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Our Kindergarten Program

Bethel School District is proud to offer a strong Kindergarten program for all students.

Family engagement and meeting the needs of students are two of the most important factors in a child’s success as they begin their school career. That is why we offer Kindergarten Orientation, an opportunity to explore what Kindergarten in Bethel has to offer your child.

Learn about Bethel’s safe school environments, updated curriculum and technology, and strong community support and involvement. Hear from the teachers, principals, counselors and other important staff about what to expect at your neighborhood school.

Watch for the Kindergarten Orientation days and times to be posted here soon.

In Bethel School District kindergartners will enjoy:

  • A full-day of school
  • Safe and secure environments
  • Free breakfasts for all students
  • Music and PE specialists
  • Counselors in every school
  • New computers, classroom projectors, and curriculum in each classroom
  • Community support, at an all-time high in Bethel School District
  • Involved families who are making Bethel their school district of choice

Kinders will learn to:

  • Recognize all upper and lower case letters
  • Use sounds and letters to read and spell words
  • Ask and answer questions about key details in a text
  • Think mathematically to solve problems with numbers and objects
  • Compare and order objects by attributes
  • Express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly while speaking
  • Write brief stories that use drawings to support meaning
  • Listen to, understand, and follow school expectations
  • Socialize and enjoy learning with peers
  • Take part in music and P.E.

Kindergarten Smart Start

  • The Kindergarten Smart Start program is a carefully designed process intended to ensure a successful transition into kindergarten for your child.

    During the first week of school, your child will attend school one day. During the second week of school, from Monday through Thursday, your child will attend school on a staggered start, a half-day either in the morning or afternoon. This will enable kindergarten staff to:

    • Introduce your child to school in small groups with a supportive team of educators
    • Teach expectations and routines as they learn about recess on the playground
    • Teach cafeteria procedures as they eat lunch
    • Assess students in academic areas and school readiness activities in small groups
    • Meet with families to learn more about your child
    • Determine classroom assignments to best meet the educational needs of every child

    Smart Start also allows time for you to meet with your child’s kindergarten teacher before the school year begins. At this meeting, you can help the teacher get to know your child and ask any questions you may have about the upcoming school year.

    During online registration or in-person – you will sign up for a time to meet with your child’s classroom teacher and indicate a preference for either the morning or afternoon for staggered start the second week of school.  Your school will notify you of the exact time of your parent/teacher meeting and confirm your staggered start time.

Early Entry

Students, who are five years old on or before September 1, will be admitted to Bethel’s kindergarten program. Students who turn age five after September 1 and before November 1 may be considered for early entry into kindergarten if they are determined to be sufficiently advanced to succeed in the educational program based on the student’s:

  • Readiness skills
  • Cognitive Ability (intelligence)
  • Social/emotional and/or physical development
For students who will be five between September 2 and November 1, parents must notify the District of their intent to seek early enrollment before July 1.  Click here for the specific requirements involved in an application for early entry.

School Visits

You are normally welcome to visit Bethel’s schools. However, during the COVID pandemic visitors are not permitted in our schools as a measure of limiting community exposure whenever possible. This protocol may change over time. Please contact your school of choice to make arrangements ahead of time about possible visits once COVID protocols are eased.

Parents are encouraged to become familiar with the principals, teachers and the instructional program. All Bethel schools offer a similar enriching kindergarten curriculum. Please take part in our online Kindergarten Orientation this spring, then pre-register your child online for the coming school year. 

For more information, call your neighborhood school or the District Office at 541.689.3280

Curriculum Directors

Tasha Katsuda
541.689.3280 Ext. 2013

Kee Zublin
541.689.3280 Ext. 2005


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