Planning and Preparing for the 2019/20 Kindergarten Year
Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-20 school year is now open!
We ask that households complete the online registration process NO LATER than Friday, April 12, 2019 if you would like your child included in the upcomming events taking place for all first-time kindergarteners.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
In order to plan for the 2019-2020 school year, we ask that you please read over the Registration Documentation Page to prepare the required documents needed for your child to be registered. Kindergarten Registration can be completed by selecting an appointment with the District Registrar Jessica Smith below:
*Please select the appointment below that best suits your situation and needs below:
- 15 Minute Registration Appointment - Click Here
(Most Common Appointment)
- 30 Minute Registration Appointment - Click Here
(Needed if your name is not on your paperwork to prove residency or if you reside with a family member or friend).
- 1 hour Registration Appointment - Click Here
(Needed if you do not have access to a laptop/smartphone/tablet and need guidance with the Skyward Program).
*The link to begin the enrollment application through Skyward will be provided during the scheduled appointment.*
To enter the 2019-2020 kindergarten, a child must be 5 years of age before September 1, 2019.
All kindergarten sessions are full-day programs and the hours are 9:00 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.
Once submitting the required documents you will be emailed a link to direct you to our Registration Website. Please submit the following documents to our Central Registrar:
- Birth Certificate
- Immunization Records
- Two proofs of residency
Proof 1: Mortgage, Property Tax Bill, Deed, Lease or agreement of sale
Proof 2: Current utility bill, post office street address change form, current pay stub, current HOA agreement, current medical Bill, current insurance statement or a receipt showing new address.
- Child Custody Information -if applies
- Guardian ID
If you have any registration questions, please contact our Central Registrar Jessica Smith at 610-779-0700 ext.1341.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE LAW requires Kindergarten students to have the following basic immunizations for school entrance:
Diphtheria-Tetanus (DT) 4 doses (one dose must be on or after the 4th birthday)
Polio (OPV or IPV)
4 doses (4th dose on or after the 4th birthday & at least 6 months after the previous dose given) Measles, Mumps & Rubella 2 doses Hepatitis B 3 doses Varicella (ChickenPox) Immunity 2 doses of varicella vaccine or evidence of immunity
Written proof of immunizations is required when you register your child for kindergarten. Examples of written proof are as follow:
-Medical baby book which your doctor has completed at the time of immunizations.
-A written list of immunizations and dates which the doctor’s office has provided on his/her stationery.
-A physical examination form with the dates of immunizations listed.
To ensure immunity – measles, mumps, and rubella must be given after the child’s first birthday. If a child has experienced the disease of measles or German measles, a blood test is required for verification from the attending physician. Mumps disease also needs a physician’s verifying statement.
In order for your child to continue maximum protection or be completely immunized, he/she must have boosters. However, boosters are not required for entrance to kindergarten.
Immunizations can be obtained from the Berks Visiting Nurse Association. Call 610-378-0481 for additional information. Health insurance policies are required to include coverage for childhood immunization.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE LAW also requires that all students entering school have a physical and a dental examination. These can be performed by the family physician and dentist and must be completed no later than the first year of school (in this case – kindergarten). Physical or dental exams completed any time after September 1, 2018, will fulfill this requirement. Forms to document exams conducted by your private physician and dentist are available with the other registration forms on the website.
If you have any questions about the immunization requirements, please contact the nurse in the building where your child will attend.
Susan Templin, R.N. - Owatin Creek Elementary School - (610) 406-4580 ext. 8006
Jocelyn Gierlich, R.N. - Lorane Elementary School - (610) 582-8608 ext. 4004
Lisa Delancey, L.P.N. - Jacksonwald Elementary School - (610) 779-1820 ext. 5104
If you have any questions concerning kindergarten pre-registration, please call Jessica Smith at 610-779-0700 ext. 1341
Getting Ready for Kindergarten
A helpful list of readiness skills to help both you and your child continue to prepare for an exciting year in kindergarten!
