Kindergarten Information 2017-2018




2017-2018 Kindergarten information












Young children are like sponges. Every day they learn skills that will help them become readers. Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers become aware of books and print and learn about sounds and letters. Preschool educators play a critical role in promoting literacy, preventing reading difficulties, and preparing young children for kindergarten. The following research-based information was collected especially for preschool teachers, Head Start teachers, teacher aides, and other staff, as well as for parents. The information reflects what we know about instructional and parenting practices that build a foundation for literacy in the formative years between infancy and five years of age. See also: Pre-K: Getting Ready to Read and Write

Encouraging Young Storytellers

When adults respond to a toddler's efforts to communicate, they increase conversational skills, boost vocabulary, and propel the kids towards literacy.

 Launching Young Readers series

Launching Young Readers Series
Our PBS series explores reading and writing development in young children. These shows focus particularly on preschool children:

Reading and writing readiness

Sounds of Speech

Sounds of Speech

Figuring out words that rhyme, coming up with words that share a beginning sound, and saying silly words all help build a child's phonological awareness — the ability to notice, think about, and play with sounds in words.
Print Awareness

Print Awareness

Print awareness is understanding that print is organized in a particular way — that print is read from left to right and top to bottom, words consist of letters, and spaces appear between words.
Letters

Letters

One strong predictor of success in reading is a child’s familiarity with the letters of the alphabet — knowing a letter’s name, shape and sound.
Oral Language and Vocabulary

Oral Language and Vocabulary

Kids who hear more words spoken at home learn more words and enter school with better vocabularies. This larger vocabulary pays off exponentially as a child progresses through school.
Writing

Writing

Even our youngest learners enjoy putting crayon to paper. What often starts as scribbling ends up being important clues to a child’s understanding that print carries meaning. Give kids lots of opportunity to practice!

Reading aloud

Reading aloud
Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do with children. Reading aloud builds many important foundational skills, introduces vocabulary, provides a model of fluent, expressive reading, and helps children recognize what reading for pleasure is all about.






Incoming Kindergarten Registration Information:  Missed Kindergarten registrations at Memorial?  You can still register your child at the Student Information Office at 123 Cambridge St (Burlington High School).
Registration Hours:  
February 22-26,2016  8 am - 12 pm
February 24, 2016  5 pm - 7 pm
For more information, please call the Student Information Office at 781-270-8179.

* If you plan to register at the Student Information Office, please park in the front circle of Burlington High School. Enter through the Main Entrance and check in with the Main Office. They will direct you to our office.
Please remember to bring the original birth certificate, proof of residency, an utility bill, and updated health records.




Burlington Public Schools


Deborah Dressler         Memorial Elementary School
Principal  125 Winn Street
     Burlington, MA 01803
      Phone (781) 270-1721
         Fax (781) 229-5751

February 2016

Welcome to Memorial Elementary School!

Your child is registered to begin kindergarten in September 2016 and we would like his/her transition to be as smooth as possible.  We also want parents to feel comfortable and knowledgeable about the Memorial School and the kindergarten program.

To meet these goals, we have planned the following orientation process:

  • We will be having a story time in our school library on Tuesday, April 5th and Thursday, April 7th from 1:15 to 1:45.  

  • All kindergarten students are screened prior to the start of school to assess readiness skills.  A Memorial teacher will meet with the children individually and give them basic tasks to complete.  The screening dates for our students are June 6, 8 and 10.  If you did not sign up for a time during registration, please call 781-270-1721 ext. 0.  Results of this screening will be mailed home to you.

  • In the spring, you and your incoming kindergarten child (no siblings please) will be invited to an Open House.  This will be an opportunity for you and your child to become familiar with the kindergarten environment and to meet the entire staff.  At this time, classroom placement has not yet begun so students visit a classroom or two just to become comfortable with the kindergarten rooms.

  • Over the summer you will receive a letter indicating your child’s room placement and future dates for upcoming events like kindergarten orientation and the start of school.  Orientation is an opportunity for you to visit with your child’s assigned teacher, their classroom, and tour the building before the start of school.

  • “Back to School” night will be held in September for all Memorial School parents.  At that time, teachers will present an overview of the kindergarten curriculum.


My best wishes to you and your child for a happy, healthy and successful year at Memorial.  Please contact me if I can provide you with any additional information.

