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Do you have a student entering Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year? This booklet serves as a guide for Kindergarten enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.

It’s time for
kindergarten!
YOUR GUIDE TO KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Ofce of Registration and Records
Edison Administration Building
615 7th Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902
507.328.4200
8:00 am - 4:45 pm | Monday - Friday
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ingariiska)3284247.
Paraasistenciaenespañol,porfavormarqueal328-4241.
Zapomocnabosanskomjezikupozovite328-4243
مﻗرﻟا ﻲﻠﻋ ﺔﻣﺟرﺗﻟا مﺳﻘﺑ لﺎﺻﺗﻹا ﻲﺟرﯾ ﺔﯾﺑرﻌﻟا ﺔﻐﻠﻟﺎﺑ تﺎﻣوﻠﻌﻣﻟا هذھ ﻰﻠﻋ لوﺻﺣﻟا ﻲﻓ تﺑﻏر اذإ"4246-328"
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ingariiska)3284247.
Paraasistenciaenespañol,porfavormarqueal328-4241.
Zapomocnabosanskomjezikupozovite328-4243
مﻗرﻟا ﻲﻠﻋ ﺔﻣﺟرﺗﻟا مﺳﻘﺑ لﺎﺻﺗﻹا ﻲﺟرﯾ ﺔﯾﺑرﻌﻟا ﺔﻐﻠﻟﺎﺑ تﺎﻣوﻠﻌﻣﻟا هذھ ﻰﻠﻋ لوﺻﺣﻟا ﻲﻓ تﺑﻏر اذإ"4246-328"
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ingariiska)3284247.
Paraasistenciaenespañol,porfavormarqueal328-4241.
Zapomocnabosanskomjezikupozovite328-4243
ا ﺔﻐﻠﻟﺎﺑ تﺎﻣوﻠﻌﻣﻟا هذھ ﻰﻠﻋ لوﺻﺣﻟا ﻲﻓ تﺑﻏر اذإ" مﻗرﻟا ﻲﻠﻋ ﺔﻣﺟرﺗﻟا مﺳﻘﺑ لﺎﺻﺗﻹا ﻲﺟرﯾ ﺔﯾﺑرﻌﻟ4246-328"
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ingariiska)3284247.
Paraasistenciaenespañol,porfavormarqueal328-4241.
Zapomocnabosanskomjezikupozovite328-4243
مﻗرﻟا ﻲﻠﻋ ﺔﻣﺟرﺗﻟا مﺳﻘﺑ لﺎﺻﺗﻹا ﻲﺟرﯾ ﺔﯾﺑرﻌﻟا ﺔﻐﻠﻟﺎﺑ تﺎﻣوﻠﻌﻣﻟا هذھ ﻰﻠﻋ لوﺻﺣﻟا ﻲﻓ تﺑﻏر اذإ"4246-328"
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ingariiska)3284247.
Paraasistenciaenespañol,porfavormarqueal328-4241.
Zapomocnabosanskomjezikupozovite328-4243
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ingariiska)3284247.
Paraasistenciaenespañol,porfavormarqueal328-4241.
Zapomocnabosanskomjezikupozovite328-4243
تﺎﻣوﻠﻌﻣﻟا هذھ ﻰﻠﻋ لوﺻﺣﻟا ﻲﻓ تﺑﻏر اذإ" مﻗرﻟا ﻲﻠﻋ ﺔﻣﺟرﺗﻟا مﺳﻘﺑ لﺎﺻﺗﻹا ﻲﺟرﯾ ﺔﯾﺑرﻌﻟا ﺔﻐﻠﻟﺎﺑ4246-328"
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ingariiska)3284247.
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Kindergarten Enrollment
Timeline
9
RPS Early Learning
3
Registration Information
10
Kindergarten Prep & School
Age Child Care (SACC)
4
Getting My Child Ready for
Kindergarten To-Do List
11
Family & Community
Engagement
Volunteers in Education
5
Health Services
12
Transportation
6
Quality Neighborhood
Schools
13-14
Frequently Asked Questions
7-8
District-Wide Schools &
Programs
WELCOME TO
ROCHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
2
Our records show that you have a child who will be eligible to enter kindergarten in September 2020. As the
parent or guardian of a student in our schools, you are our most important and valued partner in our work to
help your child achieve academic excellence.
