Kindergarten

Welcome to the Kindergarten Home Page of Peabody Public Schools

There will be no one in the Kindergarten Office to answer the phone and your questions from Tuesday-March 12th to Thursday-March 21st. We will be out at the eight elementary schools registering incoming kindergarten children. This means if you call us and leave a message, we will not be able to respond to you until Friday-March 22nd, after registration.

Here is some information for you that is typically what parents call and ask about regarding “K” registration:
1. If you did not receive a registration packet or lost the one we sent. You can print out the packet on the Peabody School website. It says it’s grade 1-12 registration and it is missing 3 sections that are included in the kindergarten packet. You can use this packet of forms for kindergarten registration and then get and fill out the 3 missing sections at registration. We will have the missing forms at registration. We will also have blank “K” registration packets at registration. You can fill it out there. It is lengthy, so be prepared. Also you will need to bring the following documents with you to register your child: their birth certificate–your driver’s license or other picture ID—2 proofs of residency–your child’s medical and immunization records (the 5 year old one if it’s already been done or the 4 year old records if 5 year physical has not yet taken place)
2. If you are not sure which neighborhood school is your, please go to any elementary school you know of on their registration day (dates by school are listed below and in the registration packet) and we will register your child and tell you which school is your neighborhood school.
3. If you can’t make it to your neighborhood school’s registration, please come to one of the other school’s registration days and we will register your child.
4. If you are suppose to come to register during the morning session and you can only make it during the afternoon session time slot, it’s okay to come then; and visa versa.
5. If you don’t have your child’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND 2 PROOFS OF RESIDENCY, WE CANNOT REGISTER your child for kindergarten. If you don’t have his/her medical information, please come to register and we will instruct you what to do next.
6. If you are applying for Open Enrollment, you MUST register at your neighborhood school, NOT the school you are requesting to open enroll to.
7. If you miss kindergarten registration entirely, please call the Kindergarten Office beginning the week of March 25th between 8:00AM and 2:00PM and we will assist you. The number is 978-536-6056.
8. Please review the information in your packet to help you complete the kindergarten registration process.


Kindergarten Registration

To be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2019. There are no exceptions.

Kindergarten registration packets for September 2019 have been mailed out. This packet contains: all required forms, a checklist of required documents needed to complete the registration process, and the day, date and times of kindergarten registration at each school. If you do not receive a packet by February 15, 2019, please call the Kindergarten Office for one at 978-536-6056. If you get voice mail, please leave us your child’s full name (kindly spell it), date of birth, your address and phone number and the packet will be mailed to you; you can also access the packet on the Peabody Public School website.

To register for kindergarten you will need to come to your neighborhood school on the scheduled registration day and you will need to bring ALL of the following with you:

1. All of the packet forms completely filled out.

2. Your child’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

3. Your driver’s license.

4. TWO proofs of residency = copy of lease or mortgage, current utility bill, car registration, tax bill, etc.

5. Medical information = updated immunizations and last physical.

Please follow the instructions on PAGE 5 of the registration packet to meet document requirements.

We cannot register your child if any of these documents are missing.

**Please note: If your child currently attends one of the District’s preschool programs (Passos-South, Passos-West, Title 1 Preschool or McCarthy Integrated Preschool) you must still fill out a new packet and register your child for kindergarten.

Your assistance in completing all the forms and having all required documents will help us to help you and your child register for kindergarten.

Kindergarten Registration will be held at each school on the following dates:

Center School registers—March 12, 2019

Brown School registers—March 13, 2019

Carroll School registers—March 14, 2019

West School registers—March 15, 2019

McCarthy School registers—March 18, 2019

Burke School registers—March 19,2019

South School registers—March 20,2019

Welch School registers—March 21, 2019

If your child’s last name begins with the letters A to L, please come to register from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.

If your child’s last name begins with the letters M to Z, please come to register from 12:00PM to 2:00PM.

If we have a snow day on your registration day, it will be rescheduled. You will be notified by mail of the rescheduled date.

If we have a weather delay on your registration day, registration will still be held once the building is opened for school.

In May and/or June 2019, each school will hold a Kindergarten Visit Day for all registered incoming children and their families. You will be given information you need to start school; meet the principal and kindergarten teachers; tour the school and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Kindergarten Screening: In August 2019, all registered children will receive an appointment letter for their kindergarten screening. Kindergarten screening is held during the first three days of the new school year. This means that your incoming kindergartner will only come in for their screening appointment during the first three days of school. The first day of kindergarten will be the fourth day of the new school year. The School Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year will be set by the School Committee in the Spring of 2019. Once it is set, the actual dates for “K” screening and the first day of kindergarten will be posted here.

