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Kindergarten

If you did not complete pre-registration online this spring, you will need to complete it for a new student starting July 23. Find more information on our new student page.

Pre-registration will be completed online. Before you begin, you will need electronic copies of the documents listed below. They can be scanned or photographed copies, but they must be clear and easy to read. You may be asked to also provide the physical documents to your child’s school at a later date.

  • 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 documents from 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.


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?

  • Eisenhower Elementary
  • Lake Street Elementary
  • MacArthur Elementary
  • Solon Robinson Elementary
  • Timothy Ball Elementary
  • Winfield Elementary

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After Pre-Registration

KINDERGARTEN SCREENING

Later this spring you will be contacted to schedule a time for your incoming kindergartener to participate in kindergarten screening at their future school. 

Parents/guardians will also receive additional information this spring to prepare for kindergarten and may be given additional documents to complete including medical forms. You can print the Medical & Immunization Form and the Dental Form if you wish to complete them early.

Incoming kindergarteners will participate in the Brigance Kindergarten Screener which measures their knowledge of personal information, large and fine motor skills, and early literacy and math skills. 

We also use the Minnesota Executive Function Scales to look at cognitive flexibility (thinking about something in more than one way), working memory (holding information in mind), and inhibitory control (ignoring distractions).

Please remember that all children develop differently and at different times. Screener results do not determine success; all children need to be challenged to perform at their individual levels in order to succeed. Our kindergarten teachers use the screenings to interact with your child and learn more about them, which helps teachers prepare to meet each child’s needs in the upcoming school year.

 

READINESS EXPECTATIONS

Our kindergarten classes seek to develop a child’s skills in many areas. Please keep in mind that children develop skills at different rates. Students entering kindergarten who demonstrate the kindergarten readiness skills in this document have the most successful transition into our kindergarten classrooms. Summer is a great time to support your child in practicing these skills.

Kindergarten Readiness Skills Parent/Guardian Letter

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.

  • Parents of CPCSC pre-kindergarteners can register to receive a FREE once-a-month kit with learning activities, materials, and a new book from our partners at Scholastic. Our Birth-to-School staff walk parents through four activities via Zoom each month, and they also provide a wealth of resources for extending learning at home. Monthly kits come with all the supplies you need to complete the activities.
  • When you register for a Kindergarten Readiness kit, there is an option for pickup at the Learning Center or Winfield Elementary. Kits can also be sent home with school-age children already attending a CPCSC school.

REGISTER FOR FREE KINDERGARTEN READINESS KITS HERE

 

AUGUST ROUND-UP & FINAL REGISTRATION

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.

Each year in August, we host a Kindergarten Round-up. This exciting event allows kindergartners to practice riding the bus for the first time. It helps alleviate those first day jitters for our new students - and their parents! You can find more information in this flyer.

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.

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

You can register for 2021-2022 child care at this link. This registration form is only for future kindergartners. Registration for other CPCSC students can be found at this page.

https://forms.gle/mGhYcrHfmW9WRi9H6

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 Department of Exceptional Education at 219-663-4330.

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.