Rochester Public Schools oers several dierent programming options for your kindergartner. This book will
introduce you to all of the options within Rochester Public Schools, as well as information about kindergarten
preparation, school tours, transportation, and more.
KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT TIMELINE
NOVEMBER 14, 2019
KICK OFF TO KINDERGARTEN AT MAYO HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA | 4:30 - 7:00 PM
Learn about Rochester Public Schools and everything you need to know for fall 2019.
LATE DECEMBER 2019
Registration and Records will mail kindergarten registration instructions to all eligible incoming
kindergartners.
JANUARY 3-31, 2020
Kindergarten Registration opens online and at the Edison Administration Building (615 7th St SW)
Oce of Registration and Records | 507.328.4200
Monday-Friday | 8:00 am-4:45 pm
JANUARY 12, 2020
District-wide school applications are due to the Oce of Elementary and Secondary Education. See
page 7 for information on the district-wide application.
Students accepted into a district-wide school via random selection process are notied by the Oce of
Elementary and Secondary Education during the week of January 13.
SUMMER 2020
Kindergarten Prep 2020 oered through Community Education. Watch for Community Education’s
spring brochure for class times, fees, scholarship, and registration information.
MAY 2020
Approved/Denied Exception to Attendance and acceptance to district-wide school/program copies are
mailed to parents/guardians.
Parents should contact the Oce of Student Advancement by May 1, 2020 at 507.328.4275 to make
initial request for early entrance to kindergarten.
LATE AUGUST 2020
Transportation routing information will be mailed to those that qualify for busing.
Elementary meet-the-teacher events will occur at all schools.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION
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MANDATORY EARLY CHILDHOOD
SCREENING
BEGINNING AT AGE 3
The State of Minnesota requires that all children check in for a development screening before entering
a public kindergarten program. Rochester Public Schools provides a comprehensive early childhood
screening for any child three years of age and older at no charge. During an early childhood screening our
sta will check your child’s vision, hearing, growth, immunizations status, skills in thinking, communication
and language, large and small muscle control, and social and emotional development.
The best time to schedule your child’s screening is when your child turns three-years-old. Children will
be asked to complete age appropriate tasks, so just as children grow and change with age so will the
tasks they complete at screening. Early detection and intervention make a dierence in the lives of young
children. Getting your child screened at age three will help you identify developmental needs your child
may have. Even if you have no concerns about your child’s development, you are still required by law
to have a childhood screening summary and an immunization record before your child can start school.
Appointments are available at a variety of days and times. Screenings are completed by Registered
Nurses and Early Childhood Professionals. A parent or guardian must attend the screening with the child.
An interpreter is provided if needed. If your child receives special education services from Rochester
Public Schools, speak with your child’s teacher regarding the screening.
HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT:
Call 507.328.4004
Early childhood screenings take place at
Northrop Community Education Center
201 8th Street NW, Rochester MN 55901
What you
should know.
Kindergarten registration packets will be mailed to
families in late December 2019. If you have not
received a registration packet by January 3, 2020,
please stop by the Department of Registration and
Records at the Edison Administration Building to
enroll.
Please bring the following records with you
when you register your child for kindergarten:
• A certied copy of the child’s birth certicate. A
photocopy can also be made from the original
by Registration and Records sta.
• A copy of your child’s latest immunization
records. It is understood that many children will
not have all their immunizations needed until
their 5th birthday.
GETTING MY CHILD READY
FOR KINDERGARTEN
4
TO-DO LIST
1
As soon as my child turns
3, schedule an early
childhood screening by
calling 507.328.4004.
Location of Screening:
Date of Screening:
Time of Screening:
Northrop
2
Register my child for
kindergarten in January
at Registration & Records
in the Edison Building.
615 7th Street SW
Day that I am going to
register my child:
Papers to bring to registration:
Birth certificate
Immunization records
4
Plan how my child will get
to and from school - walk,
bus, other.
From home to school:
From school to home:
Before & after school child
care arrangements:
6
Attend events at my
child’s elementary school
such as Meet the Teacher
Day, an open house, or
play at the playground
during the weekends.
