Welcome to Kindergarten

North Pembroke Elementary School

A letter from the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We are excited to start the 2021-2022 kindergarten process and we look forward to meeting you and your child soon. All Kindergarten Enrollment Information can be found on our website www.pembrokek12.org. Click this link to view our kindergarten information document. This document will give you a brief overview of the Kindergarten daily process, the Kindergarten screening process, the Kindergarten curriculum, and information specific to the NPES.


In addition to providing the requested documents below, we ask that you register your incoming kindergarten student in PowerSchool by clicking this link or visiting www.pembrokek12.org and clicking the registration button (circle with a pencil in it). Online registration is now open for the incoming kindergarten class and must be completed prior to May 6, 2021.


Please upload copies of the following documents while you are completing the registration on PowerSchool or mail/deliver directly to the main office of NPES. All documentation must be received prior to the screening date.


  • *Deed, lease agreement, mortgage bill, electric bill, water, tax, or trash bill (2 different forms of proof)(must be current, within past 2 months)
  • Current driver’s license or valid photo ID
  • Child’s birth certificate with seal
  • The child’s current physical showing updated physical and immunizations
  • Court papers (if applicable)
  • Previous school records (if applicable) (preschool assessment)
  • Kindergarten Parent Questionnaire

*If you reside with a family member or friend, you must submit a NOTARIZED letter from the homeowner stating you and your child(ren) reside with them at their address. The homeowner will need to provide us with a copy of their mortgage bill, lease, or Town of Pembroke bill.


Please download the Kindergarten Parent Questionnaire while visiting www.Pembroke k12.org and deliver it to NPES prior to the screening.


The Kindergarten screening process for the 2021-2022 school year will be held at North Pembroke Elementary School on Monday, May 10, 17, and 24. Once your registration is complete a Pick-A-Time link will be emailed to you to schedule a screening time. Screenings last about 1 hour.


We encourage all parents to review the information document and complete the enrollment and screening process, including parents not sure at this time whether they want to enroll their child in Pembroke Public Schools for the fall of 2021. Because enrollment and staff requirements are closely related, we would appreciate an email to Erika.Rossini@pembrokek12.org if you elect not to send your child after completing the registration by June 1, 2021. Children who will be attending private/parochial schools in the fall are also encouraged to participate in the Kindergarten screening process. If you are certain that your child will not attend North Pembroke Elementary School, please email Erika.Rossini@pembrokek12.org by May 1, 2021.


Sincerely,

Erica Swift

Principal

Is it time for Kindergarten?

What an exciting time this is for you and your family! Kindergarten has transformed over the years and your child is getting ready for an exciting year. This year your child will learn to read and write and many other fabulous things! This is usually the time of year a parent says, “Is my child ready?” Kindergarten students come to school with a variety of skills and experiences and your child’s teacher will meet them where they are to guide them on a fantastic year. Below are some readiness skills you may want to consider practicing with your child as they get ready for school. These are skills that are helpful to be working on as we gear up for September but teachers and staff will be there to support your learner with all needs.


Personal Needs, can they...

  • Wash their hands

  • Use the bathroom independently

  • Change their clothes

  • Put their coat on and off

  • Unpack and open their lunch


Social Skills, can they...

  • Follow a simple direction

  • Sit for a short period of time

  • Cooperate with peers and adults

  • Advocate for help when needed


Academic Skills, can they...

  • Sit and listen to a story

  • Hold a book and turn the pages

  • Recognize their first and last name

  • Hold a writing instrument

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My Kindergarten Goals

Here is a brief overview of the skills we will be building throughout your child’s year in Kindergarten.


These standards are taught using various curriculums that can be seen below along with a variety of age-appropriate thematic units. Your child's teacher will introduce you to these programs in the fall.


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A Day in the Life....

Here is a rough idea of what our day looks like. This can change year to year and an updated version will be communicated to you from your child’s teacher in September.



Bus and drop off arrivals- a staff member will collect all students in a group to bring to the classrooms together

8:30 - Unpack and morning tub work (social activities with small groups)

8:40 - 9:25 Morning Meeting, Calendar, and Science

9:25 - 9:45 Treasures Literacy Program

9:50 - 10:40 Specialists

10:45 - 12:00 Small Group Instruction

12:00 - 12:50 Lunch and Recess

12:55 - 2:00 Math

2:00 - 2:15 Snack

2:15 - 2:45 Guided Play

2:45 - 3:05 Titan Time Intervention

3:05 - 3:25 Closing Circle/Pack Up


Students will be dismissed to bus locations and walked by a teacher to their location.

Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten!

