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2021/2022 Kindergarten Overview

Armstrong & Bradfield

The below information is an overview of how to register and what to expect in the Kindergarten year.  

Please visit HPISD's Enrolling a New Student page for detailed information on how to enroll your student.  



(FYI  - This chart is best viewed on a laptop/desktop.)

ABPA Kindergarten Readiness Meeting & Kickoff (parents only)

TBA--likely virtual

TBA--likely virtual

Round-Up (Round-up is for all new students/families to the school. Existing families (with older siblings) register the ~week before round-up.)

Tues. Feb. 23rd at 9AM


*Packets available Feb. 1 for all families

Tues., Feb. 23rd at 9AM


*Packets available Feb. 1 for all families

Student Assessment



ABPA Popsicle Parties

June & August TBD

June & August TBD

Back to School Sign Up (pay for supplies, cafeteria, etc.) + Proof of Residency

Early August

Early August

Newcomers' Orientation (parents only)

Week before school starts
Location TBD

Kinder Parent Coffee

(Due to COVID, may be virtual)


Newcomers' Orientation

September TBD Parent Coffee 

(Due to COVID, may be virtual)

Class List & Meet the Teacher



First Day of School

Weds, Aug 18, 2021

Weds, Aug 18, 2021

ABPA Kindergarten Parents Happy Hours (parents only)



On-boarding (parents only)

Curriculum Night

Volunteer Training
(Cafeteria, Library, Supply Room, Room Mom/Dad, Art Display, VSP software)

Girl Scout & Cub Scout Round-Ups
(Kinder for Daisies, 1st Grade for Cubs)

Kindergarten Class Party

Due to COVID, these may be cancelled or virtual

Curriculum Night

Volunteer Training
(Cafeteria, Library, Supply Room, Room Mom/Dad, Art Display, VSP software)

Girl Scout & Cub Scout Round-Ups
(Kinder for Daisies, 1st Grade for Cubs)

Kindergarten Class Party

Due to COVID, these may be cancelled or virtual

Age Requirements

Kindergarten - 5 years of age on or before September 1

1st Grade - 6 years of age on or before September 1

How To Enroll Your Child

1. Pre-enroll online (before Round-Up)
    • New Student Enrollment Checklist
    • Request for Records Form (you will not need this for Kindergarten Students)
    • Home Language Survey
2. Register in-person at Round Up (late February)
Bring 2 photocopies of each of the following required documentation: 
  • Certified copy of student's birth certificate
  • Student's Social Security card
  • Current Immunization records
  • Proof of residency: Copy of contract, lease, deed on residency (warranty deed or deed of trust)
  • Current utility bill (water or electric only)
  • If applicable, entire copy of custody restrictions or parenting plan

3. Have your student attend Student Assessment (dates TBA)

This is optional and is not required for registration. This helps the teachers get to know your student before school starts (and vice versa) and helps determine how to best place children in classrooms. 

3. Complete the Back To School Sign Up Online via Skyward (mid-August)

  • Look for a pink envelop in your mailbox. This letter will contain your login and instructions for Skyward. 
  • Note: you will not receive email communications from the school (ex: the weekly newsletters) until the BSSU process is complete and finalized - which is usually around the 2nd week of school. 

4. Complete Proof of Residency (mid-August)

School Tour

Parents can schedule school tours on an ad hoc basis. Call the front office to set up an appointment.  (Due to COVID, school tours may not be available.)

What is Round-Up? For 2021, Roundup is Virtual and there is no in-person tour.

  • To introduce your child to his or her new school.  

Pre-COVID: 4th graders and PTA volunteers will be on-hand to show your child around their school and to help them start to feel at home. Please arrive no earlier than 8:45 am. You will need to check in at the front office.

Roundup is Virtual for 2021 due to COVID. 

  • To equip you with important information regarding your school, introduce you to names and faces of people who will serve you. 
  • To enroll your child. 

    What is the Student Assessment?