Dates for Events:
5
Figure out my child’s
kindergarten schedule for
the fall.
School start & end times:
Start: End:
Breakfast/lunch programs are
provided.
Breakfast:
Lunch:
7
Share information
about my child with the
kindergarten teacher.
Ways to share:
Meet or talk with the kindergarten
teacher
Meet the Teacher Day is in August
See if there is a kinder calendar
Visit the classroom with my child
Provide written information to the
kindergarten teacher about my
child’s strengths and needs
9
Do fun things with my
child at home to help prep
for kindergarten.
Examples of things you can
do:
Play on the playground
Work on letter recognition
Read with your child
Play counting games
Visit the library
8
Find out if there are
resources at the
elementary school that
may help my child and our
family.
For example, translation
services, speech therapy,
transition resources, ViE,
PTSA, etc.
Notes:
3
Learn which school my
child will attend.
Name of School:
School Phone Number:
Principal Name:
School Website:
HEALTH SERVICES
5
The safety of our students and sta is our top priority. Our Department of Student Health Services is a
key component to meeting this daily goal.
If your child has special considerations (such as food allergies, diabetes, asthma, seizures, etc.) we need
to know about this before your child can begin kindergarten. Please visit our Student Health Services
website, download, and complete the appropriate forms before your child’s rst day of kindergarten.
Some forms may require a health care provider authorization, in addition to parent/guardian authorization.
Find us at: www.rochesterschools.org
Search keyword ‘Student Health Services
Use this chart as a guide to determine which vaccines are required to enroll in child care, early childhood
programs, and school (public or private).
Find the child’s age/grade level and look to see if your child had the number of shots shown by the
checkmarks under each vaccine.
MINNESOTA’S IMMUNIZATION LAW
IMMUNIZATION
REQUIREMENTS
Are Your Kids Ready?
Prior to your child’s 5th birthday you should contact your child’s primary care physician to schedule a Well Child Checkup
for your incoming kindergarten student. Schedule early to ensure your child will have the needed immunizations prior to
the rst day of school. Students will not be allowed to start school on the rst day of school if they do not have their
immunizations or the proper documentation for exemption.
BIRTH THROUGH 4 YEARS AGE: 5 THROUGH 6 YRS AGE: 7 THROUGH 11 YRS AGE: 12 YEARS AND OLDER
Early childhood programs
& child care
For Kindergarten For 1st through 6th grade For 7th through 12th grade
Hepatitis A (Hep A)
ü
Hepatitis B (Hep B)
üüü
Hepatitis B (Hep B)
üüü
Hepatitis B (Hep B)
üüü
Hepatitis B (Hep B)
üüü
DTaP/DT
üüüü
DTaP/DT
üüüüü
Tetanus and diptheria
containing doses
üüü
TdaP & at least 2 tetanus and
diphtheria containing doses
ü
Polio
üüü
Polio
üüüü
Polio
üüü
Polio
üüü
MMR
ü
MMR
üü
MMR
üü
MMR
üü
Hib
ü
Meningococcal
ü & booster
Pneumococcal
üüüü
Varicella
ü
Varicella
üü
Varicella
üü
Varicella
üü
IMMUNIZATIONS RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED:
Inuenza
Annually for all children age 6 months and older
Rotavirus
For infants
Human papillomavirus
At age 11-12 years
3
1
2
4
5
6
7
9
2 2
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Not required after 24 months.
If the child has already had chickenpox disease, varicella shots are not required. If the disease occurred
after 2010, the child’s doctor must sign a form conrming disease.
First graders who are 6 years old and younger must follow the polio and DTaP/DT schedules for
kindergarten.
Fifth shot of DTaP not needed if fourth shot was after age 4. Final dose of DTaP on or after age 4.
Fourth shot of polio not needed if third shot was after age 4. Final dose of polio on or after age 4.
Need proof of at least three tetanus and diphtheria containing doses. If up to date on DTaP/DT series,
no additional doses needed.
An alternate two-shot schedule of hepatitis B may also be used for kids age 11 through 15 years.
One dose of Tdap is required beginning at 7th grade. Also need proof of at least two tetanus and
diphtheria containing doses (DTaP/DT/Td). If a child received Tdap prior to 7th grade, another dose of
Tdap is not needed.
