Clothing appropriate for school:

  • Clothing should allow participation in active play (inside and out) and activities using tempera paint, glue, etc.
  • Shorts and skirts should be of modest length. Ensure clothing covers all private areas when standing or sitting.
  • Tennis shoes or rubber-soled shoes are best for active children and for their safety in play. Sandals are not appropriate for outside play.
  • Please send appropriate clothing for the weather. Children will go outside daily except on rainy or bitterly cold days.
  • Cold weather clothing should consist of hat, mittens, and coat.
  • Please LABEL all coats, sweaters, hats, and gloves. Any item sent to after care must be labeled with child’s name. This includes back packs, lunch boxes, and jackets.

Personal Belongings: Please do not bring toys, chap sticks, lip gloss, jewelry, etc from home. This ensures the safety of the children and their belongings.

West End welcomes parents to visit the school at any time.

Birthday Parties:

  • Please let your child’s teacher know at least one week in advance when you plan to celebrate.
  • Cupcakes, cookies, or Popsicles are easiest.

Parent conferences:

  • Three-year olds when requested.
  • Four year olds at certain times during the school year.
  • Kindergarten at certain times during the school year.
  • However, conferences may be requested at any time by the parent or teacher. Scheduled conferences must be before 8:15 or after 11:45.
  • Parents may confer with the teacher by phone or email if necessary.

Please keep teachers informed about illnesses, absences, and when going out of town. Also, we encourage parents to inform the teachers of happenings at home which may be upsetting and may affect the child’s day. We cannot accept visiting children because of state regulations regarding immunization and student/teacher ratios.

Reinforcement of appropriate behavior:

  • Given through praise and encouragement.
  • Requests and suggestions are made in a positive way to let the child know he/she is a valued and respected person.
  • Teachers are familiar with which techniques are appropriate for the age levels.
  • Each teacher uses (1) intervention by redirecting the child into another activity, (2) talking out feelings when the child is calm. Please check with your child’s teacher to determine behavioral consequences.

Discipline measures are positive in nature with a goal of guiding children to practice self-discipline skills. Classroom rules will vary somewhat for different age classes, but generally are as follows:
1. We Walk (running is for outside)
2. We Talk (yelling is for outside)
3. We Help (we min, we do our part, we’re careful, etc.)
4. We are Kind (we take turns, we do not hit, we do not hurt others, we use kind words, etc.)

Please note that you will only be notified for minor offenses, if the child continues to disregard the rules. If you are notified, we request you help with the solution and discipline at home. It is imperative that each child knows we (teachers and parents) expects his/her best and are working together on a solution. Each day is a new beginning.

If a child continues disruptive behavior:

  • A conference will be scheduled involving the classroom teacher, the parents, and the principal, if necessary to discuss further actions and solutions.
  • Individuals with behavior habits that cannot be modified within a reasonable time frame are subject to dismal from the school. (biting, willful harm)

Criteria for Dismissal: West End Kindergarten reserves the right to dismiss a child for:

  • Continual disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Please make yourself aware of bully characteristics (see insert). We follow Knox County guidelines.
  • The teachers determine that WEK does not meet the emotional or learning needs of the child.
  • Non payment of tuition or day care charges.
    If WEK must dismiss a child from the school, tuition obligations would be suspended.

8301 E. Walker Springs Lane • Knoxville, TN 37923 • (865) 690-0900