Kindergarten Information

FOX CHAPEL AREA SCHOOLS 2021-2022 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATIONS/PARENT ORIENTATIONS

Registration for children who will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2021 is scheduled in the Fox Chapel Area School District for March. The district also offers various pre-registration events (including parent/guardian orientations and 2021-2022 kindergarten story times) that are held beginning in early February.  

All registration forms will be filled out online. Starting on February 3, parents/guardians can go to http://register.fcasd.edu to begin the registration process. Once the online forms are complete, parents/guardians will attend the school’s registration day, at a specific time, with their supporting documents. O’Hara’s orientation meeting to acquaint parents/guardians with the kindergarten program and registration process February 3 and will be held virtually. Parents/guardians should visit https://kdgfcasd.com prior to the virtual orientations for links to join the virtual meetings.

Children must be five years of age on or before September 1 to be admitted to kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year. A certificate of birth date, immunization records, two proofs of residency, and a photo ID must be presented for registration. A child will not be officially registered in the school until all of these items are presented.

According to Pennsylvania Department of Health regulations, children must be immunized with the following before being admitted to kindergarten:

    •4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Usually given as DTaP or DTP or DT or Td) (1 dose on or after fourth birthday);

    •4 doses of polio (fourth dose on or after fourth birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given);

    •2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (usually given as MMR) on or after the child’s first birthday;

    •3 doses of hepatitis B; and

    •2 doses of varicella (chicken pox) (on or after the child’s first birthday) or evidence of immunity through a written statement from a physician indicating month and year of disease or serologic proof of immunity.

Persons having medical (must have a note from doctor) or religious objections to these immunizations should contact the school nurse. 

Additionally, Allegheny County requires blood lead level screening* for students prior to entry into kindergarten. Children shall receive a lead screening test in accordance with the following schedule:

    •Each child shall be screened between 9 months to 12 months of age and again at 24 months of age.

    •All children designated as high risk, as determined by a health care practitioner and based on the child’s exposure to lead and any other factors indicating high risk, shall be screened annually from 12 months of age to 72 months of age.

*Lead screening information is subject to change.

The schedule for new kindergarten virtual parent orientation meetings and in-person kindergarten registration is below, and parents can receive information on the virtual events by visiting https://www.kdgfcasd.com/o-hara-elementary.

O’Hara Elementary School

Parent Orientation Meeting:  February 3 – Virtually – 6-7 p.m. 

Registration:  March 2 – O’Hara Elementary School – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Parents/guardians will choose a specific registration time once they complete the online registration.

Incoming kindergarten families are also encouraged to sign up for the virtual story times hosted by O’Hara Elementary. To sign up and to learn more about programs for incoming kindergartners, visit https://www.kdgfcasd.com/o-hara-elementary.

STORY TIMES

Last Name Beginning with A-K:

2/8/2021 FROM 2:15-3:15 P.M. 

3/15/2021 FROM 2:15-3:15 P.M. 

4/12/2021 FROM 2:15-3:15 P.M.

Last Name Beginning with L-Z:

2/9/2021 FROM 2:15-3:15 P.M.

3/16/2021 FROM 2:15-3:15 P.M.

4/13/2021 FROM 2:15-3:15 P.M.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION-3/2/21 FROM 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

​DISCOVER KINDERGARTEN-5/28/2021 FROM 1-3 P.M.

MEET AND GREET- AUGUST 2021- LETTER MAILED IN SUMMER

The school is located at 115 Cabin Lane in O’Hara Township. The phone number is 412/963-0333.

**Additionally, districtwide registration sessions for ALL elementary schools will be held in March for those unable to attend the individual school registration dates/times. Registration for all incoming kindergartners will be held March 1 from 4-6 p.m. at O’Hara Elementary School and March 2 from 4-6 p.m. at Kerr Elementary School.

Celebrate Reading this Week at O’Hara!

This week America commemorates the birthday of one of our most beloved children’s authors, Dr. Seuss! Like countless schools across the nation, O’Hara Elementary will honor Dr. Seuss’ legacy by celebrating Read Across America–a nationwide reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading!

There are a couple of ways that O’Hara PTO is celebrating this week!

Scholastic Book Fair

1. Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held from Monday, February 25th through Friday March 1st in the O’Hara School Library. Students will have an allotted time during the school day to visit the Book Fair and buy books and other items. You are definitely welcome to join your child to shop in the Library during this time!

