New Family Welcome

Transition to K

Starting kindergarten marks a new phase in your child's life... and in yours!

Kindergarten Screenings are scheduled in late April or early May for the coming school year. This is an opportunity for the children, parents and teachers to meet, and for your child to do some activities one-on-one with a teacher.

Kindergarten attendance is staggered during the first week to help everyone adjust smoothly. On the first Monday and Tuesday, only half of each teacher's class will attend; your teacher will tell you which day to come. Also, kindergartners are dismissed at 11:30 am during that first week.

The New School Year

Three to four weeks before school starts, you will receive an email (or a paper packet for those without email) with your child's teacher assignment and other information to begin the school year.

Reading your teacher's online bio is a great first introduction to him or her!

At all grade levels, teachers visit each of their students in the student's home (or another location where your child feels comfortable) before the opening of the school year. This "Family-Teacher Introduction" is a chance for your child and you to meet the teacher and for the teacher to learn something special about your child.

If you have detailed questions or concerns about your child's education, we encourage you to schedule a separate conference with the teacher.

Get Connected!

Check our Parent Resources section for more info.

Thinking about After-School or Before-School care? Ask our After-School Director for a tour.

Some families find it helpful to plan a small playdate with a few new classmates, or even a grade-level outing, before school starts. Ask your teacher during your child's home visit.

Watch for "meet & greet" events and Back-to-School Nights held in the first few weeks of school.

Volunteering as a Class Parent, showing up for an All School Workday, joining our PTA or working with a committee are other great ways to get acquainted with other families.

This page (New Family Welcome) last updated March 11, 2021