Kindergarten at Keystone Oaks

Kindergarten at Keystone Oaks

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Children who are 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2019 may attend Kindergarten during the 2019-2020 school year. 
Welcome to Kindergarten at Keystone Oaks!

The Keystone Oaks School District will host a Kindergarten Open House for parents/guardians of students entering Kindergarten for the 2019/2020 academic year, on Thursday, March 28, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Dormont Elementary School. The Open House is for parents/guardians only.

At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the District’s Full-Day Kindergarten program and curriculum, student screenings, orientation, and the transition process. Please click here to RSVP for the Open House.

Kindergarten Registration will not open until the Open House on March 28, 2019. Attendees will receive an Enrollment Code to begin the online registration process and will also be asked to schedule an in-person appointment to provide hard copies of the following documents:

  • Birth certificate or baptismal certificate that includes the child's date of birth

  • Two proofs of residency

  • Proof of immunizations or medical/religious exemption form. A list of required immunizations is available below. 

Registration appointments are available on the following dates and times:

Monday, April 1 8 am - 11:30 am AND 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm 
Tuesday, April 2 1:30 pm - 6 pm 
Wednesday, April 3 8 am - 11:30 am AND 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm 
Thursday, April 3 1:30 pm - 6 pm 
Friday, April 4 8 am - 11:30 am AND 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm 
Monday, April 8 8 am - 11:30 am AND 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm 
Wednesday, April 10 8 am - 11:30 am AND 1:15 pm - 3:30 pm 
Friday, April 12 8 am - 11:30 am

Please contact Mrs. Melanie Streitmatter, Registration Secretary, at 412-571-6162 or via e-mail at to schedule an appointment.

The Keystone Oaks School District is asking all families that are currently living in the District and have the required paperwork to register by April 30, 2019. Once families have turned in hard copies of the required documents, they will be able to sign-up their child for a screening appointment that will take place in June.

More information about New Student Registration is available on the District’s website.

Kindergarten Registration Requirements

As you prepare to register your child for kindergarten, please keep in mind the following requirements:

Age Requirement
Any child who is five years old on or before September 1, 2019 may attend kindergarten during the 2019-2020 school year. 

Required Records
Three documents are required for enrollment in public schools in Pennsylvania:
  • Birth certificate or baptismal certificate that includes the child's date of birth
  • Two proofs of residency
  • Proof of immunizations or medical/religious exemption form. See below for required immunizations. 

Immunization Requirements
Pennsylvania law requires that all students show proof of immunization before attending any school in the Commonwealth. Kindergarten or 1st grade students entering school for the first time are required to show proof of the following immunizations:

  • 4 doses of tetanus (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday); 3 doses if series started after 7 years of age
  • 4 doses of diphtheria (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday); 3 doses if series started after 7 years of age
  • 3 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles
  • 2 doses of mumps
  • 1 dose of rubella
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella or written statement from physician/designee indicating month and year of disease or serologic proof of immunity

While a lead screening is not required for Kindergarten Registration, families who have completed the screening should provide a copy of the screening results along with the immunizaiton records.  

Kindergarten Screenings

Prior to entering kindergarten, each child will undergo a typical screening that helps teachers get to know the child and understand the different ability levels that they need to accommodate in the classroom. Generally, screenings involve short activities in the following areas:
  • Motor Skills - Gross motor skills include hopping and walking toe-to-toe. Fine motor skills include copying shapes, letters and writing
  • Language Skills - Items include answering simple personal questions (full name, age and address)
  • Concepts - Items include pointing to named body parts, naming or identifying colors and counting items
Kindergarten screenings take place during the last week of the school year. Parents/guardians sign up for a screening time slot when they register their child for kindergarten in the spring.

Kindergarten Curriculum

At Keystone Oaks, we understand how important it is to make the right choice for your child's first year of school. Keystone Oaks teachers, staff and administrators are dedicated to working with families and their children to ensure that the transition to kindergarten is as easy and exciting as possible. 

