Kindergarten and Early Learning

The early learning years are characterized by tremendous growth in fine-motor skills, cognitive and language development, and social/emotional development. Our full day kindergarten classes are designed to meet the needs of every child. Our caring and qualified teachers engage students in activities and learning to build confidence and competence. Students entering kindergarten in the fall must be 5 years old by September 1.

When do I enroll my child for kindergarten?

Kindergarten enrollment is open beginning March 1. Details about enrollment are available at the link below.

Parents are invited to visit their neighborhood school for a Kindergarten Information Night, typically held in early March.

Please contact the school office if you have questions.

Starting the new school year

Gentle Start Schedule

Beginning fall of 2017, kindergarten students attend a half-day in the morning beginning September 6, the first day of school, allowing kindergartners to start school alongside their siblings and other students. The half-day schedule continues through September 15. Kindergarten teachers will participate in professional development sessions in the afternoons.

In the first two weeks of school, teachers will focus on executive functioning skill development which supports students in gaining skills for positive interactions in the classroom.  Teachers will also reach out to families to build deeper relationships with students and families, and help them to better understand the individual strengths and needs of their students. If you have questions about the Gentle Start schedule, please contact your child’s school.

Riding the School Bus

For students that live within the State of Oregon’s regulated one-mile walk zone, we recommend that parents walk or bicycle with their kindergartner to and from school.  If you plan to drive your student to school, please check with your school office to understand pick-up and drop-off procedures at your school.

Students that live more than one mile from school qualify for school bus transportation.  Parents must register their student to ride the bus. All kindergartners must be released from school staff to their parent or approved adult at school and/or the bus stop.

School Supplies

Recommended school supply lists are optional and vary from school to school. Lists are available on the district website, school website, and posted at the front entry of the school during the summer months. There are donated school supplies available, including backpacks, at each school for students who need them. Please stop by your school office for assistance.

School Meals

Healthy and nutritionally balanced breakfast and lunch meals are assembled in the school district’s central kitchen (located at Corvallis High School) and delivered to our school kitchens. Students may bring lunch from home or purchase a school meal.

Preschool Partnerships

Preschool prepares children for kindergarten. It provides an opportunity for children to experience a structured setting with other kids, marks the beginning of developing the social and emotional skills that help children pay attention, follow directions, stay on task, form healthy friendships and persist through difficulty.

We partner with the Oregon State University Preschool Program by providing three classrooms for the Oregon Head Start Pre-Kindergarten Program at Adams, Garfield, and Lincoln Elementary Schools. Details about this program are available here.

Our district also is a partner in the Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton & Lincoln Counties, a network that brings together over 200 partners to increase family stability, improve kindergarten readiness, and ensure service coordination that is equitable and culturally and linguistically competent. More information is available here.

What to expect when your child goes to kindergarten

Our kindergarten classrooms provide an age-appropriate program to help students grow emotionally, socially, and academically. Our kindergarten teachers have provided general developmental benchmarks for incoming kindergarten students and some suggestions to help you support your child’s success in school.

More information is available here