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Welcome to Kindergarten!

Our kindergarten classrooms provide a combination of learning and play to help your child grow emotionally, socially, and academically. We can't wait to welcome your kinder to school!

Learn more about Kindergarten

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Attendance

Regular attendance is strongly connected to success in school. In elementary school, parents and guardians can reinforce the habits of good attendance and arriving at school on time. We ask all families to join with us and make regular attendance at a school an expectation and priority.

Immunization Requirements

Oregon state law requires immunizations for enrollment in the Corvallis School District and must be documented. Your student may not begin school without documentation that they meet the requirements. Required immunizations are: 5 Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP), 4 Polio,1 Varicella (chickenpox),2 Measles,1 Mumps, 1 Rubella, 3 Hepatitis B, 2 Hepatitis A. Immunizations are available through private physicians, clinics, and the Benton County Health Department (541-766-6812) in Corvallis.

How to Enroll

Any child who will be five (5) years old before September 1 is eligible to enroll for Kindergarten at their neighborhood school. If you are looking for an online option, Kindergarten in Corvallis Online may be for you.

We use an online enrollment system. To complete the enrollment process, you will be asked to provide proof of address, proof of the student’s address, an immunization record, and any educational support documents you have. If you are unable to provide these documents, please call the school office for assistance. After completing the online enrollment, the school will contact you to complete the process.

If you are uncertain about which elementary school is your neighborhood school, you can check any address to see what boundary area it is located in using the District Address Locator or by calling 541-757-5811.

Health & Safety

Our schools operate under a “closed campus” policy. This policy requires that whenever students leave the building or grounds (for example, when families need to take children out of school for appointments or due to illness) families must sign their child out at the school office.

Additionally, families and visitors entering the school building for any reason must sign in at the office and obtain a visitor badge to wear for the remainder of their stay.

Supervision for students begins at the start of the school day and includes bus rides. Please continually remind your child of the basic safety rules. If your child walks to school, we encourage you to walk with your child to and from school.

We also strongly encourage families to personally supervise their children at the bus stop until the bus arrives. A note from home is required when there is a change in a child’s bus riding or walking routine.

Safety is a partnership between schools, students, and families. If at any time you feel there is an unsafe situation at any school, please contact your school front office.

If your child is injured or becomes ill at school, every effort will be made to contact you. Please keep both your contact information and emergency contact (other responsible adults to call in case you are not available) information up to date. To update information, contact the school office.

A sick child needs to be at home to protect that child and prevent exposure to other students. A child with a fever greater than 100ºF may return when their temperature decreases without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. 

If your child has a health condition that needs to have special consideration, please contact the school prior to the first day of attendance.

If your child needs medication during school hours, please bring that medication in the original container and check it in with the school secretary. For safety reasons, it is critical that you transport the medication and complete the necessary forms at the school. Prescription and non-prescription medication must be in the original container. When requested, pharmacists are usually willing to provide two labeled containers, one each for home and school.

Preparing for School

You are your child’s first teacher and there are many things you can do to give your child a successful start to kindergarten. Most entering kindergartners have developed some skills in the four areas listed below. Your child’s development may be a little faster or a little slower in certain areas. Have patience, trust your judgment, and don’t be overly critical. If you spend time with your child and have fun, the rest will follow!

Important skills for entering kindergartners include:

  • Can follow routines.
  • Play cooperatively with others.
  • Try new activities willingly.
  • Wait patiently for a turn or to speak.
  • Pay attention to a story or activity for ten minutes.
  • Take care of personal needs such as toileting, hand washing, and dressing themselves.

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  • Give your child opportunities to play with others.
  • Explain consequences of good and poor choices.
  • Play games that require taking turns and paying attention.

Important skills for entering kindergartners include:

  • Using blunt scissors to cut paper
  • Practice holding a pencil.
  • Identify body parts, such as head and toes.
  • Draw straight and curved lines.
  • Copy letters and shapes, such as a circle.
  • Know basic colors.

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  • Give many opportunities for your child to draw and print using markers, crayons, and pencils.
  • Provide activities that build skills for small muscles in the hands, such as cutting out shapes, stringing beads, and pouring glue.

Important skills for entering kindergartners include:

  • Knowing and saying their name.
  • Identify labels and signs, such as a STOP sign.
  • Know some letters and letter sounds.
  • Enjoy listening to and talking about storybooks.
  • “Read” familiar books by memory using picture clues.
  • Understand reading left to right, top to bottom.

