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Kindergarten Orientation

Any child who will be five (5) years of age on or before September 1 is eligible to enroll for Kindergarten at their designated home school.

Online Registration is available for new student enrollment. After the online application has been submitted you should contact your child’s boundary school for school-specific forms to complete, class assignment, schedules and other information to make your child’s transition a smooth one. If you register online, you can also upload your child’s certificate of immunization, birth certificate and proof of address.

If you complete registration forms for your student at his/her boundary school, the following documents should be provided to the school secretary. Your child’s registration is complete when these forms are returned to the school.

  • completed student enrollment form
  • certificate of immunization
  • birth certificate (we will make a copy of your original)
  • migrant questionnaire
  • proof of address

Each elementary school will offer parents an opportunity to find out more about the kindergarten program at their spring Kindergarten information events. Please check with your neighborhood school to see when the event is scheduled.

If you are uncertain about which elementary school is your home school, you can check any address to see what elementary, middle or high school attendance boundary it is located in using the District Address Locator or call 503-356-4500.

Orientations & Early Entry

General Information

Attendance

Attendance is important! It’s the ticket to your child’s success at school!  Research strongly supports the connection between academic achievement and attendance. Regular and punctual attendance in school is essential to a student’s success. Families, schools and community members must work as a team to support school attendance. In elementary schools, parents are key players in reinforcing the habits of good attendance and punctuality.

Thank you for making school attendance a priority. It is extremely important that children begin good attendance habits early in life- starting in kindergarten. Here are just a few of the reasons why your child needs to be in school each day:

  • Students need to be in class to learn.
  • The teaching/learning process builds on lessons previously taught.
  • Lessons usually involve hands-on and teacher facilitated activities that cannot be duplicated with paper and pencil assignments outside of class.
  • Students who miss a day of school suffer because that day of instruction cannot be retrieved.
  • Students develop the habits of good attendance and punctuality for future careers.

The importance of an education cannot be underestimated. A student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss 30 hours of instruction during the year. Children can make up an assignment, but they can never get back what’s most important: the discussions, the questions, the explanations by the teacher and the thinking that makes learning come alive.

We ask all parents to join with us and make REGULAR ATTENDANCE an expectation and SCHOOL a priority each and every day. Schools are responsible for teaching your child, but schools can’t do their job if your child is absent. Learning builds day by day. A child who misses a day of school, misses a day of learning.

Immunization Requirements

Upon registration, you will fill out an Oregon Certificate of Immunization Status. Oregon Law requires that this immunization certificate is completed before your child may attend school.

Immunizations are available through private physicians, clinics, and the Washington County Health Department (503-846-8851) in Beaverton and Hillsboro.

  • 5 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP)
  • 4 Polio
  • 1 Varicella (chickenpox)
  • 2 Measles
  • 1 Mumps
  • 1 Rubella
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 Hepatitis A

Medical Information

In order to achieve a healthy and safe school environment for all children, we need your assistance in several areas:

Emergencies:
If your child is seriously injured or becomes ill, every effort will be made to contact you. Please keep your emergency information up to date, by contacting the school office, with current phone numbers of other responsible adults to call in case you are not available.

Illness:
A sick child needs to be at home to protect that child and prevent exposure to other students. A child with a fever greater than 100ºF may return when their temperature decreases without the use of a fever reducing medicine. A child who does not feel well may have a difficult time concentrating and will not benefit from the instruction received during that time.

Health Problems:
If your child has a health problem or condition that needs to have special consideration, please contact the school prior to the first day of attendance if possible. 

Medications Required at School:
If your child needs medication during school hours, please bring that medication in the original container and check it in with the school secretary. For safety reasons, it is critical that you transport the medication and complete the necessary forms at the school. Prescription and non-prescription medication must be in the original container. When requested, pharmacists are usually willing to provide two labeled containers, one each for home and school. Listed below is additional medication information.

Administration of non-prescription medication by school personnel requires written instructions from the student's parent. Physician orders are no longer necessary, with the exception of dosage requirements that contradict the safe dosage on the bottle/container.

Self-medication of a non-prescription medicine is not allowed in elementary or middle school. This includes only non-prescription (over-the-counter) medications. The definition of non-prescription medication is: commercially prepared, non alcohol-based medication to be taken at school that is necessary for a student to remain in school. Do not hesitate to call if you have concerns related to the health of your child.

Safety in Our Schools

In the Beaverton School District, your child’s safety is our number one concern. Our schools operate under a “closed campus” policy. This policy requires that parents sign their child “out” in the school office whenever:

  • Students leave the building or grounds with parent permission
  • Parents want to take children out of school for appointments, illness, or transfer.

Additionally, parents and visitors entering the school building for any reason must sign in at the office and obtain a visitor sticker/badge to wear for the remainder of their stay.

Supervision for students begins when school begins and continues on bus rides, unless special arrangements have been made for specific events. We cannot stress too strongly your responsibility to continually remind your child of the basic safety rules. It is always safest to walk your child to and from school, as well as the bus stop. It is also strongly encouraged that parents personally supervise their child at the bus stop until the bus arrives. This is also a wonderful time to get to know your neighbors! A note from home is required when there is a change in a child’s bus riding or walking routine.

Safety is a partnership between school, students, and parents. If at any time you feel there is an unsafe situation at any school, please contact your school principal.

