The District sent out letters to some kindergarten parents to tell welcome them and given them info on kindergarten readiness as well as a "transition camp" this summer. The letter is dated May 31st but somehow is just making it to parents' mailboxes.
Oh, and that their kindergartener won't start school until September 14th (not the 9th like everyone else).
Schools listed below will delay the start of school for Kindergarten students until Monday, September 14th to hold "Family Connections" visits for Kindergarten teachers and families. All other students will start school on Wednesday, September 9th.
Bailey Gatzert Graham Hill Madrona PreK-8 Rainier View
Stevens Beacon Hill Hawthorne Maple
Roxhill TOPS K-8 Broadview-Thomson K-8 Hazel Wolf K-8
MLK Sacajawea Van Asselt Concord
Highland Park Northgate Sand Point Viewlands
Dunlap Muir Olympic Hills Sanislo
West Seattle Emerson John Rogers Olympic View
South Shore PreK-8 Wing Luke
Where to start?
That list is about 30 of the 60 elementaries, so half the kindergarteners will start later than their peers at other schools.
Everyone knows that the first day of school is pretty special so those kids and their families are going to miss the real first day. I would hope that these schools would have a welcoming gathering (whether or not they already did one on the real first day) for the kindergarten parents.
These students will miss 3 full days of school. Does this family visit with the teacher outweigh that time? I'll have to ask how long this visit is.
How much less classroom time does the District think students need between late starts and assessments and now this?