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    Jump Start Connects Kindergartners and Teachers Remotely
    Posted on 07/30/2020

    Jump Start Connects Kindergartners and Teachers Remotely

    Every August, new Seattle Public Schools kindergartners get familiar with their teachers, classmates, and school campus through the Jump Start transition program. This summer, Jump Start, like so many other programs, has had to adapt and will be held remotely, but the connection with families is more important than ever. Each of the 67 participating elementary schools have designed their own Jump Start plan for welcoming new students and families. Many schools have already done initial outreach to incoming families to share plans about transition activities taking place in August.

    During the Jump Start events, parents and guardians will have a chance to ask questions and learn about school expectations for the fall, and kindergartners will get to take home their very own “Welcome to Kindergarten” kits with school supplies and teacher-created ideas for learning activities. Schools are scheduling socially distant “pickup parties” and “drive-through distributions” or will mail/deliver kits to students’ homes. School staff are creating letters, videos, and surveys to introduce themselves. Before school begins in September, each family will have had a chance to meet and learn about their student’s kindergarten teacher and school.

    While Jump Start will look different than usual, the goal remains the same: to build a relationship with each family and begin to foster a sense of community. Jump Start teams - kindergarten teachers, instructional assistants, counselors, family support workers, bilingual staff, special education staff, principals, and office staff - want to learn about each student and their family’s hopes and dreams for school. Relationships that start during Jump Start will build a strong foundation for the years of learning to come.

    Learn more about Jump Start for kindergarten students.