In preparation for enrolling kindergarten students for the upcoming school year, please note that the birthday cut-off date for Cardinal students to enter kindergarten is August 1. This means that your child must be five (5) years of age prior to August 1.
Vision/Hearing Screenings: Vision and hearing screenings will occur at registration. This will allow you to get a comprehensive vision and/or hearing examination for your child before school begins in the event an issue is detected. Educational research states that “both vision and hearing losses have a tremendous impact on how learners gather information, communicate with others, develop social relationships, and retain meaning and knowledgeable experiences.”
Busing Consult: If you child will be riding the bus to and from school, please complete the form in the enrollment packet and you will meet with a member of the transportation team at registration.
Nursing Consult: The school medical personnel will meet with you to review medical information provided and make any medical notations necessary.
10-Minute Teacher Screeners (at Registration): Kindergarten teachers will spend approximately 10 minutes with your child to screen them for basic skills/knowledge.
Kindergarten ORIENTATION: This will take place in August prior to the first day of school. Parents and students will participate in a scavenger hunt throughout the school, meet their teacher, and receive the date/time for their readiness and/or language assessments. Parents should also bring unwrapped/labeled supplies to orientation. In early August you will receive a letter with your child’s kindergarten teacher’s name. All transportation forms must be completed prior to orientation so that bus scheduling can occur in a timely fashion.
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment: A comprehensive readiness assessment will be given to all students during the first few days of school. The areas included in the assessment are: social foundations (including social/emotional development and approaches toward learning), math, science, social studies, language and literacy, and physical well-being/motor development. Appointments for your child’s assessment will be provided at Kindergarten Orientation.
Language Assessment: If your child’s native language is one other than English, we will assess them in this area during the first few days of school as well. This assessment will take place at the same time as the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.
Transportation: Students must have the same dismissal plan each day; daily changes are not permitted for safety reasons. That being said, students may ride the bus for several days a week and be a car rider the other days, as long as the schedule is consistent. Please make a back-up plan with a family member, friend, and/or neighbor in case you are unable to be home when your child arrives. The arrangements for changes are to occur outside of the school on your end. If you must pick up your child, please do so by 3:00 p.m. by coming into the office and signing out your child; we need time to update the student lists that are provided to van and bus drivers for the day.
We look forward to having your child in our kindergarten program as we welcome all communication. You know your child best and your input is invaluable to us! Should you have any questions or require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact the Board of Education Offices as the elementary staff will be gone for the month of July. We will be available beginning August 1 in the Jordak Elementary office.