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Lifelong Learning

Kindergarten

Moorhead Area Public Schools offers free all-day, everyday kindergarten for all families to ensure it is equally available. The Minnesota legislature approved funding for all-day kindergarten beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

Numerous studies conducted over the past four decades have shown that keeping students engaged for an entire day has quantifiable educational benefits, including improved literacy and mathematics skills. Years of research indicate that additional time in the classroom can boost young children's achievement levels and have positive effects on social skills and behaviors.

All-day kindergarten classes are located at Robert Asp Elementary, Ellen Hopkins Elementary and Probstfield Elementary. S.G. Reinertsen Elementary students have been attending kindergarten at Probstfield for several years and some Robert Asp and Ellen Hopkins students attend kindergarten at Probstfield. Kindergarten students are assigned to elementary schools in March and notices are sent prior to kindergarten open houses so families can attend open house at their child's assigned school. Kindergarten attendance areas may need to be adjusted due to enrollment and available space at each building. In the event this is necessary, parents/guardians will be notified if their child will be attending a school other than the one assigned in March.

Curriculum

While components of literacy, mathematics, social studies and science are covered throughout the school day, specific times are identified to address Minnesota standards for those subjects.

Although times for activities will vary, the all-day kindergarten day is structured to include all or most of the following activities throughout the day:

  • Breakfast / recess
  • Locker time
  • Morning meeting with calendar math
  • Literacy block with phonics instruction (letter sounds, names and symbols) and use of songs, movement, poetry and books, including exploring math, social studies and science concepts through exposure to print
  • Writer's workshop with free writing, skill development or guided writing
  • Movement / bathroom break
  • Guided reading with small groups of students meeting with the teacher
  • Snack / movement / bathroom break
  • Active group time with recess, active learning, fitness exercises or inside movement activities
  • Lunch
  • Movement / bathroom break
  • Math block with guided math instruction, math manipulatives or math games
  • Physical education (30 minutes) and kindergarten specials such as music, art, media center or healthy choices (30 minutes)
  • Transition / bathroom break
  • Social studies and science focus with centers, social skills, experiments, reading and class discussions
  • Closing and preparation for home
  • Dismissal

