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District 51 may change kindergarten age dates

District 51 School Board members plan to discuss at their next board meeting Feb. 4 the possibility of changing the cut-off date for a student to turn 5 before enrolling in kindergarten.

Currently, students entering kindergarten must turn 5 on or before Sept. 15 of the school year they enroll in order to register for school without an early access application. State law allows districts to pick their own deadlines but will not provide per-student funding for kindergarten students who are not 5 years old on or before Oct. 1 unless they have enrolled through an early access process.

On Tuesday, board members requested a presentation from District 51 Executive Director of Academic Achievement for Elementary Schools Lesley Rose on Feb. 4 so they can decide whether or not to change the fifth birthday cut-off date from Sept. 15 to the first day of school this year or next year, if at all. School starts Aug. 4 for the 2014-15 school year.

Rose will discuss the pros and cons of changing the date. She warned board members it would be hard to change the deadline this year because parents of students who would not make the new deadline have probably already planned on having their children start kindergarten.

Board members indicated a decision would be made by the time kindergarten sign-up begins March 7.

— Emily Shockley

KINDERGARTEN AGE DATES MAY CHANGE

District 51 School Board members plan to discuss at their next board meeting Feb. 4 the possibility of changing the cut-off date for a student to turn five before enrolling in kindergarten.

Currently, students entering kindergarten must turn 5 on or before Sept. 15 of the school year they enroll in order to register for school without an early access application. State law allows districts to pick their own deadlines but will not provide per-student funding for kindergarten students who are not 5 years old on or before Oct. 1 unless they have enrolled through an early access process.

On Tuesday, board members requested a presentation from District 51 Executive Director of Academic Achievement for Elementary Schools Lesley Rose on Feb. 4 so they can decide whether or not to change the fifth birthday cut-off date from Sept. 15 to the first day of school this year or next year, if at all. School starts Aug. 4 for the 2014-15 school year.

Rose will discuss the pros and cons of changing the date. She warned board members it would be hard to change the deadline this year because parents of students who would not make the new deadline have probably already planned on having their children start kindergarten.

Board members indicated a decision would be made by the time kindergarten sign-up begins March 7.



Parents of gifted students they believe are ready to enter kindergarten or first grade a year early have until Feb. 28 to apply for Early Access in School District 51 for the 2014-15 school year.

The district may enroll a small number of 4-year-olds in kindergarten and a select number of 5-year-olds in first grade under state law if the children are extremely advanced for their age academically and “would not suffer emotional, social or developmental setbacks because of early entrance,” according to district documents.

In order to be considered for early access to kindergarten, Colorado Department of Education guidelines require that a 4-year-old know how to write his or her name, be able to recognize 12 words by sight, recognize upper- and lower-case letters, know rhyming sounds and how to blend sounds, be able to count objects up to 10 and be able to write numerals one through 10.

A 5-year-old must know how to do all of the above tasks in order to be considered for early admission to first grade, plus be able to write the numbers zero through 20, count objects up to 20, count up to 100, compare numbers and groups to decipher which amount is larger or smaller, sort objects into groups, understand the concepts of addition and subtraction, and comprehend concepts of time, including the difference between morning, afternoon and night.

Early access first-grade applicants also must know 20 words by sight; identify characters, setting and main events in a story; be able to draw, tell or write about a book and events in order; be able to point out and create words that rhyme; be able to reiterate stories in detail; recognize and name every letter by upper-case and lower-case; identify the various sounds associated with a letter; comprehend basic features of a print document, such as turning pages and reading left to right; and be able to engage in a question-and-answer session.

Applications can be found online at d51schools.org or picked up at the Basil T. Knight Center, 596 N. Westgate Drive, or at the Hawthorne Early Childhood Education Office at 410 Hill Ave. Applications can be turned in at the Basil T. Knight Center only or faxed to 241-1084. A teacher referral form has to be faxed to that number as well after it is completed by a pre-school or organized class teacher.

Parents will find out if their child has made it to the next step after February, at which time a $15 fee will be charged for an assessment. Parents will have to pay $90 for a second set of more detailed assessments if the child makes it even further in the process.

The final word on whether a student will gain early admission to kindergarten or first grade will come to parents by the first week of May, at which time parents will be able to enroll their children for fall 2014.

Parents of gifted students they believe are ready to enter kindergarten or first grade a year early have until Feb. 28 to apply for Early Access in School District 51 for the 2014-15 school year.

The district may enroll a small number of 4-year-olds in kindergarten and a select number of 5-year-olds in first grade under state law if the children are extremely advanced for their age academically and “would not suffer emotional, social or developmental setbacks because of early entrance,” according to district documents.

In order to be considered for early access to kindergarten, Colorado Department of Education guidelines require that a 4-year-old know how to write his or her name, be able to recognize 12 words by sight, recognize upper- and lower-case letters, know rhyming sounds and how to blend sounds, be able to count objects up to 10 and be able to write numerals one through 10.

A 5-year-old must know how to do all of the above tasks in order to be considered for early admission to first grade, plus be able to write the numbers zero through 20, count objects up to 20, count up to 100, compare numbers and groups to decipher which amount is larger or smaller, sort objects into groups, understand the concepts of addition and subtraction, and comprehend concepts of time, including the difference between morning, afternoon and night.

Early access first-grade applicants also must know 20 words by sight; identify characters, setting and main events in a story; be able to draw, tell or write about a book and events in order; be able to point out and create words that rhyme; be able to reiterate stories in detail; recognize and name every letter by upper-case and lower-case; identify the various sounds associated with a letter; comprehend basic features of a print document, such as turning pages and reading left to right; and be able to engage in a question-and-answer session.

Applications can be found online at d51schools.org or picked up at the Basil T. Knight Center, 596 N. Westgate Drive, or at the Hawthorne Early Childhood Education Office at 410 Hill Ave. Applications can be turned in at the Basil T. Knight Center only or faxed to 241-1084. A teacher referral form has to be faxed to that number as well after it is completed by a pre-school or organized class teacher.

Parents will find out if their child has made it to the next step after February, at which time a $15 fee will be charged for an assessment. Parents will have to pay $90 for a second set of more detailed assessments if the child makes it even further in the process.

The final word on whether a student will gain early admission to kindergarten or first grade will come to parents by the first week of May, at which time parents will be able to enroll their children for fall 2014.


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