READY! for Kindergarten Parent Workshops

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Do you have a child ages 2-5? If so, this is the program for you!

Registration is now OPEN to families living in the Tahoma School District!

Click here to sign-up.

(If you live in a neighboring district, please contact your district office 

to see if they offer the READY! for Kindergarten program.)


What is READY! for Kindergarten?

READY! for Kindergarten is a program for parents/caregivers that helps them prepare their child(ren) for a happy and successful school experience. The new E-Learning workshops consist of three, self-paced online courses (about 60-minutes each). Each course has a different theme (language & literacy, math & reasoning, social & emotional). Parents receive a binder containing 26 age-appropriate targets for ALL age ranges (0-5), resources, materials (toys/games) and training on how to use the resources and materials to help their child(ren) work toward being ready for kindergarten.
NOTE: This program is optional and is not a required part of kindergarten registration. We advertise them together because they occur at the same time of the year.


What do the new E-Learning workshops/online courses entail?

Parents complete three, self-paced online courses (about 60-minute each) and learn how to use the resources and materials/toys provided to help their child meet the age-appropriate targets in the following areas (language and literacy, math and reasoning, social and emotional). Click here to view the workshop materials. Parents have an opportunity to attend (3) 30-minute live Q&A sessions. Each will take place a few weeks after families pick-up the materials and have an opportunity to complete each online course. The live sessions (hosted by Tahoma teachers familiar with the courses and materials) will be an opportunity for families to drop-in and ask questions as well as share ideas around what is working and discuss what may be challenging. This is an opportunity to connect with other families and to clarify how to best work with your child and the materials at home.       


Which online workshop do I sign-up for?

Workshops will be offered for the following three age groups:

Ages 2-3 workshop
     Your child will be attending kindergarten in three years  
(2023-2024 school year).
Ages 3-4 workshop
     Your child will be attending kindergarten in two years (2022-2023 school year).
Ages 4-5 workshop
     Your child that will be attending kindergarten next year 
(2021-2022 school year).

NOTE: Your child must be 5 on or before Aug. 31 in order to register for kindergarten.


When do the online workshops take place and when can I pick-up the materials?

MATERIAL PICK-UP DATES:
  Monday, Jan. 11 from 8AM-4PM -- Material Pick-up for Workshop #1
  Monday, Feb. 22 from 8AM-4PM -- Material Pick-up for Workshop #2
  Monday, March 29 from 8AM-4PM -- Material Pick-up for Workshop #3

E-LEARNING WORKSHOP/ONLINE COURSE COMPLETION WINDOWS:
  Jan. 11-Feb. 12 -- Language and Literacy focus for Workshop #1
  Feb. 22-March 26 -- Math and Reasoning focus for Workshop #2
  March 29-April 30 -- Social and Emotional focus for Workshop #3
NOTE: Participants will only have access to each course during the window provided. Note-taking materials are provided.


LIVE Q&A SESSIONS (OPTIONAL)
  Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 6:30-7PM -- Live Q&A for Workshop #1
  Wednesday, March 24 from 6:30-7PM -- Live Q&A for Workshop #2
  Wednesday, April 28 from 6:30-7PM -- Live Q&A for Workshop #3

LOCATION: Material pick-up is located at Central Services Center-same parking lot as Rock Creek Elementary
  E-Learning Course takes place online (link provided once materials are picked-up)


What is the cost?

This year, due to COVID and because of the support of the Maple Valley Rotary, we have reduced the materials fee to $50 (normally $150) which covers all three workshops. This is a $250 value! Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Tahoma School District and delivered to the Teaching and Learning Dept. at Central Services Center (no cash accepted). Payment is due by Wednesday, January 6th.


Are scholarships available?

Yes! Full and partial scholarships are available to those who qualify. To qualify, parents must complete a Tahoma Free/Reduced Meals Application OR participate in one of the following programs: Food Bank services, Vine Maple Place services, or the ECEAP program at Lake Wilderness Elementary. Free/Reduced Meals applications are available online or at Central Services Center and must be submitted by Monday, January 4th to the Teaching and Learning Dept. at Central Services Center. If you qualify for a full scholarship, there is no cost to you. If you qualify for a reduced scholarship, your fee will be $25. Payment is due by Wednesday, January 6th.

How do I register?
Registration is now OPEN to families living in the Tahoma School District! Click here to sign-up.

We will notify you with more information within a few days of submitting your registration. 
(If you live in a neighboring district, please contact your district office to see if they offer the READY! for Kindergarten program.)







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