Preparing Your Child For Kindergarten Workshop Information May 7, 2015

We had a great kindergarten workshop on May 7 and thank Michelle Henrich, the Badger Clark Elementary Principal, for presenting so much useful information.  For anyone who couldn’t attend, here is a copy of her presentation along with some of her handouts.

Counting Down to Kindergarten – Badger Clark 2015-2016 School Year

Helping Your Child Get Ready For Kindergarten

Five Social Skills That Are Important for Kindergarten

How Can I Help My Child Ease Those First Day Jitters?

Parent’s Guide to Student Success – Kindergarten

Why Attendance Matters, Starting in the Early Grades

Be Here!  Attendance Strategic Messaging for Parents

For more Badger Clark kindergarten information, please call the school at 923-0080.

Kindergarten Registration and Screening Schedule for the 2015-16 School Year

It’s time for kindergarten registration and screening at the area public schools! To be eligible to attend kindergarten, children must turn five years old on or before September 1, 2015. Information for each specific district is listed below.

Douglas School District

Badger Clark Elementary – April 13-17, 8:30am – 3:30pm

Registration will be by appointment only and children must be present. Please call 923-0080 to schedule an appointment. Parents are responsible to bring their child’s certified birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residency and parent/guardian photo ID.

Rapid City Area Schools

Feb 2, 9, 23                Early Childhood Screening at Jefferson
Mar 2, 3, 5, 6              Rapid Valley
Mar 4, 11                    Early Childhood Screening at Jefferson
Mar 9, 10                    Canyon Lake
Mar 12, 13                  South Canyon
Mar 16, 17, 18            Black Hawk
Mar 19, 20, 23            Corral Drive
Mar 24, 26, 27            Grandview
Mar 30, 31, Apr 1, 2   Valley View
Apr 8, 9, 10                Meadowbrook
Apr 13, 14, 16, 17      Knollwood
Apr 15                        Early Childhood Screening at Jefferson
Apr 20, 21, 22            Robbinsdale
Apr 23, 24                  South Park
Apr 27, 28                  General Beadle
Apr 29                        Early Childhood Screening at Jefferson
Apr 30, May 1            Wilson
May 4, 5                     Pinedale
May 7, 8                     Horace Mann
May 11, 12, 13, 14     Kindergarten Pick Up Screening at Jefferson

Parents whose children will be attending these schools will need to call their respective home school two weeks before the earliest pre-registration date listed above to set up an appointment for their child to be screened. Plan to attend with your child for approximately one hour. Parents should bring their child’s certified birth certificate, immunization records, and Social Security card.

Kindergarten registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis during screening. If enrollment at a school exceeds class size maximums, children will be reassigned to the nearest school with available space.

Meade School District

Piedmont Elementary – Mar 5, 11:00am – 6:30pm; Mar 6, 7:00am – 2:30pm

Call 787-5295 to schedule an appointment.

Sturgis Elementary – Mar 2, 11:00am – 6:30pm; Mar 3, 7:00am – 2:30pm

Call 347-2610 to schedule an appointment.

Parents should bring their child’s certified birth certificate and immunization records. Plan to attend with your child for approximately one hour.

Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten – Lunch and Learn Workshop


If you have a 5 year old who will be starting kindergarten next year, I invite you to attend the Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten – Lunch and Learn Workshop on Thursday, May 2 from 11:15am-12pm at the Child Development Center.  Michelle Henrich, Badger Clark Elementary School principal, will present ways to help your child prepare for kindergarten and what to expect during the first few days of school.  Lunch will be provided.  The workshop is limited to the first 40 sign-ups.  Call Chad Canaan, Ellsworth School Liaison Officer, at 385-1381 or email to register.


Five Social Skills That Are Important for Kindergarten

1. Skill: Understands the difference between right and wrong and recognizes and respects authority figures.
Why It’s Important:  For many children, until they begin kindergarten, the only authority figures to whom they are truly accountable are Mom and Dad (or other caregivers).  That changes once school starts.  All of a sudden there are many rules, many people enforcing those rules and significant consequences for breaking the rules.  An understanding of right and wrong helps students understand that the rules help the classroom community to run smoothly.

2. Skill:  Can communicate needs and feelings verbally in a socially appropriate manner and understands/recognizes that other people have feelings.
Why It’s Important:  Though it may seem as though kindergarten is quickly becoming more and more academic, one of its most important functions is to teach children how to socially interact with others.  Children who continue to express anger and frustration by hitting, yelling and throwing objects will not only have a difficult time making their needs understood, but may socially isolate themselves as well.  Knowing that there are more productive ways to express themselves and that what they say and do affects other people plays a key role in making friends and being a part of the learning community.

