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Ready for Kindergarten?

STEP 1 (Now)

Step 1: Start to gather the items you'll need to begin the enrollment process:
  1. Review immunization requirements and obtain any necessary immunizations.
  2. Determine residency status if you're unsure what school district you live in.  You can search for your address HERE.  If you need assistance, call Student Services at 248.341.6390.
  3. Complete Online Registration (Online Registration will open on Feb. 11, 2019 for incoming kindergarten students).
  4. Once you complete the Online Registration, you will be invited to schedule an appointment with Student Services located at 7273 Wing Lake Road. This appointment must be attended by a parent or legal guardian.  At this appointment, please bring the items listed below ("Documents Required" AND the 4 items needed for "Verification of Residency").

Documents Required for Student Enrollment

This list is intended to help you through the enrollment process. In every case, originals are required. Where appropriate, copies will be made and originals returned. Required/provided forms are available for printing from the internet website, or at the Student Services office.

  • Child's Original/Certified Birth Certificate (or valid passport, if not born in the U.S.)
  • Proof of Satisfactory Vision Exam, completed after age 3 (submit statement from examining official).  Michigan Law requires a vision screening for kindergarten entrance.  Vision screening done in preschool by a health department technician or at a doctor’s office fulfills this requirement.  Oakland County Health Division offers free vision screening for County residents. Call (248) 424-7070 for an appointment.
  • Parent/Guardian Identification (valid driver's license or picture identification card with District address)
  • Official Immunization Record (use Immunization Checklist or submit copy of official record)
  • Certified Copy of Appointment of Guardianship (if applicable)

 

Verification of Residency

One of the following documents is required to prove residency

  • Recent Property Tax Statement
  • Current Lease/Rental Agreement**
  • Closing Statement from a recently executed home purchase

AND

Three of the following documents (with mailing address) are required to prove residency. Mail should be no more than 60 days old and should be from three different sources. We do not accept cell phone bills, voter's registration, junk mail, or mail from Bloomfield Hills Schools.

  • Employer / Tax Statements
  • Credit Card Statements
  • Car Insurance Statement
  • Utility Bills (no cell phones bills)

 

 

* Students who were previously enrolled but have not actively attended a Bloomfield Hills School within the last six months are considered "new" students.
** Leases need to include landlord contact information.

STEP 2 (February 2019)

Step 2: Attend the Kindergarten Info Session

We hope you will join us for the Kindergarten Info Session on Monday, February 11, 2019, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Bloomfield Hills High School Auditorium. Check-in and information tables begin at 6:30 p.m.

This session is an excellent opportunity for parents and guardians of any child approaching Kindergarten age to learn about Kindergarten in Bloomfield Hills Schools.

Staff from our Learning Services team will review all of the Kindergarten basics - including what you need to know to prepare your child for Kindergarten.

Bloomfield Hills High School is located at 4200 Andover Road in Bloomfield Hills. Parking is located across the street.

STEP 3 (March 2019)


Step 3: Bring your child to their neighborhood school and experience what Kindergarten will be like! 

Details will be shared in January about this opportunity.  

Our Family Ambassadors are available to host you for a tour, answer your questions, and help you prepare.  Connect with them by email at communications@bloomfield.org.

How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten?

The definitions of "ready" seem to be all over the map when it comes to kindergarten. So, we decided to ask the experts, the teachers. We sat down with a group of kindergarten teachers from Bloomfield Hills Schools and asked them what they'd like families to know and do.

If you've been intimidated by other kindergarten readiness checklists, you might be surprised by the first, and most important, checklist item. "Talk to your child about kindergarten," a teacher stated, "and reassure them that you'll be back," they added. The teacher said that, while some children come bounding into her classroom on the first day, others hold back, sometimes in tears. Families can help alleviate fears, answer questions, and create a positive first experience by talking to their children ahead of time.

