Tami Gooden's Full-Day K Class at Anthem K-8

REGISTRATION:

The Florence Unified School District is proud to offer free half-day and fee-based full-day Kindergarten classes.
Students entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1.

Registration packets can be obtained in the administrative office at your K-8 school. You can also download the registration form here:

Kindergarten Registration Form

When And Where Do I Go To Register My Child?
You can register your child for Kindergarten at your local FUSD school during regular office hours (see picture above).

Registration is also available during evening hours at all schools on the following dates:

 Wednesday, February 20   3:45 – 6:00 PM
 Thursday, February 21  2:00 – 7:00 PM
 Tuesday, April 9  3:45 – 6:00 PM
 Tuesday, May 7  3:45 – 6:00 PM

What Do I Need To Bring With Me?

All students entering the Florence Unified School District for the first time must have the following documentation:
  • Child's Original Birth Certificate
  • Shot/Immunization Record
  • Proof of Residency
  • Parent or Guardian's Picture ID
Parent and/or Guardian will be asked to complete an enrollment form and home language form.

Screening Dates
After Registration, children will also need to come in for screening. The screening tests tell the school what your child already knows (shapes, colors, numbers and so on) and allows teachers to group children according to their abilities for the most effective learning experience. Screening dates are:

 Thursday, June 6  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM &
 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
 Thursday, June 20  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM &
 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
 Tuesday, July 9  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM &
 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kindergarten Registration

Why should I send my child to Full-Day Kindergarten?

Even in Kindergarten, common core standards are high...

It is vastly more important now than ever before that kindergarteners attend a full day of school. Since AZ adopted the common core standards the rigor has increased significantly. It is difficult to meet this rigor even in a full day class. Some of the additions to the standards include mastering addition and subtraction to sums of 5 fluently, and they have to understand place value for tens and ones (they need to know that 11 is one group of ten and one one). They have to understand equivalent equations, for example, that 4+1=3+2. Also they have to compare numbers to 10 and say what is one more and one less.

It is much the same in reading and writing. Kindergarteners have always learned the alphabetic principal, that is, every letter has a name and a sound. They need to use capital letters in their sentences and punctuation. With the new standards, kindergarteners are also expected to write multiple sentences for a narrative, informative, and opinion piece. The level of comprehension skills have also increased. They have to tell key events in a story as well as name story elements; characters, setting and events. They need to tell who the author and illustrator are and what their purpose for writing is. The amount of informative text that is used in teaching has also increased. This is challenging for kindergarteners since they have little background knowledge.

Contributed by Andrea Sommer, Magma Ranch K-8, Kindergarten Teacher

More than just Show & Tell; "real learning" starts NOW!

Looking back to when I was in kindergarten there are three things that stand out in my mind.  I remember getting to sit at the round table, taking a nap and how I went to school in the afternoon.  At that time kindergarten was thought of as a way for students to develop social skills, to experience creative play and have fun.  You would see kitchen sets and toys as the main manipulative utilized by students.  Kindergarten was looked at as the “fun time” before the “real learning” in first grade started.

Kindergarten looks much different today. Our kindergarteners are expected to read, write and learn mathematical thinking.  In addition they learn about Science, Social Studies and the world around them. There is also the need to learn how to follow rules, procedures and get along socially with others.   These expectations are at a high level with greater rigor than ever before.  This can be accomplished and students can achieve that success, but it takes effective instruction, practice and time. 

In thinking about the development of our kindergartners, let’s compare it to building a house.  When you start to build a house you want a strong, solid foundation.  It needs to have plenty of rebar in it to ensure it has the strength needed to build upon.  You check for cracks and breaks that can weaken as you begin to build.  A solid foundation is essential; you want your house to be able to withstand all the growth that is to come. 

This same solid foundation is needed for our kindergartners.  They need a strong, solid educational foundation upon which they can build all their future learning.  It has to have the strength to withstand the intensity and rigor of the Common Core Standards and instructional shifts coming their way.  Effective instruction can be supplied in half day kindergarten; however, there is limited time for practice, extra instruction or intervention when children need additional help.

Contributed by Kathy Brown, FUSD Director of TAP

A parent's viewpoint #1:

When Melissa Kerr’s third child, Dakota, was ready to start kindergarten, she said there was no question in her mind that she would enroll him in an all-day kindergarten program at Magma Ranch K-8 in Florence. Dakota’s two older siblings had attended all-day kindergarten, Melissa said, and despite the fact that the Florence Unified School District now charges tuition to be part of the program, she wanted him to be part of it. “School is just so much different now, and there’s just not enough benefits from half-day kindergarten,” Melissa said, adding that she is extremely happy with her decision to enroll him in a full-day program. “I feel he is doing so well; he loves going to school and he loves his teacher and is absorbing so much. It really has been great.”

As told to Alison Stanton, Southeast Valley Ledger

A parent's viewpoint #2:

Kimberly Figueroa, whose son Carson Fisher attends kindergarten at Walker Butte K-8 in San Tan Valley, said he is already reading complete books like Green Eggs and Ham and One Fish Two Fish. “He is adding and subtracting and loves to learn new things,” she said. Although Kimberly initially thought a half-day kindergarten program would be fine for Carson, once she realized how short the day really is, putting him in the all-day program was “a no-brainer.”

“I was concerned at first because of the cost,” she said. “But I feel that our kids are the future. If we don’t invest in them, who will? If our children can’t get the instruments needed to run companies, save lives or fight for the rights of their peers, than all will be lost. It starts with kindergarten.”

As told to Alison Stanton, Southeast Valley Ledger

A side-by-side comparison:

Half-Day vs. Full-Day Kindergarten

Florence Unified School District No. 1 offers Kindergarten and Supplemental Full-Day Kindergarten.

½ Day Kindergarten is offered in AM and PM sessions. Kindergarteners are provided approximately 3 hours of classroom instruction on regular school days and 1.75 hours of instruction on early release days. AM Sessions are offered breakfast and lunch. PM Sessions are offered lunch. AM and PM sessions are assigned based on class sizes and transportation. There is no cost for ½ day Kindergarten.

The SUPPLEMENTAL Full-Day Kindergarten program is fee-based and provides approximately 3 additional hours of kindergarten instruction per day beyond the state mandated time for half-day kindergarten. The cost for this program is $1,250 per child for the entire 2013-2014 school year ($125/month – which is approximately $7 per school day).

Programa de Kínder

Fee Payment

Classes will be formed on a first-come/first-served basis, based on the date of receipt of a $50 registration fee, which is due upon enrollment. This fee will be applied toward your first month’s payment, but it is non-refundable. Class sizes will be a preferred limit of 26 students, with a minimum enrollment of 22 students. Registration refunds will be made if we cannot create a class, or your child’s name can be placed on a waiting list and your fees retained until we can place your child in a class. Tax credit donations may be applied towards program fees, however, by law no refunds can be made from tax credit money.

Payment forms include cash, money order and/or credit/debit card. Personal checks will not be accepted. The program cost can be paid in one lump-sum or monthly payments. Monthly payments of $125 are due at the close of business day according to the schedule below, and 
can be paid online or in person at your school site.

Attendance Month

Due Date

Attendance Month

Due Date

August

Friday, July 19, 2013

January

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013

September

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013

February

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

October

Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2013

March

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

November

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013

April

Monday, March 3, 2014

December

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

May

Tuesday, April 1, 2014



















NOTE:
Payments not received by the due dates noted above will result in the student being transferred to the half-day program. There will be no refunds made for dates students do not attend school. Students transferring out, and later back into the Supplemental Full-Day Kindergarten Program are not guaranteed to be assigned to their original teacher.