Kindergarten in Bethel
Bethel School District is proud to offer full-day kindergarten for all students. Researchers have noted that full-day kindergarten leads to higher academic achievement and reduced achievement gaps among students of different economic and racial/ethnic groups; decreases costs by reducing the need for additional academic support in later years; contributes to increased school readiness; and promotes children‘s social and emotional development.
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
- Click here to register your child for Kindergarten
Learning and Doing in Kindergarten
Bethel Kindergarten students 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
Now in its 5th year, 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 registration – online or in-person – you will sign up for a time to meet with your child’s classroom teacher on Thursday, September 5th or Friday, September 6th and indicate a preference for either the morning or afternoon for staggered start the second week of school (September 9-13). Your school will notify you of the exact time of your parent/teacher meeting and confirm your staggered start time.
Students, who are five years old on or before September 1, will be admitted to Bethel’s kindergarten program. A student attaining age five on or before September 1 qualifies for kindergarten. 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
You are welcome to visit Bethel’s schools. Please make arrangements ahead of time with the school you wish to visit so plans can be made to escort you throughout the building.
Parents are encouraged to become familiar with the principals, teachers and the instructional program. All Bethel schools offer a similar enriching kindergarten curriculum. Please explore, visit and then pre-register your child for Bethel kindergarten by visiting your neighborhood school office.
For more information call the district office at 541-689-3280 or go here to email your questions.