All of the teachers we spoke with agreed that family preparation and participation is critical to successful emotional transitions. "We're going to talk about numbers and letters during the year," said a teacher, who emphasized the need for social preparedness over academic skills. "Coping skills, problem solving, getting along with others – those are all things that families can work on over the summer with their preschool children."

Tips for Emotionally Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

  • "Bring them to the playground when no one is here," shared a teacher. "They'll see it's not scary and feel more familiar with their surroundings when they come here on the first day."
  • Help them learn how to be away from you and other familiar adults by leaving them in a positive daytime experience, such as summer camp and lessons. Bloomfield Hills Schools offers a variety of summer experiences for children of all ages. Learn more
  • Learning to be social with strangers can be a struggle for some little ones. Meeting someone new and talking to them can be as easy as a trip to the local library, grocery store, or museum. You can also ask your child if they'd like to help you host a block party or join a playgroup. Social settings are important for children and teach them skills such as sharing and taking turns talking.
  • Practice with your child ways of articulating what they need in a verbal way. "If a child taps on their glass, I'm not sure what they're asking me for," explained a teacher. In addition to knowing how to ask for things verbally, help teach your child how to politely get someone's attention.
  • You can give your child a simple "test" of their attention span by reading an age-appropriate book to them. Can they sit next to you and listen to the entire book? "Ideally, they should be able to sit and listen to a book without touching the child next to them," said a teacher. "That's another important thing, learning to keep your hands to yourself," explained the teacher.
  • >"Does your child know how to cope if something goes wrong?" asked a teacher. "If their juice tips over, will they watch it spill or will they react and clean it up? Some children may cry and not know how to cope with the lost juice. It's important that they learn how to react when bad things happen," explained the teacher.

Tips for the First Day of Kindergarten

While the first day of kindergarten is sure to be an emotional one for some families and students, it can also be a physically demanding day. You can help your child feel more confident at school by teaching them things like zipping a backpack, putting their shoes on, and using the bathroom alone. "Legally, we are not permitted to go in the restroom with the children, so it's important that they know how to pull down their own pants, use the toilet, wipe, flush, and wash hands. It can be an intimidating experience if they aren't used to doing it alone," said one teacher. "Wipes are available and we go through plenty of them, but it's important that they know how to do the basics. Buttoning and zipping their own pants is certainly an added bonus," she said, as the other teachers nodded in agreement.
 

The teachers challenged families to watch their child do something that they didn't think they could. You may not think your child can do something on their own, but the summer is a great time to challenge them, and yourself, to see if they can do it. A public restroom may not be the best place to try a solo potty experience for the first time, but opening a bottle of milk or putting a straw in a juice box may be worth a shot next time you're out to eat.

The Physical Demands of Kindergarten

  • Fine motor skills are important for kindergarten and can be practiced in fun ways over the summer. Buttons, snaps, zippers, and other closures can be sewn onto inexpensive stuffed animals and practiced anywhere, even in the car. Some students don't learn how to tie their shoes until at the end of first grade, but it's helpful to everyone if your child comes to school in shoes they can put on and take off by themselves. To help strengthen fine motor skills, have your child play with playdough, dry beans, uncooked rice, and other sensory items.
  • Along the same lines, help your child by packing their lunch in easy-to-open containers and teaching them how to zip and unzip bags. Packaging, whether it's a manufactured yogurt lid or as natural as a banana peel, can be tough for little hands. Encourage your child to open products on their own and practice frequently with their favorite lunch foods.
  • Ask your child to pack their own backpack when you go for a trip to the park this summer. Learning to unzip the bag, put items inside, and zip everything closed is an important part of daily school life. Also review with your child which items belong to them and place their name in big letters on important items. In any given school year, there are bound to be quite a few princess folders, action figure pencils, and cartoon lunchboxes. Your child will feel more secure in knowing which items belong to them.

Once a child is emotionally and physically prepared for kindergarten, the academic items can be tackled. The Bloomfield Hills Schools team of teachers emphasized the increased academic rigor of kindergarten. "At the start of the year, we see as much as a two-year academic span in our class," said a teacher. Many of the skills students need are things that can be easily practiced at home in fun game-like activities.

