All About Kindergarten
We can't wait to welcome your Edinbrook Scottie to the Class of 2034! Each day of kindergarten is a unique chance for your student to make new friends, learn new things and grow in their independence.
- Kindergarten supply list
- Sample kindergarten schedule
- Skills to practice for kindergarten
- Volunteering at Edinbrook
- More about the district's Early Childhood Screening
- Welcome from the Parent Teacher Organization
- How to enroll
- 9 jumbo glue sticks
- 3 boxes of 24 count Crayola crayons
- 12 sharpened #2 pencils
- 1 child's scissors
- 1 watercolor paint set (8 colors)
- 8 black dry erase markers (skinny preferred)
- 2 multipacks of individual tissues
- 2 bottles of hand sanitizer
- 2 containers of disinfectant wipes
- 1 box resealable bags (quart or gallon size)
- 2 containers of Play Doh
- $20 for activities and consumable products
Label the following items with student's name
- 1 pair of tennis shoes for Physical Education
- Refillable water bottle
- Set of clothes, underwear and socks in a baggie to keep in locker in case of an accident
- 1 backpack (no wheels, big enough for shoes and winter gear)
- Snow pants, snow boots, hat and mittens
8:20 - 8:35: Breakfast
8:35 - 8:30: Arrival
8:50 - 9:15: Morning Meeting
9:15 - 9:45: Intervention
9:45 - 10:15: Math
10:15 - 10:45: Math Work Places
10:45 - 11:45: Recess & Lunch
11:45 - 12:45: Guided Reading
12:45 - 1:05: Phonics
1:05 - 1:30: Reading
1:30 - 1:40: Snack
1:40 - 2:15: Writing/Science/Social Studies
2:15 - 2:45: Physical Education/Music
2:45 - 3:13: Choice Time
The transition to kindergarten is respected as a major milestone not only for the child, but for their family, as well. The attitude toward school and learning that the student carries with them for life is often determined by this very first experience with school. A smooth transition to kindergarten can help make sure your child is successful in school their whole life long!
Listed below are some skills your child will need for kindergarten. In addition, providing opportunities to play with other children, teaching socially acceptable ways to disagree, and encouraging social values such as helpfulness, cooperation, sharing and concern for others can help with a smooth transition to kindergarten.
Personal Needs: Without help, can they...
- Put on and take off their coat
- Tie their own shoes
- Use the bathroom and wash their hands
- Snap, button, zip and buckle
Intellectual Skills: Does your child...
- Sit and listen to a story
- Hold a book upright and turn the pages
- Know their first and last name
- Tell and retell familiar stories
- Know colors, shapes and sizes
- Count 0-10
Intellectual Skills (continued): Does your child...
- Say the ABCs
- Hold scissors and pencil appropriately
- Recognize and write their first name (remember to use a capital letter for the first letter in a name; M-a-t-t, not M-A-T-T)
- Recognize the letters within their name
Social skills: Can they...
- Listen to an adult and follow simple instructions
- Cooperate with other children
- Sit for short periods of time
- Follow simple two-step directions
ABCya! offers fun and engaging ways to teach children math and reading skills they will use in kindergarten. The site also has many other free interactive educational games.
Starfall has several free educational videos and games for teaching children the letters of the alphabet and more.
Our Summer Bingo card gives literacy and math ideas you can practice anytime with your child!
Welcome to Edinbrook! What an amazing experience this is for you and your student. As you send your child to kindergarten, there are many new opportunities for your entire family. Parents and guardians are invited to be a part of the volunteer team that provides enriching educational experiences for our students in our large and active volunteer program.
There are several ways to learn about our volunteer opportunities. Be sure to check out our Volunteer page! PTO meetings are also a great source of information about volunteering, school events and programs. Here are some of the great things you can do to help our school:
- Join Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students), our volunteer team for dads
- Be a Wednesday Helper
- Help teachers with in-school projects
- Work in our Media Center
- Read with children in the classroom
- Help teachers with take-home projects
- Help to plan after-school PTO events, like Book Fair, Bingo, and Carnival
At Edinbrook, there is a place for everyone when it comes to volunteering. Some parents are able to spend hours at school during the day, others can help with the occasional party and still others can do work from home. We value any and every level of participation! Working together to support our school is what makes Edinbrook such an amazing learning environment for our students.
Our district's Early Childhood Screening is required by the state and should be completed prior to a child turning five years old. The screening is free and includes a developmental check of vision and hearing, height and weight, immunization status, large and small muscles skills/development, thinking, language and communication skills and social and emotional development.
If your student has not yet been screened, please be sure to schedule an appointment prior to the beginning of the school year. If your student has been screened in another district, that is sufficient to satisfy this requirement.
Early Childhood Screenings are offered at:
- Arbor View Early Childhood Center: 9401 Fernbrook Ln. N, Maple Grove
- Willow Lane Early Childhood Center: 7020 Perry Ave. N, Brooklyn Center
Dear Edinbrook parents and guardians,
On behalf of our PTO, we would like to welcome all new families to Edinbrook Elementary School! Our Parent Teacher Organization symbolizes a special partnership, one that bridges a child's two very important worlds: home and school.
Because of family support and participation in our fundraisers, our PTO has been able to purchase extra items for our school, including 60 iPad Minis, multicultural books and other resources.
Our mission is to:
- Enhance learning
- Represent parents' views to the staff, district and community legislature
- Promote family involvement
- Provide communication between the general public and the school
- Fall Fundraiser
- Bingo Night
- Twice-yearly Book Fair
- Twice-yearly Movie Night
- Ice Cream Social
The PTO meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center. We'd like to invite you to join us at our meetings and all of the above events. We look forward to working together with you next year!
Are you not yet enrolled at Edinbrook? Our Enrollment Center staff will help you through the process!
Please note: To qualify for enrollment into Kindergarten your child must turn 5 on or by Sept. 1 of the school year desired. Children who turn age 5 between Sept. 2 and Nov. 1 of the school year desired are eligible to apply for Early Entrance to Kindergarten (this application deadline is April 15).
Prepare enrollment materials
- Schedule your child’s Early Childhood screening (call schedule online). or
- Complete and return the enrollment packet and required checklist documents (mailed in late November to all households in our database) to the Enrollment Center. If you did not receive an enrollment packet, please request a Kindergarten Information Fair kit.
- If you’re applying to a magnet school, be sure to apply by Dec. 31 to qualify for the first lottery.
- If you’re applying for an in-district transfer, apply by Jan. 15 to qualify for the first lottery.
- Required documents needed when enrolling:
- Proofs of Residency (two forms)
- Photo ID of Parent/legal guardian
- Birth Certificate or Passport
- Updated child’s required immunizations
Submit the enrollment forms in one of the following ways:
- Email: EnrollmentCenter@district279.org
- Fax: 763-585-7368
- U.S. mail: Osseo Enrollment Center, 7051 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
- In person: Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Lobby drop box: only available during non-business hours