Check out our kindergarten videos below!
At Northampton Public Schools, we are always excited about kindergarten! We are busy planning some fun and informative events coming up this fall and winter to help you prepare and plan for sending your child to kindergarten next fall. Eligibility is based on our age cut-off. If your child will turn 5 years old on or before August 31, 2020, they will be eligible to attend starting in September of 2020!
Early Kindergarten Registrations have taken place
If you missed the registrations please contact the Registrar by phone or email to find out how to register your child during the current school and city office closure (413) 587-1328 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Children will attend one of four elementary schools (Jackson Street, Bridge Street, RK Finn Ryan Road or Leeds). The assigned 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. We will be hosting early registration events at each of our elementary schools in March for current resident families. New Residents who move in later in the spring and summer can enroll their kindergarten child once they have residency in our district.
Registration Forms and Required Documents
Registration Forms are available by clicking the blue links above. Please print the forms SINGLE SIDED (not double sided). Complete ALL forms in the packet. We will have paper forms to complete at each registration session or can mail you a packet.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: YOU WILL KEEP ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS!
Child’s Birth Certificate (a certified copy): 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. The original should have a raised seal and security features similar to currency.
Proof of Residency: Property 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: 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. If your child is not yet 5-years old, please bring the documents from your child’s LAST physical exam. The dental certificate can be signed at your child’s next check-up and mailed to the Registrar (the dental form is not required for registration).
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.
Kindergarten Timeline (What happens next)
Open Enrollment Program Applications – for those interested in the opportunity to have their child attend another in-district school, applications are accepted through March 13, 2020 deadline. Parents will be notified if there is space in April.
Buddy Day – Late May/Early June –a chance for your child to visit a kindergarten class and be matched up with a current kindergarten buddy– post cards will be mailed. Bus Transportation – all eligible families will be mailed information in June (there is a deadline to sign up for busing).
Free & Reduced Lunch Program – all families will be mailed information in July. Applications will be available on the district website. Eligible students who also qualify for bus transportation will have the bus fee waived.
Playground Play dates – August: a chance for you and your child to meet other kindergarten families at your school playground – watch for a post card to be mailed in late July.Information Packet: late August: you will receive a mailed packet with back to school information including your child’s teacher, orientation dates, beginning of the year details, before and after school programs, breakfast & lunch menus, etc.
Orientation/Getting to know you visits– September 2, 3, 4, 2020. You and your child will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the teacher so you can begin to get to know each other. Visits will be approx. 30 minutes and will be scheduled during school hours. You will receive information on scheduling in the August mailing.
First day of Kindergarten – Tuesday September 8th – Kindergarten students start after the older grades to accommodate the orientation visits. The first day is a full day of school.
Developmental Screening – will take place at your child’s preschool program, by calling the Early Childhood Office or during the first few days of school in September.
School Open House– late September/early October – Your school will have an Open House night when parents can visit their child’s class and see their current work.
Parent Conferences– late October. Parent conferences are scheduled for late October. You will receive information in early October about setting up a conference appointment. And, remember, you can contact the school anytime to leave a message for your child’s teacher.
Check out our Kindergarten Videos!
Check our Kindergarten Curriculum page for information about:
Our philosophy and mission
Tips for parents
Development of young children including social and emotional learning
Information about English Language Arts, Science, Math, Creative Arts (visual and music), History and Social Science and Physical Education
Daily activities including lunch and snack, recess, parent involvement and so much more!
Making the Transition to Kindergarten: Check out this Handy Guide!