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Tips for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Families

August 2022

Dear transitional kindergarten and kindergarten families,

We are excited for your child to begin their academic journey at Santa Clara Unified School District on August 11. Our goal is to ensure that your family is ready to start the school year successfully, so we are providing some essential practices that will help your child transition to school.

Build Routines 

Having routines helps set your child up for success. Building a sleep routine will make your child more resilient because we all do better when we have had enough sleep. Summer schedules are often more lenient, but aiming to have your child in bed before 9 p.m. is a great start!

Daily school attendance routines can reduce stress, increase your child’s self-confidence, and lay a foundation for good attendance in later grades. 

What to Expect?

Inform your child about what to expect during those first days of school. We all feel less anxious when we know what to expect. Reading a book about the first day of school, walking to your school, becoming familiar with the campus, or even providing time for your child to play with peers are all great ways to prepare and reduce anxiety.

Increase Engagement 

Transitional kindergarten (TK) or kindergarten is the beginning of your family’s educational journey. 

Daily student attendance and parent involvement in your child’s education and school activities will help them connect with other children and adults and get them excited about learning. This is a formative year for social-emotional, academic, and physical skills that are foundational for lifelong learning and well-being.

Provide Access to Resources 

Our schools, in partnership with the Family Resource Center (FRC), help students and families gain access to essential resources such as meals, health and housing services, and fun enrichment activities, including sports, clubs, music, and afterschool and summer programs. 

The FRC is located at 1840 Benton Street in Santa Clara on the Educational Options Campus. 

We are excited about seeing your child at school on August 11. We look forward to a year filled with learning, fun, and partnership to provide your child with the best experience possible.