Kindergarten Readiness Informational Meeting for Westwood Parents

January 7, 2016, Westwood High School Little Theater

Deb Gallagher, Downey School Principal; Aprile Albertelli, Westwood Integrated Preschool Director; and Nancy Malatesta, School Psychologist, will facilitate this meeting for parents who have questions about whether to send their age-appropriate children to kindergarten or retain them for an extra year of preschool. They will describe what the kindergarten day is like in Westwood, discuss differences between preschool and kindergarten, and answer questions. 

Incoming Kindergarten Parent Information Night

May 25, 2016, at your child's elementary school, 7pm-8pm

Parents of incoming kindergarten students are invited to attend a presentation by the kindergarten teachers, school nurse, PTO president, and school principal. They will talk about the school culture, daily schedule of a kindergarten student, state-mandated kindergarten screening, required immunizations and medical records, the school's PTO events, and answer questions. 


Kindergarten Visitation Days

May 26 or May 27, 2016, 9am-11am  

During the visit, you and your child will meet the kindergarten teachers, visit the classrooms, tour the school, play on the playground, and meet other incoming kindergarten students and their families. Visits will be scheduled with your child’s elementary school.

Wheels on the Bus

Monday, June 6 or Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Led by Westwood Police Officer Brad Pindel, this information session allows students to board a real school bus and will include information on safe bus behavior. An evening session will take place Monday, June 6 at 6pm at Deerfield School; and a morning session on Tuesday, June 7 at 9:30am at Hanlon School. Parents and children are invited to attend either date. No registration is required.


"DW Counts Down to Kindergarten!"

Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Westwood Public Library

The Boston Children’s Museum & City Stage, Co. brings the traveling production of “D.W. Counts Down to Kindergarten” to Westwood! In this lively performance, Arthur’s younger sister gets help from her family and friends as she prepares to enter Kindergarten. A perfect way to help prepare kindergarteners for Westwood Schools. Families are invited to pack a picnic/blanket and join other families starting at 6:15pm in the Deerfield School Field.

Registration required and is limited to incoming students and parents. Use this link to register:


Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten

Incoming kindergarteners & their parents are invited to engage in a session of fun, hands-on, open-ended kindergarten  Come to the Westwood Main Library to meet other students entering kindergarten and their parents.

Mon. Aug. 8th. @ 4:00-5:00 PM; Tues. Aug. 9th. @ 4:00-5:00 PM; Wed. Aug. 10th @ 4:00–5:00PM; Wed. Aug. 10th @ 6:30-7:30PM.  This is a Drop-In Program. No Registration Required.


School Open House

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 9am-11am

Bring your child to school and stay with him or her while meeting the teacher, assistant, other parents, and your child's classmates. If possible, please leave younger siblings at home to make this a special time for you and your kindergarten child.


Kindergarten Begins

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The kindergarten program begins with a half-day schedule for all students through Friday, September 9.

Deerfield School--8:25am-11:25am

Downey, Hanlon, Martha Jones, and Sheehan Schools--8:50am-11:50am


Regular Kindergarten Schedule Begins

Monday, September 12, 2016

September 12 marks the start of the full-day schedule for students enrolled in the full-day kindergarten program. The half-day schedule will continue for students enrolled in the half-day program.

Full-Day Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Deerfield School--8:25am-2:45pm

Downey, Hanlon, Martha Jones, and Sheehan Schools--8:50am-3:10pm

Every Wednesday

Deerfield School--8:25am-11:25am

Downey, Hanlon, Martha Jones, and Sheehan Schools--8:50am-11:50am

Half-Day Schedule

Monday through Friday

Deerfield School--8:25am-11:25am

Downey, Hanlon, Martha Jones, and Sheehan Schools--8:50am-11:50 am


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