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Kindergarten Orientation 
2020-2021 Information


 Age of Entrance

Students who are legal residents of the School District and who reside with parents or guardians within the School District at the time of the opening day of school must be five years of age or more on December 1, (2020) in order to register for kindergarten.   (taken from JD Policy 7120)

Registration Procedure

The process begins at the District Office located in our high school. The registrar will need to see proof of residency and birth certificate(s) for your child(ren).  Further information and forms can be obtained under the district student registration tab or you may stop by the District Office located in the high school. The District Office phone number is (315) 445-8300 and they are open 8:00-4:00.

We mail orientation materials at the beginning of May.  Our mailing is based upon the census list obtained from our District Office. Please call us at (315) 445-8370 if you do not receive a packet by mid-May or contact the District Office directly for registration information.



Kindergarten orientation will be held Thursday, May 28 for parents and future students from 9:30-11:00 a.m.  It is important to note that your child must be FULLY registered with all paperwork returned to us prior to orientation.  This includes a copy of the most up to date immunization record.  Our orientation continues on Thursday, June 4.  Students will be bused to school, spend time in the kindergarten classrooms from 9:30-10:45 a.m., and return home again.  It is an exciting day for everyone!

Immunizations and Physical Exam

Please consult your child's physician to be sure your child's immunizations are up to date and to schedule their kindergarten physical.  It's never too early to check on this important piece of the registration process.  Proof of current immunizations is needed to participate in the orientation process.  Proof of completed immunizations is required for all students prior to the start of school.


Preparing Your Child

How can you help prepare your child for Kindergarten?

Here are some activities you can do.

  • Help your child learn how to dress him or herself, button or zip their coats, and tie their shoes.

  • Encourage your child to draw, paint and tell stories.

  • Help them write their first and last name, with the first letter capitalized and the rest lowercase.

  • Help them learn the names of the uppercase letters. Start teaching the lowercase letters. If they know the names of the letters, they can concentrate on learning the sounds in Kindergarten.

  • Encourage your child to hold a pencil in the traditional way, with the first finger slightly ahead of the thumb and the middle finger hanging down beside.

  • Spend time reading to your child, which models how to read a book.

  • Have your child sit quietly and work on something (coloring, drawing) for a period of time, preferably 10-20 minutes.

  • Draw a shape on paper and have your child look at it. Then, draw the shape again with a piece missing and have your child drawing the missing piece.

  • Start a collection of anything that interests your child. Collecting is a great way to explore similarities and differences, and to sort objects into groups.

  • Place six to eight objects on table. Ask your child to close their eyes, and remove an object. See if they can identify the missing object.

  • Paste a picture from a magazine on cardboard. Cut it into many pieces and have your child put it back together.

  • Say a word and have your child say a word that rhymes.

  • Make an alphabet scrapbook. Write the capital and lowercase letter at the top of each page. Then, search for objects that begin with that letter and glue or tape them to the page.

  • Show your child a picture and discuss the action it shows. Ask what might happen next.


Great Educational Websites for You
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Fine Motor Skills

Pattern Beads

Magic Paint Brush


ABC'S and Language

Literacy Center

Learn to Read

Clifford Interactive Storybooks

Numbers and Counting

Count Us In

Which Fish

Puzzles and Memory Games

Puzzle Game

Memory Match Game

Educational Sites with Multiple Categories


Sesame Street




Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 445-8300

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