    Student Assessment is an opportunity for your student to meet some of the kindergarten teachers before school starts so that the school can determine how to best place children in classrooms. This helps the school maximize the learning opportunity of each classroom, and it also helps new students become better acquainted with the school.  The assessment is 10-15 minutes. It's a very simple, quick introduction - you do NOT need to prep or stress about it.

    **During COVID, the process may be different and may consist of a parent questionnaire.


    What is the Back to School Sign Up (BSSU)?

    Back to School Sign Up is an annual process for all HPISD families that takes place before the beginning of the school year. Back to School Sign Up allows parents a convenient one-stop shop to provide important information to HPISD, its PTAs and other support organizations. Parents are also able to purchase school supplies, spirit wear,  library gift books, directory, yearbooks, PTA membership, Dads Club and more. As a result, parents do not have to sort through piles of paperwork and write multiple checks at the start of every school year. 

    To log in, use your Skyward user name and password. 

    Have questions? Click here for FAQs

    What is the annual Proof of Residency? 

    Each family must complete the Proof of Residency every summer prior to the beginning of school. If the residency paperwork is complete and current from the enrollment process (deed or updated lease in addition to a driver’s license at the same address), then you will only be required to submit a new water or electric bill for the address where you reside. If the residency documents on file are incomplete or do not match the submitted utility bill, you will be required to provide new residency documents that match. Requirements and submission procedures will be available on the District’s website during the summer. 

    Readying Your Student

    • (Virtually) Attend Round Up
    • Attend Assessment
    • Attend the Kindergarten Popsicle Parties (hosted by the ABPA)
    • Attend the Newcomers Orientation 
    • Attend Meet the Teacher
    • Teach them how to unbuckle their car seat (for carpool)
    • Consider signing them up for Pre-K Sports via the YMCA to meet friends before entering Kinder. 
      • Kinder: This is for children who are in kindergarten (~5 to 6 years old). Kinder teams will be on the same first grade team.
      • Pre-K: This is for children who will enter kindergarten next year (~4 to 5 years old). Pre-K teams will be on the same Kinder teams. 
      • Rookie: This is for children who will enter kindergarten in two years (~3-4 years old). We recommend joining an ABPA team
    • Consider signing them up for a Kindergarten Readiness camp over the summer. 
    • Consider joining an Adventure Guides/Princess group. 
        • Many Dads and Daughters/Sons will join an Adventure Guide/Princess group, beginning in the kindergarten year. This is a great opportunity for Dads and kids to spend quality time together.  Some groups will form on their own (which is known as a "rogue group") while others will sign up through the YMCA.  Learn more about the YMCA program here. 
        • Groups usually begin forming in summer - by word of mouth. YMCA registration deadline is mid-August/September. 

    If your child has a learning disability or you think they might have a disability but aren't sure, we recommend reaching out to Mindy Walls at 214.780.3294. Mindy is the HPISD campus coordinator for special education. They can evaluate your student to determine if they qualify for HPISD's Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) for ages 3 to 5.  Even if you don't attend PPCD for preschool, the staff can help formulate an accommodation plan for the teachers your child will have in their kindergarten year.  


    Students are tardy after 8am. After 9:30am, students counted absent. Students are required to be in attendance at least 90% of the school year (MAX of 18 absences). These days can go quickly when there are illnesses during the year, a trip, family emergencies, etc. Please keep this in mind when planning activities where students will not be in school. 

    Class Size 

    Class size varies based on enrollment. Maximum is 22-24 kindergarten students per teacher (state waiver required for anything over 22). 

    Armstrong has 4 kindergarten classes...  4 teachers and 1 teacher's aide. 

    Bradfield has 5 kindergarten classes...  5 teachers and 1 teacher's aide. 


    • Tennis shoes are necessary on P.E. days. Children attend P.E. 4 days a week. 
    • Medium sized backpack, big enough to hold a standard size folder. 
    • Label all backpacks and lunchboxes on the outside. Luggage tags are a great way to do this.  Be sure to include your child's first and last name. 
    • For Kindergartners, send an extra pair of clothes for their lockers in case they get dirty and need to be changed. 
    • Spirit Days: Wear your school gear (t-shirts, cheerleading outfits, bows,  etc.... anything school related). 
    Armstrong: Every Friday
    Bradfield: Every Wednesday

    Note: Spirit wear ordered during back to school sign-up will usually be available in October. You can purchase additional spirit wear through the website, during pop-up shopping events, or when in-person events resume.

