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    Kindergarten at Whittier

    The information below provides a brief overview of the Kindergarten program at Whittier. Please be advised that details may change if we receive new information from Seattle Public Schools.

    Kindergarten is the time to lay the building blocks for an enriching and productive experience as a student at Whittier and beyond. Our teachers work hard to cultivate a happy and safe learning community that inspires enthusiasm, curiosity, and excitement for every Kindergarten student.

    General Information

    • Kindergarten students spend the fall learning routines (e.g., morning meeting, weather, class helper jobs, calendar, class snack) and understanding what is expected of them as members of their new class and school community.

    • Kindergarten teachers spend a lot of time working with their students to develop a sense of community by talking about, and demonstrating, concepts like respect, kindness, honesty, and acceptance. They have regular class meetings where they learn to talk about feelings and practice conflict resolution skills.

    • Kindergarteners have three recesses (morning, lunch, and afternoon). They eat lunch together in the cafeteria.

    • Kindergarteners attend library on a regular basis during which time they hear a story, practice browsing, and check out a book. They also have PE, Performing Arts, and Art, which they attend on an alternating basis.

    • Choice time is a chance for Kindergartners to delve deeper into subject areas that are of particular interest to them and practice self-direction.

    • Each Kindergarten classroom has a computer area and a class library.

    Families No Longer Pay for K
    Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, families will no longer pay tuition for a full 6-hour day of kindergarten.

    Read more about Kindergarten at Seattle Public Schools.

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