Kindergarten Information & Registration

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

The process is easy and we're here to help.

The 2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration will begin at your home school during the week of March 4-8.  

If registering AFTER March 8, 2019, please CLICK HERE to make a registration appointment with your home school.

The link to the boundary map to determine a student’s home school can be found here.

The link to contact information for the elementary schools can be found here.

 

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 for Kindergarten will begin on Monday, March 4, 2019, at your home school. Please register for Kindergarten and Young 5s Kindergarten between the dates of March 4, 2019 - March 8, 2019. 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.  Students who will turn five years old by September 1st are eligible to attend kindergarten.

 

Young 5s Kindergarten:

Young 5s Kindergarten classrooms offer curriculum based on the Michigan Academic Standards. Kindergarten experiences are designed to support the physical, social-emotional and cognitive development of young children. The  Y5s Kindergarten curriculum includes the foundations of the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop Framework and builds on early language skills moving toward written literacy as the year progresses. A focus on basic literacy foundations for reading and writing are at the heart of the Young 5s classroom. A primary focus on numeracy concepts and problem solving takes place through the use of manipulatives and various opportunities to represent thinking.  Experiences to support physical and social emotional learning are included throughout the day with a focus on small and large muscle coordination, taking turns, identifying personal needs and problem solving. Science and Social Studies experiences build the foundation for collaborative learning through interest based experiences.

Registration for Young 5s Kindergarten will be held during the weeks of March 4, 2019 - March 8, 2019, at your home school. Parents should indicate to the school secretary that they are enrolling for the Kindergarten Young 5s program. In addition to the online registration, those enrolling in the Young 5s Kindergarten must also complete a The Young 5s Kindergarten Placement Form (Google doc).  This form can also be obtained from your home school office. Students who will turn five years old between June 1 and September 1, 2019 will be eligible for either the Young 5s Kindergarten classroom or a traditional kindergarten classroom in their home school.

Students who will turn five years old between September 1st and December 1st may also be considered for enrollment in the Young 5s Kindergarten classroom. In some cases, parents may believe that their child would benefit from early entrance into a Y5s kindergarten. There is an option available to families considering early entrance; however, this decision should be in cooperation with the school. If a parent is considering early entrance into Y5s kindergarten, and the child will turn five years old between September 1, 2019, and December 1, 2019, please make an appointment (phone or in person) with the building principal to discuss your options.

 

Determining placement in Young 5’s Kindergarten Classes:

A lottery system will be used to determine placements in the Young 5s classrooms. A lottery system will also be used if the school district receives more Y5s kindergarten registrations than spaces available for the designated Young 5s classrooms. Only those students who have completed the entire registration process and meet age eligibility (including the Y5s registration form) by March 8, 2019, will be included in the initial lottery to determine placement.   Proposed locations for the 2019-2020 school year will be listed on The Young 5s Kindergarten Placement Form (Google doc) which is completed during the registration process. Parents/guardians will have an opportunity to select their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice locations. Only some schools have a Young 5s Kindergarten classroom.

Families interested in enrolling their child in a Young 5s classroom are responsible for transporting their child to and from the Young 5s classroom determined for their child.  Proposed locations for the Young 5s classrooms are subject to change prior to the beginning of the school year.

 Parents/guardians will be notified by email in early May regarding placement in the Young 5s program.

 

Early Eligibility for Kindergarten and Young 5s Kindergarten:

In some cases, parents may believe that their child would benefit from early entrance into kindergarten.  There is an option available to families considering early entrance; however, this decision should be in cooperation with the school.  If a parent is considering early entrance into kindergarten, and the child will turn five years old between September 1, 2019, and December 1, 2019, please make an appointment (phone or in person) with the building principal to discuss your options.

According to Michigan Law, if a child residing in Plymouth-Canton Community Schools is not five years of age on September 1, 2019, but will be five years of age not later than December 1, 2019, the parent or legal guardian of that child may contact the school principal to discuss enrolling the child in Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year.  This early entrance requires that the parent complete a waiver.


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.  

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 9:30 a.m. Hoben Elementary

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6:30 p.m. Hoben Elementary

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 6:30 p.m. Farrand Elementary

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:30 p.m. Bentley Elementary

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6:30 p.m. Eriksson Elementary

 

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 am – 3:55pm

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

*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.  A link to the school boundary map can be found here.

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 US 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.

 

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. Click here for a directory of our neighborhood schools. Visit our Kindergarten Page for more kindergarten information.

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

More Resources:

 

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