Welcome to Kindergarten!
It is our joy and privilege, year-after-year, to welcome another group of Kindergarteners into our school community. We are so glad to have you, and can’t wait to get to know our newest Great Hearts Irving scholars.
Information for New Families
We have compiled numerous resources you will find helpful in getting acquainted with your child’s new school at greatheartsirving.org/lowerschoolnewfamilies. Do be sure to pay it a visit to have all your questions answered.
The First Three Days
This year, the first three days of school for our new Kindergarteners will look a little different. To help welcome our youngest students and ease their transition into the routine of school, the first three days of school—August 11th, 12th, and 13th—will be early-release for all Kindergarteners. The Athenaeum after-school program will also not be available to Kindergarteners the first three days of school. Parents will need to make other arrangements for these days. Parents should pick up their Kindergarteners in the Green Carline between 1:25 and 1:50. Older siblings will need to be picked up separately at the usual full day dismissal time of 3:25.
May I walk my student to class on the first day of school?
Our carline procedures make it unsafe for parents to get out and walk students into the school building. Allowing your child to hop out of the car in carline that morning and walk into his/her new school ready for a great day of learning is a gift, especially for children who may be inclined to suffer separation anxiety. We will have lots of teachers available outside and in our hallways to make sure our newest scholars are given a warm welcome and make it to the right place. Please do not park and walk your students in.
One thing some families have found helpful is coming to school before the first day and driving through the carline with your child to practice! You can also help your child to recognize the type and color of vehicle that will be picking them up each day so that they can tell our teachers and we can get them to the right car in the afternoon as quickly as possible.
Who will my child’s teacher be?
Throughout the first three days, Kindergarteners will spend time in all four classrooms. That will allow us an opportunity to get to know our new Kindergarteners and for them to get to know all our Kindergarten teachers before we assign them to a permanent classroom. At the end of that first week of school, families will receive an email indicating who their child’s teachers will be for the rest of the school year.
Where should we go for Meet the Teacher?
Kindergarten families should visit the Lower School campus during one of our three Meet the Teacher windows like the rest of our families. Because Kindergarteners will not have been assigned to a particular classroom by the time of Meet the Teacher, families should visit the Forum (one of our lunchrooms) where all our Kindergarten teachers will be present to greet you and you will able able to drop off your child’s supplies.