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.

Meeting Recap: Recess, Lunch and Bench Marking

recapFriday’s PTO meeting initially focused on the lunch/recess process, specifically some interesting questions about when and how students can use the restroom during lunch and recess.  Mrs. Batis provided clarification on current bathroom policies that will hopefully put your (and your student’s) mind at ease:

  1. When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.  Students are able to go to the bathroom when out at recess or while at lunch.  The policy change is that students must sign in and out on a clipboard. This is so monitors and staff always know where every single student is at any given moment.
  2. Bathroom Emergency?? Skip the clipboard and get to the bathroom if it’s a true emergency.  The monitors will see your frantic scramble (and very much appreciate your effort to make it to a toilet in time).  This is true for medical emergencies as well – if you need help, get to the nurse!
  3. You don’t need to declare your intended action. Seriously, no talk of “number one” or “number two” or rating the urgency of either.  Refer to item 1 above.

Bathroom talk aside, the changes outlined in the January 6 email from Mrs. Batis are being made to increase the safety of students and create a more enjoyable lunchroom environment.  The changes are a work in progress and will continue to be adjusted as needed (a brief attempt at limiting the number of students who could go to the bathroom at the same time ended quickly).

Here’s what else was shared at the meeting:

Dismissal Process Will Remain the Same (for now)

Previously discussed changes to the dismissal process are being tabled for now. The renovations to O’Hara will include changes to the parking lot, and the dismissal process will be revisited when those plans are finalized.

Star Assessments Focus on Growth

Mrs. Batis provided an overview of the type of data collected during the Star Assessments, which are administered four times per year (September, November, February and May) and used as a bench marking tool.  The assessments are 30 minutes in length for both reading and math (with the exception of Kindergarten, which is a single assessment). Star is based on state standards and national norms, and is skills driven.  The results help drive instruction and meet individual needs to focus on growth (not achievement). Teachers are able to use the results to identify weaknesses and then have the freedom to determine how to work on weak areas.

Parents expressed interest in seeing their student’s results and learning more about how they can use the data at home to work with their students. Mrs. Batis shared that Star is relatively new to O’Hara and that sharing the information with parents/guardians will be incorporated at some point. Students will also be given access to their own results in a way that helps them chart their individual progress and outline their personal goals.  Mrs. Batis shared that on average, students who track their own progress see a 32% increase in scores, more than their counterparts who do not.

If you’d like to hear more about the Star Assessments and how they are used, RSVP by 1/23 for one of the upcoming Principal Coffee Hours on January 26th (4:30 – 5:30 in the library) or January 27th (9am – 10am in the commons).

Board Updates

The Board is in the process of finalizing the 2016-2017 budget (including allocation of reserve funds) and will present it for vote at the February 10 PTO meeting.

Committee & Project Updates

  • Spirit Gear Sale:   An online spirit sale is slated to kick off in mid-February.  Samples of items for sale will be out at various times throughout the two-week sale. Stay tuned for more information!
  • Fifth Grade Day:  Collection jars were sent home in December. Students will be turning in the money in a few weeks, and again in April.  This year’s gift will be to spruce up the courtyard, including a new table with plaque.
  • Giant Eagle Apple Students: The program has 947 supporters and O’Hara has earned $1,817 this year.  Make sure your Advantage Card is registered! 
  • Square 1 Art: Orders can still be placed. The PTO will earn 15% of profits throughout the year on any purchase.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • January 20 – NO SCHOOL
  • February 10 – PTO Meeting, 9:15am
  • February 17 – NO SCHOOL
  • February 20 – NO SCHOOL

PALS – The next PALS meeting will be held January 25th at 6:30pm at the Sharpsburg Library (1212 Main St). Speaker Cindy Duch from The Peal Center will be discussing 504 Plans. More info at palsinfo.org

District Forum – The next District Forum will be held Tuesday, February 14th at 9am in the LGI room at the Fox Chapel Area High School.  The topic will be technology.  More info at foxchapeldistricforum.com

Incoming Kindergarten Class:

Pre-Kindergarten Story Time

Last Names A-K: February 9, March 9, and April 20 @ 2 p.m.

Last Names L-Z: February 10, March 10, and April 21 @ 2 p.m.

New Kindergarten Parent Orientation Meeting

February 21 – 6pm

District Wide New Kindergarten Registration

February 27 – 4pm – 6pm @ Sharpsburg Community Library

March 1 –  4pm – 6pm @ O’Hara Elementary

March 4 – 9am – 2pm @ Dorseyville Middle School