One dose is required beginning at 7th grade. The booster dose is usually given at 16 years.
EXEMPTIONS
To enroll in child care, early childhood
programs, and school in Minnesota, children
must show they’ve had these immunizations or
le a legal exemption.
Parents may le a medical exemption signed
by a health care provider or a non-medical
exemption signed by a parent/guardian and
notarized.
LOOKING FOR RECORDS?
For copies of your child’s vaccination records,
talk to your doctor or call the Minnesota
Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) at
651-201-3980.
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GET TO KNOW YOUR
NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS
6
Rochester Public Schools takes tremendous pride in a safe and welcoming learning environment for
all of our students. Our quality neighborhood schools oer child-centered curriculum that include age-
appropriate teaching methods and materials. Teaching and support sta work to develop all areas of
a child (social, emotional, physical, academic, and creative). We promote independence and decision-
making, problem-solving, and social skills in each child.
A balance of whole group, small group, and individual learning opportunities, along with a wealth of
classroom materials and resources are used to create the best learning environment possible for your
child.
Your child will be attending the school assigned to your neighborhood area. For additional information,
visit www.rochesterschools.org and search keyword ‘Neighborhood Schools’ or visit infonderi.com.
SCHOOL ADDRESS PRINCIPAL PHONE
Bamber Valley 2001 Bamber Valley Rd SW Kristin Engbrecht 507.328.3030
Bishop 406 36th Ave NW Jared Groehler 507.328.3100
Churchill 2240 7th Ave NE Ryan Eversman 507.328.3150
Elton Hills 1421 Elton Hills Dr NW Andrew Neumann 507.328.3200
Folwell 603 15th Ave SW Wendy Moritz 507.328.3220
Franklin 1801 9th Ave SE David Renzy 507.328.3300
Gage 1300 40th St NW Kris Davidson 507.328.3400
Gibbs 5525 56th St NW Michelle Schrantz 507.328.4100
Jeerson
Longfellow
1201 10th Ave NE
1615 Marion Road SE
Heather Klavetter
Amy Adams
507.328.3500
507.328.3600
Pinewood 1900 Pinewood Rd SE Paul Ehling 507.328.3630
Riverside Central 506 5th Ave SE Matt Ruzek 507.328.3700
Sunset Terrace 1707 19th Ave NW Heather Hogen 507.328.3770
GET TO KNOW YOUR DISTRICT-WIDE SCHOOLS & PROGRAMS
7
What is a district-wide school/program?
District-wide schools/programs are schools or programs located within the Rochester Public School
District that may deliver the curriculum in a dierent manner than neighborhood schools. District-wide
schools and programs are tuition free to students. Transportation is provided to eligible students that are
enrolled in a district-wide school or program.
How do I enroll my child into a district-wide school/program?
To enroll, you must ll out and submit an application to the Oce of Elementary and Secondary Education.
There are various ways in which you can do this.
1. Visit www.rochesterschools.org, search keyword ‘District-wide application’, and follow the
instructions. Fill out the form online, and press submit.
2. Print the PDF form and mail or drop it o at the Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education, Edison Administration Building, Second Floor, 615 7th Street SW, Rochester, MN,
55902.
3. Fill out the form in person at the Edison Administration Building.
What is the time frame for 2020-2021 Applications?
Applications are available online and at the Oce of Elementary and Secondary Education in the Edison
Building. The deadline for the initial selection period is Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 11:59 PM with the
random selection taking place on Monday, January 13, 2020. Any additional random selections will be
based on vacancies. Parents will be notied by phone during the week of January 12 if their child has
been selected. Applicants must reapply every year if not selected, including siblings.
Why do I need to apply?
Students are automatically assigned to their neighborhood school and the application process allows
the District to learn about a family’s interest in attending a District-wide school/program. At particular
grade levels there may be a waiting pool due to a greater demand of students applying than the number
of spots available.
What if my child has a sibling already enrolled in a District-
wide school/program?
Siblings of students currently attending a District-wide school will have preference in the selection
process. However, you will still need to apply using the same application process listed above. Be sure
to indicate on the form that your child has a sibling currently enrolled in a District-wide school/program.