Sample Schedule for All-day Kindergarten

Time Activity Description
6:30 - 7:30 YMCA on-site childcare available School staff are not contracted to be on duty until 7:30 a.m. Students who arrive before that time should be registered with the YMCA fee-based before- and after-school care programs. Reinertsen, Probstfield, Hopkins and Asp all have on-site childcare with the YMCA.
7:30 - 7:45 Breakfast (open to all students)
or
Recess (for those who choose not to eat breakfast at school)
Students who choose to eat at school will start in the cafeteria eating breakfast. When finished they can join other students on the playground. Students who do not eat breakfast at school will head directly to the playground.
7:45 - 7:55 Locker Time Students arrive at lockers from the playground, drop-off or breakfast. The first bell lets students know that locker time has started and the second bell lets students know it is time to be in their classroom.
7:55 - 8:25 Morning Meeting & Calendar Math This is a time for students to be greeted by their teacher, settle into the classroom and connect as a group. Often this involves attendance, welcoming the class, lunch count and calendar math activities.
8:25 - 8:30 Bathroom Break Students will be provided multiple times throughout the day to take a bathroom break. Students who need to use the bathroom between breaks will be allowed to do so. Bathrooms are located in some classrooms and just outside of others.
8:30 - 9:15 Literacy Block
  • Phonics Instruction
  • Poetry
  • Songs
  • Letter exploration
  • Read Aloud
  • Movement Activity
  • Small group work
  • Shared Reading
  • Independent Reading
While components of literacy will be covered throughout the school day, a specific time will be identified to address Minnesota Standards on English Language Arts each day. During this block, students will explore math, social studies and science concepts through exposure to print. Students will also be explicitly taught phonics (letter sounds, names and symbols). There will be a strong emphasis on involving students through songs, movement, poetry and books. When possible, students will work in small groups.
9:15 - 9:45 Writer's Workshop
  • Free writing
  • Skill development
  • Guided Writing
  • Shared Writing
  • Independent Writing
9:45 - 9:55 Movement Break/Bathroom Movement and bathroom breaks will be scheduled throughout the day, but will also occur within instructional times as well.
9:55 - 10:40 Guided Reading
  • Small groups with teacher
  • Student support in room
  • Student support out of room
  • Targeted instruction
  • Center activity
  • Independent reading
Guided reading will provide a time for each student to meet with the teacher in small groups. This allows the teacher to meet with groups of students at their instructional level. All students will be challenged and supported so they make progress in their learning.
10:40 - 11:00 Snack/Movement Break/Bathroom
11:00 - 11:10 Get dressed for outside (winter) Additional time is built into the schedule for getting ready for outside recess in winter months.
11:10 - 11:30 Active Group Time
  • Recess
  • Active Learning
  • Movement
  • Group time is where multiple classes of kindergartners will all participate in an activity together. While this will often take the form of recess, it can also include dance, fitness exercises or inside movement activities.
    11:30 - 12:00 Lunch All students will be provided 30 minutes for lunch. At the beginning of the year, this time may be extended to meet the needs of students who are new to eating in large groups. Later in the year, students may have times adjusted to meet their needs.
    12:00 - 12:10 Bathroom/Movement Break
    12:10 - 12:40 Math Block
    • Whole Group Math Instruction
    • Math Game
    • Math manipulatives (hands-on learning)
    • Small group Math rotation
    • Guided Math instruction (with teacher)
    While math is taught throughout the kindergarten day, the Math Block will focus on addressing the Minnesota Standards on kindergarten math in detail. This will be accomplished through stories, read alouds, movement activities, hands-on learning and small group instruction, much like literacy.
    12:40 - 12:50 Transition Teachers will lead their class to the gym or some other location for physical education and kindergarten specials. They will visit each for 30 minutes each day.
    12:50 - 1:20 Physical Education Students will be actively involved in learning the basic skills of physical education. Our PE teachers will have a specifically designed instructional approach that meets the unique needs of our kindergarten students.
    1:20 - 1:50 Kindergarten Specialists/Projects/Music
    • Library Time
    • Literacy Enrichment
    • Healthy Choices
    • Positive Behavior Lessons
    • Art Projects
    • Musical Enrichment of Daily Lessons
    Students at Robert Asp will have 30 minutes of music instruction and students at Hopkins and Probstfield will experience something different. Kindergarten Projects is an opportunity for a kindergarten licensed classroom teacher to enrich students' daily learning. Some activities might include:
    • health instruction using the "Great Body Shop" resource,
    • exploration and selection of "good fit" books for each student from the library,
    • lessons specifically taught on friendship, kindness and sharing, or
    • music and art projects focusing on the theme for the week.
    1:50 - 2:00 Transition/Bathroom/Movement Break
    2:00 - 2:30 Social Studies & Science Focus
    • Social Skills
    • Hands-on Science experiments
    • Centers
    • Science & Social Studies read aloud
    • Class discussions
    While social studies and science will be integrated into learning throughout the day, students will also have some time designated to specifically address the Minnesota Standards on social studies and science. This instruction will include some of the same methods seen in other parts of the day.
    2:30 - 2:40 Closing and Preparation for Home After a busy day of learning, laughing and making friends, students will be prepared to go home. This is their last contact with their classroom teacher before the day.
    2:40 Dismissal to Bus, YMCA school age care, or Parents School staff will help students onto buses and supervise students waiting for pick up until 3 p.m. at the latest. Students who need supervision beyond that time should be registered with the fee-based YMCA before- and after-school care programs. Reinertsen, Probstfield, Hopkins and Asp will all have on-site childcare with the YMCA for the 2013-14 school year.

    Kindergarten Registration

    If your child will be 5 years old by September 1 and is not yet registered for kindergarten, we invite you to do so as soon as possible. For more information see the kindergarten registration information or call the Assistant Superintendent's office at 218-284-3370.

    Kindergarten families are asked to provide preliminary information through infosnap during kindergarten registration. Each summer, parents/guardians are asked to review and update that information to ensure it is still correct and complete any additional information or forms in preparation for the start of each school year.

    More Information

    If you have registration questions, you may contact the Assistant Superintendent's office at 218-284-3370. During the school year, the school principals may be contacted as follows:

    • Ellen Hopkins Elementary, 218-284-4300
    • Robert Asp Elementary, 218-284-6300
    • S.G. Reinertsen Elementary, 218-284-5300
    • Probstfield Elementary, 218-284-3800

    School-age Care

    The YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties provides before- and after-school programming and summer programming for K-5 students at Ellen Hopkins, Robert Asp, S.G. Reinertsen and Probstfield Elementary Schools. Parents may register by contacting the School Age Learning Center site directly or they can call the School Age Learning Center office at 218-512-2030.

    Ellen Hopkins School Age Learning Center

    Phone: 218-512-2030 Ext. 3318
    Site Phone: 701-367-5459
    Email: tracy.thorson@ymcacassclay.org

    Probstfield School Age Learning Center

    Phone: 218-512-2030 Ext. 3318
    Site Phone: 701-238-0499
    Email: tracy.thorson@ymcacassclay.org

    Robert Asp School Age Learning Center

    Phone: 218-512-2030 Ext. 3314
    Site Phone: 701-367-4832
    Email: jeanette.perrault@ymcacassclay.org

    S.G.Reinertsen School Age Learning Center

    Phone: 218-512-2030 Ext. 3315
    Site Phone: 701-367-1397
    Email: michelle.nelson@ymcacassclay.org