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Welcome to Kindergarten





 Dear families,


Welcome to the Washoe County School District!  We are looking forward to having your child attend kindergarten this upcoming school year.  WCSD believes families are critical to their child’s education and we want to partner with you for your child’s success.  We believe that all families want the best for their children. We are dedicated to ensuring that families feel welcomed and valued. 


  • Take advantage of the Washoe County Libraries. Your local library is a great resource for free summer learning opportunities.  Check out their summer events.   









 Reading and math are the foundation for learning.  Establishing skills for your child is key to their success in school and in life.  You can access a variety of free books and interactive literacy resources for your child through the Washoe County Libraries.  See the list below for reading and math opportunities. 


  1. Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge 2021 Tails and Tales to earn a FREE book, virtual awards, and participate in BINGO activities. Visit Summer Reading Challenge 2021 (
  2. You can create an account at the Beanstack page and then click “Register”. If you had an account last year, you can just log in to get started.
  3. Log your reading every day this summer.
  4. This math website has a variety of fun and engaging kindergarten math games.


 Click on this link to find more resources to help your student with Math.









Children need academic skills and must also develop self-awareness and be able to name and recognize emotions.  These are what we consider social and emotional skills that every child needs to develop.   Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)  is a process for helping children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. 

click on this link for more information.


Summer is a great time to spend mindful moments with your children.  Balance screen time on tvs, tablets and phones with outdoor time by taking full advantage of outdoor activities, many of which are free:









The following website offers tips, ideas, and resources on how to help your child with academics at home.  It also has ideas on how to partner with your child’s teacher throughout the school year.  Visit


Join us on Saturday, August 7th for the WCSD Back to School Expo.  At this expo, you will find information about the district’s services to our students and families, as well as community resources.  This free event will provide you with the most current and useful information for your incoming kindergarten student:


WCSD Back to School Expo

Saturday, August 7, 2021

10 – 11 a.m. for immunocompromised families

11-2 p.m. for all WCSD families

Meadowood Mall









Kindergarten screening is the week of August 9th-August 13th.  During this week your child will attend one 30-minute screening appointment.  Please contact your child’s school if you don’t already have a screening appointment.  During this screening appointment we will introduce and welcome you and your child to the school and the kindergarten classroom.  We will also collect and share information on the screening we will do with your child.  This is a great opportunity to ask the teacher questions about kindergarten. 


Each school will also host a Kindergarten Kick-Off event where you will meet other families in your child’s future kindergarten class.    


The first day of kindergarten is Monday, August 16th









Remember that daily attendance allows your child to learn, participate, and practice new concepts with their teacher and peers.  Did you know that attendance habits start in kindergarten and can predict a child's success in school?   These families have a lot to say about absences, attendance, and how to help their kids be successful: Bringing Attendance Home: Parent Video from Rachel Auerbach on Vimeo.



Bringing Attendance Home: Parent Video 


Throughout the school year, you can also obtain additional resources and support for your child’s educational journey.  The district has a program for families to learn how to support their children in school. 

Parent university


Parent University provides free learning sessions for families.



For more information about upcoming Parent University sessions, please visit our website: