Kindergarten
Kindergarten Information

The AASD believes that a successful and effective five-year-old kindergarten program:

  • Provides an environment that meets and responds to the academic, physical, social and emotional needs of the whole child and is developmentally appropriate
  • Respects the family and culture that shapes the child’s life
  • Integrates curriculum to promote active engagement, language and literacy
  • Promotes language, cognition, and social competence through child guided learning
  • Tailors instruction so that classroom experiences are accessible and responsive to each and every child
  • Uses play to build the child’s social and imaginative capacity
  • Fosters an enjoyment of learning and builds a foundation to become a life-long learner

Requirements

  • Kindergarten is a prerequisite to first grade
  • Children must be five-years-old on or before September 1st

Kindergarten is a full day program. However, if you are interested in a half-day option, please discuss this with your home school principal before deciding.


Getting Ready for KindergartenKindergarten Brochure

Registration

If your child is enrolled at an Appleton Community 4K site, most Kindergarten registration paperwork is already completed. Additional information about Kindergarten registration and orientation will be provided through Appleton Community 4K.  

If your child is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall and is not currently enrolled in Appleton Community 4K, please contact your neighborhood/home school office to register. If you are unsure which neighborhood/home school your child should attend, please call the Attendance Office at (920) 832-6116 or view our school boundaries.

Orientation 

Each school has their own orientation. Please contact your home school for dates and information. Most elementary schools offer a Kindergarten Open House for parent and child to learn about their neighborhood school and the transition to kindergarten.

Screenings

3-5 Year-Old Developmental Screenings offered through the Appleton Area School District are highly recommended. The Appleton Area School District encourages families to participate in screenings for all children ages 3 to 5 who are not enrolled in kindergarten.

The purpose of the developmental screenings is to check on the child's overall development and to determine if the child may need further testing or services prior to kindergarten. The district offers many programs and services for children who may need support before kindergarten. This is your child's "other check-up" to make sure your child's development is on track so when the time comes, your child will be ready to transition to kindergarten.

Ten Steps to Get Ready!

  • Create a routine over the summer. Give your child a bedtime (7:30 or 8:00 PM is great) and stick to it.
  • Have your child practice writing his first name. If he can do this, try his last name or practice lower case letters.
  • Use counting in your daily activities. Count how many steps it takes to get to the mailbox or the park. Count out fruit, place mats, napkins and so forth.
  • Take your child with you to the grocery store, post office, library and other errands.
  • Talk with her about what she’s seeing, hearing and touching. It’s all part of learning!
  • Visit your local library and help your child get a free library card. Then use the card to visit the library each week and borrow a book. Talk about the books you read. Ask questions like, “What was your favorite part of the story?” or “Which part did you like least?” Halfway through, ask your child what he thinks will happen at the end.
  • Let your child practice her independence by allowing her to make limited choices. “Do you want an apple or a banana?” Encourage her to try new things.
  • Set a limit to the amount of TV your child watches (1-2 hours daily). When possible, watch TV with him and talk about what you see.
  • Prepare a “study spot” for your child in the kitchen or living room and supply it with crayons, paper, scissors and other kindergarten tools. Let your child draw there while you make dinner. Once school starts, this can become the time and place where she does her homework.

Help your child know or be able to do the following before he enters kindergarten: 

  • His name, address and telephone number
  • Use the bathroom on her own and button and zip her clothes
  • Share and play with other children - this will help him to adjust to his new classroom


“Kindergarten, Here I Come”Kindergarten

The Appleton Area School District offers a summer school program called “Kindergarten, Here I Come” to all incoming kindergartners. This highly recommended program is designed to introduce and/or reinforce basic skills for kindergarten. Students have a lot of fun and meet new friends while becoming familiar with the school setting. 

Read more about this year's schedule and offerings on our Summer School page.

Resources

Moving to the AASD
New Students


Welcome Visits

Welcome visits are offered to families with incoming kindergarten students. The Birth - Five Outreach Program offers a welcome visit (at home, the neighborhood school, grandparent's house, etc.) to parents of children ages birth – five-years-old.

A folder of information is shared with the parent or guardian during the visit and includes information about school and community programs, activities and resources. Children receive a special gift during the visit.

West Cluster (Badger, Highlands, Houdini, Jefferson, Lincoln)
Rhonda Dohms, (920) 209-1410 

North Cluster (Columbus, Edison, Ferber, Franklin, Huntley)
Cori Laux, (920) 209-1261

East Cluster (Berry, Foster, Horizons, Johnston, McKinley, Richmond)
Michelle Campbell, (920) 209-1258

All schools
(920) 832-6470

 

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