    • Dress Up Days: The school and kindergarten will have dress up days throughout the year. 

    Kindergarten will dress up for Halloween (costume parade). The school will also have dress up days during "Red Ribbon Week" where the kids wear fun socks, a certain color, etc. 


    Kindergarten will dress up for Halloween and Fairy Tale Day. The school will also have dress up days such as international dot day (teaching kids to "make their mark"), patriotic attire, favorite teams/colleges and "Red Ribbon Week".  

    School Day - Arrival/Departure

    School begins: 7:50am. Tardy bell rings at 8am. 

    Early Dismissal: 1:00pm

    Full Day Dismissal: 3:15pm

    Kindergarten meets 5 days a week.  Students can arrive as early as 7:30am. After-school care/programming is available from 3:00 to 6:00pm daily for additional charge. 

    Kindergartners must be picked up at the end of the school day by a parent or caregiver.

    Pets are not allowed on campus during drop-off or pick-up.  


    Armstrong families will receive 2 cardboard signs per child at Meet the Teacher, additional tags are available for free at the front office.

    Click HERE for Armstrong carpool queue lane and map.  

    Bradfield families will receive one carpool tag at Meet the Teacher. Additional tags can be purchased through the front office for $5. If you are going to join a carpool that includes multiple kids, you need to submit a form through the front office. 

    Click HERE for Bradfield carpool and traffic map. 


    Most Kindergartners at Bradfield share a locker.  Bradfield students are not allowed to decorate their locker.

    Armstrong students have their own lockers. 


    Kindergartners have the option of purchasing a hot or cold lunch from the cafeteria or can bring their own lunch. Due to COVID, parents are no longer able to join children for lunch.  

    To view the lunch menu, view the Nutrislice website or download the app,  iOS or Googleplay

    To add cash to your account, follow the instructions below:

    • Log in to Skyward Family Access (through a computer, not the mobile app), click "Food Service" and then click "Make A Payment." You will be sent to eFunds For Schools, where you can log in with your Skyward user name and password (use lowercase characters only.)
    • Add money to your child's account through eFunds For Schools. The average daily lunch price is between $4-$6. 
    • Each time you deposit money, a transaction fee will be assessed. If you pay with a direct deposit from your bank, the total fee will be $1. A slide fee scale will be used for credit card payements in $5 increments for every $150 spent. 
    • You can receive alerts when your child's lunch account balance is running low. Manage the alerts through your E-Funds for Schools account, located under the "Low Meal Balance Notification" tab. 
    • Click here for a step-by-step payment tutorial


    Armstrong: Child may bring a peanut/tree nut free snack and a water bottle for daily snack. Items will stay in backpack until snack time.

    Bradfield:  Kindergarten - snacks for kindergarten are provided to the students by parents. Parents will sign up to bring 10 days of snacks for the entire class through VSP.  1st-4th Grade - students bring a nut free snack on their own. 

    Extended Day / After Care

    The Extended School Day (ESD) program is designed to provide an informal, enjoyable school experience for families needing supervised care in a group setting for their children after normal school hours. ESD is available for students in kindergarten through fourth grade at HPISD elementary schools, and fifth through eighth grade at MIS/HPMS. 

    The program operates on regular school days from school dismissal until 6 p.m., and is staffed by HPISD employees. Nutritious snacks are served daily, and homework time and indoor and outdoor play are provided. 

    Registration for the 2017-18 school year will be available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Academy for Lifelong Learning office in the HPISD Administration Annex, 6915 Westchester.  Students should be registered by Friday, Aug. 18, to begin attending ESD the first week of school. Students registering after Friday, Aug. 18 will be able to begin ESD September 1, 2017.  