Academic Preparation Tips for Kindergarten

  • What's your name? It's important that your child know their first and last name. It's even better if they know how to write it. Letters can, and most likely will, be backward, upside down, and only somewhat legible. "What's important is that they know their name and they're trying to write it," said one of the teachers. You can help your child by playing various name games. Write their name in chalk on the sidewalk and then have them "paint" over each letter with water, until each letter is gone. "Refrigerator letter magnets are wonderful," said a teacher. "So are window markers and bathtub crayons, if you don't mind the mess."
  • To help children write properly and legibly, help them hold a pencil the right way by playing grasp and drop games. Children can stand and hold a toothpick or pencil, dropping it into a container below (such as an empty water bottle). This pinching grasp will get them familiar with the way a pencil feels in their hand as they write.
  • "Read to your child every day," said a teacher. "And ask them questions about the story," added another. A child who is questioned about the characters in the story, what they predict will happen next, etc. will be better prepared for the teacher to ask questions during class. The teachers also suggested pointing with a finger to the word you're reading as you read it.
  • Counting objects one at a time, called one-to-one counting, can make for loads of summer fun. Collect summer flowers on a walk and then count them, one at a time, when you get home. Open an empty egg carton and write a number in the dish of each egg space, from one to twelve. Then, using dimes, buttons, or other small objects, fill each egg space according to the number inside. Since sorting objects is also important, you can sort sea shells in groups of small, medium, and large. You can also ask your child to help you sort the laundry by color, type, or household family member.
  • The grocery store is a great place to practice numbers, sorting, letters, color, and order, not to mention patience, problem solving (if they're out of an item you need), and meeting new people. Give your child their own grocery list with a picture, name, and quantity of each item you need. Your child will have great fun checking off each item!

Kindergarten Curriculum in Bloomfield Hills Schools

The kindergarten curriculum includes core subjects designated by the state: early literacy, math, science and social studies. Bloomfield Hills Schools adds music, art, physical education, technology and Spanish to provide a firm foundation for elementary school. The comprehensive educational program focuses on development of communication, thinking, and social skills.

Bloomfield Hills Schools kindergarten classrooms are child-centered & activity-based. Lessons are customized to meet each student’s learning abilities. Our schools nurture social and developmental skills. This special blend of intellectually stimulating lessons and personal attention creates a superior academic experience.

English Language Arts

The kindergarten curriculum creates excitement about literacy. Reading to kindergarteners, and encouraging them to tell stories for someone to write down, teaches that print carries meaning and represents language. Carefully selected narratives help children discover the wealth of information and entertainment available to readers. Pre-reading activities, including learning letter names and sounds, recognizing common sight words and practicing beginning comprehension strategies builds a firm foundation for future literacy. ‘

Writing experiences are also an important part of the curriculum. Children learn to form upper and lower case letters and proper print format (left to right, top to bottom). They draw pictures and begin to write, sharing their stories and ideas with others. Language expands their worlds.

Mathematics

Bloomfield Hills Schools students develop their mathematical skills via “hands-on” activities and games. They become familiar with numbers 1 to 100, and learn broader concepts by counting by twos, fives and tens. Number stories and games help children learn to read and write numbers, practice fairness and understand chance. They are introduced to number patterns and relationships, as well as numeric measurements such as time, money, volume, width, length and weight. Using measurement tools leads to estimation, comparisons and simple fractions. The practical use of number concepts in normal activities reinforces skills and accentuates the importance of mathematics.

Science

Science is presented in a manner that encourages children to observe, reflect, explore, ask questions and formulate theories in areas that are familiar to them. Topics include earth science (weather and the seasons, ecosystems); physical science (the physical properties of matter, how matter changes, energy, objects in motion); and life science (the five senses, life cycles of animals, heredity). Students are taught to use elementary measurement tools and to illustrate data by constructing simple charts and graphs.

