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For Families of Entering Kindergarteners at WPS

The Kindergarten team at Windham Primary School has been working on making the beginning of the next school year, and school career, the most successful and smooth transition it can be for your children.  The beginning of Kindergarten can be a time of great excitement, but also great anxiety, for four and five-year-old learners and their families.  We want to start the year in a way that will help welcome our newest school members in a child-centered and supportive way.

So that you could plan accordingly for your family’s needs we wanted to share, as soon as possible, the structure of first four days of school.

Tuesday, September 3rd or Wednesday, September 4th:

Kindergarten children are assigned a 20-minute time slot on one of these two days to come to school and meet their teacher with their parents. Parents/Guardians have a face to face meeting with the teacher and a look into the child’s classroom. Parents/Guardians then wait in the hallway and complete paperwork while the child and teacher have a chance to get to know each other in the classroom.  Teachers remind the families what day their children would start kindergarten (9/5 or 9/6).

Thursday, September 5th or Friday, September 6th:

One of these two days are the first day of school for Kindergarteners.  Half of the class joins on Thursday and the other half of the class joins on Friday.  The start date for children is part of the early August letter communicating teacher assignments.  The teachers teach the “first day of school” two days in a row. This allows children to be in a smaller group on their first day.  This idea is modeled after other districts in our area and other states who have found it to be a very successful way to transition the youngest learners to school.  The entire class begins together on Monday, September 9th.  

We care about your children enjoying the start of their school career and have put a lot of thought and consideration into the plan.  The details of when your teacher meetings will occur and your children’s first day will be included in the early August letter about your children’s teacher. We believe our plan will support your children having success!

Sincerely,

Principal Kyle Rhoads and WPS Kindergarten Team