Please contact the Oce of Elementary and Secondary Education for full clarication on qualication.
What are the District-wide
schools/programs?
ROCHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
OFFER FIVE DISTRICT-WIDE
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS/
PROGRAMS.
GET TO KNOW YOUR DISTRICT-WIDE SCHOOLS & PROGRAMS
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GAGE SPANISH IMMERSION DISTRICT-WIDE PROGRAM
¡
Hola! Gage oers the Spanish Immersion District-wide program in Rochester Public Schools. Our Spanish
Immersion program follows a 90-10 model, meaning 90% of the day is in Spanish and 10% of the day
is in English. Our teachers are licensed elementary teachers procient in both Spanish and English. The
Spanish Immersion program covers the same curriculum and is held to the same standards for success as
our traditional kindergarten programs.
To arrange a tour, call 507.328.3400.
Principal: Kris Davidson
LINCOLN K-8 DISTRICT-WIDE SCHOOL
The mission of Lincoln is to educate and empower our children in a family-oriented and creative community
by cultivating excellence. Sta use a thematic approach to deliver curriculum which support the individual
learning styles of the whole child. Our innovative science curriculum supports academic excellence and is
fostering the next generation of talented and creative scientists. We are a creative community that incorporates
visual arts, music, and class productions in grades K-8.
To arrange a tour, call 507.328.3550.
Principal: Jim Sonju
LONGFELLOW 45/15 DISTRICT-WIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Longfellow follows a 45/15 instructional calendar with school beginning the last week of July after a six-week
summer break. Students attend school each of the four instructional quarters for approximately 45 days
followed by 15 days of break. Benets of the 45/15 schedule include greater student retention and less re-
teaching due to the strategically placed breaks, consistent teaching time, and positive school culture. The
sta at Longfellow are highly creative with the infusion of research based dierentiation models to meet the
needs of our learners.
To arrange a tour, call 507.328.3600.
Principal: Amy Adams
MONTESSORI AT FRANKLIN DISTRICT-WIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The Montessori approach to education embraces individualized instruction for children, mixed-age groupings,
a structured curriculum, and a prepared environment using specialized Montessori teaching materials. The
Montessori classrooms allow children to move, touch, manipulate, and explore the specically designed
learning materials with both direct and indirect teaching to foster their journey from the concrete to the
abstract. Since Montessori education is based on the inner motivation of the child, it is the teacher’s role to
work with this motivation in ways that will enhance each child’s learning experience.
To arrange a tour, call 507.328.3300.
Principal: David Renzy
WASHINGTON CORE KNOWLEDGE DISTRICT-WIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Washington uses a curriculum based on the Core Knowledge Sequence, a rich and rigorous body of
information in American and world history, geography, science, literature, music, and art. It is our belief that
the most eective elementary education balances high expectations for mastery of basic reading, math,
writing, and technology skills with a solid foundation of factual information in the content areas. The area of
reading stresses systematic phonics instruction in the primary grades and builds vocabulary, comprehension
and reading uency throughout the grades and reading instruction is supplemented with classic literature
recommended in the Core Knowledge Sequence. Math instruction uses a traditional style focused on the MN
state standards with an emphasis on mastery of basic math facts, computation skills, concepts, and problem
solving.
To arrange a tour, call 507.328.3800.
Principal: Chad Schroeder
RPS EARLY LEARNING
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Everyone Connects!
ROCHESTER PUBLIC
SCHOOLS PRESCHOOL
LOCATIONS
Hoover Early Learning School
369 Elton Hills Dr NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Northrop Education Center
201 8th St NW
Rochester, MN 55901
Mighty Oaks Early
Learning School
3800 50th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904
2019-20
REGISTRATION
STILL OPEN!
For more information and
registration, call 507.328.4024
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR QUALIFYING FAMILIES
Why Rochester Public
Schools preschool?
Skills we build in preschool serve us for a
lifetime—positive relationships, language and
literacy, numbers and thinking skills, and much
more. Rochester Public Schools preschool
prepares our young learners for a future of school
and life success. We use a play-based approach
facilitated by high quality educators with respected
curricula and assessments in a positive learning
environment. RPS preschool is a quality preschool
program that respects the unique needs of each
child. When children are prepared to succeed at
kindergarten entrance, all of society benets.
