Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about kindergarten in Spring Lake Park Schools? Click on the buttons below to learn more and if you have additional questions, contact our enrollment office at 763-600-5018.

Attendance Boundaries

If you're wondering what neighborhood school your child will attend, click here to view our interactive map.

Breakfast and Lunch

Spring Lake Park Schools provides both breakfast and lunch service to students. Every student is issued an account accessed by a PIN number and students use this number to purchase meals.

  • Kindergarten students qualify for free breakfasts
  • Families can also qualify for free or reduced-priced meals by submitting an application at the beginning of each school year
  • Meal payments can be made directly at each school or by credit card through the Pay PAMS website

Click here to visit the nutrition services website and learn more about breakfast and lunch at our schools.

Child Care

Spring Lake Park Schools Community Education child care programs provide high quality services that will grow with your child from preschool through eighth grade. Learning Ventures Child Care programs provide child care before- and after-school and on most school release days, including fall, winter, spring and summer breaks.

With flexible and affordable before- and after-school chid care, there are options to meet your family's needs. Click here to learn more and register for Learning Ventures Child Care.

Class Lists

Because of changes made throughout the summer, class lists are not finalized until late August. Teacher assignments will be shared at the schools' Meet Your Teacher event one week before school begins.

Early Childhood Screening

Minnesota law requires that your child must be screened for enrollment in public school. This service is offered at no cost to all families who live in Spring Lake Park Schools. If you are planning to send your child to private school or to home school, the law does not require the screening. However, we still encourage you to participate.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to find out how your child is developing and for you to find out more about resources and programs in our community.

Children may be screened between the ages of three-five. The ideal age for screening is near your child’s fourth birthday.

Click here for more information about screening or to setup a screening date.

Enrollment

What do you need to do? Just follow the step-by-step process below and you will be on your way to a great kindergarten experience! Between now and then, we will assist you in any way that we can, and answer all of your questions. Questions about the enrollment process? Call our enrollment office at 763-600-5018.

Your Step-by-Step “Enrollment and Get Ready for K” Process

  1. Choose the type of kindergarten program you would like for your child - traditional or Spanish Immersion
    •  Traditional - CenterviewNorthpoint and Park Terrace
    •  Spanish Immersion - Woodcrest Spanish Immersion School

    If you want more information about our Kindergarten programs, plan to attend one of the Parent Information Sessions in January and February. Click here to learn more about these events

  2. Complete step one of the enrollment application:
    •  Online: Click here to start the online enrollment process. (Online enrollment is not recommended for mobile devices. Computers are available at our District Services Center.)
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    In-Person: District Services Center,  1415 - 81st Avenue NE, Spring Lake Park

  3. Complete step two of the enrollment application:
    • Please bring the following required documents to the District Services Center, your school or by the enrollment deadline, Wednesday, February 28, 2018:

    • Note: Early Childhood Screening and immunization records may also be turned in when completed
    • Immunization records from your child's five-year-old check-up must be turned in before the start of school on Tuesday, September 4, 2018
    • Proof of address (examples include; driver’s license, utility bill, rental or purchase agreement) - original only
    • Child’s original birth certificate
    • Copies will be made of each document and the original given back to you. Enrollment will not be complete until the DSC has copies of the above documents.
    • Priority Placement Deadline: Enroll your kindergartener by Wednesday, February 28, 2018. While we accept enrollments throughout the year, we do expect spots to fill quickly in our Spanish Immersion program and those available to open-enrolled students and intradistrict transfer students. A lottery drawing may be utilized for these limited spots.
       
  4. Plan to attend the Kindergarten Round-Up Event on Thursday, May 17, 2018 for parents and our future kindergartners. Watch your mailbox and the website for more information.
  5. Register and complete Early Childhood Screening if you haven’t done so already. (Screening is required by law.) Contact our Early Childhood Center at 763-600-5900 to learn more or to register for an upcoming screening date or visit the screening website here.

  6. At your child’s 5-year-old checkup with their doctor, ensure that immunizations are up-to-date. Immunizations are required by law and no student will be able to start on the first day without having these completed.

Click here for more information about enrolling for kindergarten

Immunizations

At your child's 5-year-old checkup with their doctor, ensure that immunizations are up-to-date.

Minnesota Statute 121A.15 requires that all children must be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella before they can start school. 

Click here to view a chart to determine which vaccines are required to enroll in school.

In Case of Illness

If your child is injured or becomes ill at school, a school nurse or teacher will administer only simple first aid and you will be notified. If emergency medical care is necessary, and we are unable to locate you, your family doctor will be called unless you have provided alternate instructions. Give your child a healthy start by assuring they have:

  • Necessary immunizations
  • Periodic health exams (a complete exam must take place before the start of school)
  • Plenty of sleep each night (10-12 hours are recommended for this age group)
  • A good healthy diet that includes breakfast
  • Neat, clean, comfortable clothes, appropriate for the day’s activities
  • An early enough start so your child is wide-awake when school begins without that “last minute dash.”  (Remember, punctuality is important, but don’t send your child to school too early or there may not be adequate supervision) 

School start and end times

(subject to change for 2018-2019 school year)

Centerview Elementary: TBD
Northpoint Elementary: 9:20 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
Park Terrace Elementary: 9:20 a.m.-3:55 p.m.
Woodcrest Elementary Spanish Immersion: 9:10 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Transportation

All in-district kindergarten students are eligible for transportation to and from school. Our regular education transportation contractor is Lorenz Bus Service, and special education is Voigt’s Bus Service. Visit our Transportation website.

Transportation and Daycare

If your kindergartner will be in daycare, it is very important to indicate this during the online enrollment process. Also, if there are any address changes throughout the year, please keep the Transportation Department and your school office updated. Before changing daycare, make sure the daycare is still in the district attendance area, otherwise the student will not get transportation to and from that daycare.

How do I get my bus stop information?

Kindergarten students ride the regular morning and afternoon school buses. You should receive a postcard in the mail approximately two weeks before school starts. Bus stop information will also be available in Campus Portal.

If you have questions regarding transportation, call 763-600-5590 or email transportation@district16.org.

Welcome Letters

Expect to hear from us in March with information from your student's school. Students who applied for Woodcrest Spanish Immersion or open enrollment will receive an update in March on their placement.