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    Jump Start for Kindergarten Aug 21-25
    Posted on 06/28/2017
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    Viewlands Jump Start

    for Kindergarten students

    August 21-25   9am-Noon                                     

    Dear Kindergarten Families:

    We are happy that your child will be joining us as a Kindergarten student this fall.  To help all our new Kindergarten students feel excited about school, we invite your child to come to Kindergarten “Jump Start.” During Jump Start, children will get to know the school, meet teachers and practice school activities.  We will offer Jump Start for five days, from 9am to 12pm each morning of the week of August 21-25. This is a FREE program open to all new K students. Interpreters will be available for children who are English-language learners and extra staff will assist students with special needs. We ask you to drop off and pick up your child as we cannot offer transportation.  We will provide snacks and lunch.                                                               

    During Jump Start your child will become familiar with the school building, meet new friends, learn school routines and rituals, play games and practice new skills, and get to know some of the school staff.  We have not yet made classroom assignments,  so please know that your child may end up being assigned to a different classroom than the one taught by the Jump Start teacher.

    We will hold a parent meeting during Jump Start week so that you can learn more about our school, ask questions, and tour the building.

    All children assigned to our school are invited to attend Jump Start. Please let us know if your child will attend by completing a registration/health form (also found at this website Please return it to the school at the address below or email it (with Jump Start Registration in the subject line) to our secretary Signe Roscoe at

    We welcome you and your family to our school and look forward to seeing you at Jump Start!


    Principal Amy Klainer
    10525 3rd Ave NW, Seattle WA 98177

    Typical JUMP START Schedule

    Day 1:                 Parents/guardians/family members will sign in children at the school entrance at a sign-in/sign-out table.  This is where you should come to pick-up your child at 12:00 pm. 

    9:00 – 9:20         Gathering in large group/circle time: learning to sit quietly, sing songs, chants and rhymes,             practice raising hands to ask or answer questions, listening quietly, taking turns, etc.

    9:20 – 11:20       Every 30 minutes, children move in small groups between learning “stations”  to practice               different skills up  such as:

    • Fine Motor (drawing, coloring, cutting with scissors, stringing beads, molding play-doh)

    • Large Motor (playing with balls & bean bags; games like Follow the Leader, Simon Says)

    • Math (counting objects, making patterns,  playing with number cards)

    • Literacy (listening to stories, drawing, writing and retelling stories)

    • Language (poems and stories, rhyming and letter sound games)

    • Cognitive or Thinking (problem solving games, puzzles, blocks, sorting objects)

    11:20 – 12:00     Each day the children will visit a different part of the school – the library, cafeteria or lunch room, playground, gym, etc. to become familiar with the school campus and learn school rituals for lining up, walking quietly through the halls, washing hands before/after recess, etc.   

    Quotes from family members about their Jump Start experience

    “This week helped both me and my daughter to feel ready for Kindergarten.”

    “I was very nervous about sending my child to school for the first time.  Just meeting other families and getting to be in the building ahead of Kindergarten made my son excited about starting school.” 

    “My child LOVED Jump Start and kept singing the new songs she learned after she got home. I’m so glad she was able to participate and I would recommend it to any family with a new kindergarten age child.”