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Kindergarten Corner

Kindergarten Corner:

If your child will be turning five (5) on or before September 1, 2017 he/she is eligible to attend Kindergarten in the fall.

Registration

What is Registration?  Registration is the first step to enrolling your child at Swanton School.  Please take a moment to stop at the Babcock Building to get a registration packet so that you can complete the necessary paperwork to register for Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.   In order for your child to attend school the Vermont Department of Health requires that you provide a COPY of:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization Records

If your child is enrolled in the Swanton Early Childhood program, we already have them on our list as an incoming Kindergarten student.  The Kindergarten registration packet will be sent home with your child in early February so be on the look out.

“Getting to know you” Screening will be held on Friday, May 5 from 9:00-10:30 or 10:30-12:00   

OR     

Monday, May 8 from9:00-10:30 or 10:30-12:00 or 12:30-2:00 at the Mary S. Babcock School.  (not required for Swanton Early Childhood)

What happens at  “Getting to know you” screening?   This screening is intended to help school staff members gather basic information about our incoming kindergarten students.  Parents can expect a screening to take about one (1) hour and fifteen (15) minutes, with the child having an opportunity to play with other children, meet with a kindergarten teacher, have his/her vision and hearing examined, and meet other school personnel.  As parents you will get to know some of the people connected with our school.

Please schedule an appointment for your Screening when you drop off your registration packet.  You can also call the school to schedule an appointment: 868-4920.

Welcome Letter:  Near the end of May, you will receive a Welcome Letter from the Principal.  In that letter you will find out your child’s Kindergarten teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.  You will also receive information about our Meet and Greet Day.

Meet and Greet Day will be held on Monday, June 5 from 9:00-10:30 at the Mary S. Babcock School.

What happens at Meet and Greet Day?   You and your child will greet the teacher. Your child will get to spend some time in his/her new classroom with the teacher and classmates doing some activities and having an opportunity to get comfortable in this new setting.  Parents will meet in the gym with administration and other school personnel for a brief presentation.  At the end of the classroom visit, children will get a bus safety mini-lesson and a short (20 minute) bus ride.  When the bus returns, our Meet and Greet Day will be over.

School Visits will take place August 29- September 1 between the hours of 8:00-3:00.  You will receive a letter in June from your child’s teacher.  This letter will provide you with the date, time, and location of your visit. Your child’s teacher will schedule your visit based on your preference indicated in your child’s kindergarten registration packet.  We appreciate you making every effort to meet with your child’s teacher at the scheduled date and time.  If that is not possible, there will be information in the letter indicating how you can contact your child’s teacher to reschedule.

What happens during School Visits?   The focus of this half-hour meeting will be to provide parents with the information that they will need to know as their child enters kindergarten, as well as to answer any questions they may have.  Most importantly during this time, your child’s teacher will spend some time getting to know your child in the hopes that he/she will feel more comfortable on their first day of school.

First day of Kindergarten:  will be on Tuesday, September 5.

What happens on the first day of Kindergarten?   On the first day of school, children will meet their teacher outside on the playground between 7:30 and 7:55.  All teachers will be holding a sign with their classroom mascot on it.  When the bell rings, all students will say goodbye to their parents and will line up with their teacher.  At this point, the Principal and Assistant Principal will come outside and greet the students, teachers, and families.  Once the Principal and Assistant Principal have finished their greeting, teachers will escort the students into the school as parents stay outside and wave goodbye to the kindergartners. Once the children have entered the classroom, the teachers will begin teaching the students the routines of the classroom.  They will start the day with a morning meeting where they will spend some time singing songs and getting to know one another.  Students will also have a tour of the school and playground, learning the expectations of each area as they go.  At lunchtime, the teachers will provide additional assistance to the students, to ensure that everyone gets a proper lunch.  Students will spend the rest of the day exploring different materials and areas of the classroom.  At the end of the day, walkers (any student who gets picked up) will be dismissed at 2:50.  At this time, parents will pick up their child from the gym.   Students who ride the bus will be escorted to the correct bus by the classroom teacher.