Social/Emotional Development

  • Encourage your child to persist in tasks when encountering a problem by giving tasks slightly above his current ability level. When your child cannot find a solution on his own, encourage him to ask for help.
  • Play board games to practice taking turns.
  • Set up playdates with friends of various ages.
  • Allow your child to stay with other trusted adults for a few hours at a time prior to kindergarten (especially if s/he has rarely been in the care of someone other than a caregiver).
  • Encourage your child to clean up after playing or eating.


Language Development

  • Verbally give your child specific one-step and two-step directions and encourage him to follow through.
  • Read to your child every day
  • While reading, point out how to hold a book (right-side up with the spine on the left) and the orientation in which we read the words and look at the pictures (left to right).
  • After reading, ask your child questions about the story (what did you like about the story? What happened at the end? Who was in the story?)
  • Give your child plenty of opportunities to draw


Cognitive Development

  • Have your child help you sort items according to color, size, and shape
  • Talk about and identify patterns (red, blue, red, blue. Car, truck, car, truck).
  • Teach your child numerals 1-10.
  • Count objects in your home. Have your child point to each object as s/he counts.
  • Go on a shape hunt. Point out circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles to your child.
  • Talk about positional and directional concepts like up/down, over/under, in/out, behind/in front of, top/bottom, beside/between, off/on, stop/go.
  • Talk about opposite words (big/little, empty/full, slow/fast).


Physical Development (Gross & Fine Motor)

  • Give your child plenty of opportunities for outdoor play: running, jumping, and climbing.
  • Practice skipping.
  • Stack blocks together.
  • Let your child use child-safe scissors to cut out a variety of shapes.
  • Teach your child to write/recognize his name.
  • Play with playdough regularly. Roll, squish, stamp, and even cut it!
  • String large beads to make a necklace.
  • Play with an interlocking puzzle together.

Fine Motor Development

Pencil Grasp: An efficient pencil grasp is one that allows the child to write neatly at a reasonable speed without tiring easily. Poor pencil grasps not only look awkward but they do not use the hand muscles efficiently. This may result in the child tiring easily and being unable to produce neat handwriting.

Have a look at this pic of a mature pencil grip and you can see how these tripod fingers (thumb, index, and middle fingers) are working well together to control the pencil. Children need lots of opportunities to strengthen the hand muscles and practice the dexterity needed for pencil control.


Scissors: Learning how to use scissors correctly can help with developing pencil control skills. Cutting with a proper scissor grasp will give the tripod fingers lots of practice in working together, and will help to strengthen your child’s hand muscles. This will help to improve fine motor skills and will help to give your child the foundations needed to develop pencil control for good handwriting. Cutting on a line can also help to strengthen visual-motor skills, which may help improve handwriting.


Visual-Motor Integration: VMI activities help your child by getting their eyes and hands working together. This is beneficial for children as they perceive and copy shapes, numbers, and letters correctly to help with handwriting skills.


This is a great resource and has amazing activities and information on Fine Motor Development. Please take some time to explore and learn more!

https://www.ot-mom-learning-activities.com/

Supplies for Kindergarten

Here is a list of supplies that would be helpful for your child to bring in to kindergarten orientation or on the first day of school.

*All items will be stored individually in provided pencil boxes*


Reminders to restock your child’s supplies throughout the school year will be sent as needed.

  • 8 or more glue sticks

  • 2 pocket plastic folder labeled with first and last name

  • One box of #2 pencils

  • One box of 24 crayons

  • One container of markers

  • One family picture (5x7 or 4x6 please)

  • Two 4oz. containers of playdough labeled with the student's name.

  • Headphones (not earbuds) with a straight plug *see picture to the right


Please pack your child a spare outfit including socks in a clear bag labeled with first and last name.

Optional Items for the Classroom

  • Colored pencils

  • Clorox Wipes

  • Lysol

  • Box of tissues

  • Magic Erasers

  • Fun Bandaids

  • Paper towels

  • Paintbrushes (chubby not skinny)


This list is subject to change and will be mailed to you in the summer with your teacher placement information.

A Note from the School Nurse:

WELCOME TO INCOMING KINDERGARTENERS AND FAMILIES!


Please provide Proof of Immunization and a recent updated Health Physical is required for incoming Kindergarteners. Refer to the Pembroke Public School’s website for further information here.


If your child has any allergies or medical concerns or you have any questions, please feel free to contact me: Meg Leach, RN – Margaret.Leach@pembrokek12.org

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION PROCESS & TIMELINE

Online Forms

English: Click here to register for kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.

Formulários Online-Portuguese: Clique aqui para se inscrever no jardim de infância para o ano letivo de 2021-2022.


Instructions: For Step by step instructions for the online forms, click here.


Kindergarten Registration Process:

Click here for an overview of the kindergarten registration process.


Please Note: Information regarding Kindergarten Screenings will be provided by your main office once your registration process is complete.

We look forward to our year together and to the amazing growth your child will make in the 2021-2022 school year!

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