Preparing for Kindergarten

Ensure a Healthy Start

The move from preschool to “real” school is exciting (and sometimes tearful) for both the child, as well as their parents. There’s a lot you can do to make the transition to kindergarten enjoyable.

A complete physical before the start of school, including vision and hearing tests, is a good idea. Several weeks before school starts, start your child on a daily routine of regular bedtime and wake-up time. We recommend your kindergartener be in bed by 7:30 and asleep by 8:00. At this age, children need ten to eleven hours of sleep to do their very best. A good breakfast every morning will help keep them fueled until lunch.

Learning Social Skills

Sharing is a regular part of the day in kindergarten. Help your child learn to take turns by sharing toys, crayons, and games with friends and family members. Waiting is tough for preschoolers, but you can help them get used to it by saying things like, “We’ll go to the park after lunch.” Teach your child to communicate with words, not actions, when upset. Emphasize that screaming, crying, hitting, kicking, and other “temper tantrum” behaviors are not acceptable at school.

All by Myself

Your child should know how to zip, snap, tie, button, and fasten velcro. Be sure that your little one can also take care of his or her bathroom needs well before the first day of school. It is important that your child feels confident and secure in making decisions and handling separation from parent(s) for an extended period of time.

Begin with Basics

Go beyond teaching your child the “ABC” song by working on letter and sound recognition. Talk about the colors and shapes around you such as the round clock or the red umbrella. Make simple counting a part of your preschooler’s day by counting aloud as you put each piece of silverware in the drawer, climb stairs, or bring in bags of groceries. Help your little one learn important concepts by “acting out” the differences between up and down, in and out, high and low, over and under, small and tall.

Get to Know Your School

Most importantly, you and your child will want to get to know your school. Visit the school’s web page. Take your child to play at the school playground throughout the summer. Think about how you want to get involved in your child’s kindergarten classroom. Do you want to teach Art Literacy? Do you want to volunteer in the classroom on a regular basis? Would you like to organize a Family Night? Contact the parent organization, as well as the school, to let them know that you want to be involved! All of these things will help you, as well as your child, get excited and feel comfortable when the school year begins.

Ready or Not...Here we Come

Getting ready for Reading - your child:

  • Holds a book and turns pages correctly
  • Understands the sounds that letters make
  • Recognizes a few simple words (sight words such as a, the, and)
  • Reads every day/enjoys listening to stories

Getting ready for Writing - your child:

  • Can write first and last name
  • Understands that words are written from left to right
  • Can print letters and numbers 1 to 10
  • Writes often, enjoys writing

Getting ready for Math - your child:

  • Counts objects from 1 to 10
  • Recognizes numerals 1 to 10
  • Recognizes shapes: circle, square, triangle, oval, rectangle
  • Knows basic colors

Getting ready for Learning - your child:

  • Can correctly hold and use a pencil and crayons: traces, colors
  • Cuts with scissors: cuts on line, holds correctly
  • Organizes own materials: backpack and coat
  • Works independently
  • Follows directions
  • Handles disappointment appropriately
  • Cooperates with other children: sharing, taking turns
  • Keeps hands and feet to self

Our Kindergarten Curriculum is...

Student-Centered: The best starting point for schooling is young people's real interests all across the curriculum.

Experiential: Active, hands-on, concrete experience is the most powerful and natural form of learning.

Holistic: Children learn best when they encounter whole ideas, events, and materials in purposeful contexts.

Authentic: Real, rich, complex ideas and materials are at the heart of the curriculum

Challenging: Students learn best when faced with genuine challenges, choice, and responsibility for their own learning.

Developmental: Children grow through a series of definable, but not rigid stages. Activities match the developmental level of students.

Expressive: Students regularly employ the whole range of cummunicative media: speech, writing, drawing, poetry, music, movement, and visual arts.

Social: Learning is always socially constructive and often interactive. Teachers create classroom interactions that support social growth.

Collaborative: Cooperative learning activities tap the social power of learning better than competitive and individualistic.

Democratic: The classroom is a model community; students learn what they live as citizens of the classroom, as well as the school.

- Best Practices by Zemelman, Daniels, and Hyde -  

Helpful Hints

Your child’s attitude toward school is usually established long before entering school in September. The following “helpful hints” will help you and your child make a smooth transition to kindergarten:

  • Point out the school as you drive or walk past and say, “Look! That’s YOUR school. You are going to have so much fun in kindergarten! ” Talk about school as an exciting milestone in their life.
  • Help your child to think of teachers and principals as positive, supportive adults. They are here to help you become the best learner possible. If you have questions or concerns, they are the first people that you go to while at school.
  • Visit your local library and book stores. Read a variety of stories with your child. Reading the same story more than once.... Get your child excited about books!
  • Actively listen to your child and encourage verbal expression of thoughts and feelings. Help your child use language to describe experiences by asking “what, when, where” questions.
  • Provide your child with opportunities for a wide variety of experiences. Take trips to zoos, parks, museums, historical sites, and special events. You can even visit the playground at your child’s school.
  • Give your child some “at home” responsibility such as putting toys away, setting the table, or bringing in the mail.
  • Spend some “special time” with your child. This may include reading, drawing, coloring, playing with the toys, playing games, or just having fun.
  • Most importantly, read, read, and read some more!