Learn about enrolling in Winters kindergarten programs at upcoming events

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Parents of children who will turn five years old by Dec. 2, 2019 are encouraged to attend upcoming Winters Elementary School events to learn more about how to enroll their child in the 2019/2020 transitional kindergarten (TK) and kindergarten classes. WES Principal Greg Moffitt said children who turn five years old after Sept. 1 enroll in TK and those who turn 5 years old before Sept. 1 enroll in kindergarten. The Parent Information Night on Thursday, Jan. 31 in the Waggoner Cafeteria is the first important event Winters parents should save the date for if their children are ready to enroll in TK or kindergarten. Moffitt said this year’s kinder information is being held on one night instead of two as previous years have been to allow everyone to hear the same information on the same night. The presentation in English will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the presentation in Spanish is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Classroom tours are scheduled to happen from 6:30 to 7 p.m. for both English and Spanish speaking families. Moffitt said the event is a mini-Kinder Open House intended for parents to come visit the open classrooms and get their questions answered by Waggoner staff. Kindergarten teachers and other WES staff will be sharing important information about the TK and kindergarten programs and parents will be able to pick up the registration packet at the presentations. Two informational opportunities are on the calendar for those interested in enrolling their child in the WES bilingual program. The first event is the Language and Literacy Information Night in the Rominger Cafeteria on Monday, Feb. 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. This first even is for parents to learn about the programs offered to support English Learners at Waggoner and to sign-up for the bilingual program. The second event is the Bilingual Program Information Night in the Rominger Cafeteria on Monday, Feb. 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. The second event is more in-depth about the bilingual program and allows parents committed to it to complete the paperwork to enroll in it. Moffitt said they chose to break the information into small chunks because it’s a lot of information to share. “We want to make sure families are making the best decisions about their children and are getting the information,” said Moffitt. “We also want to make ourselves available in person to answer questions and for families to hear from the teachers. Teachers are the ones who really make a difference and it’s helpful for parents to hear from the educators who are doing the work and who are teaching their children.” Those who are interested in the bilingual program but are unable to attend the information events should contact the office to let them know of their interest. The information being shared about the bilingual program is available on the WES website under the “Programs” category. The same power-point presentation shared at the event is posted under the “Bilingual Program” link. Families unable to attend the registration night are able to pick up the TK/Kindergarten Registration Packet from the office started the day after the Jan. 31 information night. Moffitt said the best times to come pick up are after 9 a.m and before 2 p.m. “We ask that folks come in between those times because we’re able to give them the time they deserve and need to learn,” said Moffitt. This time frame is also the best opportunity to call the office. Parents can call the Waggoner Office at 530-795-6121 or send an email to WaggonerSchool@wintersjusd.org with enrollment questions. March 1 is the official registration deadline, but they do accept late student registration for families who move to the area after the date. Moffitt said the sooner parents are able to turn in registration packets the better so they have as much time as possible to prepare for the upcoming school year. “It helps us prepare if those are turned in by March to help us order the right number of supplies. It helps to make sure we have enough staff for the first day,” said Moffitt. The Waggoner Office is closed for the month of June and most of July. Aug. 1 is when the office opens up and staff is available during school business hours. Parents who need to contact the office during the period they are closed are encouraged to send in an email to give them a heads up about any changes or newly enrolling students. “We want to make sure that every kid feels welcome on the first day,” Moffitt explained. Moffitt said there are two important keys to prepare for the enrollment process. Making sure the child being enrolled is up to date on immunizations is one of them. “We need to make sure that every child is up to date on their immunizations or they cannot start school on the first day,” said Moffitt. “There are exemptions in state law and if that applies they need to make sure they talk to their doctor to get the appropriate paperwork.” Moffitt said parents do not need to wait until the child’s annual physical or birthday to get the immunizations administered or the immunization verification printed. The second important key to bring in an original copy of the child’s birth certificate or valid passport and proof of residency in Winters. Moffitt said they realize sometimes families are living with other relatives and a letter from that family member saying the child is living with them is fine and to contact the Waggoner Office with any questions. Families who live outside of the Winters Joint Unified School District area will need to go to their school district of residency and request an “Interdistrict transfer” in order to enroll their child. Moffitt said the process is the school district of residency needs to approve the interdistrict transfer request and then the family needs to bring the information to the Winters school district office. While filling out the registration packet Moffitt encourages parents to share information about their child instead of making a request for a specific teacher. He said are not always able to grant parent requests for teachers because sometimes teachers move to other grades within the district or decide to retire. “Parents can share information about their child. Their interests, likes, fears. Information always helps us make the best decisions in placing students,” said Moffitt. “We can create really balanced classrooms so our students can learn together and from each other.” Interested families are invited to come to Family Art Play Day at Waggoner on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to Noon. Moffitt said this is a chance for future students and younger siblings to come to campus for a fun first experience at the school before they are here for school. It’s also an opportunity to make some art, get messy and have a good few hours together as a family. “We want kids and we want parents to feel this is their school,” said Moffitt. “Everyone is welcome and everyone matters.”]]>

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