Kindergarten!

Hello and Welcome to Thrasher's Kindergarten!  

 The big “K” year is right around the corner.

Welcome to the Kindergarten at Thrasher! We are looking forward to a great 2021-2022 school year. The Kindergarten teachers are Elizabeth Holmes, Maddy Easterly, Megan Methvin and Emily Wheeler. We are in the process of planning many engaging and rigorous activities for your children this year. You will watch your child grow so much. They will learn to read, write sentences, add, subtract and problem solve. It will be a very exciting adventure!

In order for this to be a successful school year, communication is key. We encourage you to be involved in your child’s education at home and at school. Please work on independence and the tasks listed on this Kindergarten Readiness Checklist. 

We will have a casual Kindergarten Social during Registration Day on August 6th. This will be a chance for you to meet us and other friends coming to Kindergarten. We will also update you with Kindergarten information, assign phase in days, and answer any questions you may have.

The first days of school for Kindergarten look a little different than other grades. Hamilton County uses a “Phase-In” approach. This will give students the opportunity to come to school in smaller groups and learn procedures and expectations of school. This also gives teachers the opportunity to get to know students before placing them in homeroom classes. We have placed your child in one of two groups. They will attend school either 8/12 OR 8/13 and 8/17 OR 8/18. Please note that your child will not be placed in a home room until August 16th.  See schedule below.

Please note that Phase In Days are full school days. Please include the following items each day of Phase In:

  • A written note of their way home with the date included
  • A lunch or lunch money
  • A nutritious snack and a water bottle
  • A full sized backpack
  • SUPPLIES CAN BE PLACED IN THE KINDERGARTEN HALLWAY ON YOUR FIRST PHASE IN DAY.

Your child’s classroom teacher will email you on Monday 8/16, prior to orientation, to introduce themselves and to give the classroom location for orientation that evening. Class lists will also be posted on the office windows of Thrasher after 4pm on 8/16.  Please make all efforts to attend orientation, as there will be a lot of Kindergarten and class-specific information given.

Dates to Note

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8/6

Registration Day
Phase-In Schedule Announced
Kindergarten Social

8/9

 

N/A

8/10

 

N/A

8/11

 

N/A

8/12

Phase In Day 1

(½ of entire Kindergarten)

8/13

Phase In Day 2

(½ of entire Kindergarten)

8/16

NO STUDENTS

PARENT ORIENTATION NIGHT @ 5pm in homeroom class

8/17

Phase In Day 3

(½ of each homeroom class)

8/18

Phase In Day 4

(½ of each homeroom class)

8/19

 

ALL KINDERGARTEN REPORT TO SCHOOL

8/20

Check out our Kindergarten Preview Video below.   

Registration is open now for the 2021 - 2022 school year!

To complete registration, you will need a few things on hand: 2 Proofs of Residency, a TN School Immunization Certificate, the certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, and a photo ID of the parent or legal custodian of the child.  Click here to register.

Required Documents to Enroll

  • Two (2) Proofs of Residency
    • Proof of residency is a current (within the last 30-60 days) utility bill - electric, gas, water - with the parent's name and address printed on it.
    • If parents have not been living at the residence long enough to have a utility bill, a contract or lease on a house or apartment will be accepted.
    • Agency, government, or court documentation will also be accepted.
  • Tennessee School Immunization Record
    • If a student is entering Hamilton County Schools for the first time, the physical exam must have been completed in the last 12 months.
    • Immunizations must be up to date.
  • Certified Copy of Child's Birth Certificate
  • Parent/Legal Guardian Photo ID

Answers to FAQs about Enrolling at Thrasher

  • Students will need to be living in the Thrasher zone at the time of registration. If you are moving to the Thrasher zone in the near future, then you will pre-register at your zone school.
  • Questions can be directed to Amy Dunavin:
    • Email: dunavin_a@hcde.org
    • Phone: 423-886-0882
    • Address: 1301 James Blvd., Signal Mountain, TN 37377

We look forward to working with you and your children! 

Introductory Kindergarten Info

  • Fall Registration on Thrasher's campus is August 6th. 
  • Hamilton County School calendar can be found here: https://www.hcde.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=350294
  • The Hamilton County Schools' website is well-designed and always has good information: https://www.hcde.org.
  • Phase-In means that incoming Kindergartners attend only 2 days the first week of school. You’ll get Phase-In dates after screenings, and we’ll work with you regarding those dates as necessary.
  • While we have the very best teachers, we need our parents to be fully involved in order to provide the premium educational experience. When we reach out to you, please say “Yes!”
  • We depend heavily on our wonderful PTA and the Mountain Education Foundation.
  • You can always email or give us a call about anything.

 

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