (tempo), steady beat (rhythm), high/low sounds (pitch) and loud/ soft sounds (volume) and s/he will engage in appropriately related activities.



Art Opportunities for free expression with various media occur as well as structured crafts relating to holidays or class themes. The kindergarten child engages in cutting, gluing (paper, glitter, pasta, etc.), painting (brushes, sponges, rollers, finger-paint, etc.), modeling (play dough, clay, etc.) and drawing (colored pencils, chalk, etc.) Artistic techniques and media used by illustrators are discussed throughout the kindergarten year.

Physical Education Elementary physical educators have recognized a strong relationship between motor ability a child’s overall school performance. Gross motor skills involve the development and coordination of the body’s large muscles (legs, arms and trunk) to produce effective and controlled movements.

Library The kindergarten child has an opportunity to visit the school library on a weekly basis. Your child will be involved in listening to stories read and learning basic technology skills. S/He will learn about the library, how to handle books, the difference between fiction and non-fiction and simple library routines. Your child will have an opportunity to check out books weekly.

Warriors BEyond is the Mariemont City School District’s flagship program for student opportunities offered beyond the traditional curriculum, including new enrichment experiences, travel opportunities, career exploration and service learning, giving students at all grade levels the chance to lead, reach and explore. At the elementary level, this includes after-school enrichment opportunities in art, STEM and world languages. Not to mention author visits, COSI on Wheels, talent shows, 6th grade camp and the myriad of activities, visitors and performances your child’s tenure at elementary school will include. And it’s never too early to start planning for the travel opportunities available to your child in junior high and high school! The 8th grade class trip to Washington, D.C. is an excellent extension of the learning they complete throughout the school year. At the high school level, there are travel abroad opportunities in world languages, service learning and global learning. We promise to keep you informed about these and all the Warriors BEyond adventures available for your child!




Kindergarten Screening

Speech and Language

Kindergarten children will be involved in a screening program this spring. The purpose of the screening is to identify a baseline of information in order to provide the most appropriate instruction and to identify students who would benefit from a summer kindergarten camp experience to help ensure a smooth transition in the fall. The screening will be completed by classroom teachers and school support personnel (i.e., reading specialists, intervention specialists, etc.)

Administered during the second quarter, this screening includes a brief sampling of listening, speaking, articulation of speech sounds and social conversational skills. You can help the development of your child’s speech and language skills by playing word games, giving directions of increasing difficulty, asking questions, discussing the sequence of your daily activities and exposing your child to new vocabulary through daily conversation and reading aloud to your child.

Early Literacy/Math The Ohio Department of Education has developed a screening instrument that must be given to all kindergarten students. The assessment includes ways for teachers to measure a child’s school readiness. Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards are the basis for the new assessment. It has six components: social skills (including social and emotional development and approaches towards learning), mathematics, science, social studies, language and literacy, physical wellbeing and motor development. Teachers can begin working on the assessment at the start of the school year and have until November 1 to complete the screening tool.


Fine Motor Screening The purpose of the fine motor portion of the kindergarten screening in the second quarter is to determine readiness for writing letters and words and to use the tools typically used as part of the kindergarten curriculum, including: • Observation of sitting stability and support for writing • Observation of pencil grasp, hand strength and stability • Assessment of pre-writing skills (ability to draw lines of different sizes and directions and cross midline) • Assessment of fine motor control, including scissor skills, coloring and starting/stopping pencil movements with a visual target • Documentation of which letters the child can write (if any), and if the child can write his/her name



Vision and Hearing

Gross Motor

This screening should have been done by your physician as part of the School Health Examination Record you were given at registration and submitted before the first day of school.

Gross motor involves the development and coordination of the body’s larger muscles (legs, arms and trunk) to produce effective and controlled movements. Gross motor development can be encouraged through skills like running, climbing, bicycling, kicking and throwing a ball. Please note that there is a large variance in an incoming kindergartener’s gross motor abilities, developmental rate and age range. Gross motor skills will be assessed during gym class during the second quarter.

DIBELS All students in kindergarten and first grade will be assessed using the Dynamic Indicators of Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and DIBELS Math in the fall, winter and spring. This quick assessment is research-based and provides teachers with a reliable means of evaluating letter-naming fluency, phonemic awareness/ fluency (the ability to identify sounds, or phonemes, in words), oral-reading fluency and measures of early numeracy and computation. Teachers will use the results of these assessments, along with classroom information, to help monitor your child’s progress with these important “building block” skills to reading and math. They also will use this information to help identify student strengths/needs, make instructional decisions and plan for reading/math intervention. The DIBELS assessment will be administered by the kindergarten teachers during the phase-in days, then twice more throughout the year to measure the student’s progress.

