GENERAL QUESTIONS
 

Q: Is my child eligible for kindergarten?

A: To be eligible to attend kindergarten in Fall 2017, your child must be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2017.

 

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.

 

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

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

 

Q: Once I have 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-day 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 a verified financial need, are free and reduced lunch students, or for children repeating kindergarten. If this applies to you or your child, please contact John Cianciarulo at jcianciarulo@westwood.k12.ma.us to submit a request for a financial waiver or payment plan.

 

Q: Is there 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 current 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. 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 10, 2017:

 

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

A: If you choose the full-day program, the final step is to submit a tuition payment. This first-half of kindergarten tuition is due by June 1, 2017. You may also pay in full at this time if you choose. The second-half of the tuition is due by November 1, 2017.

 

Q: How do I make a payment?

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

 

Q: I prefer to mail a check. Who do I make the check payable to? Where do I send it?

A: Checks may be payable to Westwood Public Schools. Please write your child's name and school on the memo line of the check. Checks may be mailed to: Westwood Public Schools, Kindergarten program, 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—Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 7pm-8pm  

Parents of incoming students are invited to attend a presentation by the kindergarten teachers, school nurse, PTO/PTA 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/PTA events, and answer questions.

 

Open House—Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 1pm-3pm

Bring your child to school and stay with him or her while meeting teachers, assistants, other parents, and classmates. If possible, please leave younger siblings at home to make this a special time for you and your kindergarten child.  Your neighborhood elementary school will contact you with more information about the schedule for the afternoon.

 

Mandated Screenings—Week of June 5, 2017

Scheduled by your neighborhood elementary school, incoming kindergarten students will participate in a state-mandated check of children’s visual, auditory, motor, and language skills; and of their vision and hearing functions. Children are screened in small groups by a classroom teacher or other member of our staff.  The screening takes approximately twenty minutes, and most children enjoy the experience.

 

Wheels on the Bus—Monday, June 12 or Tuesday, June 13

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 12 at 6:00pm at Deerfield School; and a morning session on Tuesday, June 13 at 10:00am at Downey School. Parents and children are invited to attend either date. No registration is required.

 

Q: I may need before or after-school coverage. 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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