Reflections by Randy Hodge
|Posted on April 11, 2018 at 7:20 AM|
It is time to begin preparing for next school year already, and that means it is time for kindergarten screening. For many parents, especially those with a child entering school for the first time, this is a time of great excitement, and potentially great anxiety. We hope you were able to attend our open house that provided a lot of great information; if not, that is okay too. Our experienced staff is prepared to help you through this process. Kindergarten screening for St. Patrick School will be held on Friday, April 20. The screening takes from 45 minutes to an hour. Call the school office at (517) 647-7551 to make your appointment.
We use the Gesell Developmental Observation (GDO), which is a standard procedure for observing a child’s growth and development. This assessment is conducted by a trained examiner who makes observations of a child’s behavior and then compares these observations with normative patterns for each developmental age. The GDO does not have right or wrong responses, but instead provides a composite picture of a child’s developmental age, his or her individual rate of growth, and his or her integrity in the total growth process.
The Gesell Institute recommends that every child receive a developmental screening to create a picture of where he or she is at in their unique process of growth and development. Children who attended our developmental kindergarten program for the current school year will not be screened again before entering kindergarten.
If your child is shown to be ready for kindergarten we will place them in kindergarten, unless you request differently. If your child screens for DK, they will be placed in that class. We will not advance students to kindergarten if the screening shows they are not ready; we want to place students in a class where they will succeed. The GDO has proven to be very accurate over the ten years I have been an administrator at St. Pat’s.
The Diocese of Grand Rapids will once again be offering Welcome Scholarships to families who do not already have a student in a Catholic school. The scholarships are for all new students from preschool through 11th grade. Please visit our school website www.portlandstpats.com for complete information about the scholarship criterion, and a printable application.
If you have further questions in regard to St. Patrick’s DK or kindergarten programs, please call me at (517) 647-7551 or email [email protected] We welcome you to schedule a visit so you can see our classrooms and meet with your child’s teacher. You will not be the first or only person who has done this.
Kindergarten screening is a time to celebrate the next step of your child’s development. Give us a call and let us help you with that celebration!