All About Kindergarten
We can't wait to welcome your Rush Creek student to the Class of 2034! Each day of kindergarten is a unique chance for your student to make new friends, learn new things and grow in their independence.
- Kindergarten supply list
- Skills to practice for kindergarten
- More about the district's Early Childhood Screening
- What are ParentVUE, Peachjar and SmartSchoolK12?
- Bus, Breakfast and Free & Reduced-Price Lunch
- How to enroll
- 3 – 24 count Crayola crayons (or equivalent)
- 1 - pencil box (8.5L x 5.75 W x 2.5 H) (we prefer plastic)
- 1 - 2-pocket paper theme folder 1 - 8 count Crayola (or equivalent) washable watercolor paints with brush
- 12 large washable glue stick – purple, dries clear
- 12 count box sharpened #2 yellow Woodcase Papermate pencils (or equivalent)
- 5” blunt Fiskars (or equivalent) scissors
- 8 count Crayola Conical Blunt Tip Crayola (or equivalent) washable markers, classic color – thick
- One 3-ring binder 1” white
- 1 set of 25 plastic sleeves with side holes
- 3 Disinfectant wipes (voluntary donation)
- 1 box of tissues (voluntary donation)
- School bag (LARGE backpack)
- Headphones, 3.5mm jack (available for purchase at school**)
- Phy Ed shoes
Please label all clothing with your student's name.
The transition to kindergarten is respected as a major milestone not only for the child, but for their family, as well. The attitude toward school and learning that the student carries with them for life is often determined by this very first experience with school. A smooth transition to kindergarten can help make sure your child is successful in school their whole life long!
Listed below are some skills your child will need for kindergarten. In addition, providing opportunities to play with other children, teaching socially acceptable ways to disagree, and encouraging social values such as helpfulness, cooperation, sharing and concern for others can help with a smooth transition to kindergarten.
Personal Needs: Without help, can they...
- Put on and take off their coat
- Tie their own shoes
- Use the bathroom and wash their hands
- Snap, button, zip and buckle
Intellectual Skills: Does your child...
- Sit and listen to a story
- Hold a book upright and turn the pages
- Know their first and last name, telephone number, address and date of birth
- Tell and retell familiar stories
- Know colors, shapes and sizes
- Count 0-10
Intellectual Skills (continued): Does your child...
- Say the ABCs
- Hold scissors and pencil appropriately
- Recognize and write their first name (remember to use a capital letter for the first letter in a name; M-a-t-t, not M-A-T-T)
- Recognize the letters within their name
Social skills: Can they...
- Listen to an adult and follow simple instructions
- Cooperate with other children
- Sit for short periods of time
- Follow simple two-step directions
ABCya! offers fun and engaging ways to teach children math and reading skills they will use in kindergarten. The site also has many other free interactive educational games.
Starfall has several free educational videos and games for teaching children the letters of the alphabet and more.
Our Summer Bingo card gives literacy and math ideas you can practice anytime with your child!
Our district's Early Childhood Screening is required by the state and should be completed prior to a child turning five years old. The screening is free and includes a developmental check of vision and hearing, height and weight, immunization status, large and small muscles skills/development, thinking, language and communication skills and social and emotional development.
If your student has not yet been screened, please be sure to schedule an appointment prior to the beginning of the school year. If your student has been screened in another district, that is sufficient to satisfy this requirement.
Early Childhood Screenings are offered at:
- Arbor View Early Childhood Center: 9401 Fernbrook Ln. N, Maple Grove
- Willow Lane Early Childhood Center: 7020 Perry Ave. N, Brooklyn Center
What is ParentVUE?
ParentVUE is a personal online account for parents and guardians to access grades, attendance, contact information, scheduling for parent/teacher conferences and more. An access code to set up your ParentVUE account can be obtained by email from the school administrative assistant; please send your student's name, grade, and date of birth as well as your own name and address. Since the access code gives access to personal information, it can only be shared with the parent/guardian on student records.
What is Peachjar?
Peachjar is Rush Creek's online newsletter. Every Wednesday it is updated with the latest information about events and happenings in our school and community. Check it out under "Family Access" on the Fernbrook website.
What is SmartSchoolK12?
SmartSchoolK12 is your family's online account to monitor and add funds to lunch accounts, register and pay for extracurricular activities and pay and review school fees. Your account can be created directly in SmartSchoolK12; find it under "Family Access."
Breakfast items are distributed daily to any student at Rush Creek who would like them. If you have questions about breakfast or lunch, please email our kitchen manager, Ms. Lynda Henderscheid.
Free & Reduced-Price Lunch
Please visit SmartSchoolK12 (which can be found under the "Family Access" tab at the top of each website page) for questions about Free & Reduced-Price Lunch. Applications can also be found there; please note that forms submitted electronically will be processed quicker than those that are printed.
Are you not yet enrolled at Rush Creek? Our Enrollment Center staff will help you through the process!
Please note: To qualify for enrollment into Kindergarten your child must turn 5 on or by Sept. 1 of the school year desired. Children who turn age 5 between Sept. 2 and Nov. 1 of the school year desired are eligible to apply for Early Entrance to Kindergarten (this application deadline is April 15).
Prepare enrollment materials
- Schedule your child’s Early Childhood screening (call schedule online). or
- Complete and return the enrollment packet and required checklist documents (mailed in late November to all households in our database) to the Enrollment Center. If you did not receive an enrollment packet, please request a Kindergarten Information Fair kit.
- If you’re applying to a magnet school, be sure to apply by Dec. 31 to qualify for the first lottery.
- If you’re applying for an in-district transfer, apply by Jan. 15 to qualify for the first lottery.
- Required documents needed when enrolling:
- Proofs of Residency (two forms)
- Photo ID of Parent/legal guardian
- Birth Certificate or Passport
- Updated child’s required immunizations
Submit the enrollment forms in one of the following ways:
- Email: EnrollmentCenter@district279.org
- Fax: 763-585-7368
- U.S. mail: Osseo Enrollment Center, 7051 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429
- In person: Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Lobby drop box: only available during non-business hours