Full-Day Kindergarten

June 21, 2021 FDK Parent Letter below

June 2021 FDK Parent Letter

On June 18, 2021, the option for a half-day kindergarten classroom was removed due to low interest Districtwide in this option. While some may have reservations about a child being in school for 6 hours a day, studies show full-day kindergarten improves learning as well as social growth in young children better than half-day kindergarten. Teachers have more time to know the kids in their classes, which gives them more time to identify students’ learning challenges and to work with them longer to overcome those challenges. Several of our veteran half-day kindergarten teachers conveyed this same message to the Board in support of full-day kindergarten and can be watched here.

Moving forward, we will be offering full-day kindergarten to all students in their home building to begin the 2021-2022 school year. We look forward to this opportunity for full-day kindergarten with our students and strengthening the foundation of learning for ALL of our future Lions!

We are pleased to share that we will be providing full-day kindergarten to all Red Lion students beginning in the fall of 2021. It is the District’s vision that full-day kindergarten will better meet the needs of our developing students so that they are able to learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally moving forward. For those families interested in a half-day kindergarten option, we will be offering an AM and PM session at Larry J. Macaluso. There will not be transportation provided by the District should you choose half-day kindergarten. Space is limited due to only having 1 session of each. In addition, the class size must reach a minimum number of students to open. Please email kinder@rlasd.net by June 11, if you wish to reserve a space today and indicate your preference for AM or PM in your message.

Also, there will be no screening / kindergarten registration event as a result of being able to offer full-day kindergarten to our entire incoming kindergarten class. We are planning the beginning days of kindergarten to include a meet and greet with the teacher on either August 23 or 24. If you have children also in Grades 1 through 6, those students will be present on the first two school days, however, they will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m. on August 23 and 24, with the first full day of school for K-6 occurring on Wednesday, August 25.

Registration for an all-virtual Ready Freddy program will end on June 11 .The program kicks off July 12 and includes a virtual welcome from our school district, four weeks of fun activities to do with your child, and four free books with planned online Ready Freddy story times! Click here to begin the registration process.

All information pertaining to these changes will be kept up-to-date on the kindergarten registration page (kinder.rlasd.net).

2021-2022 Board Approved School Calendar

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