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Kindergarten Orientation

 
Here is a link to view our orientation slides. These slides include hyperlinks to additional information.
 
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To return to the Kindergarten Team information, click here.
We want to hear about all of our incoming Kindergarten students. Please fill our this link and help us get to know your child before they even start the school year!
 
Do you have questions that were not answered in our orientation, or are not covered in the FAQ below, please let us know using our google form. As we get questions, we will curate answers and we will include the answers below.

Start of the School Year Updates

It was decided at the July 14, 2020 school board meeting that school will begin in a 100% virtual format. This means all students will be learning at home. The school day format will be revisited at the September 15, 2020 board meeting and we may change into a hybrid model at that point.
 
The board presentation regarding the Reopening of School for the 2020-2021 year can be found here.
 
Logistics for chromebooks, instructional materials and supplies will be presented prior to the start of the school year.
 
This is a completely new situation, we know there will be bumps, we thank you for your patience.
Kindergarten FAQ
 
How do I enroll in Kindergarten?
NHUSD has a centralized enrollment center that handles enrollments for the entire district. See our district enrollment web page for information on the enrollment process.
 
What if I signed up for Kindergarten at the enrollment center, but I haven't heard anything?
If you have or had an enrollment appointment schedule, this appointment has been cancelled and an enrollment office staff member will call you to inform you of next steps. The enrollment staff will honor a family's "place in line" for enrollment based on appointment dates and times.
 
If you previously picked up an enrollment packet and have not made an appointment, the centralized enrollment staff will be calling you to inform you of your next steps for enrollment.
 
Please be patient as our enrollment office contacts each family personally.
 
I am concerned about COVID, can students in Kindergarten enroll in the Personalized Learning Academy (PLA)?
Yes, all NHUSD students have the option of enrolling in the PLA. For detailed information on the PLA, please see the NHUSD website.
 
What is Q Parent Connection?
Q Parent Connection is a web based application that allows you to update your contact information and set your preferences for receiving district communication through our Q Communication system. It is extremely important to ensure you information is up to date.
 
What is the first day of the 2020-2021 School year and where is the published school calendar?
School starts on Wednesday, August 12th. Here is a link to the finalized 2020-2021 school year calendar.
 
How will I know who my child's teacher is?
You will receive an email and dialer message from our Q communication system very close to the start of the school year. It is critical to make sure your contact information is up to date. Please see information about how to set up and update Q Parent Connection above.
 
Please note that Kindergarten class placements are not permanent on the first day of school. To ensure classes are balanced to optimize students learning, we spend the first month of school getting to know our students and make shifts that will have positive impacts on our entire kindergarten class.
 
What does my child bring on the first day of school?
We will be starting the school year in 100% virtual learning. Please be prepared to follow instructions sent by your teacher. It will be important that parents support students getting onto devices and virtual meetings, especially at the beginning of the year.

 

My child is advanced, how will their needs be met?

Each class is comprised of students with a wide range of academic, social and emotional levels. There is much more to kindergarten than academics. Students in kindergarten also work on developmentally appropriate skills with their peers. As teachers, we differentiate instruction to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all students. 

 

What will my child learn in kindergarten?

The beginning of kindergarten focuses on establishing procedures, routines, and getting to know each other.  Establishing these foundations allows us to move forward with academic rigor.  You can learn more about the kindergarten day by attending Back To School Night or by visiting the Common Core website: http://www.corestandards.org/

 

How do I talk to my teacher?

The best way to communicate with your child’s teacher is by email.

 

What is the beginning of the year assessment used for?

Due to the current restrictions and beginning the year in 100% virtual learning, we will not be doing summer kindergarten assessments this year. Students will be assessed during the school year in the first few weeks.

 

My child did not attend the August assessment day, what now?

Due to the current restrictions and beginning the year in 100% virtual learning, we will not be doing summer kindergarten assessments this year. Students will be assessed during the school year in the first few weeks.