The following is a helpful list of readiness skills to help both you and your child continue to prepare for an exciting year in kindergarten. Your child will still be acquiring some of these skills in the coming months as he/she grows and develops.
Listening and Language Skill Readiness:
- Follows simple one- and two-step directions
- Attends to adult-directed tasks for short periods of time
- Understands basic concept words: up, down, in, out, behind, over
- Speaks clearly and in complete sentences of 5-6 words
- Expresses feelings and needs
- Tells a story about a past event
Parent Teaching Tip: Speaking with your child by asking and answering questions and having everyday conversations greatly helps a child prepare for many academic and social tasks within the kindergarten classroom.
Early Literacy Skill Readiness:
- Recognizes/Identifies some letters of the alphabet
- Recognizes/Identifies letters in his/her first name
- Correctly holds and turns pages of a storybook for a sustained period of time
- Recognizes and names basic colors: (red, green, orange, yellow, blue, black, brown, purple)
- Might be able to: produce some letter sounds and produce rhyming words
Parent Teaching Tip: The most important aspect of your child’s literacy development is reading aloud with your child every day. This helps to build so many of the pre-reading skills young children need in their literacy development.
Suggested types of books: nursery rhymes, fairy tales, ABC books, books with repetition, rhyming books, storybooks that interest your child.
Our district website has lots of wonderful web links for primary age children: from ETSD main web page click "Programs and Instruction," "Language Arts Curriculum K-12," on the left-hand side of the page, click on "Parent Resources," "Internet Resources."
Letter Factory: This video, by LeapFrog, has been highly recommended by numerous ETSD parents as one of the most valuable and enjoyable resources for their pre-K child.
Fine and Gross Motor Skill Readiness:
- Uses dominant hand to correctly hold a pencil or crayon when drawing/writing
- Writes his/her first name
- Draws basic shapes ( circle, square, rectangle, triangle)
- Cuts using scissors
- Completes simple puzzles
- Runs, jumps, walks backward, and uses alternate feet to walk up steps
Parent Teaching Tip: All of these developmental activities are pre-skills to academic learning. Make it fun with simple games like Simon Says; use a little chalk board for practicing letter formation and child’s name.
Math Skill Readiness:
- Recognizes basic shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle)
- Sorts items by color, shape, and size
- Recognizes numbers 1-10
- Orally counts from 1-10
- Understands math concepts like: big-bigger, more-less, small-smaller
Parent Teaching Tip: Math activities involving food are lots of fun for children: sort the colors in jelly beans, crackers of different sizes and shapes, count out 10 M&M’s, etc.
Social Skill Readiness:
- Plays, shares, and gets along with other children
- Is able to use words to get adult attention
- Follows/Understands rules (example: like waiting turn, saying please and thank you)
Parent Teaching Tip: Take advantage of our wonderful Exeter Library. Look for their free story hours for social interaction with other children.
Self-Help Skill Readiness:
- Goes to bathroom by him/herself
- Puts on coat
- Blows own nose
As your child embarks on his/her educational journey, remember that you are your child's first and most influential teacher. Your child's ideas about education and its significance begin with you. We look forward to working with you and your student.
Please Contact Us If You Have Questions
During the preschool year, we want you to have as much information as possible about our school district. We want you to feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about our district, our policies, and our services.
The following people are available to help you with your concerns. Feel free to call or make an appointment to visit with them to discuss your concerns.
- Diana Ricci – School Counselor – Owatin Creek Elementary – 610-406-4580 ext. 8031
- Emily Seeberger – School Counselor – Lorane Elementary – 610-582-8608 ext. 4006
- Cindy Strano – School Counselor – Jacksonwald Elementary – 610-779-1820 ext. 5210
In the spring, your child will be invited to a special session of kindergarten. On this day, we will introduce your child to our kindergarten teachers and our kindergarten program. While the children are meeting with the kindergarten teachers, parents will be introduced to school personnel and will learn more about the school district.