TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN [TK]
Libby Keller, Transitional Kindergarten Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Parent or Guardian,
We are looking forward to welcoming your child into Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten in Poway Unified School District for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. As your student begins in our District, it is important to share information regarding Poway’s Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten programs.
According to California Education Code 48000, if your child has his or her fifth birthday on or before September 1, 2014, he/she may enroll in Kindergarten. If your child has his/her fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2, 2014, he/she will be enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten. Transitional Kindergarten is the first of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.
Our TK classes meet for a half day program. Contact your child’s school for their specific daily schedule. PUSD believes it is in the best interest of TK students to attend school within the required number of instructional minutes for Kindergarten, which is 180 minutes a day. (Education Code 48911). Within this schedule, TK students participate in an intensive language arts and math curricula aligned to the California State Standards (2010) in ELA and Math. They also experience instruction in other core areas during this time, as well as support for behavioral, social and emotional development. This ensures that our TK students are fully prepared to meet the academic rigor in the second year of the Kindergarten sequence the following year, with K students participating in a full day program. The California Department of Education has approved this time schedule at its State Board Meeting in July of 2014 via Waiver # 31-4-2014-W-05.
The following chart is helpful to determine enrollment in Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten.
|Kindergarten||5th birthday Dec. 3, 2013 to Sept. 1, 2014|
|Transitional Kindergarten (TK)||5th birthday Sept. 2, 2014 to Dec. 2, 2014|
|Kindergarten OR Transitional Kindergarten (space available, first-come/first-served)||5th birthday June 1, 2014 to Sept. 1, 2014|
We are pleased to present a parent information night about the PUSD Transitional Kindergarten program at 6:00 p.m. on March 6, 2014 at Painted Rock Elementary School. Kindergarten / TK enrollment occurs the second week of May at our elementary school sites. Contact school for specific hours and days for registration or look for more information to come in April on our District website at www.powayusd.com/kindergarten, or on your school’s website in the spring.
Should you have any questions or need clarification, please contact your school office.