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  • Read aloud to your child daily. Visit the library.
  • Choose books and activities that are fun for both of you.
  • Give your child opportunities to write and draw.
  • Play listening games, such as “I Spy…” with verbal cues and directions.

Important skills for entering kindergartners include:

  • Touch and count objects up to 5.
  • Count to 10.
  • Sort items and group objects.
  • Recognize basic patterns.

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  • Point out different shapes in your house, in a store, and as you travel (a price tag is a rectangle, the traffic light has circles.)
  • Encourage counting objects around your house or in your car (count how many items are in your snack.)

Gentle Start

Moving from home or preschool to “big kid” school is exciting and sometimes scary for kids and families. We start the new school year for kinders with a gentle start. This means smaller groups for the first week(s) of school. Our kindergarten teachers spend time getting to know you and your child. We aim to gain a better understanding of each child’s individual strengths and areas for growth prior to having the entire classroom of students together.

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 picked up at school or their bus stop by a parent/guardian or parent/guardian approved adult.

Healthy and nutritionally balanced breakfast and lunch meals are assembled in the school district’s central kitchen and delivered to our school kitchens. Students may bring lunch from home or have a school meal. Many families qualify for the free and reduced meal program, learn more…

All general classroom supplies such as pencils, glue, and crayons are purchased by the school district and distributed to school classrooms.

The Parenting Success Network is a coalition of organizations in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties dedicated to strengthening and supporting families. Visit the Parenting Success Network website for useful information, advice and support.

FAQs

Is there an after school program?

Garfield, Lincoln, and Wildcat schools have an after school program through a grant and partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis. Any other after school club/program is are not sponsored by the school district.

What if my child doesn’t know any Spanish? How will they know what’s going on?

Our schools and teachers are skilled at helping students aquire a second or even a third language. We will work with your child regardless of the language spoken at home to help them excel in school.

Is there a way to help prep my child for DLI?

A helpful beginning is to expose your child to simple songs, rhymes and counting in English and Spanish.

How can I help my child if I don’t understand Spanish?

Our dual immersion teachers will give you strategies to help your child, even if you don’t fully understand the language. There is minimal homework at the elementary level.

What if I want to give someone permission to pick my child up from school?

When you register your child, please list people who you approve to pick them up from school. To modify that list, please call the school office.

My child will turn 5 in August. Can they enroll?

Children need to turn 5 prior to September 1. Special exceptions may be made for children turning 5 prior to the first day of school, and before September 15. Please contact the school office.

What documents suffice for proof of address?

Examples include a State-issued ID, Oregon DMV or ID Card, current phone, water, or utility bill, mailings from a State or Governmental agency such as the Department of Human Services or Oregon Health Plan or lease, rental, or title closing agreements.

I’m not sure my child is ready to start school. Should I hold them back a year?

We welcome all children who turn 5 prior to September 1. If you are concerned about your child’s readiness, talk with the school office about setting up a time to meet with the school counselor or principal. Sometimes two years in kindergarten are approved.

Can I come see the classroom?

For the 2021-22 school year, we will have a better sense of health guidelines in August and we will share about possible visits to school classrooms.

Will there be an open house?

For the 2021-22 school year, we will have a better sense of health guidelines in August and we will share about a possible open house.

We didn’t do preschool. Is that ok?

Yes, we want your child in our kindergarten classroom regardless of preschool or no preschool.

My child didn’t go to preschool because of the pandemic. Is that ok?

Yes, we will be paying special attention to our incoming kinders knowing the year they have lived through this pandemic. We welcome them!

What does my child have to already know in order to start kindergarten?

There are no prerequisite skills for coming to kindergarten. Most entering kindergartners have developed some skills in the four areas listed here.

Can I request a teacher for my child?

We have confidence in all of our kindergarten teachers and do not place students in a classroom based on parent/guardian request.

Can I volunteer in my child’s classroom or at school?

Please contact the school office to find out about volunteer opportunities. In 2020-21, volunteering was limited due to the pandemic. All volunteers must complete a volunteer application form available on the school district website.

How big are kindergarten classes?

Typical kindergarten class sizes are between 18 and 25 students.

How many teachers are in each class?

Each kindergarten classroom will have a two adults for the majority of the student day.

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