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    KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2022-2023

    Please contact Central Registrar Sarah Kirk at kirks@npsk.org or 508-228-7285 x1149.

Required Documents

  • Parents and Guardians MUST provide the following documents PRIOR TO OR DURING their registration appointment in the spring of 2022. 

    Printable List - English
    Lista Imprimible - Español (p2)
    Lista imprimível - Português

    Identification

    • Child's birth certificate
    • Photo ID of Parent/Guardian 
      • Driver's License
      • State ID
      • Passport
      • Military ID card
    • Physical Health Exam, signed by a physician within the last 12 months
    • Immunization record
    • Lead test

    Evidence of Residency (submit ONE document from the list below) 

    • MA Driver's License with Nantucket Address
    • Copy of Deed and/or record of most recent mortgage payment
    • Copy of Lease AND record of most recent rent payment
    • Town of Nantucket Annual Census Form aka Street Listing)
    • Legal affidavit from landlord cojnfirming tenancy
    • Section 8 Housing agreement
    • Affidavit of residency

    Evidence of Occupancy (submit ONE document from the list below dated within the last 60 days) 

    • Utility bill (i.e. gas, electric, oil, water, sewer, home telephone, Cable TV) 
    • Payroll Stub
    • Bank or credit card statement
    • W2
    • Tax bill (i.e. property or excise) 
    • Current vehicle registration
    • Insurance bill (home, rental, health/medical)
    • Letter from an approved agency (i.e. Social Security, WIC, SNAP, disability) 

     If Applicable

    • Massachusetts Transfer Card
    • Special Education Documents (Individual Education Plan or 504 Plan) 
    • Legal Guardianship Documentation
      • (Copy of Mittimus or court/agency papers)
      • Proof that adult is seeking guardianship) 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What if I don't know if my child will be attending NES in the fall? 
    A: Register anyway! We plan for the fall in the spring after we have done all registration appointments. It is much better for us to plan in the spring for your child to attend than over the summer when most placements have already been finalized.

    Q: Will I get to request my child's teacher? 
    OR
    Q: Can I request my child be placed with their friend? Can I ask them to NOT be placed with another child?
    A: We do not assign teachers to students during the spring. However, we do assign students to groups. These groupings are based on information we gather from you both during your registration appointment as well as information you provide to the Principal directly. We do not make any promises, but we do appreciate any feedback you may have for setting your child up for success. You can let us know of any friends your child may get along with (or get along too well with) as well as any conflicts they may have with another student.

    Q: When do I hear who my child's teacher is? 
    A: Two weeks prior to the start of school you will be mailed and emailed a packet with this information. 

    Q: What should I be doing to prepare my child for Kindergarten? 
    A: Start making changes now! 
    Early bedtimes
    Consistent routines
    Daily reading and storytelling
    Monitor behavior
    Bathrooming self without assistance
    Eat without assistance
    Practice the alphabet, spelling their name, tying shoes and zipping coats, and cleaning up after activities.

    If your child isn't in PreK, please consider Kindergarten Boost and/or Ready Set School through the Nantucket Community School.

    Q: What do I need to bring to the Registration Appointment? 
    A: At least one parent or guardian should be present at the appointment WITH the child.
    Documentation that has not yet been submitted to the Registrar should be brought to the appointment.

    Q: I went to the Registration night and put my child's name on the list. Why do I need a registration Appointment too?
    A: Every single child entering Nantucket Public Schools is required to have a registration appointment with the Registrar. This is so we can gather important information about the child and your family. During this appointment we discuss:
    Important vocabulary we will be referring to over the spring and summer as you receive updates from the school
    Complete registration information as well as sign the annual permission forms. 
    Review general expectations - everything from school times, to what to bring for snacks!

    Q: What does technology use look like in the classroom? What is in the Kindergarten Curriculum?
    A: For specific questions, you can reach out to the Kindergarten Team Lead Teacher, Blythe Purdin, at purdinb@npsk.org.

    Q: My child is born right after the age cutoff of September 1, 2016. Can I still apply for Kindergarten?
    A: The September 1, 2016 deadline is a hard deadline. If your child is born on September 1, 2026 or after, they do not meet the age requirement for Kindergarten. If you would like them to attend NES, please contact the front office to have them put on the waitlist for PreK. 

    Q: Do I need to pay for Kindergarten? 
    A: Not at the Nantucket Public Schools! 

    The Nantucket Public Schools welcomes all children who are five prior to September 1, 2016. This is regardless of immigration status. If your family is living on Nantucket, your children should be attending one of the schools on island if they are five or older.

General Expectations

  • School Day
    7:45 am - 2:20 pm Monday-Friday

    How to communicate with the school
    Email! 
    Remind text messages to teachers
    Call 508-228-7290

    Pick-up and Drop-off
    Off of Backus Lane
    Families are welcome to park in "VISITOR" Spots - please do not park in numbered spots. 
    DO NOT use the Surfside Road or First Way Parking Lots

    After School Plans
    Family pick-up
    Bus home
    Nantucket Community School Extended Day

    Absence Policy
    Children who are sick should not come to school BUT you MUST report your child's absence. 
    Call or email the front office and notify the child's teacher. 
    If you will be taking an extended vacation or need to travel off island, let the office know when you know what your plans are.

    Food at school
    NES offers Breakfast and Lunch
    Menus are posted on our Food Services Website
    Students can either get lunch from the Cafe or bring from home
    All students should bring a snack and reusable water bottle 
    NO NUT PRODUCTS we have students with dangerous nut allergies