Sincerely,
Deborah Dressler
Principal
















Kindergarten Screening Dates have Changed
new dates for Memorial School are
Monday through Wednesday
June 1-3, 2015

Make-up day June 4th




PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

All new students entering the Burlington Public School District must provide the proper documentation to establish residency. The documents provided must always state the student’s physical address (that is, where the student rests his or her head each night.) A post office box is never an acceptable address for the purpose of determining residency. 

Please find below what documentation is required for your situation. 

 HOMEOWNER’S need to provide (1) either a copy of your most recently paid tax bill or mortgage statement, and (2) a recent utility bill. The name and address on these documents must match the name and address of the parent or legal guardian of the student being registered. *If you have just recently closed on a new home, please provide (1) your Settlement/Closing Statement or the Certificate of Occupancy or Deed, and (2) a homeowner’s insurance policy or utility hook up receipt. 

 RENTER’S need to provide (1) your signed lease agreement with the term listed, and (2) a current cable, electric or fuel delivery bill, or utility hook up receipt. 

 RENTERS WITHOUT A LEASE (month to month basis) need to provide (1) a written copy of the tenancy at will agreement if there is one and (2) two additional pieces of proof from the list below. 

 LIVE WITH A DISTRICT RESIDENT (ex: parent, grandparent, friend) and do not pay rent, you must complete a signed and notarized affidavit, which will be provided. The district resident must provide a proof of residency as stated above. The parent or legal guardian of the registering student must provide two additional proofs of address in their name from the list below. 

Electric Bill Auto Insurance Policy 
Cable Bill Payroll Record 
Telephone Bill Motor Vehicle Registration 
Cell Phone Bill Driver’s License (newly issued only) 
Bank Statement Health Care Benefits Statement 
Income Tax Return Furniture/Appliance Delivery Receipt 
DTA Benefits Verification 

Please note: when a currently enrolled student has a change of address, or transfers within the school district, residency MUST be verified again. There will be NO exceptions. All mail will be sent to the previous address, and transportation will not be arranged until proper proof of residency is obtained. 

First Reading: 6/26/12 
Second Reading: 7/17/12 
Adopted by Burlington School Committee: 7/17/12 


       

 Update for Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration will take place
at Memorial School
Today February 10th from 11:00-12:30
If you are unable to attend this session you can register at
Burlington High School
Student Information Center
on
Monday, February 23rd thru Friday, February 27th 
between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

We will also hold registration, again at the Student Information Office,
during the evening of February 26th between the hours of 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Burlington Public Schools

Student Information Office Phone (781) 270-8179

123 Cambridge Street Fax (781) 270-1868
Burlington, MA 01803 studentinfo@bpsk12.org

February 6, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As I am sure you have seen, we have another lengthy storm heading our direction.  Please make sure you are keeping an eye on school closures and delays, as they may impact the kindergarten registration schedule.  If there is a delayed opening, we will continue to hold Kindergarten registration. However, the hours of registration will be from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.  If schools are closed, kindergarten registration for that day will be cancelled.  We are not scheduling make up days for missed registration days. There are a number of opportunities for you to visit the Student Information Office to register.  

Registration will be offered at the Student Information Office, located at Burlington High School, beginning Monday, February 23rd thru Friday, February 27th between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  We will also hold registration, again at the Student Information Office, during the evening of February 26th between the hours of 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding kindergarten registration, please do not hesitate to call or email the Student Information Office.

Sincerely,

Josh P. Murphy
Director of Student Information
Burlington Public Schools

Burlington Public Schools
Student Information Office
123 Cambridge Street Phone (781) 270-8179 Burlington, MA 01803 Fax (781) 270-1868

PRESS RELEASE - KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Burlington Public Schools will be holding an informational meeting for parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten in September 2015 on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Burlington High School auditorium from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Additionally, registration will be held the following dates and times at the elementary school the student will be attending:
  • Francis Wyman School - February 2nd and 3rd - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Fox Hill School – February 4th and 5th - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Memorial School – February 9th and 10th – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Pine Glen School – February 11th and 12th – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    If you are unable to attend registration for your child at the above dates and times, you may register your child at The Student Information Office located at the Burlington High School beginning Monday, February 23, 2015 thru Friday, February 27, 2015 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. We will also hold registration during the evening of February 26, 2015 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Please refer to the link http://j.mp/UJTx9b for a list of street address and elementary school listings.
    A child entering kindergarten must have attained the age of five by August 31, 2015. At the time of registration, parents are required to bring:
  • Original birth certificate for your child.
  • Two proofs of residency need to be provided in the Town of Burlington. One proof must be: a settlement document on a new home, presentation of a lease, a recent mortgage statement or property tax bill. The second proof can be satisfied with a recent utility bill, bank statement, payroll records or insurance bill.
  • Medical forms with current physical and up-to-date immunizations must be completed by your physician and returned to school two (2) days prior to the opening of school. Children will not be able to attend school in September 2015 unless a complete medical form is provided. Your family physician must detail that your child has been given the following immunizations and also indicate the dates the immunizations were given:
    5 doses Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus (DTaP) 4 doses Polio
    3 doses Hepatitis B
    2 doses Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

