GENERAL QUESTIONS

 

Q: Is my child eligible for kindergarten?

A: To be eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2016, your child must be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2016.

 
Q: What school will my child attend? 

A: Your child’s school assignment will appear once you’ve entered your street address and house number on the online registration form. School assignments are based on District policy.


Q: What options do I have for sending my child to kindergarten?

A: Westwood Public Schools offers both a half-day and a full-day kindergarten program.

 
Q: What are the hours of the full-day kindergarten program for Downey, Hanlon, Martha Jones and Sheehan schools?

A: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hours are 8:50am through 3:10pm. Wednesday hours are 8:50am through 11:50am. (Every Wednesday is an early release for kindergarten students.)
 
Q: What are the full-day kindergarten program hours for Deerfield?

A: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hours are 8:25am through 2:45pm. Wednesday hours are 8:25am through 11:25am. (Every Wednesday is an early release for kindergarten students.)
 

 Q: What are the half-day kindergarten program hours?

A: For all elementary schools, other than Deerfield, the hours are 8:50am through 11:50am; Deerfield's hours are 8:25am through 11:25am.
 

Q: Once I've decided which program I would like to send my child to, how do I register?

A: The registration process begins online. Please select the registration button to begin the process.

 

Q: Is there a cost associated with either the half- or full-day program? 

A: Yes, the cost of the full-day program is $1,800* which is split into two payments of $900 each. There is no cost associated with the half-day program.

 

*Full or partial fee waivers will be considered for families who have verified financial need, are free and reduced lunch students, or for children repeating kindergarten. 

       
If any of the above conditions apply to you or your child, please be sure to check the box on the online registration form. The form asks —“Are you planning to submit a request for a financial waiver or payment plan?”
 

Q: Is there a discounted tuition for siblings attending full-day kindergarten in the same year?

A: Yes. The policy of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education stipulates that "Districts must offer families a discounted tuition for siblings attending full-day kindergarten in the same year" as follows:

 

  • The family pays the full assessed tuition ($1,800) for the first child, using the sliding fee scale;
  • The family pays half of the assessed tuition ($900) for the second child, using the sliding fee scale;
  • The family pays one quarter of the assessed tuition ($450) for the third child, using the sliding fee scale. 

 

Q: My child currently has an IEP in preschool; will he/she automatically receive a full-day IEP in kindergarten?

A: No. Whether a child requires a full-day kindergarten program or not is based on a TEAM decision.

 
QUESTIONS REGARDING REGISTRATION
 
Q: What information will I need to register my child online?

A: We suggest that you gather the necessary information prior to going online—you will not have access to the registration page once you’ve submitted the form. In addition to the student’s name, address, parent name(s) and address, you will need the following information to complete the registration:
 

  • Parent/guardian phone numbers including home, cell, and work
  • Parent/guardian e-mail address
  • At least two alternate emergency contacts (in addition to parent information), including name and phone number
  • Physician name, address, and phone number
  • Dentist name and phone number
  • Student medical history ***

 

*** Please note that if you prefer not to include your child's medical history on the online registration form, then please click here to download a blank form that you can complete and return to your neighborhood school with other required documentation. 

 
Q: Once I register online, will the registration process be complete?

A: No. You will need to bring the following required documents to your neighborhood school between 8:45am and 3:30pm prior to Friday, March 11, 2016:

 

Q: What is the last step in the registration process?

A: If you chose the full-day program, the last step is to make a payment. The first payment of $900 is due by June 1, 2016.

 

Q: When is the second payment due?

A:  The second payment is due November 1, 2016. No invoices or reminders will be mailed to you.


Q: How do I make a payment?

A: You have the option of making an online payment or paying by check.


Q: I want to make an online payment, how do I do that?

A: Click here to access the online payment. 


Q: I would prefer to mail a check. Who do I make the check payable to, and where do I send it?

A: Checks should be made payable to Westwood Public Schools. Please write your child’s name and school name on the memo line of the check.

 

Checks can be mailed to: 

Kindergarten Program

Westwood Public Schools 

220 Nahatan Street

Westwood, MA 02090

 

There is also a green drop-box located on the left-hand side of the driveway in front of the District Administration office for your convenience.
 
Q: Are there any other important dates I need to know about?

A: Yes

 

  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

June 6 or 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.

 

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

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-2:45pm

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


Q: I may need before or after school coverage. How do I receive information on the before and after school programs?

A: When registering your child online, check the box that asks if you would like to receive information on Extended Day. Your request will be forwarded to the Director of the Extended Day Program. 

 

Information and registration packets for the extended day program will be sent to newly enrolling families the week of April 22, 2016.     
 
Please use the following links for information regarding Kindergarten Registration, Bus Transportation, and Food Service.

 

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