Growing Young Minds
RPS preschool focuses across the areas of child
development, facilitating learning in social and
emotional, cognitive, and physical development,
literacy and language, math, science, and the
arts. Our children play to learn, with whole group,
small group, and individualized opportunities. Our
licensed teachers and talented assistants provide
caring, quality environments where the love of
learning will ourish.
RPS Preschool Program has earned a Four-Star
rating from Minnesota’s Parent Aware Quality
Rating System, as a result of our commitment to
quality curriculum, instruction, assessment, and
professional development.
4-Star Rated
Four-Star
Parent Aware
Rated
KINDERGARTEN PREP &
SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE (SACC)
10
(
SACC
)
School Age Child Care (SACC) provides the
highest quality enrichment opportunities in a
nurturing and safe environment for more than
1,700 children in kindergarten through fth
grade throughout Rochester Public Schools.
SACC provides care before and after school on
all regular school days, non-school enrichment
days (NSEDs), most inclement weather days,
and summer. The SACC program is available at
all RPS elementary schools where registration
numbers support an operating site. Information
for SACC is available at Kick O to Kindergarten,
through the SACC oce at Northrop Education
Center, and online through Rochester Public
Schools Community Education. Registration
begins in March for the following summer and
school year.
For more information visit:
www.rochesterce.org
Keyword search ‘SACC’
KINDERGARTEN PREP 2020
Kindergarten is one of your child’s milestones that creates excitement and wonder. Community Education,
along with your child’s school and District teachers, have created an optional course for incoming
kindergartners to help them feel prepared and excited to come to school in September! Experience what
a regular day in kindergarten will be like with:
• Hands-on learning Number games
Art projects • Learning the layout of the school
Purposeful play Experiencing how classroom materials are
used
Classroom routines
Classes will be oered summer of 2020—watch for Community Education’s spring brochure for class
times, fees, scholarship, and registration information. Visit www.rochesterce.org for more information.
Kindergarten Tours
You are welcome to visit your neighborhood or District-wide school. Please contact the main oce for a
full schedule of tour dates or to schedule a tour. Phone numbers can be found on pages 6 and 8.
FAMILY & COMMUNITY
ENGAGEMENT
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Our goal is to educate parents and community members about the value of family and community
engagement, as well as to provide strategies for these eorts throughout the District.
You are encouraged to visit the webpage where you can access resources focused on engagement.
Learn more about the six dierent types of proven parent and family outreach practices. They are:
1. Parenting: Help all families establish home environments to support learning.
2. Communicating: Design more eective forms of communication to reach parents.
3. Volunteering: Recruit and organize parent help and support.
4. Learning at Home: Provide ideas to parents on how to help a child at home.
5. Decision Making: Include parents in school decisions and develop parent leaders.
6. Collaborating with the Community: Identify and integrate resources and services from the
community.
For questions, call 507.328.4356 or visit www.rochesterschools.org.
Search keyword ‘Family and Community Engagement’
Volunteering can deliver
immeasurable rewards.
Parents, guardians, grandparents, and community members are encouraged
to share their time, talents, and knowledge with our students. Volunteering in
RPS enriches the educational programs and strengthens our relationships with
families, businesses, and the community as a whole.
To volunteer in Rochester Public Schools, visit www.rochesterschools.org and
search keyword ‘vie’ to complete an application and review frequently asked
questions.
Volunteers in Education | ViE
MEETING DATES
All parents, families and community members are invited
to attend one or all of the following meetings. Meetings are
typically held on the second Tuesday of each month at the
Northrop Building from 9:30-11:00 am.
*Meetings will be canceled if there is a 2-hour school delay.
DATE
October 8, 2019
November 12, 2019
December 10, 2019
January 14, 2020
February 11, 2020
March 10, 2020
April 14, 2020
May 12, 2020
TRANSPORTATION
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What you should know.
The Minnesota state statute requires transportation for students residing 2 miles or more from their
neighborhood school. However, Rochester Public Schools transports students in grades K-5 who reside
more than 1.25 miles from their neighborhood school. You will receive an enrollment letter in the spring.
Your letter will state whether or not you are eligible for transportation. If you are eligible, you will receive
bus routing information by mail in late August of 2020.