    The registration fee is $150, and monthly tuition is $325 per child. For more information, please call the Academy for Lifelong Learning at 214-780-3380. 

    After Care FAQs:

    • Is after care available on early release days? YES!
    • Is after care available on school holidays? No, it's not available when the school is closed. 
    • Do the kids like it? YES! The kids LOVE it. 
    • Do they work on homework with the kids? No, they do not help kids with homework, but if your child has self-discipline - they can do it on their own/bring iPads, etc. 
    • What do they do while there? They eat snacks and color right after school. Then, go outside and play on the playground. 

    Supply Shop

    The supply shop is a fundraising program ran by the PTA where students can buy additional items beyond the BSSU supplies that will be provided to them in their classroom.  

    Field Trips & Special Events

    Kindergartners will get to participate in field trips and special events. The below is an example from 2017/18 Bradfield. 

    • Adventure Dash Run
    • Fire Station Field Trip (9-11am, dress in Bradfield Tshirt)
    • Halloween Parade (dress in costume)
    • Family Picnics
    • Carnival (Bradfield is in the fall, Armstrong is in the spring)
    • Fairy Tale Day & Parade (dress in character)
    • Great Friends Day (class performance in gym + classroom visit; students may leave early with their grandparent)
      • Kindergarten 8:30-8:50
      • 1st Grade 9:10-9:30
      • 2nd Grade: 9:45-10:05
      • 3rd Grade: 10:30-10:50
      • 4th Grade: 11:15-11:35
      • PPCD: 11:45
    • Polar Express Day (dress in PJ's, watch the movie and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate)
    • Class Holiday Party
    • 100th Day of School (Students will make a 100 dot tshirt at school)
    • Valentine's Day Party (Students will bring valentines cards for each classmate)
    • President's Day Parade (dress in red/white/blue)
    • Texas Day (dress in Texas attire)
    • Zoo Field Trip (9:30am-2pm, dress in Bradfield Tshirt)
    • Butterfly Guy (@ Bradfield)
    • Field Day (8:15 to 9:45am)

    Email Newsletters

    Be sure to subscribe for email communications during Back to School Sign Up or through your Skyward account. Learn more here

    The school sends weekly communications about school activities (usually sent on Sunday night plus a few extra ad hoc emails here and there). Teachers will also send a weekly bulletin to parents about what your child is learning in their class, and Room Moms/Dads will also email parents about upcoming events.  

    HPISD also sends emails regarding district updates and information.   

    Incoming families will be added to the list around the 2nd week of school. 

    If you have any issues with email subscription (to either the HPISD or school email lists), please email Jacqueline Moran at MoranJ@HPISD.org

    Friday Folders

    Folders are sent home weekly. The folder includes a behavior report for your child (which requires a parent signature),  and additional handouts to keep you informed about what your child is learning in class that week (or next) and other important information. 

    Apps & Text Messages

    There are LOTS and LOTS of Apps! Some are handier than others. We've listed them in order of what we think is most useful. 

    1.  Security Alerts from HPISD from School Messenger

    2.  Messages from Bradfield Principal from Remind

    3.  Messages from Bradfield Kindergarten Lead from Remind

    4.  Lunch Menus from Nutrislice 

    5.  Directory App  

    6.  Yearbook App

    7.  Volunteer App

    8.  HPISD Skyward App 

    #1 HPISD Alerts via School Messenger

    You will be asked if want to subscribe to security alerts for your school. After that initial request,  new families received an optin text message mid-July.  

    For Bradfield... If you did not get the original message, send a text message to 67587 with either the words “opt in” or “subscribe”.

    #2 and #3 Text Messages from Bradfield Principal and Kindergarten Lead via Remind App

    For Bradfield familes, download the REMIND app to stay in touch with Principal Dumar. Text "@bradfieldp" to 81010. It will prompt you to download the app.... iOS and GooglePlay.  

