VPS Early Learning Newsletter

Spring 2021

Dear early learning families,

Spring has arrived! This means (I hope) more sunshine and more outdoor time! If you have a child who turns 5 before September 1st, 2021, you are welcome to begin the kindergarten registration process.

Here are a few things to know:


  • Kindergarten registration is open at all 21 elementary schools.
  • Elementary school offices are open for registration each weekday from 8 am until 3:30 pm (but you may want to call as some locations have adjusted hours due to Covid).
  • Children must be five years of age by August 31, 2021 to register.
  • Check the www.vansd.org website to answer registration questions.

Kindergarten Times

This fall, if school returns to days and times prior to the pandemic, all kindergarten classes are full day sessions. Every school begins the day at 8:20 am and ends at 2:50 pm (with the exception of Lincoln and Minnehaha which begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:30 pm.)

Kindergarten Jump Start

Jump Start is a special time for your incoming kindergarten student to get know his/her school, classmates and staff. More information will follow once dates and times are finalized.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Kendra Yamamoto

VPS Early Learning teacher

Dates to calendar

April 5th - 9th: Spring break

April 15th & 16th: Two hour early release (spring conferences)

Social and Emotional Learning

In 2014, Vanderbilt University found the top 10 social-emotional skills for preschool and elementary students to succeed in school to be:

  • Listen to others
  • Follow the steps
  • Follow the rules
  • Ignore distractions
  • Ask for help
  • Take turns when you talk
  • Get along with others
  • Stay calm with others
  • Be responsible for your behavior
  • Do nice things for others
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And finally...

There are less than 2000 days from the time a child is born until he or she enters kindergarten. Every day counts.

- Washington State Department of Learning

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