Jay Shideler Kindergarten Bootcamp

July 20, 21, 22; 27, 28, and 29

What is Bootcamp?


Your child's transition to Jay Shideler can begin with Kindergarten Bootcamp! For two weeks, students will use concepts of literacy to focus on their kindergarten readiness skills in nine different areas. Skills will include self-help, social-emotional, visual, verbal, language development, listening, work habits, gross motor and fine motor skills.



Kindergarten boot camp will be taught by Jay Shideler’s kindergarten teachers: Mrs. Makowski, Mrs. Dalrymple, Mrs. Harman, and Ms. Thompson. The lessons are designed to meet the needs of all students. Daily activities will include exploration, math and reasoning, art and creativity, reading and language development, and team building. Future Blue Jays will become familiar with the school environment and expectations.

When is it?

During the last two weeks of July, you may select a morning or afternoon session for your child to attend. Bootcamp is on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week.


Dates: July 20, 21, 22; 27, 28, and 29


*Limited spots at each session.

How do I sign my child up?

Click on the link below to register your child to one of the two times (morning or afternoon):


Morning Session Sign-up


Afternoon Session Sign-up


If you already registered through the district, their spot has been reserved on the sign-up sheet.


*To ensure group sizes will allow more individualized attention, each session has limited availability.

Parent Presentation and School Tour

On the first day, July 20th, you are invited to attend a parent presentation and optional school tour from the principal, Dr. Lucero, and PTO Board Members. Please enter through the gym doors with your Future Blue Jay at arrival (9 am for morning sessions or 1 pm for afternoon sessions)

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

To help our students learn new school routines, arrival and dismissal will follow the same car rider routines during a normal school year. Please enter the north parking lot to drop off or pick up your student through the north gym doors. With the exception of arrival on the first day, you will remain in your vehicle and a staff member will assist your child in or out of the vehicle.


Morning Session Times:

Arrival: 9 am

Dismissal: 11 am



Afternoon Session Times:

Arrival: 1 pm

Dismissal: 3 pm

Important Dates

Office Closed for Summer Break

Monday, June 7th, 8am to Friday, July 16th, 4pm

4948 Southwest Wanamaker Road

Topeka, KS

Jay Shideler Office is closed for summer break from June 7th - July 16th.

Phone calls and messages will not be received until July 19th, when office staff and administration return from break. Any messages left during this time will gladly be returned on July 19th.

Kindergarten Teacher and Class Lists announced

Friday, Aug. 13th, 4:30pm

4948 Southwest Wanamaker Road

Topeka, KS

Kindergarten teacher assignments and class Lists are shared later than 1st through 6th graders. This allows kindergarten teachers more time to get to know our Future Blue Jays by doing individual screeners and gather necessary information. This information is used to create balanced classrooms so we can provide the best learning opportunity possible for each student.

1st Day of School for Kindergarten Students

Monday, Aug. 16th, 8:45am

4948 Southwest Wanamaker Road

Topeka, KS

One way we are supporting our future Blue Jays is by starting kindergarten a few days later than the rest of the student body. By getting the rest of the student body started first, more staff are available to give our kindergarteners extra special care on their first day. The first official day for our kindergarten students is August 16, 2021.

Early Release

Wednesday, Aug. 18th, 3pm

4948 Southwest Wanamaker Road

Topeka, KS

Extra Kindergarten Information & Events

Online Enrollment for New Families

This is required to have your child enrolled as a student in Auburn-Washburn and at Jay Shideler. If you have not enrolled, please click on the text to follow a link to enroll your student in USD 437.

Online Enrollment for Returning Families

This is required to have your child enrolled as a student in Auburn-Washburn and at Jay Shideler. Please click the text to follow a link to Infinite Campus to start the process to add your child to your account.

Jay Shideler Kindergarten Round-up Website

Click on the text to access the website link.

Boys and Girls Club Before and After School Care

Boys and Girls Club provides before and after school care at Jay Shideler. Click on the text to access the B&G Club website link for more information.

Kansas Children's Discovery Center

Free summer kindergarten events provided by the Discovery Center. Click on the text to access the flyer with more information.

Jay Shideler Kindergarten Roundup