Kindergarten – Getting Started

We are so excited to be working with you and your children during the next school year!

As many of you already know, the kindergarten and first grade students will be organized together in our elementary building in a large K-1 learning community led by seven teachers. There are three kindergarten teachers, three first grade teachers, and one learning community leader, as well as, one teaching assistant and two yearlong UF interns.

The kindergarten and first grade teachers are paired to make three big groupings, which we call the “Lions,” “Tigers,” and “Bears.” Your child will be assigned to one main grade-level teacher and an animal group. You will find out this information and details about the Kindergarten staggered start right before our Blue Wave Preview in August.

Jill Ozog | K-1 Learning Community Leader | 352.392.1554

Kindergarten Assessments

All kindergarten students are assessed at the beginning of the year to establish a baseline for beginning instruction. Students are also reassessed several times throughout the year to monitor progress. This first assessment usually takes place during the summer and helps us develop class lists that reflect a variety of demographic characteristics and academic achievement levels. Once we have assessed the incoming students, class lists are composed. You will be notified about your child’s class assignment before school begins.

Dates: July 18 & 19, 2019
Location: P.K. Yonge Elementary Building | K-1 Learning Community
Time: Sign up for an Appointment


Bluewave Preview

Join us for the Annual Blue Wave Preview Event! Students and their families are invited to come to the P.K. Yonge Elementary School and visit their learning communities. Students will have the opportunity to spend some time in the learning community and meet their teachers.

Date: AUGUST 10, 2019

Kindergarten:  11:00am-12pm
1st Grade – 5th Grade: 12:00-1:00pm

Location: P.K. Yonge Elementary Building


Staggered Start Dates and Times for 2019-20

Kindergarten will have a staggered start beginning the first two days of school. During this first week of school, half of the students attend on Monday (August 12, 2019), with the other half attending Tuesday (August 13, 2019).  All children attend on Wednesday and the remainder of the week. You will be informed which day your child will attend when you receive your child’s class assignment.  These smaller groups allow for an easier adjustment to school.  It’s a big beginning!!

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