Items can be paid for with cash, credit card, check (made out to OEPTO), or a NEW e-wallet option, where you can electronically set aside funds for your child to use. Visit www.scholastic.com/bf/oharaelementaryschool for more information about this option. You can even purchase books online here!  All proceeds will benefit the O’Hara Elementary library!

Can’t make it to school during your child’s book fair slot? No worries!  You can send your child to school with cash or a signed check made out to “OEPTO” in an envelope, or use the e-wallet option mentioned above. Please include a note indicating any limit on purchases or a list of acceptable purchases. Please note: the average book cost is between $5 to $10 with 7% sales tax.

Want to support your child’s teacher? Great! You can donate books from a classroom book collection “wishlist” for each teacher.

All students will also receive one raffle ticket good for a chance to win an age-appropriate basket of books.

2. The O’Hara PTO will also be holding a Read Across America celebration during special EVENING Book Fair hours on Tuesday, February 26th from 6-8 pm. And this event will be so much MORE than just an opportunity to shop! We have also planned several Read Across America activities including a tattoo artist, a Dr. Seuss-related craft, collaborative story-writing and two mystery readers! No RSVP is necessary, you DO NOT need clearances to attend this free family event. Students who come to the evening book fair and Read Across America celebration get 2 additional raffle tickets!

We hope to see you there!

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Student Voices Needed – Recess Items

Hello O’Hara families! We hope your summer is going well!!!  While it’s hard to think about indoor recess days when the sun is shining and our kiddos are living outdoors, the PTO is getting ready for rainy days ahead.  Please ask your students what they would like to see in the indoor recess bins. What were their favorite items last year??

While you’re at it – ask what we need more of for OUTDOOR recess (where we hope to be a much as possible throughout the year)!  We’re gearing up for a great year ahead. Comment below, please! 

 

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PTO Meeting Tomorrow!

The PTO invites all interested O’Hara parents, teachers and staff to join us tomorrow (11/17) from 9:15 – 10:15am in the O’Hara Auditorium for our monthly meeting.

Topics on the agenda for the meeting include:

  • O’Hara Administration Update (Mrs. Batis and Mr. Edwards)
  • PTO Board Update
    • Treasurer Report
    • By Laws Vote
  • District Forum Report from 11/14 Meeting
  • Committee Updates

Have a topic you’d like addressed at a future PTO meeting?  Contact the PTO Board!

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Agenda for October’s EVENING Meeting

The PTO invites all interested O’Hara parents, teachers and staff to join us tomorrow (10/24) from 6 – 7pm in the O’Hara Auditorium for our monthly meeting. This is the first of two evening meetings planned for 2017 (the next will be 12/19 – mark your calendar!).

Topics on the agenda for the 10/24 meeting include:

  • O’Hara Administration Update (Mrs. Batis and Mr. Edwards)
  • PTO Board Update
    • Evening Meeting Trial (Dana Rofey)
    • Fundraising – (Faith Moser)
      • Save the Date: Chipotle Fundraiser 11/15, 4pm – 8pm
    • Treasurer Report – (Kristina Adams)
    • 5th Grade Day Chairs (Carrie Work)
    • Update on Online Volunteer Recruitment (Sarah Shaffer)
    • Voting on Changes to By Laws (Sarah Shaffer)
  • Committee Updates
    • Indoor Recess (Dana Rofey / Missy Troutman)
    • Square 1 Art (Elizabeth Carter)
    • Thanksgiving Baskets (Meg Helsel / Becca Tobe)

Have a topic you’d like addressed at a future PTO meeting?  Contact the PTO Board!

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Staff Appreciation Lunch is Next Friday – Volunteers Needed!

The teachers and staff at O’Hara Elementary do so many wonderful things for our children (and for the parents) everyday! Now is our chance to say thank you by providing them a festive luncheon at school. The lunch is NEXT FRIDAY, March 24th.

It would be very much appreciated if you could help in one way or another. We are seeking:

  1. Monetary donations to help defray costs of the luncheon items (please send in cash or checks made out to O’Hara PTO in an envelope marked “staff luncheon” by March 24, 2017).
  2. Help with set-up and serving, or serving and clean-up shifts. Please sign up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044da4ac2ea57-teacher1

Your donations and volunteering is what makes this such a wonderful event for our teachers and staff.

If you have any questions, please contact Tonja Condron, tonjacondron@gmail.com or Faith Moser, faith@faithmoser.com

Thank you for supporting the wonderful teachers and staff at O’Hara Elementary!