Social Studies

The kindergarten social studies curriculum is designed to help children gain an increased awareness of themselves and the world. They learn concepts of history and geography by chronicling their own time (past, present and future) and space (relationships between home, school and other significant locations). As a preliminary foundation for the later study of government, children discuss appropriate rules for personal conduct. As community members, they participate in group activities and decision making. An early introduction to economics is provided by merging students’ knowledge of money gained from mathematics lessons with their cooperative decision making. Kindergarten subjects are rarely taught in specified time blocks, but rather commingled so all learning is relevant and meaningful to students’ lives.

Experiences

Several non-core classes are interspersed throughout each week. Art and music are effective teaching tools and learning about art and music is equally important. Health education instruction addresses the benefits of fitness and good nutrition. Activities stress fair play and good sportsmanship.

Bloomfield Hills Schools offers Spanish instruction pre-K–12. At the kindergarten level the focus is developing an ear for other languages. Children learn greetings, basic nouns and verbs, colors, numbers and days of the week. Each of these “special” classes complement the kindergarten curriculum.

Computer assisted instruction in kindergarten includes education in the appropriate use of technology and the ethics surrounding such use.

SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Bowers School Farm Camps

Farm Camps
Charles L. Bowers School Farm Camps give campers an in-depth, authentic farm experience through hands-on exploration. Campers spend the day on a full working farm, engaging in sustainable gardening, animal care, and exploring 80+ acres of farmland. Each day, time is spent cooking and preparing fresh snacks in the kitchen, strengthening the connection between agriculture and everyday food choices. Building life skills such as responsibility, communication, and cooperation are key outcomes when campers spend their week making friends and having fun on the farm. Each camp session has a different theme, but all have common, age-appropriate, program goals: challenging ourselves, learning to work in a community, and connecting with nature.

Farm Camp: Dairy Discovery
Ages: 6-11
Session 1: TBD
Session 2: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: TBD
What is mac without cheese, cereal without milk, or bread without butter? Campers will “milk” this camp for all it’s worth and discover the world of dairy. Bowers Farm Camp will turn into Camp Creamery as campers harvest milk, churn butter, and prepare their own delicious dairy delights.

Farm Camp: Healthy Hearts, Hooves & Hocks
Ages: 6-11
Session 1: TBD
Session 2: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: TBD
Keeping our livestock healthy is no walk in the pasture. Campers will gain in-depth knowledge on what it takes to maintain the wellness of our farm. Become an agronomist, try out veterinary science skills, and find out what an animal nutritionist does each day. Taking the heart rate of a goat, handling chickens, and exploring other agricultural-based careers are just a few of the activities your animal enthusiast will experience.

Farm Camp: Know & Grow Your Food
Ages: 6-11
Session 1: TBD
Session 2: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: TBD
This camp is oriented to what connects us all: Food! What is local food? Campers will feel empowered as we grow, harvest, cook and eat! Harvest cucumbers to make pickles, collect eggs from the chicken coop to make farm fresh omelettes and investigate hands-on sustainable agriculture.

Horse Camp: Equine Excursion for Beginners
Ages: Rising 5th - 9th Graders
Session 1: TBD
Session 2: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: TBD
Experience levels from first time riders to comfortable walk-trotters. Discover the care, history, and development of the horse in addition to learning foundational riding skills. Play games on horseback, observe equestrian competition, and study the Bowers horses in their herd habitat. Long pants and proper boots required on a daily basis for participants within this session. Certified helmets will be provided. Participants will ride once to twice daily.

