If you have a new student entering kindergarten in the 2020-21 school year, you may now register online. Please note that this online form is only for new students entering kindergarten. Returning students, including those currently enrolled in the D158 Early Childhood Center (preschool), should have received a link to register in April.
Before starting the online registration process, please have scanned copies of the following documents ready to upload.
Residency documentation (one piece from the following: HUD settlement statement/ALTA master statement, real estate tax bill, or signed lease agreement)
If you have current vision and dental exam forms, you optionally may upload them during the online process.
Utility bill in your name (water, natural gas or electric) or a driver’s license with current address
Two emergency contact names and phone numbers (other than parents)
Parent’s work and alternate phone numbers
Proof of guardianship (if child is not living with birth parents)
Illinois Certificate of Physical Health Exam form (must be submitted before child can start school)*
Kindergarten Vision Exam Form: due to the schools by October 15, 2020
Kindergarten Dental Exam Form: due to the schools by May 15, 2021
*First Day Exclusion Policy
It is a requirement that all children entering Kindergarten have a physical exam form on file with their school prior to the first day of school. If the child’s physical is not submitted prior to the first day, the child will not be allowed to begin school.
Prior to submitting your child’s completed medical forms, parents are advised to make a photocopy for their records as copies will not be made at the schools or District Office.
What is full-day kindergarten? Beginning with the 2003-2004 school year, District 158 began offering kindergarten that follows the regular full-day elementary schedule.
How is the extra time used? A longer school day allows teachers more time to deliver their curriculum outcomes. When teachers have more time to teach, they can spend more time teaching outcomes that are challenging for students, delivering curriculum in a variety of ways, and re-teaching concepts. The half-day program does not always allow for such flexibility. Students enrolled in the full-day program will also attend physical education, music and art classes in addition to eating lunch and going out for recess.
Does the program recognize what is “developmentally ready”? When School District 158 began planning for full-day kindergarten, we went back to the drawing board. Above all, teachers stressed the importance of a program that was geared to the developmental level of these young students. The program is built around the concept of “developmentally appropriate practices.”
Does the full-day program “push” first grade curriculum down to the kindergarten level? Kindergarten students are taught kindergarten outcomes. The longer school day provides students more time to practice and learn these outcomes. First grade outcomes are not taught at the kindergarten level.
Does full-time kindergarten impact the curriculum of 1st and 2nd grades? The curriculum outcomes are not changing or increasing just because we now have students for a full-day. The full-day kindergarten program will not affect the curriculum in other grades. Students should have a stronger mastery of the kindergarten outcomes when they leave the full-day kindergarten program, which may allow first and second grade teachers to spend more time on enrichment.
Are full-day starting and ending times the same as the regular elementary grades? Yes, the full-day kindergarten starting and ending times will mirror the regular elementary schedule. All kindergarten students will ride the regular elementary bus routes to school. Full-day kindergarten students will ride the regular elementary bus routes home from school and half-day students will be transported home on a kindergarten only bus.
How will the program deal with students who are not ready to be away from home for a whole day? We understand that students come to school with a variety of comfort levels about being away from familiar caregivers. Children are changing, growing, and adapting rapidly at this point in their lives. This change, while sometimes hard for parents, is a positive one in a child’s development. We do not anticipate that the transition to a full-day program will be different than the transition to a half-day program. We understand that parents are concerned and we will work with families to make sure that school, full-day or half-day, is a positive experience for children.
When will half-day students attend? Due to bussing and class scheduling, half-day kindergarten students will attend in the morning.
What are the advantages of going full-day? School District 158 firmly believes that a full-day experience is the most beneficial for students. The full-day program gives students the “gift of time”. Students will focus on the same material with more time to work through each concept.
Will full-day and half-day students be separated? No. The program will mix full-day and half-day students.
Dual Language Information Students who are identified as English Learners and who qualify for bilingual instruction based on language screening will receive placement into the program. Students who do not qualify for bilingual instruction, including all native English speakers, will be entered into a lottery for remaining spots.
Interested families must complete a Dual Language Interest Form at Kindergarten Registration. Registration will be held in early June.