Belmont Elementary: A PAWSitive Place to Learn!
Welcome to KiNdErGaRtEn at BE!
We've tried to pack all of the information you'll need to get started into this ONE document.
Great! You are well on your way to getting your child enrolled for kindergarten!
Documents you will complete through your Skyward Family Access account:
- Parental Insurance Waiver
- Anti-Bullying Policy Awareness
- Acceptable Use Policy for District Technology
- Data Disclosure
- FERPA Preferences
- Other Health Updates, including Over the Counter options for your child.
What About HEALTH Information?
Some of the Health Information Forms that you will complete are included in the Skyward (the second, online after Shelly gives you the green light) portion of your child's enrollment.
- Before your child may begin kindergarten in Kansas, we must have your child's up-to-date immunization record IN OUR HANDS. The immunization record (do they still give out those pink tri-fold cards?) should be completed by your doctor's office and signed by your physician. (Form is attached below- other signed form provided by doctor is acceptable, such as a computer printout of immunizations and applicable dates.)
- A physical or wellness check is also required for students entering a Kansas school for the first time. The physical should be recent to be most helpful, so within the last year, please. (Form is attached below- other signed form provided by doctor is acceptable.)
- Proof of Residency: We'll need a current utility bill, lease, or home contract. We don't care about the details, but we do need to see your name and address to make sure that we are enrolling your child in the correct school of attendance.
- Birth Certificate: Although the certificate they give you at the hospital with the sweet little footprints is adorable, we actually need a copy of the original, certified birth certificate issued by the state in which your child was born. These can take several weeks to obtain from the state so NOW is a good time to request it if you don't already have one. You'll need this for many reasons as your child ages.
- Fees: Student fees are $65 per student, plus a $15 technology fee BUT we don't want your money until July, so just hold on to your dollars for now!
ASQ in August. ASQ? We Thought Kindergarten was all About ABC!
ASQ-3 stands for Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Version 3. ASQ:SE-2 stands for Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional, Second Edition. These questionnaires, which will take 10-20 minutes to complete with your child, ask questions about your child's behaviors and social-emotional growth. The information you supply will help reveal your child's strengths, uncover any areas of concern, and determine if there are community resources or services that may be useful for your child or your family. More information can be found at http://agesandstages.com/ks/.
When will we give the questionnaire to our child? Principals will email the links to the online questionnaires at the beginning of August 2023. We will also have printed copies at each school building available upon request.
Who will have access to this information? Only individual classroom teachers, the building principal and specified district administration will have access to student-specific data. The state will only have access to data related to the overall number of students who entered our school district developmentally ready for Kindergarten.
How will this information be used? The results of these questionnaires will allow us to support decision making to meet the needs of individual students and support partnerships between teachers and parents. Ultimately, this is just one of many pieces of information that staff will use to meet the needs of students and cannot serve as the only determinant of important decisions, such as class placement or referrals for special education, and will not be used to determine a student’s eligibility for Kindergarten.
As stated above, the link will be sent to parents at the beginning of August 2023. We respectfully ask that all screeners are completed within two weeks, ideally, prior to the first day of school on August 16th! Pick a time when you feel like your child will be most successful (well rested, fed, and ready to play) and have fun completing this questionnaire with your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com.
Help us to BE prepared!
Contact any of the following helpers:
Natalie Arbaugh, School Counselor; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ariel Everett, School Psychologist; email@example.com
Larkin Fales, Social Worker; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Watts, School Nurse; email@example.com
Holly Schreiber, School Improvement Specialist; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Hargrove, Principal; email@example.com
That was a LOT of information!
Shelly McCann, Lead Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
Autumn Beach, AM Secretary, email@example.com
Kristina Lee, PM Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paw Print: Weekly Communication from Pam (the Principal)
The Paw Print is also posted weekly on our school website at usd232.org/be. We'd love for you to visit our site and do a bit of exploring.
If I can help you in any way, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at email@example.com. During the school year, I can also be reached by calling the office at 913.667.1810.
For the complete 2023-2024 Specials Schedule, click here. COMING SOON!!
Click here to read more about our district guidelines regarding instructional screen time for students. It is our expectation that the use of devices should intentional enhance learning for our students as just one part of a comprehensive plan.
Enrollment: We're OPEN July 27th & 28th!
This is a great time to turn in any paperwork (like proof of residency and health forms), pay fees (exact cash and checks accepted in the office, but electronic options are available online) and get support to complete any remaining online forms!
If your enrollment process is complete, there's no need to stop in unless you just want to say hello! All school supplies pre-ordered through the PTO will be delivered to classrooms before open house. We'll see you at our Family Welcome Night on Monday, August 14!
Click this button to go directly to the PTO order site to pre-order supplies by grade level for 23-24. Deadline the order from the PTO is August 1, 2023.
Click for the list! ALL K-5 STUDENTS NEED HEADPHONES or EARBUDS and a backpack without wheels! If your family needs assistance with obtaining school supplies, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 913-667-1810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
End of Day Transportation: Kindergarten through 5th Grade
Our PTO ROCKS!
The Belmont PTO gets things rocking right off the bat each year and we are so very grateful for the support! There are LOTS of opportunities to help with ideas and planning and to volunteer through our PTO throughout the year. There will be plenty of places to sign up and people to talk with about events and such during our Welcome Night in August! Our first PTO Meeting of the year will happen soon after the new year begins. We'll be doing important business to get the year started, so please join us! More information will be available on both the Belmont PTO Website (www.belmontpto.com) and the Belmont Elementary School PTO Facebook page when all of the details are ironed out.
Bulldog Dash, our BIGGEST FUNdraiser, will take place in early fall during a school day. Watch for exciting news and announcements and follow the PTO on Facebook and through their website. You'll find the link right below this article so just keep on scrolling!
Click here for the most current PTO News! All PTO information is located at BelmontPTO.com 24/7! Check it out if you want to BE in the know!
Coming Up at BE:
July 27 Open Enrollment, 12:00pm - 6:30pm
July 28 Open Enrollment, 8:00am - 11:30am
August 14 Family Welcome Event, Time TBD (we'll let you know!)
August 16 First Day of 2023-2024 School Year for K-5th 12:10 Dismissal, No lunch served.
September 4 Labor Day, No School
September 27 K-5th 12:10 Dismissal, No lunch served.
September 27 & 28 Parent/Teacher Conferences
September 29 Buildings Closed, No School
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