Barnyard Buddies
Ages: 3-5
Session 1: TBD
Session 2: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: TBD
Barnyard Buddies Camps give our youngest campers an in-depth, authentic farm experience through hands-on exploration. Campers spend their day on a full working farm, engaging in sustainable gardening, animal activities and care, and exploring our 80+ acres of farmland. Each day, time is spent preparing a fresh snack in the kitchen, strengthening the connection between agriculture and everyday food choices. Building life skills such as responsibility, communication, and cooperation are key outcomes. Small groups enhance the comfort level for each camper. Campers make new friends, learn new skills and have fun on the farm. Each camp session has a different theme, but all have common, age-appropriate, program goals: challenging ourselves, learning to work in a community, and connecting with nature. Dress for the weather, because each day will be outside, rain or shine! All campers MUST be toilet trained.

Barnyard Buddies - Five Senses Farm Fun
Ages: 3-5
Session 1: TBD
Session: 2: TBD
Session 3: TBD
Session 4: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: TBD
Campers will explore Bowers Farm through the lense of their five senses. The sights and sounds of the barnyard and pastures; the aromas in the gardens; the feel of freshly shorn wool, IMAGINE the possibilities! Each day we will focus on experiential, sensory activities tailored to the campers’ developmental stage. Each day will include animal and garden activities as well as kitchen time where we will make an afternoon snack.

Barnyard Buddies - Farm on Foot Explorer Camp
Ages: 3-5
Session 1: TBD
Session 2: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: TBD
Explore every nook and cranny of our historic farm grounds and meet the animals who call Bowers Farm “home.” Campers will discover what makes Bowers Farm tick. From the barnyards to the horse pastures, from the gardens to the greenhouse, intrepid campers will enjoy hands on activities in a small group environment. Each day will include animal and garden time as well as kitchen time where we will create an afternoon snack.

Barnyard Buddies - Little Sprouts Garden Camp
Ages 3-5
Session: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: TBD
How do our gardens grow? Little Sprouts will get down in the “dirt” and investigate the gardens and help with harvesting the crops, then turn the bounty int a healthy afternoon treat. Campers learn about the foods our farm animals eat and healthy human diets. Animal activities and kitchen time will be included each day. Campers will create a “Farm Market Stand” on the last day of camp for parents to sample their delectable harvest.


Johnson Nature Center Camps

Eco-Explorers
Ages 4-5
Session: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cost: TBD
Young children will learn about the natural world that surrounds them, get a chance to see nature up close and get their hands dirty. We will hike the trails, seek out animal habitats, and discover what lives in the water. Bring a lunch and dress to mess. Campers must be potty trained. $20 material fee payable to the instructor due the first day of camp.

Junior Naturalist
Ages 6-10
Session: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: TBD
Do you love nature? Discover a passion for all that nature has to offer. A walk through the woods and a stroll along the water’s edge. These are what Naturalist’s do to better understand the world around them. Learn about the animals and plants that call the E.L. Johnson Nature Center home. Bring a lunch and dress to mess. $20 material fee due to the instructor the first day of camp.

Creativity in Nature
Ages 6-10
Session: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Cost: TBD
Where does your imagination take you? Using items found in nature, we can create wondrous things! We will create t-shirts, use natural building materials, and make magic with nature. Bring a lunch and dress to mess.

Log Cabin Life
Ages 6-10
Session: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cost: TBD
What was it like to grow up 100 years ago? Discover pioneer living at the Log Cabin. We will learn tasks of daily living, make candles, and play pioneer games. Bring a lunch and be ready to work! $20 material fee due to the instructor the first day of camp.

Field Scientist
Ages 10-13
Session: TBD
Time: 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cost: TBD
Are you willing to help save the natural world? Using STEM activities, we will discover what it is like for scientists out in the field. We will learn how to use technology as well as traditional methods to gather information. Field research is a great way to better understand how our environment works and what we can do to help ensure we protect it for the future. Dress for field work and bring a water bottle. $20 material fee due to the instructor the first day of camp.


Recreation Summer Programs

Huck Finn Summer Day Camp
Ages: 4 - Grade 3
Sessions Begin: TBD
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: TBD
Enjoy crafts, play sports and games, and take weekly field trips. Campers will go to the waterfront daily for swimming and beach time. Activities include water carnivals, fishing, and canoe, sailboat and pontoon rides. At West Hills Middle School in West Bloomfield.

