Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Abby Herman Abby.Herman@district196.org 651-683-6969 ext. 93208
Katie Siekmeier Katie.Siekmeier@district196.org 651-683-6969 ext. 93669
Ashley Vogel Ashley.Vogel@district196.org 651-683-6969 ext. 92709
Jayne Walrath Jayne.Walrath@district196.org 651-683-6969 ext. 92787

The District 196 kindergarten program provides an environment where each child is respected as a unique individual. It responds to differences, special needs, interests, temperaments and learning styles. The atmosphere in the classroom is nurturing and inviting.

Kindergarten instruction encourages the growth of problem solving, decision making and communication skills, and supports cooperative learning, socialization, healthy self-esteem and creativity. Growth occurs as children actively participate in concrete, hands-on activities each day. Teachers determine the activities based on the children in their classroom and curriculum frameworks. Children have opportunities to assume increasing responsibilities for self-care and independence.

The kindergarten program fosters important connections between home, school and the community. This is most effective when families and teachers work cooperatively to encourage and support children as they learn and strive to reach their full potential.

At Oak Ridge we strive to nurture the whole child: academically, socially, physically and emotionally. Kindergarten creates a strong foundation for lifelong learning and allows children to gain confidence in friendships, leadership and academics.


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