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West Springfield Public Schools CLOSED UNTIL MAY 4

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Countdown To Kindergarten

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John Ashley School 

Kindergarten Countdown 2020-2021


Step 1: Register

Families who reside in West Springfield and wish to enroll their child will be using the online enrollment application. Please visit If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device, you can register your upcoming kindergartener at the Office of the Registrar on the 1st floor of the West Springfield Main Office Building at 26 Central Street. Please call Mary Scott at 263-3388 to make an appointment.  Students currently in the Cowing EC program do not need to register.

Step 2: Attend Kindergarten Orientation  May 28th, 6:00 pm 

Come to a Kindergarten Parent Orientation at John Ashley School to learn about the kindergarten program from the principal, teachers, and staff.  This event is for PARENTS only. No childcare is provided.   

Step 3: Kindergarten Screening June 19th & 22nd

Once registered, you will be invited to a spring screening at John Ashley School on one of the last two days of school.  Areas to be screened include language development, cognitive and perceptual skills, and motor development.  Also included is a parent/nurse conference regarding your child’s medical history and social-emotional screening by a school adjustment counselor. Screenings are by appointment only.

Step 4: John Ashley Transition Playgroup

Community and Family Engagement (CAFE) will hold a weekly playgroup at John Ashley Kindergarten to assist children and their families in the transition to kindergarten. The playgroup will be held one weekday a week for 1 to 1.5 hours for six weeks. Parents will be required to stay, and actively engage with their child. For more information contact Rebecca Burgos  413-246-3144

Step 5: Back to School Mailing

Look out for your Back to School mailing in August which includes class placement as well as key information for the start of school!! You must be fully registered to receive a class placement.

Step 6: Popsicle Playground Parties  August 18-20

Come and meet other students and families in your kindergarten classroom!  This is a casual event to support families meeting other families. The Principal will be present with popsicles for the children to enjoy.  Classroom teachers will not be present. The playground party is weather permitting. In the event of rain, it will be rescheduled for the rain date. You will receive an invitation with the back to school information.

Step 7: Kindergarten Bus Orientation  August 26th, 10:00-11:00 

Come with your incoming kindergartner to John Ashley to practice riding the bus and learn safety rules! Meet under the big tree in the front yard.

Step 8: Meet and Greet  September 3rd

Come to the Meet and Greet at Ashley, to meet the teachers and see the classroom. The Meet and Greet Schedule will be mailed out with the back to school information. There are no buses for kindergarten on these days. 

Step 9: First Day of School!  September 4th 

Bring your kindergartener to the bus stop and give a hug and kiss good-bye!  We will take good care of your child when he/she arrives!