Please see the September Newsletter under Main Menu, Newsletter.
Students entering kindergarten this year are encouraged to participate in a Smooth Start day before the first day of school.
Smooth Start is a day to ease students’ transition into the school environment. Children will have the chance to “practice” being in school for a day before the school year begins.
Children will get familiar with their classroom, learn where bathrooms are located, and learn how the cafeteria works. They will also meet their teachers and have a chance to ask questions.
Students attend Smooth Start on one of two days in September, based on last name:
· Monday, September 12 for students with last names starting with A through L
· Tuesday, September 13 for students with last names starting with M through Z
· Smooth Start hours are 9:25 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Kindergarten begins on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
For more information on Smooth Start, please contact the school office at (503) 399-3141.
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 Open House 4:30 - 6:00pm - Class lists will be posted. You may bring your school supplies and meet your teacher.
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 First Day, Grades 1 - 5, School Hours are 9:25am - 3:40pm
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 First Day for Kindergartners
Dear Parents and Community Members of Cummings Elementary School,
It is with great excitement that I introduce myself as your new principal. Many personal and professional experiences throughout my life have prepared me for this position. I am the parent of two bilingual children, who taught me the challenges and rewards of raising them to become respectful, responsible and culturally competent young adults. As an elementary teacher I enjoyed many years of natural curiosity in young children, their eagerness to learn new things, and their parents’ desire to do what is best for their children.
I am happy to be on board as your new principal and am looking forward to working as part of a goal-oriented and passionate team. Staff, parents and students at Cummings are a large family and we do every day what is best for each one of our children. Cummings is known for building long lasting relationships with your students and families. Coincidentally, my husband went to Cummings in the late 60’s, so I am thrilled to work and learn where he started his formal education.
My training and skills that will allow me to be a qualified leader include training as an ESOL teacher (Master’s degree from the University of Munich), seven years of teaching at the elementary level in this district and thirteen years of experience as an administrator.
As one of my first projects at Cummings, I will immerse myself into the grade level data teams that will research past and current academic performance of our students. These teams will advise us as we are setting goals for improvements in reading and math for all of our students, but especially for those who do not speak English in their homes.
On a personal note, I have lived in Keizer for 26 years and will enjoy the short commute. I am an avid swimmer and cyclist, and love baking Christmas cookies. As a former elementary PE teacher, I would love to create a wellness team for parents and staff, with the purpose of stress relief, companionship and health benefits. Suggestions are welcome!
I am looking forward to the opportunity to build new personal and professional relationships at Cummings Elementary School.
We will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE on September 6th, 2016, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. I hope to meet you then, if not sooner.
The 2016-17 School Supply List is attached.
Please see the attached Power Point presentation for information regarding next year's kindergarten students.
To transfer an elementary student to a school other than his or her assigned school, parents must submit an in-district transfer request form (IDT) during one of the two application windows:
Because the timeline is short this year to request transfer to a new school in the fall, the application window will be extended until May 30, 2016. The extension applies only to elementary transfer requests and is only for this year.
Parents who would like to send a student to a school other than his or her assigned school in fall 2016 can submit an in-district transfer request between March 1 and May 30, 2016.
Please remember that there is no guarantee that transfer requests will be approved, and some criteria apply. In addition, bus transportation is not provided for students who attend school on an in-district transfer.
Kindergarten registration opens Feb. 23, 2016
Registration for fall kindergarten programs in Salem-Keizer Public Schools opens on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Students who turn five on or before September 10, 2016, are eligible to register. All elementary schools in Salem-Keizer offer free, full-day kindergarten.
Parents are asked to register students soon to help the district prepare an adequate number of classrooms, supplies, etc. for the fall.
How to register
To register, please visit the school and pick up a registration packet. If you’re unsure what school is assigned to serve your residence address, please visit the district’s school finder page: www.salemkeizer.org/content/boundary-information
Parents must complete and sign the forms in the registration packet (registration form, home language survey, immunization form) and provide:
1. Proof of residence address. Examples of documents accepted include a copy of a utility bill, driver’s license with current address, copy of rental agreement, etc.
2. Original birth certificate for the child. The school will make a copy and return the original to the parent.
Help your student get ready
Parents can help students get ready for kindergarten by helping them:
· Hold a pencil, crayons and scissors correctly
· Practice writing his/her name
· Learn the ABC’s and how to count to twenty
· Name and identify basic shapes, such as square, triangle and circle
· Learn how to take turns and share with others
· How to use the bathroom and wash hands independently
Please contact your school with questions about registering for kindergarten.
Cummings Elementary now has an on-site, before and after school childcare program facilitated by the YMCA. Y-Care operates from 7:00am until school starts and directly after the school day ends until 6:00pm. Please see the attached document for prices and more information.
Salem-Keizer Public Schools uses SchoolMessenger notification service to send important messages to parents. SchoolMessenger contacts parents through phone calls, emails and text messages.
The district’s primary methods of automated communication with parents are phone calls and emails, however it is important that schools and the district have option to text parents in the future if needed.
Parents who included a cell phone number on their student’s registration form may receive a text message from SchoolMessenger asking them to opt in to receive text messages.
The opt in text message will look similar to this:
“Salem-Keizer Public Schools messages. Reply Y for aprx 3 msgs/mo. Txt HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. See schoolmessenger.com/tm ”
Parents are encouraged to opt in to receive messages from their school and/or the school district via text. To opt out, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com/txtmsg/ or reply with STOP to the opt in message.
Parents who opt out of receiving text messages from SchoolMessenger will still receive phone calls and emails from the system.
The school district does not pay for text message charges you may incur for receiving texts from SchoolMessenger. Please check with your wireless carrier if you are unsure about possible charges.
If you have questions about SchoolMessenger, please contact the school office.