I'm Ready! For Kinder

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 “I’m ready!” How to prepare for kindergarten

Preparing for your child’s transition into kindergarten can be confusing, especially if you’re not quite sure where to begin. We’re here to help make sure that you have all of the information that you need to ensure a smooth introduction into elementary school for you and your child.

What to do right now

Consider a high-quality preschool program for your 3- or 4-year-old. Children who participate in preschool have an opportunity to develop important academic and social-emotional skills that will build a foundation for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

The District has a top-rated preschool that provides free and low cost early education options. For more information about our preschool program, visit: www.mvwsd.org/preschool or call (650) 526-3500 ext. 1844. Additionally, students who are not quite old enough for kindergarten may register for the District's Transitional Kindergarten program. Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. Click here for more information.

Read the “Are You Ready?” guide

The “Are You Ready? A Family’s Guide to Starting Kindergarten” by the Center for Early Learning and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation provides many helpful tips on supporting kindergarten readiness at home. The guide is available for free through MVWSD by calling 650-536-3500 or download it here in English or here in Spanish.

How to Register 

www.mvwsd.org/register or 650-526-3500 ext. 1044
* Students need to be 5 years old by Sept. 1 in order to register for kindergarten.
* Students who turn 5 years old between September 2 – February 2 of the current school year will be placed in Transitional Kindergarten or may choose to attend the MVWSD Preschool Program.
* Students who turn 6 years on or before September 1 of the current school year will be placed in first grade.

Open Enrollment begins in early January and continues through early February. Please check MVWSD.org/register for dates and a list of documents you’ll need to provide.
Your child’s school of attendance is generally based on your home address and district boundaries.  To look up your child’s school of attendance, see www.mvwsd.org/residency. Some schools have higher enrollments than others, so families may not be placed in their neighborhood school.

 You may choose to apply for enrollment in one of MVWSD’s choice programs:  Dual Immersion Program at Mistral Elementary or Parent Child Teacher (PACT) Program at Stevenson Elementary. www.mvwsd.org/schools_and_programs.

Get involved

Once school starts, your child’s principal will send home weekly newsletters to help keep you up to date on what’s going on at your child’s school and opportunities for you to get involved.

There are a lot of different ways to get involved. Attend family engagement workshops and school events, join a district Task Force, the PTA, ELAC/DELAC, or volunteer in the classroom. Take advantage of the opportunity to model the importance of education for your child. Share your voice and advocate for your child and community.

To download the "I'm Ready" brochure, please click here (English). 
To download the "I'm Ready" brochure, please click here (Spanish)
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