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Free Full-Day Kindergarten – Fall 2017

posted Feb 27, 2017, 11:27 AM by Harritt Elementary

Salem-Keizer Public Schools offers free full-day kindergarten.

Research has shown there are many benefits of full-day kindergarten, including:

  •          Long-term educational gains for students
  •         Social, emotional and intellectual growth
  •          Students enter first grade better prepared

Research also shows five year old children are ready for a longer school day.

Students who turn five on or before September 10, 2017 are eligible to register.

Text Box: Registration opens February 21, 2017. Parents are asked to register kindergarten students right away so the district can know how many new kindergarten classrooms will be needed in the fall.

Early registration also helps parents stay in the loop of upcoming school events like kindergarten orientation, which will take place in May.

To register, please visit your assigned school and pick up a registration packet. If you’re unsure what school is assigned to serve your residence address, please visit the district’s school finder page: www.salemkeizer.org/content/boundary-information

Parents must complete and sign the forms in the registration packet (registration form, home language survey, immunization form) and provide:

  1.  Proof of residence address. Examples of documents accepted include a copy of a utility bill, driver’s license with current address, copy of rental agreement, etc.
  2.  Original birth certificate for the child. The school will make a copy and return the original to the parent. 

Parents can help students get ready for kindergarten by helping them:

  •          Hold a pencil, crayons and scissors correctly
  •          Practice writing his/her name
  •          Learn the ABCs and how to count to twenty
  •          Name and identify basic shapes, such as square, triangle and circle
  •          Learn how to take turns and share with others
  •          Learn how to use the restroom and wash hands independently

Please contact your assigned school with questions about registering for kindergarten.