    2 doses of Varicella Vaccine or Chicken Pox disease Proof of Lead Screening
    Vision and Hearing Screening

    Further registration information can be found at: http://goo.gl/3jNLm9.
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 SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AGE JEB-1

Each child must attend school beginning in September of the calendar year in which he or she attains the age of six (per Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education*). A child entering kindergarten must have attained the age of five by August 31 of that year. Effective January 1, 2012 a child entering:

First grade must have attained the age of six by August 31 of that year 
• Second grade must have attained the age of seven by August 31 of that year 
• Third grade must have attained the age of eight by August 31 of that year 
• Fourth grade must have attained the age of nine by August 31 of that year 
• Fifth grade must have attained the age of ten by August 31 of that year 

There are two possible exceptions for consideration:

1. For grades K – 5 students who move into the district: who were enrolled in kindergarten through grade 5 in their prior community and do not meet the above age requirement may be considered for an exemption. (This provision respects a grade level reciprocity for students moving into the district from other public schools within the United States only.) 

2. For an exception to be admitted to first grade: for students who do not meet the kindergarten age requirement - if a child turns six years of age between August 31 and October 31, exceptions may be made by the Principal and Superintendent for those children who, in the opinion of the Principal and Superintendent have: 

a. Attended and completed a rigorous kindergarten program, and 
b. Can demonstrate academic, social, and emotional readiness for first grade in accordance with criteria established by the School Department 

All kindergarten exemption requests must be made in writing to the Superintendent’s office by June 1 prior to the child beginning the new school year. 

The decision on whether to grant either exception to the age policy can be made only by the Principal and the Superintendent and their decision is final with no further appeal. 

Legal Reference: *Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 
First Reading: 11/15/11 
Second Reading: 12/13/11 
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: 12/13/11






 PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

All new students entering the Burlington Public School District must provide the proper documentation to establish residency. The documents provided must always state the student’s physical address (that is, where the student rests his or her head each night.) A post office box is never an acceptable address for the purpose of determining residency. 

Please find below what documentation is required for your situation. 

HOMEOWNER’S need to provide (1) either a copy of your most recently paid tax bill or mortgage statement, and (2) a recent utility bill. The name and address on these documents must match the name and address of the parent or legal guardian of the student being registered. *If you have just recently closed on a new home, please provide (1) your Settlement/Closing Statement or the Certificate of Occupancy or Deed, and (2) a homeowner’s insurance policy or utility hook up receipt. 

RENTER’S need to provide (1) your signed lease agreement with the term listed, and (2) a current cable, electric or fuel delivery bill, or utility hook up receipt. 

RENTERS WITHOUT A LEASE (month to month basis) need to provide (1) a written copy of the tenancy at will agreement if there is one and (2) two additional pieces of proof from the list below. 

LIVE WITH A DISTRICT RESIDENT (ex: parent, grandparent, friend) and do not pay rent, you must complete a signed and notarized affidavit, which will be provided. The district resident must provide a proof of residency as stated above. The parent or legal guardian of the registering student must provide two additional proofs of address in their name from the list below. 

Electric Bill Auto Insurance Policy 
Cable Bill Payroll Record 
Telephone Bill Motor Vehicle Registration 
Cell Phone Bill Driver’s License (newly issued only) 
Bank Statement Health Care Benefits Statement 
Income Tax Return Furniture/Appliance Delivery Receipt 
DTA Benefits Verification 

Please note: when a currently enrolled student has a change of address, or transfers within the school district, residency MUST be verified again. There will be NO exceptions. All mail will be sent to the previous address, and transportation will not be arranged until proper proof of residency is obtained. 

First Reading: 6/26/12 
Second Reading: 7/17/12 
Adopted by Burlington School Committee: 7/17/12