Preschool and ORE Families:
Please read this email carefully as it contains grade-specific details.
In preparation for Distance Learning, a reminder that Thursday, March 26 from 3-6p is the designated time to pick up instructional materials for your children at Oak Ridge Elementary (bus drop off area/back door).
A few guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy:
- Please pull up to the back parking lot curb marked by traffic cones.
- A staff member will approach the vehicle and ask for each child’s name, grade, and teacher.
- School staff will deliver learning packets to the car window; families should not leave their vehicles. It is our goal to transfer materials as quickly and safely as possible.
- Preschool, Kindergarten, First and Second grade families: plan to retrieve paper/pencil Learning Packets that will be essential for Distance Learning in this distribution of materials.
- Grades 3rd and 4th families only need to pick up instructional packets
- if families have challenges with internet access, and/or
- are unable to utilize the school-supplied iPad effectively, and/or
- have a child who receives special education services. (There will be a differentiated instruction packet for pick-up that will be essential to the individual instructional program.)
If you are unable to pick up materials on Thursday, March 26 between 3-6p, materials will be delivered by school bus on Monday, March 30. More details on delivery of materials will be forthcoming.
March 15, 2020
Sartell-St. Stephen, St. Cloud, and Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools will close effective Monday, March 16, 2020 for all students.
On Sunday March 15, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-02 in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and announced that all Minnesota public schools will close no later than Wednesday, March 18 and remain closed through March 27.
Survey for Families with Children ages 4-5 years
We value the input of families in our communities. Every year, we ask families with children between the ages of 4-5 years for feedback regarding our Early Childhood programming.
Please complete this survey whether or not you have participated in our programming. All answers are anonymous.
This information is important to us and will help us plan future opportunities for children and families.
The survey will close on Friday, May 1.
If you have any questions, please contact Michele Rogers at 320.656.3763.
Welcome to Early Childhood Education
Please click here for Fall 2020 PreK info.
Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 offers a variety of resources for families.
We consider parents/guardians your child's first and most important teacher and we want to partner with you throughout your child's first five years as you prepare them for school success. General timeframes:
- Add your child to our census to stay in touch and receive important notifications about programs. Submit the Census Form (under Resources) to Michele Rogers (Contact Us).
- Join an ECFE class (registration link under Resources)! These classes will support you as a parent, offer parenting tools and a chance to network with other parents.
- Early Childhood Screening checks your child’s growth, development, and possible health or learning concerns in order to offer you additional support and resources if needed.
- Have your child screened around the age of 3.5 years (schedule is accessible under Resources).
- Enroll your child in a preschool class for additional social-emotional and academic development a year or two before Kindergarten.
- Learn about general expectations for entering Kindergarten. The Kindergarten Readiness Expectations brochure (under Resources) was created in partnership with St. Cloud School District, Sauk Rapids-Rice, Reach Up Head Start, Milestones, United Way and Partners for Student Success.
- January prior to the fall your child's kindergarten entry: if you submitted our Census Form (under Resources) or participated in Early Childhood Screening (schedule under Resources), you will receive open house and registration information.
- Watch for a link to sign up for a Ready for K assessment from your building principal. These take about 15 minutes during the last week of May and create a snapshot of your child's skills.
Early Childhood Special Education
Any child between birth and five years with a demonstrated developmental delay and who meets eligibility criteria in early childhood special education is eligible to receive services. If you would like to make a referral for an evaluation or to discuss developmental concerns with an intake facilitator, please use the Help Me Grow link (under Resources).
Tips for Families
→ Read to your child every day! Language development is a top factor in being ready for and successful in Kindergarten.
If you have questions or need additional resources, call our office. We welcome you to call with questions, big and small.