New Kindergartners we are so excited to have you join us! We are going to have a great year filled with fun and learning! At Ensign Elementary is always a great day to learn something new!
Please check our home page for updated kindergarten registration information. Our calendar has all the important dates and is continually updated throughout the year.
If you live within Ensign School boundaries, you should register your child around July 15th, date TBD.
Transfer students should apply for a transfer from the district Department of Student Services (440 East 100 South, 801-578-8206 or 578-8475) using the Open Enrollment Portal on the slcschools.org webpage, once you are accepted please fill out the online registration after July 15th.
How old does my child need to be to enter Kindergarten?
Five years old by September 1st of this year.
What do I need to register my child in Kindergarten?
- Certification of Current Immunizations **Required. This is in the form of a yellow card that either your doctor or the Health Department stamps, or a pink form completed by your doctor. Click here for current list. Copy of Birth Certificate Click here if you need to obtain a birth certificate. If your child was born outside the US, a passport or other legal documentation stating child's age will be accepted.
- Current Phone Number & Address for:
a. Current address information
b. Current phone numbers (home, work, cell)
c. Current work information (company name and phone)
d. Identify a person outside of Utah who could receive a message in case of a community disaster.
- Area code & phone number
List of names of responsible adults who are authorized to take your child from school in the event of an emergency and you cannot be reached, including:
- Child Care Provider
Name of provider
What day will my child start Kindergarten?
Kindergarten classes will being on the first day of the SLCSD school year.
What should/could I do to make sure my child is ready for Kindergarten?
Writing their first name and exposure to a variety of literature and print is very useful. Tying shoes, buttoning and zipping are also very helpful! The more experiences your child has, the more confident and prepared he/she will be.
Should I be worried if my child does not know how to read or write?
Do not fret! Children progress in reading and writing at their own pace! They will let you know when they are ready to move forward or take some time enjoying what they already know. It is important that you support and encourage your child's first reading and writing interests. A child who loves collecting and categorizing bugs can be supported by a variety of bug books from the local library. He/she might also enjoy labeling the bug collection. Refrigerator letter magnets, labeling things in a child's room and a ritual bed time story are wonderful ways to support and introduce your child to literacy!
What kind of help can a parent volunteer provide in the classroom? Help outside the classroom?
Classroom volunteers are a must in the early grades! Parents can be reading volunteers or help with centers. We have parents who can commit weekly and some monthly. A child's love and thirst for learning soars when he/she sees mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, etc. involved in school! Outside the classroom, parents can make phone calls, create learning materials, provide snacks and donations.
Will my child have homework?
Reinforcing a child's school learning at home is very important. Those students who experience a strong home-school connection are more enthusiastic and self-motivated. Homework is given to strengthen a child's abilities and reinforce basic skills.
Questions About Kindergarten Assessments
When and where do parents sign up for a testing time in August?
Kindergarten teachers will contact you to set up an appointment time.
How long does the test take?
Approximately 30-40 minutes.
What kind of skills are assessed?
Letter/number recognition, color identification, letter sounds, rhyming words, beginning sounds, concepts about print, etc.
Why do you test for the skills?
The State of Utah requires a beginning of the year and end of the year assessment on all Kindergarten students. Teachers also use this information to build balanced Kindergarten classes.