Attending kindergarten is important for child development and future educational success:
  • Kindergarten helps children prepare for the transition from home to school and entry into first grade. 
  • Children who attend kindergarten develop the skills necessary for educational success through hands-on and interactive learning experiences. 
  • The age at which a child attends kindergarten is a significant period in development when independence, initiative, decision-making, creativity, learning ability, relating to others and feelings of self-worth begin. 
Keystone Oaks kindergarten curriculum is designed to ensure that your child is engaged in a supportive learning environment and learns the necessary skills for educational success through a variety of interactive, hands-on lessons and activities. Attending Kindergarten is an important step in helping your child develop readiness skills for future academic success. At the conclusion of the kindergarten program, your child will:
  • Develop independence and responsibility
  • Enhance fine and gross motor skills
  • Be able to think creatively and solve problems independently and as part of a group
  • Cooperate with others, listen and follow directions

Establishing a daily routine is very important in Kindergarten. Below is a snapshot of what a day in Kindergarten at Keystone Oaks looks like:

Upon arrival, students:

  • Put away belongings in their cubbies/lockers
  • Bring homework and announcement folders in to the classroom
  • Begin to complete independent morning work
  • Listen to announcements and say the Pledge of Allegiance
Students learn math concepts, such as:
  • Recognizing and quantifying numbers, patterns, number sense and place value over the course of the year
  • Demonstrating problem-solving strategies
  • Solving simple addition and subtraction problems
  • Students are introduced to language, phonological and phonemic awareness skills by:
  • Learning to hear and manipulate sounds
  • Putting words together and taking them apart
  • Exposure to different genres through a variety of stories
  • Identify settings and characters, as well as the beginning, middle and end of stories
Science in Kindergarten is an inquiry-based learning program that enables students to develop valuable skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork as they explore the five senses through the world of fabric. Kindergarten students enjoy gym, music, art, library and STEAM activities time each week. 

Preparing for Kindergarten

Deciding whether or not a child is ready for Kindergarten is an important and challenging question facing many families. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when deciding whether or not a child is ready to begin attending school.

The following list is provided to give families a sense of the skills that children should have before entering Kindergarten. Not every skill on the list must be acquired before a child can enter Kindergarten. The teachers in Keystone Oaks' Kindergarten program will work with children to develop these skills over the course of the year.

Families who have questions about whether or not a child is ready for Kindergarten are encouraged to reach out their pediatrician, pre-school teacher and/or child care provider, who may have valuable input. Additionally, before entering Kindergarten, children will go through an interview and screening process with Kindergarten teachers, who will assess readiness skills in a number of areas. Click here for more information about the screening process.

Typical Kindergarten readiness skills include:
  • Sharing and understanding the concept of taking turns
  • Cooperating and playing well with others
  • Sitting still and listening to an entire story
  • Attending to a task for at least 10 minutes
  • Speaking and asking for what they need
  • Recognizing their own name and answering to it
  • Helping to pick up and put away materials after an activity is finished
  • Using the toilet independently
  • Playing by themselves for a short period of time
  • Identifying some letters of the alphabet (upper and lower case)
  • Counting to 10 and identifying some numbers
  • Sorting objects by color, shape and size
  • Identifying colors
  • Recognizing and writing his/her own name
  • Being away from parents for a brief period and understanding that they will come back
  • Demonstrating large motor skills, such as hopping, catching a ball and using alternating feet to talk up and down the stairs

Kindergarten Student Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year will open on March 28, 2019 following the Kindergarten Open House event at Dormont Elementary School. Please check back soon for additional information! 

Kindergarten Open House Presentation

Suggested Reading

Help your child get excited about kindergarten by checking out these kindergarten-themed books, many of which are available at the libraries in Castle Shannon, Dormont & Green Tree:
  • Who Will Go to Kindergarten Today?, Karl Ruhmann
  • The Night Before Kindergarten, Natasha Wing
  • Miss Bindergarten Get Ready for Kindergarten, by Joseph Slater
  • Tiptoe Into Kindergarten, by Jacqueline Rogers
  • Countdown to Kindergarten, by Alison McGhee
  • Kindergarten Kids, by Ellen B. Sensis
  • Kindergarten Rocks, by Katie Davis
  • Will I Have a Friend?, by Miriam Cohen
  • First Day Jitters, by Julie Danneberg
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