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2017/2018 Kindergarten Readiness

Armstrong & Bradfield

The below information is a quick summary of key Kindergarten Readiness meetings and events. Please visit www.hpisd.org/Parents/EnrollingANewStudent.aspx for more detailed information. 


School Contacts

Bradfield 2017/18 PTA Calendar 

Armstrong 2017/18 PTA Calendar

Armstrong

Bradfield


ABPA Kindergarten Readiness Meeting & Kickoff

Wed., Jan 11th at 9:15am
Bradfield Auditorium

Wed., Jan 11th at 9:15am
Bradfield Auditorium


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. 28th at 9 am
Armstrong Auditorium
Tues., Feb. 28th at 9 am
Bradfield Auditorium


Student Assessment

August 15-16
April 21, April 24 and May 5


ABPA Popsicle Parties

Sat., June 10 at 10am
Sat., August 26 at 10am

Armstrong Playground

Sat., June 10 at 10am
Thur, August 24 5:30pm

Bradfield Kindergarten Playground


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

August 10-18

August 10-18


Newcomers' Orientation

August 22 at 8:30am
Location TBD

Kinder Parent Coffee

August 22 at 6:00pm
Bradfield Auditorium

Newcomers' Orientation


Class List & Meet the Teacher

August 24

View Class List at 3pm on Skyward
Meet the Teacher 5-6pm

August 24

View Class List at 3pm on Skyward
Meet the Teacher 5-6pm


First Day of School

August 28

August 28

Kinder Moms & Mimosas
Royal Blue 7:45-9am


ABPA Kindergarten Parents Happy Hours

Thur, August 31at 5:30pm

Thur, August 31 at 5:30pm


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

  • Go to www.hpisd.org
  • Click on Parents
  • Click on Enrolling A New Student and input data requested
  • At completion, click Submit and print the following pages:
    • New Student Enrollment Checklist
    • Request for Records Form (you will not need this for Kindergarten Students
    • Home Language Survey
  • Attend Round-Up
  • Complete Proof of Residency
  • Complete the Back To School Sign Up Online


What is Round-Up?

  • To introduce your child to his or her new school.  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. 
  • 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. Be sure you have completed online enrollment through the HPISD website at www.hpisd.org (steps noted above) and bring 2 photocopies of each of the following required documentation (2 sets can help streamline roundup): 
    • Certified copy of student's birth certificate (bring 1-2 photocopies to streamline roundup)
    • 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


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.

 

What is the Back to School Sign Up?

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 memberships 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. 


Attendance

Students are tardy after 8am. After 10am, 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 5 kindergarten classes...  5 teachers and 1 teacher's aide. 

Bradfield has 6 kindergarten classes...  6 teachers and 1 teacher's aide. 


Attire

  • 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. 

School Day - Arrival/Departure

Kindergarten meets 5 days a week, Mon-Fri, from 8am to 3:15pm. 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.


Carpool

Each family 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. 

Each school has specific rules for pick up and drop off, please be sure to review. 


Lunch

Kindergartners have the option of purchasing a hot or cold lunch from the cafeteria or can bring their own lunch. 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


Extended Day

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. For more information, please call the Academy for Lifelong Learning at 214-780-3380. 


HPISD APP

To download the app, search for “Highland Park ISD” in the Google Play or Apple App Store 

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 or Bradfield 

FACEBOOK:

INSTAGRAM:


Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Cafeteria: Monthly commitment (ex: every 3rd Wed), 10:45am til around 1pm. Serving Line & Cashier. VSP sign-up.
  • 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. Organize parent parties and assist the Class Party Coordinator.
    5. Host a parent coffee at your home or the cafeteria.
    6. 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: Ad hoc. VSP sign-up.
    1. Carpool
    2. Snacks
    3. Mystery Reader
    4. Teacher Helper (by the month)
    5. Class parties (usually a 2 hour commitment)
    6. Computer Lab Helper
  • Special Events/Field Trips: Ad hoc. VSP sign-up.
    1. Zoo Field Trip
    2. Fire Station Field Trip
    3. Butterfly Garden
    4. Flag Day March
    5. Halloween Costume Parade
    6. Polar Express
    7. Fairy Tale Day
    8. Holiday Party
    9. Valentines Party
    10. Book Publishing Party 
    11. Adventure Dash
    12. Carnival

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. 


Curriculum

HPISD Curriculum can be found here: www.curriculum.hpisd.org/

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)


  • Language Arts (writing & reading)
    • Exhibits reading behaviors to engage and respond to text
    • Utilizes reading strategies to interact with text
    • Applies word knowledge to read text 
    • Demonstrates comprehension to show understanding of text
    • Engages in writing to express ideas 
    • Employs handwriting techniques to effectively communicate 
    • Utilizes appropriate listening skills to gain information 
    • Demonstrates appropriate speaking skills to express feeling, information, and experiences 
  • Science
    • Observes and records properties of objects
    • Observes and describes the way objects can move
    • Observes, describes, and compares non-living earth materials
    • Observes, describes, compares, and sorts plants and animals 
  • Social Studies
    • Identifies and explains purposes for having rules, authority figures, and jobs
    • Identifies and explains the differences between wants and needs and how needs can be met
    • Identifies contributions of patriots and good citizens who have shaped the community 
    • Identifies similarities and differences among people
  • Math
    • Reads, writes, and represents whole numbers from 0 to at least 20 with and without objects or pictures 
    • Generates a set using concrete and pictorial models that represents a number that is more than, less than, and equal to a given number up to 20
    • Composes and decomposes numbers up to 10 in multiple ways
    • Models and explains the action of joining to represent addition up to 10
    • Models and explains the action of separating to represent subtraction up to 10
    • Creates real-objects and picture graphs from student collected data 
    • Analyzes and draws conclusions from real-objects and picture graphs 
    • Identifies attributes of two-dimensional shapes, using geometric language 
    • Classifies and sorts a variety of two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional solids regardless of orientation or size
    • Compares two objects using measurement 
    • Identifies U.S. coins by name including penny, nickel, dime, and quarter
  • Spanish
    • Participation & Behavior
  • Music
    • Participation & Behavior
  • P.E.
    • Participation & Behavior
  • Social Skills & Work Skills
    • Follows school and class rules 
    • Exhibits self-control 
    • Respects others and accepts responsibility for actions
    • Displays appropriate work habits
  • Technology
    • Demonstrates and applies understanding of technology concepts, skills and processes 


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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