Welcome to Kindergarten

Bryantville Elementary School

A letter from the Principal

March 2021

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. Please also view our Kindergarten Informational Video found here.

The informational video provides a summary of the more comprehensive Kindergarten Information Packet found here. This document will give you an overview of the Kindergarten daily process, the Kindergarten screening process, Kindergarten curriculum, and information specific to the Bryantville Elementary School.

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 at Bryantville. 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

• 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 to Bryantville prior to the screening.

The Kindergarten screening process for the 2021-2022 school year will be held at Bryantville Elementary School on the following Fridays: April 30th, May 7th, and May 14th. 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 Carol.Grindle@pembrokek12.org if you elect not to send your child after completing the pre-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 Bryantville Elementary School, please email Carol Grindle at Carol.Grindle@pembrokek12.org by May 1, 2021.


Dr. Mark N. Galligan

Interim Principal

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Parent Information Packet 2021-2022 School Year

Bryantville Elementary School

Interim Principal, Dr. Mark N. Galligan

Assistant Principal, Mrs. Michelle Arons,

Teachers: Mrs. Susan Fitzpatrick, Ms. Kelli Burke,

Ms. Whitney Reilly

Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Carol Grindle

Office Paraprofessional: Mrs.Tracey Smith

School Nurse: Mrs. Katie Haley


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Transition Dates

Kindergarten Information Night

Virtual-please see the Video

Kindergarten Screening

Fridays: April 30, May 7, & May 14

By Appointment Only. Please select a time using the Pick-A-Time link sent to your email.


Classroom teacher placement mailed to you in early August

August Orientation

Bring your child, tour the school, meet the teacher, visit the classroom, board the school bus.

More details mailed to you in the August letter

First Day of School

TBA Calendar under Discussion

What is Kindergarten Screening?

  • Hearing/Speech Screening by Mrs. Christensen, Speech Language Pathologist (may be delayed until the Fall)

  • Vision Screening by Mrs. Haley, School Nurse (may be delayed until the Fall)

  • Literacy, Math, Gross and Fine Motor Screening by Teachers

  • Parent Interview with Principal

How will My Child be Assigned to a Classroom?

  • Screening information

  • Nursery/Pre School information

  • Boy/girl ratio

  • During screening interviews, input from parent to ensure a positive entry

What Resources Exist for my Child?

  • Support exists for literacy, social skills and behavior, emotional development, and physical development

  • Phonics program is Lively Letters

  • Math program in K-6 is enVision Math

  • iReady Math and Lexia Core 5 Reading are computer applications used to personalize practice

  • Same curriculum as other two elementary schools

  • Bus Buddies

  • Classrooms self-contained with bathroom

  • Mrs. Annie Goode, Reading Specialist

  • Mrs. Rachel Bittenbender, School Psychologist

  • Mrs. Cheryl Larson, Social Worker

  • Mrs. Marianne Christensen, Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Ms. Ashley Whye, Teacher of English Language Learners

How Can I Prepare My Child for School?

Children come to us with a wide range in development. Teachers are skilled at teaching children where they are in their development.

  • Read to your child!

  • Play games together! This reinforces math and literacy skills.

  • Engage in physical activity. Strong muscles make strong writers.

  • See below for ideas for strengthening muscles to build stamina for learning.

  • See the enclosed list of books about coming to school.

  • If your child experiences anxiety about coming to school, talk with one of us.

Read the Student/Parent Handbook for information about our school. This handbook is on our website.

Preparing for Kindergarten!

Success in writing depends greatly on a child’s development of the small muscles in the hands and the larger muscles in arms and upper body. These muscles are needed in order to hold a pencil and have stamina when writing. Here are some ideas from our Occupational Therapist that you can do at home to improve the dexterity and strength of your child’s hands.

  • Helping with chores washing dishes, spraying the hose to water the lawn, help washing the car.

  • Picking up small objects and sorting by size and color.

  • Snapping fingers.

  • Spinning tops.

  • Making letter formations in the sand at the beach or using shaving cream during bath time.

  • Placing a colander upside down and putting spaghetti through the holes.

  • Wheelbarrow walking, crab walking, writing or reading on belly propped up on elbows.

  • Tying shoes

  • Tearing or folding paper.

  • Practice using basters or eye droppers. Provide water and food coloring.

  • Have your child transfer the water between containers or put dots on a paper.

  • Cutting with scissors.

  • Painting with watercolor outdoors.

  • Scooping birdseed and filling bird feeder.

  • Using shovels or digging tools for the beach.

  • Stacking blocks and trying to replicate block design.

  • Painting pasta and stringing it to make necklaces.

