Balanced Beginnings

Balanced Beginnings
Posted on 08/06/2020

August 6, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are thrilled to have your Kindergartner joining our school beginning this fall. We have a special transition process in place for our Kindergarten students called Balanced Beginnings. The first days of school will be staggered, with small groups of students coming, rather than the entire class. This eases the transition into Kindergarten and allows teachers and students to build positive relationships, introduce the new environment and routines, and collect informal data as they begin their year with students. This means that Kindergarten students will not begin full days of school until Monday, August 24th for Cohort A and Tuesday, August 25th for Cohort B.

Kindergarten students will be assigned a half day to come in and learn about Kindergarten at Soaring Hawk with a small group of 6-8 students on Monday, August 17, Tuesday August 18, or Wednesday August 19.  
Thursday, August 20 will serve as a planning day for Kindergarten teachers so they can use the information and plan for targeted and individualized instruction in the first weeks of school, and Friday, August 21st is an e-learning orientation day for those who selected this option.  We will share classroom/cohort assignments on Thursday afternoon (August 20th).   In order to learn more about your child, please fill out this link, before your Balanced Beginnings time. 

Your child’s transition day (based on the first letter of last
assignment is:

  • A-C-Monday, August 17: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • D-K-Monday, August 17: 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • L-M-Tuesday, August 18: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • N-SC-Tuesday, August 18:  12:30 p.m. - 3:00 pm. 
  • SH-V-Wednesday, August 19: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • W-Z-Wednesday, August 19:  12:30 p.m. - 3:00 pm. 

We are looking forward to meeting your Kindergartener and making their transition to Kindergarten a smooth and joyful one!


Stacey Roberson
Soaring Hawk Elementary School