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PreK-3rd Early Learning Department


Bailey Gatzert FREE PreK Classroom Still Enrolling

Gatzert's PreK classroom opened on January 20th. Teacher Daren Chamberlin and assistant teacher Ramona are teaming to create a wonderful, enriching learning environment for the school's newest learners.  There are still a few spots available in this classroom of 20, and a waitlist will be maintained once theTeacher with preschool students class is filled.  Call Dee Hilliard at 252-0766 to ask about available space. For more information go here: Bailey Gatzert PreK


JUMP START Kindergarten Transition Week August 17-21, 2015
If your child starts Kindergarten in September, please reserve the week of August 17-21, 2015 (9 am - 12 pm) for Jump Start. Check here to see participating schools.   Jump Start is a half-day Kindergarten "camp" that gives children and their families a chance to learn about their new school. Jump Start is FREE and all new Kindergarteners at participating schools are invited. Schools will send sign-up information to families of newly enrolled K students in May. 
Please complete and return the required forms (below) to your school: Watch these videos to see students in last years Jump Start:
Dearborn Park International School Stevens Elementary












Register now for Kindergarten

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What to bring to enroll in Seattle Public Schools:
  • Birth certificate or passport (K - 1st grade only)
  • Certificate of Immunization (CIS) (vaccinations record)
  • 2 documents showing current address with parent name, dated last 8 weeks (like cable or light bill, paycheck stub, DSHS, transitional housing letter, rental lease, etc.)
  • Photo ID of parent/guardian
  • Admissions/Registration Form (Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese)
    More information: Enrollment Webpage click here (206) 252-0760.


Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines
Translated for Families

Seattle Public Schools and four other nearby school districts have collaborated to produce checklists for families to use to get an idea of what skills and activities are typical in our Kindergarten classrooms.  These checklists are available in the following languages:  English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Cambodian, Arabic, Marshallese, Somali, Oromo, Tigrigna and Amharic.

Parents and caregivers can assess whether their children are demonstrating these skills already or are working on developing  them.  The 6 areas and the individual skills are drawn from the WA Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS). WaKIDS is used in many classrooms around the state to provide a snapshot of where kindergartners are in their development early in the school year.  For more information, visit the state education office (OSPI) website:  http://www.k12.wa.us/WaKIDS/About/default.aspx

Early Learning Programs & Initiatives

Through partnerships and collaboration, the Early Learning department seeks to create an equitable system of early education, anchored in cultural relevance, effective instruction and whole-child development. Our current efforts to create an equitable education for all children include:

Overview


Research has firmly established that investing in early learning yields powerful benefits for children; both in early elementary and in as a cornerstone to their overall educational success. Yet it is not enough to provide quality education for a year or two in a child’s early years. At Seattle Schools our vision is for every child to experience a quality, cohesive and joyful learning experience from PreK through 3rd grade that will provide the strong foundation needed to succeed in school and life.

Goals


Seattle Schools is committed to working with our partners to create a well‐aligned educational continuum providing access for all children to high quality, full-day PreK which is aligned to quality full day Kindergarten, 1st,  2nd and 3rd grades. To realize this vision Seattle Schools, along with our private and City of Seattle partners have drafted a five year PreK-3rd Action Plan, with the following goals:

  • Expand access to quality PreK and Full Day Kindergarten
  • Increase quality of education across the PreK-3rd continuum
  • Develop and implement aligned standard assessment tools and data systems
  • Create seamless transitions across the continuum
  • Increase support and Intervention for children who need it most

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