Bloomfield Summer Fun

Ages: Grades 3- 7
Sessions Begin: TBD
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: TBD
Enjoy crafts, play sports and games, and take weekly field trips. Campers will go to the waterfront daily for swimming and beach time. Activities include water carnivals, fishing, and canoe, sailboat and pontoon rides. At West Hills Middle School in West Bloomfield.

Sports & Adventure Summer Day Camp

Ages: Grades 3- 7
Sessions TBD
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: TBD
Learn techniques of a variety of sports including touch football, soccer, baseball, bowling, floor hockey, and golf. Enjoy field trips and canoeing and swimming at the WHMS waterfront.

Before & After Camp Care
Time: 7:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Cost: TBD

Time: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: TBD


SCAMP

SCAMP is a 5-week summer program that seeks to provide an exciting and therapeutic summer program for individuals with disabilities ages 3-26 in the Metro Detroit area. Campers enjoy a variety of structured activities that focus on social skills improvement, language enrichment, and pre-vocational skills-. They also enjoy art and music therapy and physical education. Participants in this program will swim at Walnut Lake which is located behind West Hills Middle School in West Bloomfield. Visit www.bloomfieldscamp.com for more information.


Bloomin' Preschool Summer Program

Offered at Fox Hills and Lone Pine
6 weeks - 6 years
June - August
Open Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Preschool themed studies
More information

What are the hours of the school day?


  • Our elementary schools run a weekday schedule of 9:05 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
     
  • In the event there is a half day, dismissal will take place at 12:20 p.m.

 

 

What options are there for before-school and after-school care?


  • Latchkey is available at all of our elementary schools from 7 - 9 a.m. and from 3:55 - 6 p.m. on weekdays. 
  • Activity Days are offered every half day of school, including the first and last day of school. These special Latchkey Activity days run from the time of dismissal until 6 p.m.

The morning and afternoon Latchkey program is designed to provide children with a safe, well-supervised environment. Activities include art, quiet study and reading areas, physical fitness, games, outdoor and indoor play. Our program is play-based and encourages a relaxed environment for the child who is in school all day. An afternoon snack is also provided daily.

Latchkey registration begins in May for the following school year.

Visit the Latchkey webpage for more details or email Latchkey@bloomfield.org.

What's for lunch?

 

School meals are planned to meet at least 1/3 of a student's recommended dietary allowance.
Each student meal includes a minimum of five required food items:

  • Meat or meat alternate
  • Fruit
  • Vegetable
  • Grains/bread
  • Milk

A wide variety of foods are offered within each food group so that students can select a well-balanced meal!

Free or reduce priced meals are available for families who qualify.

Visit the Lunch webpage for more details.

Is bus transportation available?

 

Yes, Bloomfield Hills Schools offers bus transportation. It is the mission of the Transportation team at BHS to transport children safely, in mechanically sound vehicles, to and from school and school activities, with compassion, caring, and courtesy in a safe environment.

BHS has 58 buses that are excellently maintained by our mechanics. We have received excellent police inspections for our fleet for the past 25 years!

Visit the Transportation webpage for more details.

Kindergarten Info Session


Monday, February 11, 2019
7 - 8 p.m.

(Check-in and information tables begin at 6:30 p.m.)

Bloomfield Hills High School Auditorium
4200 Andover Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

For more information, please contact:
248.341.6328 or
Communications@bloomfield.org


Interested in touring our schools?

Each student has a unique set of interests and it is likely you will have questions you would like to ask privately. For these reasons and others, we offer personalized tours of Bloomfield Hills Schools. Please select Request a Tour below and a Family Ambassador will contact you directly.

Request a Bloomfield Hills High School Tour
 
 
 
 
 

Our Schools


Conant Elementary
4100 West Quarton Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Eastover Elementary School
1101 Westview Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Lone Pine Elementary School
3100 Lone Pine Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323

Way Elementary
765 West Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Resources
 

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