Kindergarten

Welcome, future kindergarten families!

We are excited to get to know your child as a person and a learner over the course of their years as a Colchester School District student. The district has two schools that serve students in grades K-2; Union Memorial School is located in the village and Porters Point School is in the bay. Both schools are nearly identical in their physical appearance as well as resources, staffing, and curriculum. Because the two schools are so similar, we pay close attention to enrollment levels to make sure that class sizes are also consistent.

School and Teacher Assignment

With the Union Memorial School and Porters Point School being so similar in resources and staffing, it is our goal to make enrollment and subsequent class size between the two schools as equal as possible. Class size is an important factor in students’ achievement and success, and we are making it a priority to ensure all enrolling kindergarteners are placed with a comparable number of students per classroom.

While students generally attend the school located on the side of the town they live, students who live in the middle of town will be placed at the school with lower enrollment to ensure that classes and resources are balanced. Click here to read the Kindergarten School Assignment Letter and see what streets allow students to be assigned to either school. Enrolling kindergartners with siblings already attending one of the schools will be able to attend the same school.

It is our goal to have school assignments completed and families notified by late spring. Classroom and teacher placements generally go out to families in early August.

Ready to Enroll

Registration for kindergarten opens in March of 2022. Enrolling children must be 5 years old BEFORE September 1. Follow the steps below to complete the online registration process, upload or drop off the required documentation, and attend a kindergarten screening and information session. We look forward to meeting your child and welcoming your family to their school community.

1 Complete the online registration


All incoming kindergarten students must have a completed online registration form before the start of the school year. Ideally, families who know their child will be attending the Colchester School District should complete the registration form in March when it becomes available. The form asks for basic demographic information like parent/guardian names and contact information, as well as health information and transportation needs for the fall. This information is crucial to the district so that we can adequately plan for the upcoming school year.

The district also requires every enrolling student to submit the following documents to start school. Families may choose to upload them during the online registration process or they may drop them off at the school or the district’s Central Office. The district MUST have all three documents on file for your child to attend school, there are no exceptions.

*The term residency means where you actually live. Residency requirements are not met merely because one owns property in Colchester, has a business or a post office box.
 

2 Sign Up for Kindergarten Screening (TBD)

Typically, each school holds several sessions of kindergarten screenings in early May. Unfortunately, COVID precautions have forced us to cancel kindergarten screenings for the past two years. We are hopeful that health conditions in our area will improve and we can host a modified screening. Once you have registered with the district, we will keep families informed via email if a date can be scheduled.

3 Attend Kindergarten Information Night (TBD)

Similar with the screenings, we have been forced to alter our Kindergarten Information Night for the past several years. This event is typically held in May at both Porters Point School and Union Memorial School. It is a chance for parents and guardians to learn more about the school and what to expect the first year by meeting the principal, kindergarten teachers, and other important faculty at the school. This event has been hosted virtually but we hope to resume an in-person event as soon as conditions permit. More information on when it will be held and what format will be emailed to families in the spring.

4 START PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR KINDERGARTEN

There are many ways you can get your student excited about kindergarten to help facilitate a smooth transition. Until placement is determined, we suggest talking about both schools equally. We encourage you to drive or walk by both schools, use the weekends to play on both playgrounds, and talk about each school’s mascot (Porters Point is home to Pearson the Panda and Champ lives at Union Memorial!). You can even follow the schools on Instagram to see photos and videos throughout the year: @porters_point_school and @umschamps.