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Kindergarten/PEEP Orientation on March 14
Linda Mah
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Kindergarten/PEEP Orientation on March 14

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Kalamazoo Public Schools’ kindergarten and PEEP pre- kindergarten programs are inviting families to attend School Begins at 4! PEEP (4-year-olds) and Kindergarten (5-year-olds) Orientation/Registration on March 14.

Parents of children who will be 4 years old by Dec. 1 can sign up their children for PEEP, the Pre-kindergarten Early Education Program, while parents of children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 can register for kindergarten during the event.

Applications for PEEP will be available that day. PEEP is part of the state’s Great Start Readiness initiative. The program offers half-day or full day pre-kindergarten classes with highly trained teachers and two support paraprofessionals per classroom in elementary schools across the district. Meals are provided, and transportation is provided for students who live more than a mile from the school in their attendance district or to magnet schools that are outside a child's attendance district.

Participants must meet state eligibility requirements for the program.

“It is important that children start school at 4 years old to lay a strong foundation for future learning,” said Elizabeth Jackson-Spaner, the KPS early childhood coordinator.

Applications for PEEP will be taken at all schools, but the program is run in 12 schools: Arcadia, Edison, Greenwood, Indian Prairie, Lincoln, Northeastern, Parkwood- Upjohn, Prairie Ridge, Spring Valley, Washington, Winchell, and Woodward.

Kindergarteners will be members of the Class of 2030 and their families are invited to take the first steps toward graduation on that day. Students who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 and their parents are invited to attend orientation. Parents also may request kindergarten enrollment waivers for children who will be 5 years old not later than Dec. 1.

Children may tour buildings, meet teachers, visit classrooms, and learn about the programs that Kalamazoo Public Schools offers. Students who graduate from KPS are eligible for the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship, which covers college tuition and fees at most Michigan colleges and universities.

Parents should bring the in- coming child’s birth certificate, immunization record, proof of hearing and vision screening (if available), and two proofs of residency (for example, a utility bill, lease agreement, or mort- gage agreement).

Children who need immunizations can visit Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services, 3299 Gull Road. e immunization clinic is open 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call KCHCS at (269) 373-5203.

For more information on kindergarten, please call Student Services at (269) 337- 0161. For information on PEEP, call (269) 337-0095.

These sessions are for all students who will be five years old by September 1 and will be entering Kindergarten in the fall. Registration information also available for students that will be four years old and eligible for the KPS Great Start Readiness Program (PEEP).

Arcadia Elementary School

932 Boswell Lane
1:30 – 3 p.m.

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Edison Environment Science Academy

924 Russell Street

8 – 9:30 a.m.

5 – 6:30 p.m.

El Sol Elementary School

604 W. Vine Street
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Greenwood Elementary School

3501 Moreland Avenue

9-10 a.m.

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Indian Prairie Elementary School

3546 Grand Prairie
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5:30 – 7 p.m.

King-Westwood Elementary School

1100 Nichols Road
11 a.m. – 12:30 pm

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Lincoln International Studies School

912 N. Burdick Street

8:15 – 9:45 a.m.

4:30 – 6 p.m.

Milwood Elementary School

3400 Lovers Lane
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5-7 p.m.

Northeastern Elementary School

2433 Gertrude Street

8:30 –9:45 a.m.

5 – 6:30 p.m.

Northglade Montessori Magnet School

1914 Cobb Avenue

9-10 a.m.

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary School

2321 S. Park Street

1:30 – 3 p.m.

5:30 – 7 p.m.


Prairie Ridge Elementary School

2294 S. Ninth Street

2 – 3:30 p.m.

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Spring Valley Center for Exploration

3530 Mt. Oliver Road
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5 – 6:30 p.m.

Washington Writers’ Academy

1919 Portage Street

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Winchell Elementary School

2315 Winchell Avenue
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

5:30 – 7 p.m.


Woods Lake: A Magnet Center for the Arts

3215 Oakland Drive

8:45 – 10 a.m.

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Woodward School for Technology and Research

606 Stuart Avenue

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

5:30 – 7 p.m.

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