SMCS Kindergarten Welcome Page

We are so glad to welcome our new kindergarten families who will be joining us next year! It is our hope this page is helpful in transitioning your student to our school. You will find useful information for our steps and processes for enrollment and also a video highlighting our program. Due to COVID-19, we are not able to host many of our typical kindergarten welcoming/orientation events in-person. However, we will attempt to create opportunities to connect in a safe manner. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the school.

SMCS Kindergarten Welcome Video

Basic School Information

Kindergarten First Day (Half-Days): Tuesday, August 17th, 2021
Kindergarten First Full Day: Monday, August 23rd, 2021

School Times: Doors Open @ 8:15 AM; School Starts @ 8:40 AM; Dismissal @ 3:30 PM for students being picked up.

Bussing: Available for students in the SOEL bussing footprint. Kindergarten students must have a parent at the bus stop at pickup and drop off. (If parent is not at the stop, the driver will keep the student on the bus and continue the route.) Kindergarteners can be accompanied by a sibling in grade 4 or higher for drop off.

Kindergarten Family Action Items

First Step – Registration:

If your child is not in district pre-school, please fill out the New Student Registration Form with the district. https://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/students_parents.aspx?id=448
Click on the blue “New Student Registration Form” button on the link.

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If your student is in pre-school in the district please contact the school and let us know which school. Thanks in advance, and please contact us if you have any questions.


April 26 & May 3 (2021) – Kindergartener Classroom Visit

We will not have an “Open House” for our kindergarteners this year due to COVID-19. However, we do want to give families an opportunity to bring in their child to see the classroom. We are inviting families to sign up for a classroom visit time that will occur after school.

Sessions will be 30 minutes from 4:30-5:00 or 5:00-5:30. We are only allowing the student and one parent for the visit, and we are scheduling 4 visits in one 30 minute session. (So 4 kindergarteners and 4 adults would possibly be present.)

If a short visit to the class is desired, please sign up for a time to visit at the school SignUp.com page using the link below. Visits will be hosted by the principal. Mrs. Miller, our kindergarten teacher, may not be in attendance.

Click Here To Learn About Using Sign-Up.com

We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the button link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com.
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact the school.


August 9 & 10 (2021) – Kindergarten Screening

Kindergarten screening assessments will take place on Monday, August 9th and Tuesday, August 10th. One-on-one kindergartener screening sessions will be completed by the kindergarten teacher and will take place in the kindergarten classroom. Parents will stay in the office completing district paperwork while the teacher works with your child in the classroom (approximately ½ hour).

Screening appointments can be scheduled beginning August 1, 2021 @ 12:00 PM [noon], and will need to be scheduled online at the school Sign-Up.com page. Online scheduling will be available until August 6th, 2021 @ 3:00 PM.

Click Here To Learn About Using Sign-Up.com

We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the button link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com.
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact the school.


August 12 (2021) – Kindergarten Parent Orientation Meeting

Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. We are planning on an in-person meeting, but that could change depending on circumstances and District directives. This meeting is for PARENTS ONLY. Please do not bring little ones.


August 17-20 (2021) – Kindergarten Half-Day Schedule

Kindergartners will attend school for half days the first week of school: Tuesday, August 17 through Friday, August 20. You will sign up your child to attend either the morning session OR the afternoon session, for the first week when your child is completing their screening.

  • Students signed up to attend the morning session will begin at 8:40 and end at 11:45. Kindergartners may ride the bus to school or be dropped off no later than 8:40 am. All morning session students must be picked up promptly at 11:45. Lunch will not be served. A morning snack will be provided. No bus home for this session.
  • Students signed up to attend the afternoon session will begin at 12:45 and end at 3:30. Students should not arrive early for this session. Students may ride the bus home or be picked up no later than 3:35. Lunch will not be served. An afternoon snack will be provided.
  • Friday August 20, all students should plan to bring a cold lunch to school. The whole class will gather for lunch from 11:45 – 12:15. Morning class will go home at 12:15 and Afternoon class will arrive at 11:45.
  • Note: Kindergartners riding the bus, will need a bus pass prior to the first day of school. Mrs. Cavazos, our school secretary, can help you with this.