What is the age requirement to enter Kindergarten?
To enter kindergarten in September, your child must reach his/her fifth birthday on or before August 31. This is an absolute cut-off date set by the Newton School Committee.

When does Kindergarten Registration and Screening take place?
Registration for kindergarten will be held in the late winter/early spring. Please bring your child’s birth certificate, proof of residency, record of immunization, list of illnesses and information pertaining to the specific needs of your child.

What happens at the Registration and Screening Process?
At this time, your child will have the chance to spend time with some of the Kindergarten teachers so they can conduct a screening and learn more about your child. Parents will also have a chance to meet with a faculty member to share information about your child that is relevant to his/her learning experience.

Will my child have the chance to visit Kindergarten before September?
Every June, incoming kindergarteners are invited to come to Peirce and spend time with their peers in the classrooms. This is a great way for them to familiarize themselves with the school, teachers and get a feel for what Kindergarten is all about.

Are there other opportunities throughout the year for my child to meet other incoming Kindergarteners?
During the late summer, a play date is scheduled at the Peirce Playground and all incoming Kindergarteners are invited to participate, meet friends and enjoy popsicles. Scheduling information will be sent via email during the summer.

How many Kindergarten classes does Peirce have?
The number of classes varies from year to year and is dependent on the enrollment numbers. Historically we have had 2 classes or 2.5 classes for Kindergarteners where one class is comprised of a K/1 split.

Are we able to submit friend and/or teacher requests?
During the Kindergarten orientation parents will have the chance to meet with a faculty member and share information about your child that is relevant to his/her learning experience. At this time you can share any friend requests. Peirce does its best to honor those requests when possible. Teacher requests are not permitted.

What time does school start each day?
Our Front and Back Doors open at 8:20 a.m., and parents are welcome to escort children to their classrooms. All children should be in their classrooms by 8:30, when the second bell rings. If your child arrives after 8:30, he/she must sign in at the office.

When is the first day of school for Kindergartners?
Children in Group A begin school on Tuesday, September 8th.  They do not attend on Wednesday. Children in Group B begin school on Wednesday, September 9th.  They do not attend school on Tuesday. All Kindergarten students attend school on Thursday, September 10th.

What is the schedule for Kindergarten in the first month?
ALL Kindergarten children will be released at 12:30 EVERY DAY during the month of September. From October through June, they stay until 3:00 on their two long days. The first long day for Group B is October 1st.  The first long day for Group A is October 5th.

What is the schedule for Kindergarten from October through June?
Group A students are dismissed at 3:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays and 12:30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Group B students are dismissed at 3:00 on Thursdays and Fridays and at 12:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Where do I pick up my child?
Kindergarten students are dismissed at the front door of the school. Teachers bring the students outside to meet parents/guardians. Please be sure that dismissal plans, including the names of adults who have permission to pick up your children, have been made clear to teachers.

What is the schedule for lunch, snack, and recess?
Please send a snack with your child every day! These will be eaten mid-morning. Children will also have recess each morning, so please send appropriate clothing for play. On their “long days” (starting in October), students will have lunch at 12:30 with an additional recess period after they eat.