Welcome Lil' Bearcats!

JSE Kindergarten Registration for the 2022-23 School Year

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Welcome from Mrs. Barnes, JSE's Principal!

We look forward to your child attending Kindergarten at John Simatovich Elementary next year!


On behalf of our JSE family, we welcome you! Our success is attributed to the dedication of our students, staff, parents, and community. We are led by Union Township School’s vision of every student, every day. We do this at JSE by providing a nurturing learning environment focused on teaching the whole child. Our goal is to prepare your child for life-long learning success by engaging, supporting, and challenging your child. Please feel free to contact the main office or me with any questions you may have.


Go Bearcats!


Leigh Barnes, Principal


Please save this page and check back for updates and information on registering your child for the 2022-2023 school year!


If you have any specific questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Barnes at lbarnes@union.k12.in.us or call our JSE main office at 219-759-2508

Second, Complete the Questionnaire Form Below!


Please click HERE to Pre-Register your child and receive email and text updates from the school!

Third, come to JSE with your future Kindergartener!

To register, please bring your child with you on registration days either Thursday, April 7th 5:30-6:30PM OR Friday, April 8th 10-11AM with the following items for us to copy:


  • Birth Certificate


  • Two Proofs of Residency: Driver's License, Utility Bill, Mortgage Payment, or Lease Agreement with your name and address included.


  • Immunization Records


We ask that you bring your future Kindergartener with you to take a Kindergartener Screener for the purposes of classroom planning and we will also provide you with this screener and other Kindergarten Readiness resources at this time.


The front door lobby will be open from 7:30AM-6:00PM each day that week at JSE for parents to pick-up a registration packet if they would like to complete the packet ahead of time and bring it back completed with them at registration.

Registration Forms:


You will submit all of these forms to JSE on either April 7th or April 8th!


Kindergarten Enrollment Packet...pick up at the JSE office.


Allergy Action Plan (only if necessary)…Click HERE


Asthma Action Plan (only if necessary)…Click HERE


Seizure Action Plan (only if necessary)… Click HERE


Other Health Concerns, please contact our Nurse, Mrs. Kathy Maniszko.

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How Can I Support My Child to be Ready for Kindergarten? Resources for Parents:

IDOE Kindergarten Enrollment Requirements...Click HERE


Is My Child Ready For Kindergarten...Click HERE


IDOE Kindergarten Literacy Readiness...Click HERE


IDOE Kindergarten Mathematics Readiness...Click HERE

Do you need before school childcare or afterschool child care? We have a program at JSE!

Click Here to Register for the Boys and Girls Club KidStop Program hosted at JSE.



Please click HERE to register for the before and after school program, KidStop.

Check out Promise Porter County!

We know that your child is just getting started on their Kindergarten career, but it's never too early to start thinking about college!


Promise Porter County is a program for all Kindergarten and 1st Grade students throughout Porter County that helps parents create a CollegeChoice 529 Plan and gives you free funds to get started!


For more information on Promise Porter County, please click HERE!

Union Township Activities of Interest:

If your child is interested in participating in Wheeler Little League, please click HERE for more information!


If your child is interested in participating in Union Township Softball, please click HERE for more information!


If your child is interested in participating in Union Township Soccer, registration is happening NOW! Please click HERE to register your child!


If your child is interested in participating in Wheeler Football or Cheer, please click HERE for more information!

You are always welcome at John Simatovich Elementary!

Please let us know how we can strengthen our partnership with you!

Feel free to contact me anytime! Very Sincerely, Mrs. Barnes


Leigh Barnes, Principal ext 3001

Barb Rittel, Secretary ext 3000

Lisa Morton, Home School Advisor ext 3003

Kathy Maniszko, School Nurse ext 3002