    #4. Lunch Menu App

    Download the Nutruslice app,  iOS or Googleplay

    #5 Directory listings via Directory App

    Armstrong and Bradfield both utilize the Directory Spot app for directory listings, just like the ABPA does. Once downloaded, additional school lists will be added to your account without you needing to download again. Click HERE for directions on how to download. 

    #6 Yearbook App

    Bradfield utilizes the Balfour ImageShare app as a way to submit images from your class throughout the year. This ensure that every student is well represented in the Bradfield yearbook.  

    Download on iOS or GooglePlay
      • From Welcome page, click "Create Account"
      • Enter first name, last name, email
      • Enter Bradfield's Project Number - 821120
      • Check "Accept Terms and Conditions"
      • Click "Next"
      • Enter Confirmation Code sent to you via email 
      • Create your own username and password
      • Click " Take me to Image Share"
      • There is no need to enter an upload code, just proceed to Save
      • To upload images, click "Choose from Gallery"
      • Select photo to upload
      • If possible, provide the names of the students in the photo. If larger group shots, please identify the teacher and/or grade level. 
      • Please briefly describe the Bradfield event or activity

    #7 Volunteer App via Volunteer Scheduler Pro

    Once you have set up your VSP account at their website and have been processed, download the app... iOS or GooglePlay
    Keep scrolling to review the Volunteer section below! (Note, we think it's easier to manage your volunteer assignments via their website).

    #8 HPISD App  

    Download the "Highland Park ISD" app in iOS or GooglePlay or  search for “Highland Park ISD” 

    You can access:

    • The latest news and announcements from the district
    • A staff directory that includes phone numbers and email addresses, including the option to “favorite” staff members for quick access
    • An activities calendar, which includes the option to sort events by campus
    • A YouTube section, which features videos produced by HPISD
    • Skyward access - view your child's grades, assignments, class schedules and lunch account balances

    Social Media for HPISD, Armstrong and Bradfield 




    Volunteer Opportunities

    Times are specific to 2017/18 Bradfield kindergarten as examples. 

    • Cafeteria: Monthly commitment (ex: every 3rd Wed), 10:45am til around 1pm. Serving Line & Cashier. VSP sign-up.
    Click here to view the Cash Register Training Video 
    We recommend coordinating with friends to sign up on the same day. It's always more fun with friends! 
    Also, if you are concerned about being able to make it each month, you can share a role with a friend and split the responsibility! 
    • Supply Room: Monthly commitment (ex: every 3rd Wed), 7:30 to 8:05am. Sales person. VSP sign-up.
    • Library: Monthly commitment (ex: every 3rd Wed). Assistant. VSP sign-up.
    • Room Mom: Two per class. Request interest via a form to the Room Mom Coordinator for consideration.   
      1. Point of Contact for the class and parents.
      2. Classroom assistance. 
      3. Field trip assistance. 
      4. Host a parent coffee at your home or the cafeteria.
      5. Ensure additional class volunteers are signed up. Fill in, if not. 
    • Room Dad: 1 per class. Communication Liaison.  Request interest to the Dads Club. 
    • Classroom Specific (roles/needs vary per teacher/grade): Ad hoc. VSP sign-up.
      1. Snacks (2 volunteers per month - bring 10 days of snacks for class)
      2. Mystery Reader (1 volunteer each Friday 8:10-8:30am) 
      3. Class parties (1 to 3 hour commitment)
      4. Cafeteria Helper (5 volunteers per class per month - helps all kindergartners at lunch on designated day, 11-11:45am)
      5. Friday Folders & Art Display (1 volunteer each Friday. Stop by anytime between 11:30-1pm, only takes ~15-20 min) 
      6. Afternoon Carpool (2 volunteers, 3:05-3:30pm) 
      7. Classroom Helpers (varies by teacher/class). Roles could include:
      • Teacher Helper (teacher will let you know when they need help)
      • Supply Helper (bring special or extra supplies as requested by teacher)
      • Computer Lab Helper (assist lab teacher and students)
    • Special Events/Field Trips: Ad hoc. VSP sign-up.
      1. Field Trips (8 volunteers per class to chaperone. Volunteers follow the bus and help during the field trip.)
        • Fire Station Field Trip
        • Zoo Field Trip (9am - 2pm)
      2. Fairy Tale Day & Parade (6 volunteers per class on the day, 8:00-11am)
        • Event begins with a parade. All parents are invited to attend the parade.
        • After the parade, each class will have a project in their room.  Each class will rotate thru each of the kindergarten classrooms to complete a total of 5 fairy tale projects. 
        • Teachers escort the children to and from the various classrooms while the volunteers explain/facilitate the project. 
        • Volunteers are financially responsible to acquire the items needed for the project (qty: 110-115).   
      3. Polar Express Day (1-2 Volunteers to bring cups and hot chocolate already made with marshmallows)
      4. Holiday Party (7 volunteers per class on the day, 9:15-10:15am. Sign up to bring cups, snacks, drinks, etc.)
      5. 100th Day (6 volunteers per class on the day, 8:00-11am)
      6. Valentines Party (8 volunteers per class on the day, 9:15-10:15am. Sign up to bring cups, snacks, drinks, etc.)
      7. Adventure Dash (2 volunteers to help on the day)
      8. Carnival (2 volunteers to help on the day, 3-6pm)
      9. Field Day (4 volunteers to help on the day, 8:15 to 9:45am)
      10. Spanish Program (~15 volunteers, 1:30 to 2:30pm)
    Bradfield suggests each Kindergarten family sign up for the following:
    • 1x Snack
    • 1x Event Helper (Fairy Tale Day, Holiday Party, 100th Day, Valentine's Party)
    • 1x Parent Reader
    • 1x Kindergarten Cafeteria Helper 
    • 1x Friday Folders
    • 1x Field Trip Chaperone
    • 4x Afternoon Carpool Helper
    • 1x Teacher / Supply / Computer Helper
    • 1 Monthly shift in either the Cafeteria, Supply Room or Library