  • Playing card games.

  • Pinching clothespins to hang things up.

  • Using a paper punch to make confetti and designs on a paper.

  • Using tweezers or tongs to pick up items.

  • Blow bubbles then chasing them.

  • Hide items in a bowl of rice and see if your child can find them and tell you what it is with their eyes closed.

Books about Starting School

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

By Joseph Slate

It’s the first day of kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten is hard at work getting the classroom ready for her 26 new students. Meanwhile, Adam Krupp wakes up, Brenda Heath brushes her teeth, and Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker. Miss Bindergarten puts the finishing touches on the room just in time, and the students arrive. Now the fun can begin!

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Wemberly worried about everything. Big things. Little things. And things in between. Then it was time for school to start. And Wemberly worried even more.

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing

It’s the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all - saying good-bye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won’t be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is!

My Teacher’s My Friend by P.K. Hallinan

A boy describes his various activities at school and explains how his teacher is both his leader and his friend.

My First Day of School by P.K. Hallinan

On the first day of kindergarten, a child finds out about name tags, safety, manners, bathrooms, snacks, games, and more.

First Day Jitters by Julie Dannenberg

Sarah asks herself the usual first-day-at-a-new-school questions: Will they like me? Will I make friends? That is, until she builds up enough courage to face her fears and hit the halls. Everyone will relate to Sarah’s feelings and laugh out loud when they find that Sarah is the new teacher at the school.

First Day, Hooray! by Nancy Poydar

Ivy nervously faces the first day of school. Little does she know that her teacher, principal, and bus driver are anxious, too.

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson

The first day of kindergarten is finally here, and Henry can’t wait to paint pictures, sing songs, and practice counting. When he gets to school, though, he’s not so sure he’s ready for kindergarten. But before long, Henry discovers that the only thing he’s not ready for is how much fun he’s going to have at school!

When You Go to Kindergarten by James Howe

“An excellent book for introducing the kindergarten experience.” – Booklist

“For all those normal fears and questions, this book has the answers, and gets them right.” - Publisher’s Weekly

Don’t Eat the Teacher by Nick Ward

It’s Sammy the shark’s first day of school, and he’s very excited. But when Sammy gets excited, he bites things! Can he get through the day without causing too much trouble?

A Curriculum Tour of Our School

How do five-year-olds learn?

  • Active, hands-on learning
  • Interactions with peers
  • Enjoy exploration and free-choice time
  • High levels of imagination
  • Benefit from repetition of information
  • Learn from modeling and practice
  • Need clear expectations and consistency

How is the social, emotional, and physical development addressed?

  • Meeting or circle time
  • Free-choice time
  • Snack time
  • Music, art, library, physical education
  • School psychologist

What is the literacy emphasis?

  • Whole and small group work
  • Shared, independent, and guided learning opportunities
  • Lots of reading materials at your child’s level
  • Leveled books to go home
  • Sounds, letters, writing
  • Teacher assessments and individualized support
  • Read alouds
  • Partner reading
  • Literature conversations

What is the Math emphasis?

  • enVision math materials to support curriculum
  • Spiralling repetition of skills and concepts
  • Homelinks to practice at home
  • Numeral writing, counting, patternsGraphs, problem-solving games

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A Note from the Office

Transportation: Bus passes are free to all students at the elementary level. We recommend that you sign your child up for the bus even if you think your child may never ride. If your child has a bus pass, that means we have an available seat on the bus for them. Should something arise at home and you are unable to pick your child up at school, we would be able to send your child home on the bus. Bus passes are typically handed out to students the first week of school. Please be advised that your child may only ride their home bus. We do not allow students to ride alternate buses for playdates. All kindergarten students must be met at the bus stop by an adult. Children will be returned to school should an adult not be present. Currently, 8 of the 14 Bryantville buses cover routes at North Pembroke Elementary School. Should your child be assigned to one of those buses and there is no one to meet them at the end of the day, your child will be returned to North Pembroke Elementary School and not Bryantville.

Dropping off Students: Students may not be dropped off at school before 8:00, as we do not have staff on duty prior to that time to greet them. Parents should bring their child into the cafeteria, please make sure you speak to the person on duty before leaving your child. Students not in their classroom at 8:15 will be marked tardy.

Parent Pickup: Parent pick-up students are called to the cafeteria at approximately 2:55 each day. Only students with a note specifically stating that they are going to parent pick up will be released to the cafeteria, all other students will be dismissed to their home bus. At the start of the school year, we assume that all children will be going home on the bus. If you want your child to go to parent pickup, you must send in a note stating that. Students must be signed out of parent pick up with the staff member on duty. If you send a family member or neighbor to pick up your child, they must have an I.D. with them.

