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    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.

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    We provide the following programs for Kindergarteners and their families to learn about school before entering Kindergarten:
    • Jump Start
      Every August, most Seattle elementary and K-8 schools offer a free week-long program to help new kindergartners get ready and excited about starting school. Read more about Jump Start at Whittier Elementary School.

    • Family Connections
      Before starting school, each new kindergartner's family is offered the chance to meet with their student's teacher to begin building a home-school partnership. Read more about Family Connections.

    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. For children bringing lunch from home, we encourage parents to pack nutritious foods in easy-to-open containers.
    • 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 Kindergarteners 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.

    Read more about Seattle Public Schools Kindergarten.