All About Kindergarten!

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All families with kindergarten aged children who are on thNorthampton Census will be mailed informational postcards about Information Sessions, Registration Dates and other transitional activities. If you have not received a postcard from us by the end of November 2016, please contact our Registrar at (413) 587-1328 or via email: jjtowler@northampton-k12.us and provide your name and address plus your child's full date and date of birth. 



Kindergarten Registration: March 1-March 4, 2017

Children are eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall if they will be 5 years of age ON or BEFORE August 31. Registration will be ongoing if you are unable to make it to these registration sessions.  

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm - JFK Middle School Library
  • Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:30 am - 11:30 am - JFK Middle School Conference Room (see note below)
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm - JFK Middle School LibraryPlease bring your children to this event which will also include hands-on activities for children, a story teller and a big yellow bus! 
NOTE:  March 2 registration event takes place during SCHOOL HOURS, and requires that parents enter through the main entrance using the buzz-in security system and to sign in at the main office. Please park in the visitor spaces - not in the bus loop which is a tow zone!

If you are unable to attend any of the registration sessions, families can enroll their child after March 6th at the School Dept. Offices downtown. Please contact the Registrar to inquire about drop-in hours or to make an appointment (413) 587-1328 or via email at jtowler@northampton-k12.us.  




IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Kindergarten Registration is required for all children who will attend kindergarten in Northampton Public Schools next school year. Children will attend one of four elementary schools (Jackson Street, Bridge Street, RK Finn Ryan Road or Leeds) and the neighborhood school your child will attend is based on your home address. Please visit our School Assignment Page to see which school your child will attend. If you would like to choose another school that is not your home assigned school, you may apply to the Open Enrollment Program. An Application is required before the deadline (March 11, 2017) or turned in with your Kindergarten registration packet, whichever is sooner. Children are placed based on availability of space at the school you request.  If more applications are received than spaces are available, a lottery will be held to fill the spaces.

BUSING:  Bus Transportation is available to students who live 1.5 miles or more from their assigned school. Students who live over 2 miles will ride for free and students who live 1.5-1.99 miles will need to pay a fee (which is waived if the family qualifies under the Federal Free & Reduced Meals Program).  Some children who live under the 1.5 miles qualify for busing if the road has been determined hazardous. 

Lots of children will walk or ride their bike to school. We can provide parents with a list of the intersections where there are crossing guards. Many families form small neighborhood groups where parents will walk multiple children to school. 

In an effort to streamline routes and save on costs, bus stops are not door to door and children will often need to walk a short distance to their bus stop. Kindergarten children will need to have a parent (or designated adult or older sibling) meet at the bus stop. If no adult is there to meet a kindergarten child, the bus will return the child to the school and the parent will be notified to pick the child up from school. Transportation forms and policy information is mailed to all eligible families in July. The deadline to apply is early to mid-August and fees can be paid annually or by trimester. More information can be found on the Transportation Site


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS AND FORMS

Registration Forms can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. Please complete ALL sections of all forms. If you are unable to print these documents, please email the registrar with your full name and address and we will be happy to mail the forms to your home. Blank forms will also be available to fill out in person.  

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: 

YOU will keep all original documents - we will make copies of everything we need at the time of registration
  • A certified copy of the child’s Birth Certificate  A certified copy of a birth certificate can be obtained from the City Clerk's Office in the town where the child was born. This is different from the hospital record. We need to see this original document which will have a raised seal and also has security features similar to currency. 
  • Proof of ResidencyProperty Deed, OR recent mortgage statement OR City Property Tax Bill OR a signed lease/rental agreement OR landlord/owner of property affidavit (contact Registrar for this form) OR a fully signed and executed Purchase & Sales agreement, OR Section 8 Agreement. 
  • Proof of Occupancy:  a utility bill showing the property address for any of the following: gas, oil, water & sewer, electricity, home phone (not cell) or cable 
  • Photo ID of parent: Valid MA driver’s license or photo ID card, Valid Passport, other government issued photo ID
  • Health Record:  Complete Immunization Record AND The MA Health Records Form provided to you at the child's last physical exam (see form below) NOTE: if your child will be turning 5 after you have registered you can mail updated records directly to the school nurse during the late spring or summer. We'll send reminders.
  • Current Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 documents, if applicable
  • Any Court Documents that name your child (if applicable): to include Name Change, Adoption, Proof of Physical Custody, Parenting Agreement, etc. 

Questions about Registration? 

Please contact our Registrar at (413) 587-1328

Contact Information Early Childhood Office at Bridge Street School. Barbara Black, Coordinator. (413) 587-1471. bblack@northampton-k12.us.  Central Registration at the NPS Central Office. Jennifer Towler, Registrar. (413) 587-1328. jtowler@northampton-k12.us

TIMELINE: 

DECEMBER - FEBRUARY

Visit our Schools - an opportunity for parents to be quiet observers in active classrooms. Please call each school to sign up to be a classroom visitor. January - late February (dates for 2017 yet to be determined)

Information Sessions - an opportunity to meet our staff, learn about our program, get registration information, meet other parents, and have all your questions answered!

FEBRUARY - MARCH

Registration – several dates will be available generally in February & March and then ongoing throughout the spring. Registration sessions are held at the JFK Middle School. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, please contact the Registrar at (413) 587-1328.

Open Enrollment Program Applications – an opportunity for residents to choose among our elementary schools (program application required; slots filled by lottery, March deadline). 

School Choice Program Applications - an opportunity for NON-Residents children to attend Northampton Schools. Applications accepted January-April

MAY-JUNE

Buddy Day – Typically held in late May or early June – a chance for your child to visit a kindergarten class. Each school will contact parents about choosing a date and time. Reminder post cards will be mailed.

JUNE-AUGUST

Get ready for school: choose before and after programming, shop for school supplies, create routines, and read books

Welcome Packet: In August you will receive a packet in the mail with your child’s teacher assignment, orientation dates, beginning of the year details, and school lunch       information

Sign up for busing! A bus pass will be mailed or available for pick-up at the Superintendent's office 

Playground Play dates – August: a chance for you and your child to meet other kindergarten families at your school playground – watch for a postcard in July

SEPTEMBER

New Student Orientation - families new to the district or those who enroll over the summer are welcome to attend orientation, typically held 1 week prior to the start of school. 

Getting To Know You Visit – You and your child will meet with your child’s teacher one-on-one. Visits are scheduled the first two days of school.

First day of School – Generally, students will be scheduled for their getting to know you visit and or developmental screening on the first day or two of school with the first full official day of kindergarten typically a day or two after the other grades begin. 

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 

Open House - parents and students meet in their classroom to get acquainted with the teacher(s)and to learn about the classroom projects and curriculum.

Parent-Teacher Conferences - one-to-one meetings with parents and their child's teacher to discuss the child's progress. This is the time to discuss any concerns you may have.  

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