Kindergarten Information & Registration

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Plymouth-Canton Community Schools is ready to welcome your child for Kindergarten!

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The 2020-2021 Kindergarten Registration will begin at your home school during the week of March 2, 2020.  

See the Boundaries and Maps page to determine a student’s home schoolThe Our Schools page contains Elementary School locations and contact information.

General Kindergarten Information:

Kindergarten classrooms offer curriculum based on the Michigan Academic Standards. Kindergarten experiences are designed to support the physical, social-emotional and cognitive development of children.

The kindergarten curriculum includes the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop Framework and builds on early literacy foundations for reading and writing. The EveryDay Math program is used with an extended focus on numeracy concepts.

Experiences to support physical and social emotional learning are included throughout the day with a focus on building relationships with others, fostering independence and increasing stamina, (physical, social and academic). Science and Social Studies based learning experiences build the foundation for collaborative learning with peers and expand problem solving skills.

Registration Information

Registration for Kindergarten will begin on Monday, March 2, 2020, at your home school. Please register for Kindergarten and Young 5s Kindergarten between the dates of March 2, 2020 - March 6, 2020. If for some reason you are unable to register during this window, you may still register at your home school by contacting the school office and making an appointment. Parents should indicate to the school secretary that they are enrolling for Kindergarten. If registering AFTER March 6, 2020, please make an appointment at your home school office. Contact information list: You Can Book Me Links

Students who will turn five years old by September 1st are eligible to attend kindergarten. Students who will turn five years old between June 1 and September 1 will be eligible for either the Young 5s Kindergarten classroom or a traditional kindergarten classroom in their home school.

Early Eligibility for Kindergarten and Young 5s Kindergarten

In some cases, parents may believe that their child would benefit from early entrance into kindergarten. Students who will turn five years old between September 1st and December 1st may be considered for enrollment in the Young 5s Kindergarten classroom. The Young 5s Kindergarten information page contains details about this program.

District Wide Informational Meetings

Join us for an Informational Parent Meeting designed to support incoming Kindergarten families who wish to learn about the kindergarten curriculum, school readiness, Young 5s kindergarten, early entrance waiver forms and general information about Plymouth Canton Schools.  

  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Bentley Elementary
  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Farrand Elementary
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Hulsing Elementary

Kindergarten Orientation Week March 30 to April 3, 2020  (Kindergarten Round Up)

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

My child is currently enrolled in a Plymouth Canton preschool class.  Do I need to re-register him/her online for kindergarten and/or Y5s Kindergarten?
You will still need to go through the complete registration process which includes the online pre-enrollment step. You will also need to provide an original birth and residency documentation. Please make an appointment to visit your child’s home school to sign up for a kindergarten/Y5s kindergarten orientation meeting (often referred to as Kindergarten Round-Up) which will occur during the last week of May.  At this registration appointment, you will be asked to present the original documents and your picture ID to complete the registration process and obtain a space at the kindergarten orientation.

Are all kindergarten classes full day?
Yes, Plymouth Canton Community Schools only offer full day kindergarten classes

What are the hours for kindergarten?
The proposed hours are listed below.  These are the PROPOSED times for the 2019-2020 and are subject to change:

Kindergarten: Monday through Friday 8:48 a.m. – 3:55 p.m.

Y5s Kindergarten*: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8:28 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.  and Thurs. 8:48 am – 3:55 p.m.

*Please note that Y5s kindergarten classes have slightly different start and end times than the other K-5 classes (with the exception of Thursday, which is the same for all elementary classes).

When will kindergarten orientation occur?
Kindergarten/Young 5s Kindergarten Orientation (sometimes referred to as Kindergarten Round-Up) will occur during the month of May.  During the registration process, you will reserve a space for orientation at your home school. Your registration process is not complete until you have contacted your child’s school to sign up for an orientation session, provided a photo ID and the original required documents.  See the Boundaries and Maps page to determine a student’s home school..

When can I tour the school?
Tours are not provided during school hours.  Families of incoming kindergarten/Y5 Kindergarten students will tour the school and explore a kindergarten classroom during their scheduled kindergarten orientation session in May.

 

KINDERGARTEN READINESS AND SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD FOR KINDERGARTEN

  • Help your child gain independence - Support your child in being able to dress themselves, tie their own shoes, zip their coats, clean up dishes from the table, wash their hands, complete simple chores.
  • Support conversation and listening to others - Talk with your child, encourage questions, play games with turn taking, read books, tell stories,  talk about the stories or the facts in a book, encourage retelling of an event or a story, etc.
  • Encourage curiosity and a sense of wonder - Talk with your child.  Ask open-ended questions such “What do you think?”, “Is there another way?”, “How might you…?” Explore new experiences together: visit the zoo, the library, the mall, the park etc.  
  • Support problem solving and perspective taking - Encourage your child to figure things out.  Ask questions like, “Is there another way?”, “What could you do to fix that?”, “How might you help with?”,  “How did that make your friend feel?”
  • Support the development of personal responsibility - Help your child recognize that being part of a school community sometimes means comprise or not getting their way.  Helping children experience and understand how to lose at a game, how to wait for a turn at something etc. will build foundations for problem solving in the school environment.  Play board games and card games with your child and support them when they experience loss. Provide opportunities for turn taking and experiences where they can practice delayed gratification.  Identify simple rules in the game and help reinforce following those rules.
  • Encourage reading and writing - Read to your child, notice familiar signs in your community, encourage your child to make lists, draw pictures, play with letters and words.  For more ideas visit the U.S. Department of Education
  • Engage in math-based  activities - Encourage measuring and counting. Cook with your child, play memory and simple card games, spend time playing board games together, count, sort and group items when driving in the car or grocery shopping.

 

 

move the following to the K-12 Registration page

REGISTERING MY KINDERGARTEN ELIGIBLE STUDENT:

Online Pre-Enrollment Process for Pre-Kindergarten to grade 12

Complete this Online Pre-Enrollment - This "pre-enrollment" step sets up an account on our student data system.

This step does not hold a spot for registration until your documentation is received at the school.

K-8th Grade Registration

Please contact your neighborhood school if you have a student to enroll in grades kindergarten through 8.  Bring the required documents listed below to your neighborhood school. See this directory of our neighborhood schools.
Visit our Kindergarten section of this page for more kindergarten information.

You will need the following forms and items to register your child:

More Resources:

 

Watch this video and learn more about All Day Kindergarten...