3. Skill:  Can play independently or in a small group without needing to be constantly supervised.
Why It’s Important:  With twenty-some children in a classroom, all of whom learn in different ways and at different rates, it’s not possible for a kindergarten teacher to supervise every individual child all at the same time.  As kindergarten progresses, group and independent work time is increased and children need to be able to work on their own without constant redirection.  Not only does this prepare a child for future schooling, but it also helps to build a sense of accomplishment and an understanding that he is an individual capable of doing things all by himself.

4. Skill:  Is beginning to take turns, share, converse and play nicely with other children without needing to be reminded and uses polite language.
Why It’s Important:  Just as a kindergarten teacher can’t supervise all students individually, she rarely can afford to provide one of everything for each student.  Your child will be learning to share materials, manipulatives, toys and attention this year.  He’ll need to be able to do so gracefully, without being bossy or rude.

5. Skill:  Likes to make decisions for himself, explore new things and take some (safe) risks.
Why It’s Important:  One of the most common problems that arises as the new school year begins is separation anxiety, or difficulty stepping into a new environment while leaving caregivers behind.  This anxiety is less prominent in children who enjoy a challenge and are willing to take a few risks.  Additionally, children who are curious about exploring new things are ripe learners, eager to see what each new activity and lesson holds.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

(The following information was provided by Badger Clark Elementary School staff)

You have been your child’s most important teacher since the day he/she was born.  But now a big day is getting close…your child’s first day of school!  We look forward to having your child in school, and we want to work closely with you, too.  We know that your child will learn more and be happier if we can work together as a team.

There are many ways parents can help their children prepare for school.  From practicing kindergarten skills, to talking to them about expectations and responsibilities they will encounter when they start school.  Here are some things you can discuss with your child or have them practice before school starts.

  • Practice self-help skills:  Personal hygiene; buttoning, snapping, zipping, tying, etc.; picking up and putting away toys/supplies.
  • Practice basic personal information:  First and last name, parents names, phone number, address.
  • Develop language skills:  Communicating needs, holding a conversation, expanding vocabulary.
  • Develop listening skills:  Listening for instructions, listening while others are speaking.
  • Practice cooperation:  Waiting their turn; being courteous and respectful while working/playing with others; sharing classroom supplies, playground equipment, etc.
  • Practice body control:  Keeping hands and feet to themselves; keeping backpacks, coats, lunchboxes, etc. under control.

Some suggested academic skills to work on include:

  • Counting 1 – 10
  • Counting objects
  • Identifying numbers 0-10
  • Sorting objects by similarities
  • Naming 8 basic colors
  • Naming 4 basic shapes
  • Spatial Relationships – above, below, beside, etc.
  • Saying their ABC’s
  • Identifying and saying letters in their first name
  • Printing their first name
  • Cutting
  • Coloring
  • Concepts of Print – Title/Author, Page Orientation

Other ideas to help your child succeed in school:

  • Read to/with your child everyday
  • Encourage your child to eat well, get enough sleep, bathe regularly, and brush teeth twice a day.
  • Establish the importance of regular school attendance – in school and on time everyday!
  • Get involved! – Knowing parents have an interest in school helps children to understand that school is important.
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Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Screening

The screening assessments, developed for students at the earliest stages of learning reading and mathematics, particularly kindergarten, are used to measure the foundational skills of letter and number understanding.  The assessment is designed to adjust to more challenging or more basic questions depending on the need of the student as he or she proceeds through the assessment.


(2 familiarization items, 30 test items, 1 good job item)

  • Phonological Awareness:  Matching Sounds, Rhyming, and Manipulating Sounds.
  • Visual Discrimination/Phonics:  Visual Discrimination, Letter Identification, and
    Matching Sounds to Letters.
  • Concepts of Print: Understanding Pre-Reading Behaviors, Orientation to the Page, Identify Title/Author, and Counting Words.

(2 familiarization items, 30 test items, 1 good job item)

  • Rote Counting – Counts to a Specific Number
  • One–to–One Correspondence  1-10, 11-20
  • Matches and Identifies Numerals 1-10, 11-20
  • Identifies Numbers of Objects – More/Fewer
  • Computes with Manipulatives – Moving Objects
  • Computes with Manipulatives – Numerical Answer