When is my child eligible to attend kindergarten?
His or her birthday must be on or before December 2nd of that school year. Occasionally, a child with a birthday later in December may undergo assessment by the school for readiness, and if approved by the superintendent, will begin school in late August with all other children. However, this early start will have instructional and psychological consequences long after kindergarten, and is rarely advised.
When should I enroll my child for the upcoming kindergarten school year?
The months of January and February are best. This allows the school time to plan for class assignments, budgeting, and staffing needs. It also means that you and your child can begin to bond with your new school through both school-wide events and after school play on our playground.
Make sure the school has accurate contact information, including your name and the name of your child, birthday of your child, your address, phone number, and e-mail address. Simply call the school (677-3631) and ask to be put on our list to receive our school newsletter and notification of upcoming events.
What can I do to prepare my child for kindergarten?
- Attend the Trinidad Tots Center at Trinidad Town Hall on Tuesday mornings, for 0 – 3-year-old children, for play and networking with other parents.
- Enroll your child in a reputable preschool program. Salmonberry Preschool is located on our campus. Contact the Director at 677-0477.
- Attend events sponsored by the Trinidad Community Transition Project to meet the kindergarten teacher and other families with children 0 – 5. Call Trinidad School (677-3631) for details and get on the mailing list to receive the calendar/newsletter.
- Attend a “Preparedness Meeting” in the spring for parents of 2 – 5-year-old children, so you can learn what is expected in kindergarten. Call Trinidad School for date and time.
- Read to your child every day!
What are the immunization requirements?
- Kindergarten requires documentation of your child's immunization record at or before entry, with the following:
- Polio: 3 doses, if at least one is after the 4th birthday, otherwise 4 doses.
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis: 4 doses if at least one is after the 4th birthday, otherwise 5 doses.
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella: 2 doses, both on or after 1st birthday.
- Hepatitis B: 3 doses.
- Varicella: 1 dose or documented disease or immunity.
Exemptions: The law allows parents to choose exemptions based on their personal beliefs and for physicians of children to elect medical exemptions. Children may be kept from school if an outbreak of disease occurs.
For additional information, see the Guide for the California School Immunization Law.
Please also note that health and dental screening are also required by California law. Just ask the school secretary for more details.
How do I know if Trinidad School is the best choice for my child?
- Make an appointment with the teacher for an observation in the classroom and an opportunity to discuss the needs of your child.
- Attend the “Parent Orientation Meeting” in February or May.
- Send your child to Kindergarten Visitation Day in February and May.
- Arrange for a tour of the school and meet our principal, Matt Malkus.
- Talk to other parents whose children have attended the kindergarten program or community members who have been involved with the school.
- Get involved early—even before your child begins attending school!
Here's a more detailed view of making that choice:
Observe in the Classroom: Parent observations are encouraged, in order to gain a more complete understanding about what happens in the classroom. Personal questions can be answered with more in-depth explanations about the program. Call for an appointment to make sure the time of day you attend is spent observing what interests you about the program.
Parent Orientation Meeting: This meeting is an opportunity for you to meet the teacher, learn about the kindergarten program, and our school offerings. The meeting is usually held in February and May. Families on our mailing list will receive an invitation in the mail.
Kindergarten Visitation Day: Have your child attend kindergarten for one-day in February or May to experience what kindergarten will be like. Meeting the teacher early makes the transition easier when school begins in the fall. Families on our mailing list will receive an invitation.
Tour the School and Meet the Principal: Tours can be conducted any time by calling the office at 677-3631. (A scheduled tour is conducted at the Parent Orientation meeting in February.) To learn about school-wide programs, staff and events, stop by the office or make an appointment to visit with our Superintendent/Principal Matt Malkus.
Recommendations of Parents/Friends/Community Members: Solicit input from your friends and community members, especially those who have had children in the program. Names and phone numbers of parents can be provided, who have offered to talk to you about their experiences in the kindergarten program.
Get Involved: Begin early getting involved in school events and organizations. Our school hosts a community dinner/dance in the fall and spring. Our Back-to-School Night, Ocean (Open) House, and Marine Education events are all open to interested parents who want to check out our school. The Parent Teachers Organization loves to have more members working for the welfare of the students and school spirit events. The Trinidad School Foundation recruits parents interested in fundraising.
How do I register my child?
Just drop by the office and our wonderful secretary Desiree Cather will help you with the paperwork. You can fill out the forms in the office, or take them home and fill them out in the comfort of your home. Bring your child's birth certificate, immunization record, and other documents, and we can use our photocopy machine to copy them for district files. Please remember to register as soon as you have decided to attend Trinidad School; this will help both school and family to plan ahead for a super kindergarten year!