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WaKIDS Welcomes Kindergarten Families
The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) program helps ensure a successful start to kindergarten. As a part of the program, some Kent School District schools have set aside the first three days of the school year—August 31, September 1, and September 2— so that families can meet their child's kindergarten teacher for Family Connection. Students are encouraged to attend these meetings with their parents and guardians.
Family Connection helps:
- Welcome families to school and children to kindergarten.
- Start a relationship between families and teachers.
- Families share information about their children.
WaKIDS is provided at the following elementary schools: Cedar Valley, Covington, Daniel, East Hill, Emerald Park, Fairwood, Glenridge, Horizon, Jenkins Creek, Kent Valley Early Learning Center (serving Kent and Neely-O’Brien), Martin Sortun, Meadow Ridge, Meridian, Millennium, Panther Lake, Park Orchard, Pine Tree, Scenic Hill, Soos Creek, Springbrook, and Sunrise.
In mid-August, staff at participating schools contacted families of kindergarteners to schedule a time to meet with their kindergarten teacher. Parents and guardians are asked to contact their child’s school directly if an appointment has not been scheduled or additional information is needed.
The first day of kindergarten classes will be September 3, 2015 at participating schools.
To learn more about WaKIDS, visit the following resources:
- WaKIDS website
- Introducing Me! - A booklet to guide the family connection conversation. (Also available here in Arabic, Amharic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Marshallese, Nepali, Oromo, Punjabi, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Tagalog, Tigrigna, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.)
- Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines - Birth through Grade 3
- Characteristics of Children Entering Kindergarten