19-20 Incoming Kindergarten Information

19-20 Incoming Kindergarten Infomation

 

The Needham Public Schools is launching Full-Day Kindergarten at each of the five elementary schools. In past years, Needham offered a half-day program and some families opted to enroll in the fee-based half-day kindergarten enrichment program known as KASE. Starting with your child’s kindergarten class, we are planning to launch a tuition-free, full-day kindergarten program in 2019. Although KASE will no longer be an option for students, the many strengths of the KASE program have helped shape the design of the full day kindergarten program. It is an exciting time for our community, and especially for our incoming kindergarten families!

 Eligibility for Enrollment

All children residing in Needham who turn 5 by August 31, 2019 are eligible for enrollment in full-day kindergarten.

 Know Your Schools Night

Parents/guardians of kindergarten-eligible students are invited to attend Know Your Schools Night presented by Dan Gutekanst, Superintendent of Schools. This program is scheduled for January 30, 2019 from 6:30 to 7:45pm at Broadmeadow Elementary School. (Snow date is February 6, 2019 in case of inclement weather on January 30th.)  A general overview of the Needham Public Schools, our kindergarten philosophy, along with information about bus transportation, nutrition services, and health services will be provided.

Student Registration

Student registration is a two-part process, which includes completing an online registration form, followed by an in-person verification process with the Student Registrar whose office is located at the Administration Building, 1330 Highland Avenue.  Parents/Guardians are asked to complete both parts of the registration process no later than April 1st

Visit the student registration page on our website, www.needham.k12.ma.us, to start the registration process and to schedule the in-person verification appointment.


Parents/guardians must bring the following documents to the in-person verification:

  • Proof of Residency, as follows:

Owners:  current real estate tax bill, or town water/sewer bill, or signed P&S.

Renters:  current lease and utility bill.

  • Health History Form
  • Immunization Record
  • Physical Examination completed within 12 months of date entering school
  • Home Language Survey
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Early Childhood Experiences Survey

 

Parents/Guardians of students currently enrolled in the Needham Public Schools Preschool need only submit to the registrar the online enrollment for kindergarten, an updated health history form, and new Early Childhood Experience SurveyThe in-person verification appointment is not required.

For any questions about registration, please contact Corine Burke, Student Registrar, at 781 – 455 – 0400 x11245 or corine_burke@needham.k12.ma.us

Requirement for students who will not be enrolled in Needham Public Schools

The Student Registrar should be contacted if you are not planning to enroll your child in the Needham Public Schools or kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year.

 Transportation

Registration for bus transportation begins in April.  More information will be discussed at Know Your Schools Night.  Parents/Guardians can also contact the Transportation Department directly at   transportation@needham.k12.ma.us with any questions. 

 Parent Orientation

Parents/guardians of incoming kindergartners are asked to attend Parent Orientation at their child’s school in the Spring.  Your child’s principal and kindergarten team will provide information about the kindergarten program and will offer classroom tours.  You will also learn about the kindergarten screening process for your student, which will be scheduled later in the year.  Orientation is for the parents/guardians only.   There will be an opportunity for your child to visit later in the year.

 Dates for orientation at your school are listed below:

 

SCHOOL

DATE

TIME

Broadmeadow

April 10

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Eliot

May 2

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Hillside

May 15

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Mitchell

May 8

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Newman

May 8

6:30-7:30 p.m.

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