Kindergarten Connections

Getting Ready to Kick-Off the 2021-2022 School Year!

Welcome to the Kindergarten Academy!

Welcome to the Kindergarten Academy; where your child’s educational journey begins! On behalf of the staff, I would like to welcome you! Everyone at the Kindergarten Academy is busy getting ready for your child's arrival. As we prepare to start our year together, I wanted to provide a few updates about some important events and communications that you will be receiving in the upcoming week(s). I look forward to working together with you this year! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at or at (717)506-0852.

Teacher Assignments

Student assignment letters will be posted to the Sapphire Community Portal on Monday, August 16th. A hardcopy of this letter along with transportation information, teacher welcome letter, and supply information will be mailed the same day. You will receive a notification via email when your child's assignment letter posts to the Sapphire Community Portal.

When you log-in to the Sapphire Community Portal to view your child's assignment letter I ask that you also update and confirm the emergency form. Emergency information needs to be completed each school year for your student prior to the start of the year.

Do you need directions to log-in to the Sapphire Community Portal or to set up an account? Click HERE

Please reach out to the Kindergarten Academy Office ( if you are unable to log in to Sapphire. We are here to help you as you get acclimated with Sapphire and the Kindergarten Academy!

Student Emergency Forms

  • Student Emergency forms must be filled out EVERY year for each student. Please complete this task before August 30th.

  • Sign on to the Community Web Portal here to complete the STUDENT EMERGENCY FORM

  • Directions can be found on the MASD website here.

  • If you need assistance, please contact Mrs. Gochenaur in the office by email at or by phone (717)506-0852.

Kindergarten Orientation - August 26th

Earlier this summer, you should have received information about Kindergarten Orientation. Orientation will be held on August 26th. Please refer to the letter that you received earlier this summer for your child's scheduled orientation time. If you misplaced this letter, this information will be shared again in the class assignment letter that you will receive next week.

Staggered Start the Week of August 30th-September 2nd

We will begin the year with a staggered start in grades K-3. This will allow students to acclimate to the school, teacher, classroom, peers and routines in a small class size for their first two days of school.

Your child will either be assigned to come to school on Monday, August 30, 2021 and Wednesday, September 1, 2021 (last name A-K) or Tuesday, August 31, 2021 and Thursday, September 2, 2021 (last name L-Z). Your child's assigned time was shared with you in a letter that was sent out earlier this summer. If you misplaced this letter, this information will be shared again in the class assignment letter that you will receive next week.

As a reminder, there is no school on Friday, September 3, 2021 and Monday, September 6, 2021 due to Labor Day recess.

**All kindergarten students will attend each day after Labor Day recess starting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.**

Food Service Information

Breakfast and lunch will be FREE again this school year for ALL students. Take home meals will NOT be served this year.
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Arrival and Dismissal Times

Just as a reminder, here are the arrival and departure times for students K-5:

Kindergarten Academy :
  • Parent drop-off - doors open at 7:30, come to office if arriving after 7:45
  • Dismissal begins at 2:10

Broad Street, Northside, Shepherdstown & Upper Allen
  • Parent drop off - doors open at 7:30, come to the office if arriving after 7:45
  • Dismissal begins at 2:20

Elmwood Academy:
  • Parent drop off - students should arrive no earlier than when the doors open at 7:30. Come to the office if arriving after 7:45
  • Dismissal begins at 2:25

2021-2022 District Calendar

Click HERE to view the 2021-2022 district calendar.