Where is the Kindergarten Center located?
109 Sylvan Street. Students enter through the main entrance.
How do I register my child for Kindergarten?
Parents/Guardians must complete the online registration and schedule an appointment at the Board of Education Office (201-438-7675 Ext. 1112). Online registration must be completed first.
What else is needed for my child to start kindergarten? Every child is required to provide the school with
- a copy of their immunization record
- a current physical form conducted after September 2018 will be accepted (must be submitted within 30 days of the start of school)
- Medical forms should be submitted prior to the start of school in September 2019
Please ensure that your child’s paperwork is up to date and provided to the school at your earliest convenience. Incomplete medical paperwork could delay your child’s start of school. If you are unable to provide the Board of Education the necessary documentation at the time of residency verification, paperwork may be submitted to Nurse Erica or mailed to the school. Should you have any questions regarding medical forms or immunizations please do not hesitate to contact Erica Farrell, RN at ext 7278. Your cooperation to have medical forms to the school prior to the Parent Orientation held in June is appreciated.
What are the hours of the Kindergarten Center?
School hours are 8:45 a.m – 2:35 p.m. The main front doors open at 8:30 a.m. Classes begin at 8:45 a.m.
Are there before/after care options available at the Kindergarten Center?
The Meadowlands YMCA runs a before and aftercare program at the Kindergarten Center. The before/aftercare program is separate from the Kindergarten Center and program specifics can be answered by the YMCA directly. The YMCA can be reached at 201-955-5300 or www.MeadowlandsYMCA.org. Other child care providers are accommodated at pick up to the best of our ability.
What do students do for lunch/snack?
A daily nut free snack with a drink, should be sent to school daily. Students remain in school for lunch. Lunch can be ordered via the lunch portal through payforit.net or through PTA sponsored lunches. Information regarding these programs is sent home late August. Students may also bring their lunch with a drink to school on a daily basis. Please note no glass containers and that is because of the large population of students and limited time at lunch, we cannot microwave food or provide utensils. Please be sure to include all your child needs.
Is there a Parent Orientation?
Once the registration process is complete, information will be sent to registered families regarding an adult only orientation held for parents on June 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Lincoln School. This information session will review some of the procedural information regarding the Kindergarten Center.
When do I find out my child’s teacher?
Teacher assignments are sent out in late August. Requests for specific teachers are not honored.
Does the Kindergarten Center have an attendance policy?
Yes. Daily attendance is a requirement for every grade. Students who are absent more than 18 days may be retained. An appeals process is available to parents. The 18 days include ALL absences including medical and planned absences. The school will notify parents when a child has accumulated 10 absences.
When will I meet my child’s teacher?
Back To School Night is held in September. This is an evening event for adults only to learn more about the Kindergarten Center and the specifics of their child’s classroom.
Can I walk my child into school on the first day of school?
Parents are encouraged to walk their child to the front of the school for the first few days of school. Parents may not enter the building and an area for drop off will be posted. The Kindergarten Center Staff will be ready to help your child enter the building and find their classroom. Please be sure your child wears the name tag provided in the August mailing.
What do I need for the first day of school?
Children will need to wear the name tag that they received in the mail for the first fews days of school. Each child needs to have a lunch/drink, snack/drink and a change of clothes. Snack must be nut free to ensure safe classrooms.
What supplies are needed for my child?
An updated supply list will be available on the website as of July 1, 2019. Supplies should not be brought to school on the first day. Parents are asked to bring their supplies to the classroom at Back To School Night.
How do I know about events at the Kindergarten Center?
Most information is sent home via email or can be found on the Kindergarten Website and calendar. Please utilize the Kindergarten Center’s Google calendar for daily information.
How can I prepare my child for Kindergarten?
Fostering your child’s independence and ability to socialize within a group are key components to a smooth transition to the kindergarten environment. Practicing opening and closing lunch boxes, snack containers, and placing straws into the juice box are simple steps to independence. Practice putting on and taking off sweatshirts and jackets. Do they know their first and last name? When in a group, practice waiting their turn to play or for their turn to speak. Practice having your child follow one step directions, the first time it is told.
Read with your child. Model your love of reading and when reading with your child, have them talk to you about the story using the characters names and retelling in sequence.