GENERAL QUESTIONS
 

Q: Is my child eligible for kindergarten?

A: To be eligible to attend kindergarten in Fall 2019, your child must be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2019.

 

Q: What school will my child attend?

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

 

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. 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 email address
  • At least two alternate emergency contacts (in addition to parent information), including name and phone number
  • Pediatrician's name, address, and phone number
  • Dentist's name, address, and phone number
  • Student's medical history*

 

*Please note that if you prefer not to including your child's medical history on the online registration form, then please use a paper form that you can complete and return to your neighborhood school with other required documents.

 

Q: Is the registration process complete once I complete the online form?

A: No. You will need to bring the following required documents to your neighborhood elementary school between 8:45am and 3:30pm prior to Friday, March 8, 2019:

  • Parent/Guardian ID
    • Valid Massachusetts driver's license/ID card, Passport, Military ID, other government-issued photo ID
  • Proof of Residency
    • Most recent mortgage payment; or
    • Most recent property tax bill; or
    • Copy of current signed lease (Please note that the District will contact lease-holders annually to update files with a current lease for the new school year.)
  • Proof of Occupancy
    • Two utility statements from two different companies dated within 45 days that show the service address and connection date from the following list:
      • Cable/Satellite TV/Internet (bill or work order)
      • Electric (bill or "statement of service" letter)
      • Gas (bill or "statement of service" letter)
      • Home telephone (cellular is not acceptable) (bill or work order)
      • Home/renter's insurance (bill, policy, or "statement of service" letter)
  • ‚ÄčOriginal birth certificate
  • Immunization records and physician's report of a physical exam, conducted and siened within the past six months by a Massachusetts physician (or within six months following school entry)*
  • Proof of lead screening.
  • Proof of vision screening from student's pediatrician.
  • Completed Preschool Experience Survey.

 

Q: Are there any other important dates I need to know about?

A: Yes.

Incoming Kindergarten Parent Information Night—Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7:00pm

Parents/guardians of incoming students are invited to attend a presentation by the kindergarten teachers, school nurse, PTO/PTA (Parent-Teacher Organization/Association) president, and school principal. You will learn about the school's core values, daily life in kindergarten classrooms, and how to get involved in the school's PTO/PTA. Nuts and bolts information about state-mandated screenings and immunizations will be shared as well, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

 

Open House—Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 1:00pm

At this special event, you and your child will meet school staff as well as other incoming kindergarten students and their parents. If possible, please leave younger siblings at home to make this a special time for you and your kindergarten child. 

 

Mandated Screenings—Late May/early June

All incoming kindergarteners participate in state-mandated assessments of visual, auditory, motor, and language skills; and of their vision and hearing functions. Children are screened in small groups by a classroom teacher or by another qualified staff member. The process only takes about twenty minutes, and most children really enjoy the experience.

 

Wheels on the Bus—Tuesday, June 11 or Thursday, August 15

Led by Westwood’s School Resource Police Officer Brad Pindel, this information session gives students the chance to board a real school bus and learn about safe bus behavior.  No pre-registration is required. Parents and their kindergartners can choose to attend either session on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00pm or Thursday, August 15 at 6:00pm. Both will be held in the Little Theater at Westwood High School.  

 

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

A: Please contact Janice Van Hyning, Extended Day Program Coordinator, at 781-326-7500, x7531 or jvanhyning@westwood.k12.ma.us for information on the Westwood Public Schools Extended Day Program.

 

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