We’re excited about FDK preparations for the 2017-2018 school year. The current half-day kindergarten program is rapidly becoming an antiquated model that gives our youngest learners less than 3 hours a day to master critical literacy and math foundational concepts, as well as to learn social and emotional skills necessary to be successful in a classroom setting. More than three quarters of schools nationwide offer full day kindergarten programs, where students have the time to learn more thoroughly and deeply instead of rushing through key concepts. Not only is moving to a full day program the appropriate academic move for a district with high standards, but we anticipate the program will actually save the district money as more charter school students return to Avon Grove to take advantage of full day kindergarten.
Our action team comprised of numerous staff members from different departments in our district meets regularly to confirm project plans. Programming and scheduling are mostly complete. Currently, we’re working on facilities and finalizing a communications plan. With facilities, the focus is on securing the necessary permissions and permits to move forward with installing modulars at Penn London Elementary School to accommodate some of the older students, as we will need additional space for full day kindergarten. Communication and planning are essential to the success of launching this program, so we’re in the process of scheduling information sessions for our community.
PLES will host a Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at 7PM.
Kindergarten Registration will take place the week of February 27th. Beginning, Friday February 10th 2017, parents will sign up for a thirty minute appointment from a link on the webpage to register with documentation while their child is screened by a teacher.
The Avon Grove School District will develop and implement a full day kindergarten program for all students in the district to provide a strong foundation in academic, social and emotional skills so that our students are exceptionally well prepared to succeed. By implementing a full day kindergarten program, we will increase learning opportunities for all incoming kindergarten students with the intent to attract students to AGSD by offering a high quality full day program.
- Build early reading and writing skills
- Develop an understanding of math concepts and problem-solving through hands-on activities
- Experience expanded opportunities in science, social studies, art, music, library, PE, technology, and structured play
- Develop effective school habits and social skills
How and when do I register my child?
Kindergarten registration opens on Monday, February 27th. Registration will take place at Penn London Elementary School with a scheduled appointment. As a part of the registration process, children will complete a brief screening assessment. This will provide the school team with an overview of each child’s basic skills.
Registration events and information will be shared with families, posted to the district’s and school’s websites, and discussed during information sessions.
For information regarding what to bring click here.
For questions about the Full Day Kindergarten program, please contact the principal at Penn London Elementary, Dr. Cynthia Holland, at email@example.com