Kindergarten Program Information
Welcome to Parkland School District! We want to do everything possible to make this a positive, happy and rewarding time for you and your student. If you have questions during the registration process, please feel free to reach out to your child’s elementary school principal for help and he or she will assist you.
Parkland Elementary Schools
Parkland Elementary Schools will hold New Student Orientation the week prior to school starting. During Orientation, your child will meet his/her teacher, ride a bus and visit his/her classroom while parents receive valuable information, pending COVID-19 safety protocols.
Be sure to watch for school communication in August for dates and details about our Kindergarten/New Student Orientation Program.
Parkland offers a full day kindergarten program. The goal of the Parkland School District is to provide an excellent educational program for all students. We strive to deliver a rigorous curriculum that is complemented by rich offerings in the arts and athletics. The Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development Department provides the leadership for a strong instructional program. This department works closely with all teachers and administrators in the District to create a positive learning experience for our students.
The Curriculum encompasses:
- Pennsylvania Core Academic Standards
- Differentiated Instructional Practices
- Research-Based Instructional Practices
- Technology Integration and Application
- Student Engagement / Real and Relevant Learning
- Integration of Teaching in the Content Areas
- An understanding of who our students are and how we can help each one fulfill their individual potential
The Parkland Elementary Curriculum provides a comprehensive instructional program that focuses on Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Health, Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education and use of the Media Center (Library). The opportunity for elementary children to receive band or string instrumental instruction begins in fourth grade. Career exploration occurs at all levels of instruction throughout a student’s tenure at Parkland. All students in grades 1-12 will be assigned a Chromebook for the year. Kindergartners will use iPads. If you have questions related to curriculum, please contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at 610- 351-5540.
Parkland elementary schools operate on a 4-day schedule. Your child may have art on Day 1, gym on Day 2, music on Day 3, and media center (library) on Day 4. This means that you will need to know what items your child will be required to bring with him/her in order to participate in his/her daily “special” activity (sneakers for gym class, book for the media center, musical instrument for music lessons, etc.). The daily schedule is posted online on the elementary school web site. Of course, if school is canceled due to inclement weather, the daily schedule will change accordingly. For example, if school is canceled on Tuesday, Day 3, then Wednesday will become Day 3. Please call the school office if you have any questions about the daily schedule.
School boxes, crayons, pencils, scissors, and glue are provided by the school district.
All students should have:
- A backpack that is large enough to fit a large binder that your child can open and close and bring to school daily.
- Crayons, pencils, glue and scissors on hand at home for family fun, homework and other activities.
Note: All hats, coats, backpacks, and lunch boxes should be labeled with your child’s name.
Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO)
Parkland’s Parent Teacher Organizations have a strong contingency of dedicated parents and guardians. They are always seeking new members. We strongly encourage parents and guardians to support their child’s school by participating in their respective PTO group. The groups meet throughout the year to discuss concerns, share ideas, plan programs and promote school spirit. The time commitment may be minimal or a lot – it’s up to you. Please consider joining this year or contact your school’s principal for more information.
Special Services Available
If you believe that your school age child may be in need of special education or related services, screening and evaluation processes designed to assess the needs of the child and his/her eligibility are available to you at no cost upon written request. Early intervention services are available for young children with special needs (age 3 to school age). You may request screening and evaluation at any time, whether or not your child is enrolled in the District’s public school program. Requests for screening and evaluation should be made in writing to the Director of Student Services, 1210 Springhouse Road, Allentown, PA 18104.
Early Intervention Program and Services
The Early Intervention Program is a federal and state funded early intervention program. The Early Intervention Program provides educational programs and services to families who have eligible preschool children, ages 3-5, who have a significant delay in one or more areas of development. All programs and services offered by the Early Intervention Program are free to children and their families. The Early Intervention Program involves families in all aspects of the child’s program. Parents should call the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit Early Intervention Program at 610-769-4111 ext. 1256 to refer a child for an early intervention evaluation.
Confidentiality rights of parents and students are administered in accordance with State and Federal Law under the District’s Student Records Policy, which is available on the Parkland School District web site under the School Board tab.
Parents frequently wonder about and ask if their child is ready for kindergarten. Experts say no single or simple factor determines whether a child is ready for kindergarten. However, as a parent or caregiver, you can help your child succeed in kindergarten. Research shows that language development (speaking and listening) during early childhood is important for success in school. Children are not expected to read prior to entering kindergarten, but can be encouraged with language and literacy activities including nursery rhymes, songs, stories and conversation. This builds strong pathways and bridges in their brains to help learning. Children who hear a variety of words from adults recognize and understand important concepts when they begin to read.
Some items that are helpful for your child to know when starting kindergarten include:
1. How to dress himself/herself
2. Full name, address and telephone number
3. Parents’ names
4. How to hold and use a pencil and scissors
5. How to print first name – first letter only capitalized
For more resources on Kindergarten Readiness, click here. A list of resources appears at the bottom of the page and is frequently.
When School Starts
Make the commitment to ensure your child attends school every day. High attendance rates are linked to high student achievement. Missing school even 10% of the time has a significant negative impact on reading and math achievement as children progress through school.
- Talk to your child daily about school activities and experiences.
- Talk with teachers regularly, even when no problems exist.
- Attend school activities whenever possible.
- Read information sent home from school (emails, flyers, newsletters).
- Remember, you know your child better than anyone else does.
- Nothing makes children feel better than seeing a friendly, respectful relationship between the most important grown-ups in their lives: their parents and their teachers.
- Continue to read daily with your child.
Just as childhood is a journey, not a race, becoming educated is a lifelong process. Elementary School is the first step in your child’s formal education. We are happy to be your traveling companions. Our best wishes are extended to you for the many milestones ahead!
Other Helpful Information
The Parkland web site at www.parklandsd.org is a wonderful resource for parents. Additionally, each elementary school has their own web site that links from the District site which will enable you to get acquainted with school activities, the PTO, and special events.
Calendar of Events
Curriculum Resources for Parents
Daycare Centers in the Parkland School District
District Profile – A complete list of demographics and statistics
General Policy Information
School Breakfast and Lunch
District Safety and Security