June 2019
Kindergarten Countdown: 2 Months
Countdown to
Welcome to the official Edina Public Schools Pre-K newsletter. We are excited that you will soon be joining the EPS family. In this newsletter you will find helpful tips, resources, and advice from kindergarten experts at all of our elementary schools that will ease your child’s transition into kindergarten. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us with Countdown to Kindergarten in the subject line.
Recommended Resources by Cornelia Elementary Media Specialist, Sherron Gaughan
Brightly Summer Reading Lists - Brightly organizes age-specific summer reading lists.

Reading Rockets Summer Booklists - Reading Rockets compiles an annual summer reading guide arranged by age and reading level.

Starfall - Starfall allows kids to enhance word recognition, explore letters and sounds while improving reading comprehension and fluency.
Ask an Educator
by Normandale Elementary Kindergarten Teachers
In a kindergarten classroom, technology is intentional, supervised, and it provides an opportunity to build school-to-home connections. We are conscious of concerns about screen time and make sure to use technology with purpose and with moderation.

Applications like Seesaw, a student driven digital portfolio, are used to provide a window into our classroom, and answer that age-old question, “What do you do all day in school?” We frequently post photos of classroom events through Seesaw and later in the year the kindergarteners themselves post work and create content on Seesaw.

Many families love to see updates of what their child is doing in school and find it easier to start conversations with students about their learning.

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by Creek Valley Elementary Kindergarten Teachers
The beginning of the school year may be overwhelming for some kids, and it can also be overwhelming for parents. There seems to be no end to forms, sign-ups, creating accounts and passwords. We understand! Each Edina elementary school varies slightly, but here are some common things to do and look for:

Attend your school's Open House/Meet and Greet
  • This event usually takes place the week before school starts. It is an opportunity for parents to meet the teacher and new classmates, walk around the building, visit the classroom and drop off school supplies. Important forms specific to your child’s classroom will be available as well. Some schools also host gatherings for kindergarten families.

Watch for Seesaw sign-up information
  • Many teachers use this application to send classroom communication, share pictures and video, share schoolwork, and eventually have your child sharing their own work with you.

Watch email and check for information coming from the school, especially the school newsletter
  • It is essential that we have a correct email address so that parents are included on important communications. This is how parents will learn about school-wide events and get information about being included in the school directory.

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Kindergarten Video
Looking Back on Kindergarten
Countryside Elementary kindergarteners share their thoughts and memories of their first year in Edina Public Schools and offer advice to students next year as they prepare for kindergarten.
Kindergarten Registration
Easy Online Registration

It's not too late to register your child for the 2019-2020 School year! Visit the Edina Public Schools kindergarten registration webpage to complete kindergarten registration.
Upcoming Events
If you don't see your school's events listed, check the website and watch for information to come
June 24: Countryside Elementary Popsicle Playdate, 5 p.m.
June 25: Highlands Elementary Playdate, 4:30-6 p.m. at Todd Park
June 28: Concord Elementary New Family Playdate, 11:00 a.m. at Pamela Park
July 17: Highlands Elementary Playdate, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Highlands Park
July 22-Aug. 9: Ready, Set, Kindergarten Camp - This Kindergarten Camp is a partnership with Hopkins Schools. The program will accept 50 kids from each district. To be eligible for the program participants must have no prior preschool experience and participants must be entering either Edina or Hopkins Kindergarten. Contact Leah Byrd for more information.
July 22-Aug. 9: Edina Public Schools Kindergarten Camp, register online at edinaschools.org/earlylearningcenter
July 24: Concord Elementary New Family Playdate, 6 p.m. at Pamela Park
July 30: Countryside Elementary Popsicle Playdate, 6 p.m.
Aug. 14: Countryside Elementary Popsicle Playdate, 5 p.m.
Aug. 19: Highlands Elementary Playdate, 4:30-6 p.m. at Weber Park
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