Welcome to our Kindergarten Information Page
IMPORTANT DATES FOR KINDERGARTEN
- Playground Play dates – August: a chance for you and your child to meet other kindergarten families at your school playground – these are late afternoon-early evening and generally once per week for the few weeks before school starts. Please watch for a post card to be mailed in late July.
- Information Packet: July/August: you will receive a welcome packet with back to school information including your child’s teacher, orientation details, beginning of the year details, before and after school programs, breakfast & lunch menus, etc. Some teachers will mail out their own welcome letter.
- Orientation/Getting to know you visits– September 2, 3, and 8, 2021. The first 3 official days of school are set aside for kindergarten orientations. You and your child will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the teacher so you can begin to get to know each other. Visits will be approx. 30 minutes and will be scheduled during school hours. You will receive information on scheduling in the August mailing.
- School Hours are changing! this coming fall the elementary school hours will be 8:00 am – 2:15 pm. Drop off time (bus or parent) is 7:45am. Before and After school and enrichment programs will shift their times as well with more details being sent in the August welcome mailing.
- First day of Kindergarten – Thursday, September 9th – Kindergarten students start after the older grades to accommodate the orientation visits. The first day is a full day of school with busing. Older students will start on September 2 (official first day of school).
POSTCARD Kindergarten Playdates Aug 2021
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All About Kindergarten
Kindergarten is a critical year for all children—a year of transition from preschool programs or home to formal schooling. Most children arrive in kindergarten filled with curiosity, wonder, and an enthusiasm to learn about themselves, others, and the world. We see our role and responsibility as nourishing this hunger for knowledge, motivating and challenging the children, while protecting and nurturing them.
The process of learning for children at this age is as important as performance and products. When children see themselves as competent learners, they tackle challenges with confidence, and develop attitudes and dispositions that encourage their curiosity and eagerness to learn. And, as research and common sense tells us, these skills and attitudes lay a solid foundation for future academic success.
In addition to inviting children to learn and grow, we want to invite families to partner with our schools. Parents are truly their child’s first and most important teachers and we encourage your involvement in your child’s education and school!
Northampton’s kindergarten curriculum is integrated across learning domains, always keeping the development of the whole child at its core. Children learn to take risks and solve problems, develop relationships, explore new concepts, acquire academic skills and knowledge, and enhance their physical, social, and emotional competence.
To accomplish these tasks, they need sufficient time to become involved in projects and investigations to satisfy their own interests. Therefore, our kindergarten day offers a balance of child-initiated and teacher-selected activities to enhance learning.
Children benefit from our rich, multi-sensory learning environments that support different learning styles and kinds of intelligence. They are able to acquire symbolic thought as they represent their ideas and knowledge through drawing, painting, block constructions, dramatic play, speaking, and writing.
Busing Information for Kindergarten Families
- Eligibility: children who live 2 miles or more from their assigned school can ride the bus for free. Children who live 1.5-1.99 miles from their assigned school can ride by paying a fee (waivers are available if you qualify for Federal free meals program). Children who lives less than 1.5 miles from school are not eligible for busing unless you live on a street designated as hazardous by the police dept. Call with questions.
- Application Forms: Any student who qualifies for bus transportation must sign up by filling out the Transportation Application Forms. These will be available in June to all qualifying students. Please complete and return before the deadline. Some buses fill to capacity so be sure to return the form promptly. You can also sign up online if you are making a payment.
- Bus Pass Packet Once we have processed your application, we will mail you the Bus Pass. Please display by clipping on the outside of your child’s backpack. The approximate pick-up time and location will be sent to you with the bus pass in August.
- If your family qualifies for the Federal Free & Reduced Lunch Program and you’ve signed a Sharing of Information Form, the bus fee is waived. Please complete the application to determine eligibility. For an application or questions please call the Food Service Dept at (413) 587-7050
- For safety reasons parents must be present at the bus stop. Alternatively, you may authorize another adult to meet the bus. Please sign the applicable Consent Section on the Application for Student Transportation.
- We treat our kindergarten students will extra attention and care! Kindergarten students ride in the first few rows behind the driver and are closely supervised. Bus Drivers will provide guidance and help to all new students about how to ride safely on the bus. Parents may choose to have their student sit with an older sibling or other family member.
- We are not able to accommodate requests for occasional alternative drop offs (play dates, monthly club meetings, etc).
- Bus Transportation is not available to and from before and after school programming.
- School Choice and Open Enrollment students are not eligible for bus transportation per School Committee Policy.
- Northampton Public Schools encourages all eligible children to ride the bus. It’s the safest route to school and lessens traffic congestion! Children are supervised at all times on the bus and are met by school staff as they exit in the morning and when they enter the bus in the afternoon.
For questions and additional information please contact (413) 587-1331 Ext 2 or visit our website at www.northamptonschools.org for bus transportation policies, fee schedule, bus application forms and safety information.
DID YOU KNOW?
School buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing Injury
School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school
School buses keep an annual estimated 17.3 million cars off roads surrounding schools each morning (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Our drivers hold a DCL Class 2 license, have passed CORI, SORI and fingerprinting background checks, are trained in first aid, CPR, Epi-pen use, student behavior management and receive a minimum of 10 hours of professional development training each year.
All buses are equipped with video monitoring
Kindergarten Registration Information for 2021
TO COMPLETE FORMS
2. OPEN FILE
3. FILL IN ALL PAGES BY TABBING THROUGH EACH SECTION
4. “SAVE AS” (NOT SAVE) FILE IS PROTECTED AND CANNOT BE ‘SAVED’
5. RENAME TO YOUR CHILD’S NAME – ONCE SAVED – SIGNATURES NOT REQUIRED-TYPE IN YOUR NAME
6. SCAN YOUR DOCUMENTS AND ‘SAVE AS’
7. EMAIL TO REGISTRAR: JTOWLER@NORTHAMPTON-K12.US
REGISTRAR JENNIFER WILL CONFIRM RECEIVE AND REVIEW YOUR FILE AND ATTACHED DOCUMENTS
AND WILL FOLLOW UP WITH EACH FAMILY IN THE COMING WEEKS
Check our Kindergarten Curriculum page for information about:
Our philosophy and mission
Tips for parents
Development of young children including social and emotional learning
Information about English Language Arts, Science, Math, Creative Arts (visual and music), History and Social Science and Physical Education
Daily activities including lunch and snack, recess, parent involvement and so much more!