Ready for Kindergarten!
- STEP 1: Online Form
- Gather These Documents
- STEP 2: Enrollment Appointment
- STEP 3: Kindergarten Orientation on March 13, 2019
- This form will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.
- Complete this form using a computer (a smartphone or tablet is not recommended).
- Please read the instructions carefully on the introduction page.
- If you have questions or are unclear while completing this form, please send an email to email@example.com or call 248-341-6390.
Start to gather the items you'll need to complete the enrollment process:
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.
- Child's Original/Certified Birth Certificate. If your child was not born in the United States, a valid passport is acceptable.
- Proof of vision screening, 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. Your child's pediatrician may have screened your child at a well visit, so that office is a great place to start.
- 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
Any three of the following documents (with district 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 or Bank Statements
- Car or Health Insurance
- Gas, electric, water or cable bills
- Government Agency
* 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.
- 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 above ("Documents Required" AND the 4 items needed for "Verification of Residency").
- This appointment will take approximately 15 minutes.
- Ideally, this appointment will take place prior to March 12, 2019.
- If you need the link to schedule this appointment, please request it at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 3: Bring your child to their neighborhood school and experience what Kindergarten will be like!
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 9:30 to 11 AM.
Children will be introduced to a Kindergarten classroom, and parents & guardians will get some great information from our elementary school experts. Call 248.341.6328 with questions. This event is formerly known as Kindergarten Round Up. It is for all incoming kindergarten students.
Our Family Ambassadors are available to host you for a tour, answer your questions, and help you prepare. Connect with them by email at email@example.com.
- How do I know if my child is ready for kindergarten?
- Tips for Emotionally Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten
- Tips for the First Day of Kindergarten
- The Physical Demands of Kindergarten
- Academic Preparation Tips for Kindergarten
- Kindergarten Curriculum in Bloomfield Hills Schools
- Summer Experiences
- What are the hours of the school day?
- What options are there for before-school and after-school care?
- What's for lunch?
- Is bus transportation available?
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."
- "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.
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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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