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Kindergarten

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Crown Point Community School Corporation is thrilled to welcome the future class of 2035! If your child will be five years old before August 1, 2022, and you live in the district boundaries, we invite you to pre-register for kindergarten starting February 10.

This year, CPCSC has three choices for pre-registration:

  • Fully online - Opens February 10. Enter student info AND upload your required documents yourself online.
  • Hybrid - Enter student information online starting February 10, but bring your required documents to your child’s school on the assigned date to be copied by school staff.
  • Fully in-person - Complete student information and bring your required documents to your child’s school on the assigned date.

Families who are new to the district or their school are encouraged to complete pre-registration via hybrid or in person. 

Hybrid and in-person pre-registration and document copying will be available at your child’s future elementary school from 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • February 15 - Winfield, Eisenhower, and Lake Street Elementary Schools
  • February 17 - Timothy Ball, Solon Robinson, and MacArthur Elementary Schools

Pre-registration is for completing student information and providing required documents. Students and their families will be able to tour the building and meet teachers at a later date. Families can bring children to pre-registration, but it is not necessary.
 

Whether you complete pre-registration online, hybrid, or in-person, you must provide the following documents:

  • Child’s certified birth certificate (not hospital certificate)
  • Child’s immunization record
  • Child’s social security card
  • Valid driver’s license or state photo ID with current address
  • Two of the following are required to prove residency: utility bills (NIPSCO, water), property deed or mortgage statement, or Lake County Tax Bill
     

If you are unsure whether you live within the Crown Point Community School Corporation boundaries, you can check your address using our eligibility tool. CPCSC does not offer enrollment for students outside our district.

Parents/guardians requesting early entrance to kindergarten for their child with a birthday between August 2nd-October 1st should complete RDS pre-registration and submit a written request to the principal for evaluation and consideration. The written request to principal should include the child’s name, date of birth, any pre-school experience if applicable, and any strengths of the child.    


Final registration for kindergarten takes place in late July, which is similar to what you will complete every year for your child before the school year begins.

If you have any questions during the enrollment process, please contact your child’s future school directly. Which school will I go to?

After Pre-Registration

Kindergarten Screening

Annual kindergarten screening will take place in April. Families who have pre-registered will be contacted by their child's future school in March to arrange a time. The screening process is a chance for our teachers to interact with students and learn more about their needs for the next school year. 

READINESS EXPECTATIONS

If you believe your child could benefit from additional resources to prepare for kindergarten, we invite you to sign up for our free Birth to School Kindergarten Readiness program.  It is open to children who live within the district boundaries and will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2022.

The program meets twice a month, and there are both day and evening sessions. Each hands-on class is an hour long and includes activities with basic literacy, math, social, and science skills. Caregivers stay with their children, and program leaders share activities that can be done at home to prepare for kindergarten.

To register or find more information, visit the Birth to School website at www.cps.k12.in.us/bts.
 

FINAL REGISTRATION & Practice Bus Ride

The final step to prepare your child for Kindergarten requires using an activation code that all new kindergarten parents/guardians will receive via mail in July/early August. This activation code allows you to set up your RDS parent Access Account (directions will be included in the mailing). Once your account is set up, you will be required to complete the remaining on-line registration for the upcoming school year. On-line registration is required every year and includes verification of information and required electronic signatures on financial forms and CPCSC policies.

Just before school begins, you and your kindergartener will be invited to take a practice ride on the school bus to and from the bus stop and school. Each school will also hold an open house to meet your teacher and take a tour. 

Our transportation department also would like to share with you important information about riding the bus. Please take time to read these documents and talk with your child about bus safety.

 

School Supplies

Supplies for elementary students are included in their annual registration/textbook fees. However, CPCSC elementary schools request that each student has the following:

  • Backpack (no wheels, please)
  • Pencil case
  • Chromebook case cover (strongly recommended, Chromebook dimensions are 12 x 9 inches)
  • Headphones or earbuds

 

Before & After School Child Care

CPCSC offers a before and after school child care program (also called Latch Key care) at each elementary before school from 6:00-9:00 a.m. and after school from 3:45-6:30 p.m. On school breaks and distance learning days (either scheduled or for emergency closure), child care will be available from 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Eisenhower and Jerry Ross Elementary Schools.

Child care fees are $7 before school each day and $7 after school each day. On distance learning days child care is open from 6:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and the fee is $7 for up to 4 hours, $14 between 4 and 8 hours, and $21 for more than 8 hours. There is an annual $10 non-refundable sign-up fee.

Child Care Procedures and Regulations

A link to sign up will be posted here in the spring.

Special Education Services

Child Find is a program to identify, locate and evaluate all children who are suspected of having a disability. Any individual (parent, teacher, principal) that suspects an incoming kindergartner may have a disability and could benefit from special education services should initiate a referral by contacting the the building principal to share specific student concerns.

The Crown Point Community School Corporation:

  1. establishes, maintains, and implements written procedures that ensure the location, identification, and evaluation of all students three (3) years of age, through twenty-two (22) years of age, and who are in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, including students who:
  2. who reside within the boundaries of the Crown Point Community School Corporation;
  3. attend a non public school, are served by an agency, or live in an institution located within the jurisdiction of the public agency:
  4. are homeless as defined at 511 IAC 7-32-46;
  5. are wards of the state;
  6. are highly mobile students, including migrant students;

Furthermore, the CPCSC Department of Exceptional Education, in meeting its child find responsibilities:

  1. accepts referrals from all agencies;
  2. accepts referrals from parents;
  3. informs local physicians about CPCSC’s responsibility to serve preschool children;
  4. informs all major child care providers about the referral process;
  5. accepts referrals from private schools; and
  6. provides referral information to local elementary schools.