We are looking forward to having your child enter Kindergarten
at North Kitsap School District. It will be an adventurous year
with many new discoveries, learning and friendships. We participate in a
program specifically for Kindergarten called WaKIDS (Washington
Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills). WaKIDS is a process for:
- Welcoming students and their families to kindergarten.
- Assessing students' strengths.
- Discussing the characteristics of children's development and learning that will enable them to be successful in school.
No one knows your child better than you. You are an important member of
the team that will support your child's learning and make the
transition into kindergarten as smooth as possible.
WaKIDS has three components. The first component is the Family Connection,
which provides an opportunity for families to meet with their child's
kindergarten teacher at the beginning of the school year. These
one-on-one meetings are intended to welcome families to school and
provide a safe environment for families to speak freely with the
teacher. They help families and teachers begin to build relationships
so that they can work together to help children be successful in school.
These meetings will occur during the first 3 days of school and will be non-student days for your kindergartener. Teachers will be sending an invitation in August to schedule these meetings.
The second component is the Whole Child Assessment. Teachers identify children's strengths to target support where it's needed most.
The third component is Early Learning Collaboration.
This collaboration aligns the practices of early learning
professionals and kindergarten teachers to support smooth transitions