Get Your Questions Answered Next Week During Transition to Kindergarten Meeting
Birmingham Public Schools' presents 'Transition to Kindergarten' next week at Pierce Elementary School.
If you've got a little one that will be entering kindergarten in the fall, Birmingham Public Schools is looking to make the transition a little easier.
Next week, the district will be presenting "Transition to Kindergarten," an informational session for parents from 7-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 at Pierce Elementary School.
During the session, parents can ask questions about transitioning one's child from preschool to kindergarten as well as learn more about what happens during a typical day of kindergarten at Birmingham Public Schools.
Experts will be on hand to answer questions from Birmingham Schools and the Oakland Intermediate School District, including Joan Firestone, director of Early Chilldhood at Oakland Schools, and Birmingham kindergarten teacher Dominic Nepa.
Parents will also learn more about recent changes to state rules that dictate how old a child must be to start kindergarten. According to legislation passed in late spring 2012, children must be five years old by Dec. 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten. That date moves to Nov. 1 in 2013, Oct. 1 in 2014 and Sept. 1 in 2015.
In addition, Birmingham Schools will also be offering a line-up of Kindergarten Round-Ups for all the elementary schools in the district. At the round-ups, parents can see the school their child might attend, visit with teachers and get their questions answered. Dates are:
- Beverly Elementary: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29
- Bingham Farms Elementary: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5
- Greenfield Elementary: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22
- Harlan Elementary: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30
- Pembroke Elementary: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23
- Pierce Elementary: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30
- Quarton Elementary: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23
- West Maple Elementary: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5
Those who can't make the Trasition to Kindergarten program, or your Kindergarten Round-Up, but still have questions, can call Birmingham's Early Childhood Center Director Laura Tinsley at 248-203-5805.