Welcome to Kindergarten in District 196!
We have 19 outstanding elementary schools, all of which provide excellent teachers and an engaging curriculum in language arts, math, social studies and science. In addition, students attend music, physical education and library/media classes. The information below provides resources to help prepare all incoming kindergarten families.
Find My School
Use the school attendance area locator tool or call 651-423-7640 to locate your child’s neighborhood area school.
This is indeed an exciting time for both children and families. We want your child’s experience in District 196 to be positive and rewarding. We hope this page is informative and answers some of your questions regarding kindergarten. You are also an important part of this process. We look forward to being part of your child’s exciting journey!
View the Kindergarten 2022 Booklet for important information and dates, and access downloadable activities for your child!
Timeline of Important Dates
- May 2, 2022 - Immunizations due to school nurse
- August 2022 - Transportation information sent to households
- August 29 & 30, 2022 - Kindergarten Transition Days (half days, first day for K)
- August 31 & September 1, 2022 - Literacy Assessments
- September 7, 2022 - First Full Day for Kindergartners
Early Learning Philosophy
The goal of early learning is to nurture the development of children to be inquisitive, eager to learn, creative, confident, compassionate and self-initiating. Early learning experiences provide opportunities for these qualities to develop and lay the foundation for future learning. Early learning should support cooperative learning, socialization, healthy self-esteem and creativity, and maximize the growth of problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills.
Early learning programming consists of teacher-facilitated, hands-on activities that address the individual child’s needs and interests, as well as curriculum frameworks. Children assume increasing personal responsibility and independence as they grow and develop.
Essential connections between home, school and the community are acknowledged and strengthened through early learning programming. Families and teachers work cooperatively to encourage and support children on their unique journey of lifelong learning.
EARLY LEARNING BELIEFS
- Early childhood is a remarkable time of psychological, physical, social and academic development as many pathways of learning are being established.
- Learning is a social process where children learn through play, exploration and inquiry.
- Families are a child’s first and most influential teacher.
- Each child has unique strengths, which benefit and enrich their family, school and community.
- Children thrive in a safe environment where their needs are met through mutual respect, nurturing and consistency.
- Strong family, school and community partnerships help ensure a child’s success in school and beyond.
A child is eligible for kindergarten if he or she will be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the year he or she will begin school.
- Early entrance guidelines are available for parents wishing to enroll students who do not meet the age requirement. Parents may also call 651-423-7739 for more information on early entrance to kindergarten.
- Minnesota requires that all children complete a free screening to detect any health and/or developmental concerns prior to entering kindergarten in a public school. District 196 encourages early childhood screening between three and four years of age. This allows time for a preschool experience or other social/educational opportunities to benefit the child. Please visit the Early Childhood Screening page or contact Early Childhood Screening at 651-423-7899 for more information.
Kindergarten Entrance Checklist
- Early Childhood Screening: Minnesota requires that all children complete a free screening to detect any health and/or developmental concerns prior to entering kindergarten in a public school. District 196 encourages early childhood screening between three and four years of age. This allows time for a preschool experience or other social/educational opportunities to benefit the child. Appointments are automatically scheduled using the district’s mailing list, or you may call and schedule your own appointment at 651-423-7899. The screening is offered free to residents.
- Preregister for kindergarten online! Visit your elementary school website and click the “Kindergarten Preregistration” button. If you don’t know your attendance area school, use the school attendance area locator. It is helpful but not necessary, to have a copy of your child’s preschool screening certificate and immunization record available to upload when completing the preregistration form.
- Complete registration at your attendance area school during Kindergarten Registration Days. Here’s what you need to bring:
- A birth certificate, passport, or other evidence of your child’s age;
- Proof of early childhood screening if you did not submit the certificate online only if your child was screened outside of District 196, and
- A copy of your child’s current immunization record, medical exemption or conscientious objection, if you did not submit these documents online.
- If applicable, please provide day care information for your child (name, address, phone number).
Selecting a school for your child is an exciting process. We offer many excellent school choices for your child — including five elementary magnet schools. A magnet school has a theme-based learning environment. This theme is woven into how most classes are taught and expressed.
Your child may attend the neighborhood school in the attendance area where you live or you may apply for your child to attend a magnet school. Families who live outside of District 196 can open enroll into the district through the State Enrollment Options Program. Additionally, interdistrict transfer options allow District 196 students to transfer to another District 196 school.