Kindergarten Enrollment Time is Here

Kindergarten orientation is an exciting day for little learners and their parents! Here is a list of Kalamazoo area local school districts’ Kindergarten orientation days, as well as some tips for parents deciding whether or not their children are ready for Kindergarten.

Click on the various links to find out detailed information for each school district.

Area School District Kindergarten Orientation

  • Kalamazoo Public Schools

    • Wednesday, March 14th
    • Each elementary school will have an orientation during the school day as well as an evening option.
    • Information for children entering the KPS Great Start Readiness Program (PEEP) will also be available.
  • Comstock Public Schools

    • Wednesday, March 14th, 6:00 PM at either Green Meadow Elementary School or North Elementary
    • Students who will turn five before September 1st will be eligible for Kindergarten, which is available at both elementary schools.
    • Students who will turn five before December 1st will be eligible for Young 5s, which is available at Green Meadow Elementary only, and is available on a first come first serve basis.
  • Portage Public Schools

    • Thursday, March 22nd
    • Each elementary school will host orientation from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Children who will be five before September 1st may register for Kindergarten, and students who will turn five before December 1st can register for Young 5s.
  • Gull Lake Community Schools

    • Thursday, March 22nd in the Gull Lake High School Cafeteria
    • Kindergarten is available for students who will turn five before September 1st, and Young 5s is available for children who will turn five before December 1st.
  • Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools

    • Thursday, March 29th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Galesburg-Augusta primary school
    • Families will meet the current Kindergarten teachers and receive enrollment paperwork.
  • Mattawan Consolidated Schools

    • Online registration is open for kindergarten enrollment for the 2018-19 school year.
    • Kindergarten and Young Five Orientation is scheduled for April 23rd from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM for last names beginning with A through K and May 1st for last names beginning with L through Z.
  • Schoolcraft Community Schools

    • Thursday, April 19th at 6:30 PM at Schoolcraft Elementary
    • Children must be five years old by September 1st.
    • Families can pre-register online.
  • Vicksburg Community Schools

    • Kindergarten Kick Off will be held on various dates in each elementary building.
    • Kindergarten screenings will follow the kick off meetings and will have pre-scheduled times.
    • Contact your child’s school to find out exact dates for your kick off meeting.

Ready for Kindergarten?

If you have a child turning five years old close to the September 1st deadline, you may be wondering if the right decision is to enroll your child in Kindergarten or to enroll in the Young 5s program. Review the following four points when deciding where to place your child:

  1. Consider the child’s maturity. You know your child better than anyone. Is your child capable of sitting attentively at a table for a period of time? How does your child do when taking directions from a non-parent adult?  Even more so than academic differences, maturity will play a large role in a child’s successful Kindergarten experience.
  2. Consider the child’s fine motor ability. With so much of our world automated or screen-based, children often lack fine motor skills when entering Kindergarten. Can your child hold a pencil? Do they color mostly in the lines? Young 5s programs usually give children many more fine motor experience than traditional Kindergarten can.
  3. Consider the input of your child’s preschool teacher. Your child’s preschool teacher will happily make a recommendation for Kindergarten or Young 5s. They have spent a lot of time over the year with your child in a classroom, and could give you an accurate opinion about your child’s Kindergarten readiness.
  4. Consider your child’s current abilities. Can the child identify several letters? Does your child write some or all of his/her name? Does your child answer questions clearly and in full sentences? Sometimes kids need an extra year to be ready to face the demands of Kindergarten standards.

If you are considering placing your child into Young 5s even though their birthdate makes them eligible for Kindergarten, talk with the principal of your child’s upcoming school. Advocate for your child and tell the principal your concerns.

By | 2018-03-11T06:35:31+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Parent resources, spring|Comments Off on It’s Kindergarten Enrollment Season

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Amy is an elementary school teacher and mother to two young girls. She enjoys spending time with family and being active within the community. In her free time, she likes to sew, read, and take her dog for long walks.