    Visitors MUST provide a government issued photo ID and obtain a visitor's badge. 

    Volunteers are REQUIRED to complete a background check, sign in with the office and wear the badge while on campus. Background checks can be submitted thru the Back to School Sign Up or through the front office. Annual volunteer badges will be available for those who have completed the background check. 

    Both schools use the Volunteer Scheduler Pro ("VSP") to coordinate volunteer activities. 

    This software lets you...
    • Sign up online for a variety of volunteer positions
    • Easily view your entire volunteer schedule
    • Download your volunteer schedule into your personal calendar (iCal, Google or Outlook)
    • Generate automated email and/or text reminders for your shifts
    • Easily request a sub or trade a shift online

    New Families can sign up after July 1st. 

    • Go to the VSP page for your school
    Bradfield VSP
    Armstrong VSP
    • Click "Sign Up Now"
    • Complete your Profile/General Information
    • Select the volunteer jobs and shifts you want to work*
    • Click "Submit" 
    • A username/password will be automatically assigned to you once your enrollment has processed. Once processed, you can click "Forgot your username or password?" link and VSP will email your username and allow you to reset your password. 
    • Once you have set up the account and have been processed, download the app... iOS or GooglePlay
    *NOTE: All shifts for Cafeteria, Library and Supply Shop are recurring. They take place on the same day each month of the school year (ie, 1st Monday). When selecting a shift, you only need to choose the shift in one month on the calendar. VSP will process your request and schedule all of your recurring shifts for you. Your selected shifts WILL NOT automatically appear as recurring until your request has been processed. You will receive an email confirmation when your requests are processed. 

    Sample Weekly Schedule - Bradfield Kindergarten

    Times and order vary by classroom.

    • 7:50 Arrival/Morning Work
    • 8:10 Announcements
    • 8:25 Phonics/Word Work
    • 8:45 Writer's Workshop
    • 9:45 Readers Workshop
    • 10:45 Recess
    • 11:00 Handwriting
    • 11:10 Lunch
    • 11:40 Handwriting
    • 11:50 Specials (30 min + 30 min)
      1. Day x: Spanish + P.E.
      2. Day x: Music + P.E. 
      3. Day x: P.E. + Music
      4. Day x: P.E. + Spanish
      5. Day x: Art
    • 12:50 Math Workshop
    • 2:20 Recess
    • 2:35 Science/Social Studies
    • 3:15 Dismissal

    Computer Lab, Library, Science Lab, an additional Spanish class and Reading Buddies are also included in the weekly schedule. 

