HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL CLOSED 1/20/17 - Due to a water main break, Heritage High School will not have school Friday, January 20, 2017.Letter from the Principal...
Questions & Answers
Q1: What does kindergarten look like at Sandburg?
A1: Sandburg offers a traditional half day morning kindergarten Monday through Friday, with the option to enroll your child in one of our tuition-based extended day options: Kindergarten Plus Enrichment Program (K-Plus) for 2-4 afternoons per week or Kindergarten Extended Day (KED) for 5 days. More on these tuition-based extended day options in Q&A 7.
During the last half hour tonight you will have an opportunity to visit with our kindergarten teachers, K-Plus instructors, and our support staff. We want you to have the opportunity to ask your questions.
Q2: What are the benefits of having my child participate in kindergarten screening?
A2: We will ask you to bring your child in for a screening during the spring. We use a baseline academic screening tool that provides the kindergarten team with valuable information. When your child comes for screening, he/she will spend 1:1 time with one of the kindergarten teachers. We have found that this getting-to-know you time reduces the child’s anxiety (as well as the parent’s) and gives our team information about your child’s developmental readiness for kindergarten.
Q3: My child misses the kindergarten age cut off by one or more days. What can I do?
A3: In LPS, children entering kindergarten must be 5 years old by October 1 and children entering 1st Grade must be 6 years old by October 1. If your child misses the cut off and you feel that he/she is ready for kindergarten (or 1st Grade), you may contact the district Gifted/Talented department to discuss the process for early entrance into kindergarten/1st grade. We would be happy to explore your child’s particular situation with you.
Q4: What services are available to kindergarten students?
A4: All kindergarten classes experience learning in the library, computer lab, science center and specials—art, music, and p.e. Services through our Learning Support Services team (content teacher, speech therapist, occupational therapist, and psychologist), Gifted/Talented program and special literacy/intervention support are available and based on what is best for your child. Our dean of students and psychologist are here to support parents, staff, and students.
Q5: What are kindergarten class sizes?
A5: We anticipate being funded at a ratio of 27-28 students to each licensed teacher at the elementary level (K-5). Based on our district projections, we are planning for 25 students per class with paraprofessional support for the morning session. Thanks to our fundraising partnership with parents, we have been able to maintain a positive and effective learning environment by reducing student to teacher ratios K - 5 through a team of licensed staff and highly qualified support staff. Examples where this occurs include the library, science center, and classroom.
Q6: May my child attend kindergarten for a half day only?
A6: Yes. At a minimum, your child will attend a state-funded traditional half-day of kindergarten. At Sandburg this half-day is in the morning.
Q7: What are the afternoon options available for my half day student?
A7: Sandburg offers 2 options: K-Plus and KED.
Q8: What is Kindergarten Plus Enrichment (K-Plus)?
A8: Kindergarten Plus Enrichment, or K-Plus, is a tuition based program designed to give kindergarten students the state required half day of learning 5 days a week and a full day of learning 2, 3 or 4 days a week. Your child will enjoy lunch in the cafeteria and recess at the end of the AM kindergarten session before returning to the K-Plus classroom(s). In K-Plus, your child will have an AM kindergarten teacher for academic content and a PM K-Plus teacher who will reinforce academic concepts through a mix of teacher guided and free choice activities that strengthen their gross/fine motor skills, shape their social interactions, and build their confidence as a learner and person. Please see the Sandburg Kindergarten Enrichment Options page in your folder for more information.
Q9: What is Kindergarten Extended Day (KED)?
A9: Kindergarten Extended Day, or KED, is a tuition based program designed to give kindergartners a full day of learning 5 days a week. Just like K-Plus, your child will enjoy lunch in the cafeteria followed by recess and then will return to the classroom. The full day KED program distributes academic content and social development activities throughout the day. In KED, your child will have the same classroom teacher all day. Please see the Sandburg Kindergarten Enrichment Options page in your folder for more information.
Q10: What is the tuition for K-Plus and KED?
A10: K-Plus, 2 days per week -- $160 per month
K-Plus, 3 days per week -- $225 per month
K-Plus, 4 days per week -- $280 per month
KED, 5 days per week -- $375 per month
Q11: Will my child be ready for first grade?
A11: All students, whether enrolled in half-day AM kindergarten, K-Plus, or KED will have extensive opportunities to explore their world, expand receptive and expressive language, develop organization skills, and work cooperatively with peers within our school settings. It has been our experience that parents of our half-day kindergartners do a great job of providing ongoing learning opportunities or activities for their children at home or by involving them other programs in the community. It has also been our experience that most, if not all, students are more than ready for 1st grade. Given that children develop at different rates, there are rare times when a kindergartner could benefit from additional time as a kindergartner. Parents are always part of this decision.
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