Kindergarten Registration Information

District 30's full-day Kindergarten Program is held at Willowbrook School.

Parents and caregivers of all incoming District 30 kindergarten students are invited to register at Willowbrook School on Thursday, February 7 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

In order to enroll for the fall, 2019-20 session, a child must be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2019. An official birth certificate must be presented at the time of registration. Hospital or baptismal certificates cannot be accepted. Copies of an official birth certificate can be obtained at the County Clerk's office in the county where your child was born. In Cook County, the certificate can be obtained from the County Clerk's Office, 188 North Clark, Chicago, Illinois 60602; or the Skokie Courthouse at 5600 Old Orchard Road in Skokie, Room 149, Ph. 847-470-7233.

Proof of residency in District 30 is required, as well as the filling out of an affidavit form. Please click the link below for information on which documents are required for proof of residency. For more information, call Willowbrook's school office at 847-498-1090.

Click here for a list of documents required for proof of residency.

First Day of Kindergarten

Welcome to the Kindergarten Center

Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Preschool and Kindergarten students will be dropped off and picked up in the back of the building. Parents can enter the back parking lot via the entrance immediately to the south of the building.Parents of students in grades 1-5 will continue to use the front driveway for drop-off and pick-up. The times are listed below.

Early Childhood Program Kindergarten Grades 1-5
AM Drop Off at 8:40 a.m.
Class Starts at 8:45 a.m.
AM Pick Up at 11:15 a.m.
PM Drop Off at 12:35 p.m.
Class Starts at 12:40 p.m.
PM Pick Up at 3:10 p.m.
Drop Off at 8:45 a.m.
Line Up at 8:50 a.m.
Class Starts at 8:55 a.m.
Dismissal at 2:55 p.m.
Drop Off at 8:30 a.m.
Line Up at 8:40 a.m.
Class Starts at 8:45 a.m.
Pick Up at 3:10 p.m.

Sample Daily Schedule
8:55  Morning Meeting
9:30  Reading and Writing Workshop
11:00  Special Block (PE, Music, Art, Creative Movement)
12:00  Lunch and Recess
1:00  Math Workshop, Science, Social Studies
2:00  Extension (i.e., supplementary interventions)
2:30  Closure and Dismissal

Lunch and Recess
All District 30 elementary students receive a minimum of 20 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes of recess. The Kindergarten students receive additional recess and unstructured play time throughout the day at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

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Importance of Play in Kindergarten

  • We believe a balance between direct instruction of academic content and play is developmentally appropriate.
  • The “21st Century Learning Skills” of creativity, problem solving skills and collaboration can be developed through structured and unstructured play.  This is a “season of opportunity” to establish critical habits of mind.
  • We emphasize the process of learning and creativity over the product developed.
  • Play offers a window into a child’s thinking.  Play is how children make sense of their world and assimilate new information.
  • Play can be used for self-discovery.

Assessment
There are no standardized or formal assessments given to students in Kindergarten. However, our teaching team utilizes a wide variety of formative assessments and diagnostic tools to inform their teaching decisions and measure student growth.  These include, but are not limited to, informal reading inventories, curriculum-based measurements, written language rubrics, and structured observation of student behavior.  Parents receive progress updates throughout the school year via parent-teacher conferences, report cards, and other informal conferences as needed.

The Northbrook Park District partners with School District 30 to offer the following extended care programs during the school year for children in grades K-5:  Adventure Campus, before and after school care, school day-off programs, and winter and spring break holiday programs.  For more information, visit Northbrook Park District's Early Childhood and Youth Programming website.

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