    • Day x: 12:50-1:20 Library 
    • Day x: 10-10:30 Computer Lab 
    • Day x: 2-2:30 Science Lab
    • Day x: 9:30-10 Spanish
    • Day x: Library checkout
    • Day x: 1:30-2 Reading Buddies

    Kindergarten High Frequency Words ("Snap Words") 

    Kindergarten students will focus on learning high frequency words throughout the year, see attached list.

    These lists include the most common English words. Many of them cannot be sounded out and must be learned as sight words. Learning them in isolation does not make a fluent reader; however, it can help boost a child's confidence. Those who are able to read and write these words have a good base for beginning reading and writing.  

    Only lists 1-3 need to be mastered in order to advance to first grade. 


    HPISD Curriculum can be found HERE

    Teacher/Parent Guide For The Kindergarten Report Card   (Guide to look at expectations over the year... 1st nine wks vs 4th nine wks)

    Sample Kindergarten Report Card   (Focus areas and expectations from sample report card noted below for ease of review)

    Writing & Reading

    • Click HERE and HERE to see HPISD kindergarten ELA curriculum. 
    • Students and parents are asked to read for 20 minutes, review letters and snap words daily.  
    • Letter of the Week: Focus on one letter each week. 
      • Letters: nN, aA, dD, sS, mM, iI, tT, cC, oO, fF, rR, pP, lL, uU, kK, gG, bB, vV, eE, hH, wW, xX, qQ, jJ, yY, zZ
      • Digraphs: ck, sh, ch, th, ph, wh, kn, wr
      • Long/Short Vowels: a, e, i, o, u
    • High Frequency Words: see above and attached list 
    (ABPA Parent Note: the first 5 lists are the hardest/slowest to learn. At around list 6, the kids get the hang of it and learning the lists is much easier and faster.)
    • Library: students check out a book and return it weekly.
    • Home Readers: students bring home a reader each night and return them the next day. 
    • Kids A-Z Mobile App: students will use a mobile app as part of their nightly reading homework.  The school will provide a login and instructions and will be able to track the student's activity on the app.
    • Star of the Week: Each week a student will present a montage about themselves and answer questions from the class.
    • Reading Buddies
    • Book Publishing
    • One School, One Book 
      • In the second half of the year, the school picks a book and each family reads it at home together... known as "One School, One Book". The school usually picks a chapter book and it goes home with a bookmark to tell you reading pace. There are trivia questions on the announcements to motivate kids and then there will be an end of book project. This is all optional, but in the past there has been lots of participation.
      • The school will hold an assembly in January to announce the book to the kids. Parents do not attend the assembly. 

      • Click HERE and HERE to see HPISD kindergarten math curriculum
      • Units of Study
        • Number operations & quantitative reasoning
        • Patterns, relationships & algebraic thinking
        • Geometry & special reasoning
        • Measurement
        • Probability & statistics
        • Underlying processes & mathematical tools
      • Daily Math Concepts
        • During calendar time students explore various mathematical concepts daily. These concepts include patterning, graphing, even & odd numbers, more & less, greater than & less than, money, place value, tallying, seasons, days of the week, months of the year, ordinal numbers, counting by 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's, counting backwards, number recognition and positional words.

        • Click HERE and HERE to see HPISD kindergarten science curriculum.
        • Experiments and wondering "why", "what if", and "let's find out" activities are an important part of the school day. Students will learn to classify, identify, observe, describe, record and predict. 
        • Units of Study
          • Life Science: examining leaves and trees, studying insects, growing seeds, studying the five senses and exploring habitats & organisms.
          • Earth Science: weather study, rocks, objects in the sky and ecology.
          • Physical Science: study of magnets, color & light and simple machines.
        • Students will bring home monthly "National Geographic Kids" magazines containing science related articles. 

