Pre-K and Kindergarten FAQs

The transition to a new routine and a new school can bring about quite a few changes – we all understand as we’ve been there! We welcome all questions and hope this quick FAQ can answer some of yours, as well as help put you at ease. We all agree that Bolton is a great place to learn, but it is a change from daycares, private preschools and other care arrangements (if any!) that you had before. So, a few questions will be asked answered here in the Hoot, on the new Bolton website, and via Facebook and Twitter postings. To get you started, here are a few:

What do I need to prepare for my first day of school?

  •  Join us for the Play date on Saturday, June 26 (11:00 am – 12:30 pm @ Bolton playground) to get to know the grounds, your way to the school, meet some new classmates and new parents.
  • Make sure your child is registered.
  • School supplies are NOT needed for Pre-K, but Kindergarten parents have a supply list.
  • Learn how your child will get to school: walk, car or bus. Remember, school opens at 7:30 am, school starts at 8:00 am.
  • Determine if your child will go home at dismissal or if you plan to utilize after school services.
  • {Stock up on school uniforms (hint: there are some great sales on now!)
  • Decide if you are going to pay or pack your student’s lunch.  For pre-K, breakfast and lunch is included in the program (free!). For Kindergarten, breakfast is available prior to school start, and lunch may be handled via free lunch (if you may qualify), pay (online account), or pack a lunch. Breakfast is $0.50 and lunch is $2.00 per meal.
  • Find out your teacher(s) and Para professionals and what classroom (assignments available as of July 22).
  •  Snacks are important for Pre-K and Kindergarten as their breakfast and lunch are early: Breakfast is at 8:00 am, Lunch for Pre-K/Kindergarten is at 10:30 am. This means that by 2:00 pm, we have some hungry kids – PLEASE coordinate with your child’s room parent and teacher to ensure snacks are available on a daily basis. A letter will be shared with you on the first day for sign up, suggested snacks and more.
  • Typical day schedule: A Kindergarten day tends to follow the regular school day schedule; the typical Pre-K day includes breakfast at 8:00 am and a mid-day nap.
  •  While not necessary yet, you can send your child with a backpack for the occasional project, artwork, and notifications from your teachers, room parents and the school. Your choice!
  •   Join us for the Celebration of Learning on August 1, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. This is an open house to answer a number of your questions, get to know the school and have a “dry run” prior to the first day on Monday!
  •  First day of school: Monday, August 4, 2014.

We look forward to having you join our Bolton family and have a parent check list attached to this newsletter to help you plan and prepare. Stay tuned for more updates, reminders and look for answers via the web, Facebook, Twitter and future Weekly Hoots!