Schools invite newly assigned kindergarten families to Welcome Sessions in the spring. These sessions are a great opportunity to meet other kindergarten families, meet your principals and kindergarten teachers, and put your child at ease about their upcoming transition. It also allows you to build relationships with school staff and learn about your new school's culture and curriculum. Although school won’t officially begin until September 9, 2013, schools look forward to getting to know you and your child in the spring. When you visit, ask the principal about guidelines for the first day of school, such as 'will you be allowed to walk your child into the school?'
Does your school have a uniform policy? If you are unsure, make sure to read about school uniforms in 'Quick Links' or ask your school. Great shops for uniforms include L&M, Target, Sears, Marshalls, Wal-Mart and many other discount stores.
Does your school offer before- or after-school services? If so, ask them for an application, complete it and leave a deposit. Enrollment in school-based programs is often limited and frequently on a first-come, first served basis. If your school does not offer care and/or you need help finding other options, visit www.bostnet.org for a complete listing of programs in Boston.
Your 'Meet Your School' Checklist
Complete during April to June. The steps you need to take are listed below and all relevant documents and links are indicated in green in the Quick Links box to the right!
- View the 'Welcome Sessions Schedule' on our calendar and attend a session at your school
- Review 'What’s Next' after registration
- Find out what, if any, 'school uniforms' are required at your child’s school
- Make arrangements for before- and/or after-school care if needed
- Read our 'Helpful Handbook for K0, K1and K2 Families'
- Learn about '10 Ways to Get Ready for Kindergarten'
- Pick up a FREE “I’m going to Kindergarten” Countdown t-shirt, and guide at your local Boston Public Library
To subscribe to our enewsletter On the Countdown, with up-to-date registration and transition information. Please click here
Attend a Welcome Session at your New School.
Please visit our Countdown Calendar for scheduled dates and times.
IN June PICK UP YOUR "I'M GOING TO KINDERGARTEN" T-SHIRT!
In June, you will receive a postcard that can be exchanged at any Boston Public Library branch for a free 'I’M GOING TO KINDERGARTEN!' tee shirt for your new student. When you pick it up, you will also learn more about summer activities that are free when your child wears the kindergarten tee! Children are also encouraged to wear their new kindergarten tee shirts on the first day of school.