        Social Studies
          • Click HERE and HERE to see HPISD kindergarten social studies curriculum.
          • The primary purpose is to help children develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an independent world. 
          • Units of Study
            • Knowing ourselves
            • Knowing our community
            • Knowing our celebrations
            • Knowing our country
            • Knowing our state

          Art & Music
          • Click HERE, HERE and HERE to see HPISD kindergarten art and music curriculum.
          • In Art, students rely on their perceptions of the environment, developed through increasing visual awareness and sensitivity to surroundings, memory, imagination, and life experiences, as a source for creative artworks. They express their thoughts and ideas creatively, while challenging their imagination, fostering reflective thinking and developing disciplined effort and problem-solving skills.
          • In Music, students develop their intellect and refine their emotions, understanding the cultural and creative nature of musical artistry and making connections among music, the other arts, technology and other aspects of social life. 
          • Units of Study:
            • Perception
            • Creative Expressions/Performance
            • Historical/Cultural Heritage
            • Response/Evaluation

          • Click HERE and HERE to see HPISD kindergarten Spanish curriculum. 
          • Units of Study, click HERE
            • Unit 1: Let's Be Friends / Vamos a ser amigos
            • Unit 2: The Classroom / El salon de clase
            • Unit 3: Knowing Our Friends / Sentimientos y gustos
            • Unit 4: My Family and I / Mi familia y yo
            • Unit 5: My Body / Mi cuerpo
            • Unit 6: Weather & Seasons / El tiempo y las estaciones
            • Unit 7: The Animals / Los animales
            • Unit 8: Our Celebrations / Las celebraciones
          • Vocabulary List
          • Culture Map
          • Cultural Topics
          • Grammar Map

          Physical Education & Health
          • Click HERE and HERE to see HPISD kindergarten P.E. and health curriculum. 
          • In P.E., students learn basic body control while moving in a variety of settings. Students become aware of strength, endurance and flexibility in different parts of their bodies and begin to learn ways to increase health-related fitness.
          • In Health, students are taught basic factors that contribute to health literacy. They learn about their bodies and the behaviors necessary to protect them and keep them healthy, and they also learn how to seek help from parents or other trusted adults. 

          Technology Applications
          • Click HERE to see HPISD kindergarten thru 2nd grade technology application curriculum. 
          • Units of Study
            • Technology Operations & Concepts (logins, computer hardware basics, navigation, basic functions, keyboard) 
            • Digital Citizenship (digital classroom rules, internet/computer basics, safety, copyright, citations)
            • Creativity & Innovation
            • Communication & Collaboration
            • Research & Information Fluency
            • Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving & Decision Making

          Is Your Child "Ready"?
          Readiness is variable, but the school recommends this definition for kindergarten readiness.

          A child who listens
          • to directions without interrupting.
          • to stories and poems for the five to ten minutes without restlessness.
          A child who hears
          • words that rhyme.
          • words that begin with the same sound or different sounds.
          A child who sees
          • likenesses and differences in pictures and designs.
          • letters and words that match.
          A child who understands
          • relationships inherent in such words as up and down, top and bottom, little and big.
          • the classifications of words that represent people, places and things.
          A child who speaks and can
          • stay on the topic in class discussions.
          • retell a story or poem in correct sequence.
          • tell a story or relate an experience of their own.
          A child who thinks and can
          • give the main idea of a story.
          • give unique ideas and important details.
          • give reasons for his opinions.
          A child who adjusts
          • to changes in routine and to new situations without becoming fearful.
          • to opposition or defeat without crying or sulking.
          • to the necessity of asking for help when needed.
          A child who plays
          • cooperatively with other children
          • and shares, takes turns, and assumes his/her share of group responsibility.
          • and can run, jump, skip, and bounce a ball with comparative dexterity.
          A child who works
          • without being easily distracted.
          • and follows directions.
          • and completes each task.
          • and takes pride in his/her work.

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