Daycare: If you have signed your child up for the afterschool program run by the YMCA, please make sure you send in a note on the first day of school or email carol.grindle@pembrokek12.org to let us know which days of the week your child will be attending. Your child will then be dismissed to the cafeteria at the end of the day. Parents of students attending the Pembroke Recreation Center after-school program need to complete a Request to Ride an Alternate Bus form so that your child can be transported to the rec center. That form can be obtained from Lori Jacobs in transportation. Her number is 781-829-0832 or email lori.jacobs@pembrokek12.org

Absences: All student absences must be reported to the school. If your child is going to be tardy or absent, you can report it by calling our 24-hour-a-day Attendance line. That phone number is 508-563-2050.

Broadcast Email and Alerts

Stay connected to Bryantville happenings!

Once you have finalized your child’s registration in PowerSchool you will automatically be signed up to receive Broadcast emails. If you are interested in receiving Broadcast emails for community events or being added to the Town of Pembroke Emergency Message List, please go to our website www.pembrokek12.org and under Community click on Broadcast emails. Please follow the directions provided to receive additional notifications.

Broadcast email is the communication tool used by Pembroke Public Schools to keep families up to date on events happening in their school and community.

How May I Participate in the School?

Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is involved in enrichment fundraisers, family events, and parent education.

For a list of current PTO board members and contact information check out their information on our web page. https://www.pembrokek12.org/

From the main page click under Schools, select Bryantville and under Parent & Student click on Bryantville PTO. Or check out our new webpage at https://bryantvillepto.membershiptoolkit.com/home

From here you can sign up for the student directory.

Volunteer at School to help at fundraisers, family events, or in-school help. Watch for Broadcast emails about volunteers needed or contact the PTO for opportunities available.

All volunteers must have current CORI on file. Please stop by the office to complete a CORI form. Don’t forget to bring your driver’s license.

Who’s Who at Bryantville

Who’s Who at Bryantville

Bryantville Main Number: 781-293-5411

Fax Number: 781-294-4662

Attendance Line: 781-563-2050 (report your child’s absence 24 hrs a day)

Interim Principal: Dr. Mark N. Galligan

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Michelle Arons

Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Carol Grindle

Office Paraprofessional: Mrs. Tracey Smith

School Nurse: Mrs. Katie Haley

School Psychologist: Mrs. Rachel Bittenbender

School Social Worker: Mrs. Cheryl Larson

Kindergarten Teachers: Ms. Kelli Burke

Mrs. Whitney Reilly

Mrs. Sue Fitzpatrick

Transportation Information: Mrs.Lori Jacobs


Food Service Manager: Mrs. Cindy Lucas-Terra


A Note from the School Nurse:

A Word From Our School Nurse

Bryantville Elementary School Health Office

Catherine Haley RN, BSN, M.Ed.

Phone: 781-293-5411 Fax: 781-294-4662


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Welcome to Kindergarten!

Documentation of Immunizations and Physical Exams: According to Massachusetts law, all students in grades K-12 attending the schools within the state must be properly immunized. Only medical or religious exemptions are allowed.

*Please note, without proper documentation your child will not be allowed to enter school.

  • Please provide a copy of your child’s most recent physical exam.

  • If warranted, provide an annual immunization exemption letter. [Per Massachusetts’ law, to ensure that the student body is best protected from a vaccine-preventable disease, both religious and medical exemptions must be renewed annually. A medical exemption requires a letter from the child’s medical doctor, a religious exemption requires a letter from the parent/guardian.]

Food Allergies/Outside Food: Many students have food allergies. It is imperative that parents/guardians notify me of any food allergies as soon as possible.

A food allergy can turn into a potentially life-threatening situation.

  • In order to keep all students safe, we ask that parents/guardians DO NOT bring in outside food, other than lunches and healthy snacks for their own child’s consumption.

  • We follow a “no sharing, no trading” model.

  • If a class has a student with a nut allergy, the teacher will make parents/guardians aware to NOT send in nut-containing snacks to be eaten in the classroom.

  • Nuts and nut products MAY be consumed in the cafeteria to be eaten at the classroom tables

  • Those students with nut allergies may choose to eat at the “nut-free table” in the cafeteria.


  • Make your child’s health concern(s) known to me.

  • Introduce yourself and your child.

  • Bring current signed healthcare provider orders [all medication orders must be renewed annually].

  • All medication must be hand-delivered by an adult.

Please be sure all phone numbers and health care information is kept current throughout the school year.

I’m looking forward to meeting you and your children!


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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