Should you have any questions or need assistance, please call Deb Murphy, Kindergarten Coordinator, at 978-536-6056 or email at murphyd@peabody.k12.ma.us

Kindergarten FAQ

All kindergarten classes in Peabody are full day. The day begins at 8:50AM and ends at 2:55PM. All kindergarten classes are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Is your child ready for kindergarten?
Kindergarten children are in the “want to learn” mode. The desire to learn and understand is part of their built-in need to make sense of the world and to feel competent. Five and 6-year-olds, of course, have widely varying rates of development, with unique personalities, but they have a lot of things in common too. They are curious and hungry for mastery. They learn best by actively figuring things out for themselves, have a growing command of language, are increasingly in control of their own behavior, and use their large and small muscles with greater skill than they used to.
Kindergarten-age children believe that grownups know best and are motivated to please us (kindly guidance from adults is the most effective form of discipline with young children). They also can be noisy, silly, and sensitive. It is very easy to “motivate” children in this age range. They are enthusiastic learners–eager to learn about themselves, about others, about the world. Good kindergarten teachers know all this and more about the age group they teach, and they create classrooms tuned to the special characteristics of kindergarten children.

If I have a choice of a full-day (about six hours) or half-day kindergarten (three hours or less), which should I pick for my child?
The answer depends largely on what the program is like. Kindergarteners can certainly handle six hours of appropriate, engaging experiences, with ample opportunities to rest and relax. Spending their afternoons as well as their mornings in such a program beats custodial child care or hours of watching TV at home. On the other hand, if a full-day kindergarten has lots of seatwork and regimentation, 5-and 6 year-olds are likely to be better off at home or in a care setting that provides opportunities for active play and learning suited to their age. So look at the quality and character of the program, not just the length of the day.

What’s all this about kindergarten screening?
In some states or school districts, children are tested or screened in the spring before they would enter kindergarten, and the results are used to make placement decisions. Find out from the school in which you’ll be enrolling your child what screening procedures are used and for what purposes. Keep in mind that with young children, tests alone are not reliable enough to use as the basis for entering kindergarten. The decision to hold a child out of or place a child into kindergarten should always be based on information from a variety of sources, including parents’ knowledge of the child, the kindergarten or preschool teachers’ observations, samples of the child’s work, and reports from any specialist who’s been working with him.

What about the idea of holding my child out for a year so he’ll be more ready for kindergarten?
This is the big question for many families. And, of course, the answer depends on a number of things. In an ideal world, kindergartens would shape their programs to fit the variety of children old enough to attend. As parents we wouldn’t have to worry about when to send our children to kindergarten. And schools could concentrate on providing experiences appropriate for all who enroll rather than screening to see which children are ready and setting up special arrangements (such as transitional kindergarten classes) for the rest. But there are pressures on kindergarten teachers to get children to a certain point by the end of the year. They can do so more easily when the younger and less mature children are simply eliminated from the class. That’s the built-in pressure in many schools, so as parents consider the best timing for their own children, they need to find out several things:
*Do the school’s officials and teachers welcome all 5-year-olds or do they discourage/screen out younger or “less ready” children from entering on time?
*Do lots of parents in the school “redshirt”, or hold out, their children so they’ll have an edge in school? If they do and your child would thus be considerably younger than the class as a whole, this is important to take into account in your thinking.
*What is it like in the particular kindergarten classroom(s) where your child will be?
Checking out these things will help as you consider when, and perhaps where, your child will begin kindergarten.

Ease Those Starting School Jitters
Enthusiasm is contagious. If you convey confidence and anticipation, your child is more likely to be comfortable with beginning kindergarten. Survey new territory. Visit the school with your child before the first official day and try to arrange a meeting with the new teacher. Find a familiar face. Plan a one-on-one play date or outing with another child from the class or program before school begins. Create continuity. Start a daily routine a few weeks before school begins and involve your child in the process of packing his lunch or choosing his clothes. Prepare yourself. Pay attention to how your child reacts to separation so you’ll know what to expect on that first day of school. Help the child to ease in. If the teacher encourages parents to spend some time in the classroom the first day, you can look around with your child–maybe even talk to gerbil. But remember to back off and let her get involved with other kids and adults. Always say good-bye. Be loving but firm as you leave, and never make a child feel foolish about being upset to see you go.

All information on this page was taken from the brochure “What parents should know about school readiness–Ready to Go” from the National Association for the Education of Young Children 1509 16th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036-1426 phone number 800-424-2460.
Website www.naeyc.org