Mariemont Kindergarten Gross Motor Screening: • Stairs (alternates feet up and down with or without railing) • Gallop or skip (can demonstrate smooth rhythm with either skill for 10 feet) • Run (demonstrates functional running patterns either straight or zig zag) • Hop on one foot five times (demonstrates skill with either right or left foot) • Jump forward (jumps forward at least 24 inches with two-foot takeoff/landing) • Catch 8” ball tossed directly to them from four feet (can either use hands only or trap the ball against their body) • Kick 8” ball (kicks ball at least 10 feet forward without loss of balance)




The District Website

Weekly Newsletters

The district website is a great tool for accessing important information, such as calendar dates, news and superintendent communications. You also can read the weekly announcements from your school and can subscribe to have the announcements sent straight to your email inbox (more information about this will be shared at the beginning of the school year.) You can access quick links to Blackboard, online payment options and the Student Achievement Dashboard. Visit the district website at

Every Wednesday a newsletter from your school PTO is sent via email with a complete listing of upcoming events. The newsletter also includes reminders, recaps and other useful information.


Social Media The district regularly uses social media outlets to disseminate information as well as post pictures and announcements. Below are the links to the social media pages for Mariemont City Schools: District Facebook: Mariemont City Schools District Twitter: @MariemontSchool District Instagram: mariemontschools District YouTube: Mariemont City Schools Mariemont Elementary School Twitter: @mariemontelem Terrace Park Elementary School Twitter: @terraceparkelem Superintendent Steven Estepp Twitter: @Estepp


The school district also sends a weekly e-newsletter, called Warrior Weekly, which is distributed on Thursdays. The Warrior Weekly, keeps you up to date on district communication, announcements and support organization/community news.

It is important to access the Blackboard parent portal for classroom information and content. Classroom communications in grades 4-12 will only be handled via Blackboard, while grades K-3 will send home paper correspondence AND post on Blackboard. To create your account, follow these instructions: • Go to You also may access this link by signing into the single sign-on parent portal. • Complete the information requested (you will need your child’s student ID number, please contact the school office if you are unable to locate that information.) • Add multiple children, if applicable. • A verification email will be sent to the email address with which you registered. This email will contain your login information and a verification link which will verify your email address and send a request to the school for parent portal approval. • Once the school received your request, we will approve and you will receive a



confirmation email. Once you have received that email, you will be able to access the Parent Portal using the email address and password with which you registered. Please allow 1-2 school days for this process to occur. **THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP THAT IS OFTEN MISSED‌ PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL SPAM FOLDER IF YOU DON’T SEE THE CONFIRMATION** If you have any questions, please contact Director of Technology Brent Wise at

Calamity Day Notification If school is affected due to bad weather, the Mariemont City School District operates on either a two-hour delay or a complete school closure for the day. Bus service will still be operational if we are on a delay. In an effort to disseminate a calamity day announcement in a timely manner, the first step in the notification process will be electronic with an email to all parents and staff. Notifications will be posted on the district Facebook page and Twitter feed. On the website, an alert will be posted as a blue bar across the top of each page and a story will be posted on the District News page. Local media outlets will then be notified. Once the media is notified, there is usually a 10-15 minute delay before they process and announce the notification, so please make the Facebook page, Twitter feed, website and/or email your first stop when checking for school closures.

IN CASE OF EARLY RELEASE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, parents of students in grades K-6 will be contacted via telephone prior to student dismissal. We will not be able to send a child home without parent confirmation. For students in grades 7-12, parents will not be contacted via phone prior to student release; although we will send an email and post the announcement on the Facebook and Twitter pages for all grade levels. Bus service will be operational for all students who regularly utilize this service.

Emergency Alert Notification Mariemont City Schools uses a notification program called SchoolMessenger, however it is important to note that SchoolMessenger will only be used in the case of an emergency. The SchoolMessenger program utilizes phone, email and/or text to send notifications instantaneously, thus increasing the likelihood that our parents and staff receive crucial information in a timely manner. We know that in a time of crisis, communication is key. You will receive information about how to opt in to receiving these messages in the beginning of the school year. We look forward to sharing the kindergarten experience with you and your child. If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. Mariemont Elementary 6750 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227 513-272-7400 Terrace Park Elementary 723 Elm Ave., Terrace Park, OH 45174 513-272-7700



Have a great school year!

Contact Information Mariemont City School District

Mariemont High School

Mariemont Elementary School

Terrace Park Elementary School

2 Warrior Way Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 Phone: 513-272-7500 Fax: 513-527-3436

6750 Wooster Pike Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 Phone: 513-272-7400 Fax: 513-527-3411

1 Warrior Way Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 Phone: 513-272-7600 Fax: 513-527-5991

723 Elm Avenue Terrace Park, Ohio 45174 Phone: 513-272-7700 Fax: 513-831-1249

Mariemont Junior High School

3847 Southern Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 Phone: 513-272-7300