Transportation can be provided to and
or from your child care location if the
following circumstance exist:
• Your child care is in the attendance
area of the school your child attends.
• Your child care address is more than
1.25 miles from the school your child
attends.
A child care request form must be
completed in its entirety and signed by
the parent/guardian(s).
Requests for transportation from child
care will be carried forward each year
through 5th grade. Parents must notify
the Transportation Oce if they wish
to cancel. Forms are available at the
Transportation Oce | Room 122 |
Edison Building (615 7th St SW) or
online at www.rochesterschools.org,
search keyword ‘Transportation’.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Kindergarten registration will take place from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm,
Monday-Friday Jan. 2-31, 2020 at the Edison Building, 615 7th Street
SW. Please bring a certied copy of your child’s birth certicate.
A photocopy can also be made from the original by Registration
and Records sta. You will also need a copy of your child’s latest
immunization records. It is understood that many children will not
have all immunizations needed until their fth (5th) birthday.
Where and when
will kindergarten
registration take
place?
School attendance boundary maps are
available on the District website, or you
may contact Registration and Records at
507.328.4200.
How can I find out where
my neighborhood school is
located?
If your child was born in the state of MN, you can
purchase a copy at the Olmsted County Courthouse
in Rochester. If your child was not born in MN,
contact the county of the state in which your child
was born. We can photocopy the original for you.
How do I obtain a copy of my
child’s birth certificate?
Yes. The Rochester Public Schools kindergarten program is all-day, every day.
Is there all-day kindergarten in Rochester?
What is the age
requirement
for entrance to
kindergarten?
According to MN State Statute, a person shall not be admitted to
a public school as a kindergarten pupil, unless the pupil is at least
ve (5) years of age on or before September 1, of the calendar
year in which the school year commences. (120A.20, MN Statutes,
2007)
Students who demonstrate superior academic readiness will be
considered for early entrance to kindergarten if they will be turning
ve (5) years of age between September 2 and August 31 of their early entrance school year. (120B.5, MN
Statutes, 2004) For more information, contact Monica Bowler at 507.328.4275.
All children in Minnesota are required to begin attending school by the age of seven. Children are not
required by statute to complete kindergarten before beginning rst grade. The District recommends that
children attend kindergarten before entering rst grade.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Applications for Free or Reduced Priced School Meals are
available at your School Oce or the Student Nutrition
Services Oce located at the Edison Building. For more
information, please call 507.328.4218, or go to the Student
Nutrition Services webpage.
How do I apply for ‘Free or Reduced’
lunch?
The District can assist families that
may need a language interpreter
during the registration process. Please
let us know if you will need some
assistance during registration by
calling 507.328.4237.
What do I do if I need
to have an interpreter
help me during the
registration process?
Visit the District website www.rochesterschools.org, search keyword
‘vie’ to learn how you can volunteer at your child’s school or ask your
child’s teacher or principal.
How can I volunteer at
my child’s school and
become involved in
my child’s education?
Rochester Public Schools’ Community
Education administers the School Age
Child Care (SACC) Program.
The School Age Child Care Oce is
located at Northrop Education Center,
201 8th Street NW, 507.328.4040.
Information regarding the SACC
program can be found on the
Community Education website.
Is there childcare at
school?
A parent/legal guardian may request that a child attend school
in the neighborhood school serving the area in which the
childcare provider resides. This is granted provided building
capacity/class size will accommodate the request; agreed-
upon plan will continue for the entire year; transportation
is provided by the district only if the address is within the
attendance area of the receiving school and meets the
distance requirements for the transportation; and the student
maintains acceptable attendance and behavior as determined
by the building administrator. An Exception to Attendance
form for this request can be found at www.rochesterschools.
org, search keyword ‘exception to attendance’.
What if my daycare is in another
attendance area other than where I
live?
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KICK OFF TO KINDERGARTEN
OPEN HOUSE
Join us to learn about your Rochester Public Schools options for your child entering
Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. Adults and children are welcome to attend Kick
O to Kindergarten for information and activities.
Stay tuned for details and visit www.rochesterce.org/OnMyWay2K for more information.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
4:30 - 7:00 PM
Mayo High School Cafeteria