Part-time Kindergarten Programs and Schedule
Beginning in September 2013, part-time kindergarten students will now attend school all day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (red kindergarten) OR all day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (blue kindergarten). The new schedule provides students with additional hours of instruction to learn basic skills for first grade.
Expanding FREE Full-time Kindergarten Programs
A late decision in the 2013 special session of the Washington State Legislature now provides state funding for free full-time kindergarten classes at Daffodil Valley and Liberty Ridge elementary schools for the coming school year. With additional state funding for early learning, the District has made the decision to provide free full-time kindergarten classes at Bonney Lake and Emerald Hills elementary schools using local levy dollars.
Enrollment in free full-time programs at Bonney Lake, Daffodil Valley, Emerald Hills, and Liberty Ridge is limited to students residing within the school attendance boundaries. Schools with free full-time kindergarten programs will no longer offer a part-time (red or blue) kindergarten program. Other elementary schools in the District offer part-time and tuition-based, full-time kindergarten programs. Monthly tuition is $325, with a $100 deposit due at registration.
Early learning is identified as one of the top three priorities for the District. The state is funding full-time kindergarten for students with the highest needs first. The District will transition to free full-time programs at all elementary schools over the next several years as more state funding becomes available.
All full-time kindergarten classes are balanced, developmentally appropriate, research based, and child-centered kindergarten programs.
All full-time kindergarten classes meet the Washington State Requirements for state-funded full-day kindergarten.
Full-time kindergarten classes focus on developing foundational skills in the areas of Social/Emotional Learning, English Language Arts and Mathematics. These areas are the core of the curriculum and are assessed throughout the year. Experiences in Science, Social Studies, Art, Physical Education, Health and a World Language are integrated into the core curriculum.
Full-time kindergarten classes provide a balance of child initiated play and focused, experiential learning with daily time for playful, intentional learning centers.
Full-time kindergarten is a transition year.
Instruction, environments and activities shift throughout the year. The beginning of the year looks and feels more like a preschool and the end of the year looks and feels more like first grade.
All children enrolling for kindergarten for the coming school year must be five years old by August 31, prior to the start of school. When registering a child for school, families should bring:
- Proof of child’s birth date (birth or hospital certificate, passport);
- Immunization information and child’s health history; and
- Names and phone numbers of parents, physician, and an emergency contact when the parent/guardian cannot be reached.
Families may visit their neighborhood school for a registration packet or download the forms from the Web. Completed registration forms should be returned to your neighborhood school.
Important dates for families of new kindergarten students
- January 7, 2013 Kindergarten Registration Opens
Packets will be available at elementary schools and online. Packets may be returned to elementary schools during school hours.
- April-May Kindergarten Orientations
Elementary schools will hold an orientation for you and your child to attend together. There will be an opportunity to tour the school and gain information about what kindergarten will be like. You will be contacted by your neighborhood school about dates and times of orientations.
- Late May Kindergarten Screening
You will receive notice of a date and time to bring you child to the school for kindergarten screening. We will be assessing your child with the Pre-Kindergarten Skill Inventory which provides a snapshot of basic readiness skills. Schools will use this information to provide the best learning experience for your child.
- July-August Kindergarten JumpStart
Eligible children will be invited to attend a 2-3 week kindergarten readiness program held at various elementary schools. JumpStart provides children at-risk of entering kindergarten behind and opportunity to gain basic readiness skills. JumpStart is by invitation only.
- Late August Open Houses/Back to School BBQs
You will be contacted by your school about the date and time of your elementary school’s event
- August 29 & 30, 2013 and September 4 & 5, 2013
Kindergarten Family Connections
You and your child will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher before school begins. Appointments will be about 30 minutes long. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss the child’s strengths and needs and make sure they feel welcome at school. You will be contacted by your school with more information about the date and time of your appointment
- September 6, 2013
First Day of Full-time and Blue Kindergarten
- September 9, 2013
First day of Red Kindergarten
Before & After School Program 2013-14
*K-5 (full-time kindergarten only)
Thank you for choosing the Sumner/Bonney Lake Recreation Department as your choice for before and after school child care activities for your child. The Before & After School Activities Program serves children who attend Bonney Lake, Crestwood, Daffodil Valley, Eismann, Emerald Hills, Liberty Ridge, Maple Lawn and Victor Falls Elementary schools.
We offer 1-2 days per week care and 3-5 days per week care at Victor Falls/Liberty Ridge, Emerald Hills/Bonney Lake Elementary and Crestwood Elementary. Currently only 3-5 days per week is offered at Maple Lawn/Daffodil/Eismann Elementary. If space is available after September 4, then we will accept registrations for 1-2 days per week as well. All of our plans include the Sumner School District Wednesday late start mornings. If you are registered for afternoon care only, the drop off time for the included Wednesday Late start is thirty minutes prior to your school's regular start time.
The Crestwood program will be located at Crestwood Elementary. Daffodil Valley, Maple Lawn and Eismann students will be at Maple Lawn Elementary in the AM & PM. Emerald Hills and Bonney Lake Elementary students will be at Emerald Hills Elementary AM and PM. Liberty Ridge and Victor Falls students will be at Liberty Ridge in the AM and PM. All students will be taken via Sumner School District bus to and from their respective schools and program sites. However, you must drop your child(ren) off at the AM site indicated and pick-up will be at the same site. Please verify bus numbers with your site director or our office after August 27.
Enclosed is a Parent Information Packet which includes a payment schedule, contact phone numbers and answers to our most asked questions. Please thoroughly read all of the material included in this packet and promptly turn in all necessary paperwork. A 50% deposit of September’s payment (except for Autopay registrants) and a fully completed registration form will reserve your spot. Your child will not be registered until all paperwork is completed, turned in and approved by the Recreation Department.
We offer "autopay" and a savings of $50 per year ($5 per month, per child) when you sign up for this service. To receive your savings, just sign the authorization form to charge your credit card for your monthly payment. Your credit card will be charged on the first of each month. If you sign up for "autopay" you will not need to pay the 50% deposit at the time of registration. Your entire September child care amount will be charged on September 1. If you sign up for "autopay" and cancel your registration before September 4 your credit card will be charged a $50 cancellation fee.
When there is a school closure or delay due to weather conditions, the Recreation Department sponsored Before and After School Program will likewise be affected. For example, if school is two hours late, the Before and After School Program will not open until 8:30 AM (which is two hours later than usual). If schools are closed, our program will also be closed. Call (253) 891- 6001 for updated current weather related school changes or monitor local radio and television stations.
If you have any questions, feel free to call the Recreation Department at (253) 891-6500.
Before & After Program Coordinator
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