2017/2018 Kindergarten Readiness

Armstrong & Bradfield

The below information is a quick summary of key Kindergarten Readiness meetings and events. Please visit www.hpisd.org/Parents/EnrollingANewStudent.aspx for more detailed information. 

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ABPA Kindergarten Readiness Meeting & Kickoff

Wed., Jan 11th at 9:15am
Bradfield Auditorium

Wed., Jan 11th at 9:15am
Bradfield Auditorium

Round-Up (Round-up is for all new students/families to the school. Existing families (with older siblings) register the ~week before round-up.)

Tues. Feb. 28th at 9 am
Armstrong Auditorium
Tues., Feb. 28th at 9 am
Bradfield Auditorium

Student Assessment

August 15-16
April 21, April 24 and May 5

ABPA Popsicle Parties

Sat., June 10 at 10am
Sat., August 26 at 10am

Armstrong Playground

Sat., June 10 at 10am
Thur, August 24 5:30pm

Bradfield Kindergarten Playground

Back to School Sign Up (pay for supplies, cafeteria, etc.)

August 10-18

August 10-18

Class List & Meet the Teacher

August 24

August 24

First Day of School

August 28

August 28

ABPA Kindergarten Parents Happy Hours

Thur, August 31at 5:30pm

Thur, August 31 at 5:30pm

Age Requirements

Kindergarten - 5 years of age on or before September 1

1st Grade - 6 years of age on or before September 1

How To Enroll Your Child

  • Go to www.hpisd.org
  • Click on Parents
  • Click on Enrolling A New Student and input data requested
  • At completion, click Submit and print the following pages:
    • New Student Enrollment Checklist
    • Request for Records Form (you will not need this for Kindergarten Students
    • Home Language Survey
  • Attend Round-Up

What is Round-Up?

  • To introduce your child to his or her new school.  4th graders and PTA volunteers will be on-hand to show your child around their school and to help them start to feel at home. Please arrive no earlier than 8:45 am. You will need to check in at the front office. 
  • To equip you with important information regarding your school, introduce you to names and faces of people who will serve you. 
  • To enroll your child. Be sure you have completed online enrollment through the HPISD website at www.hpisd.org (steps noted above) and bring 2 photocopies of each of the following required documentation (2 sets can help streamline roundup): 
    • Certified copy of student's birth certificate (bring 1-2 photocopies to streamline roundup)
    • Student's Social Security card
    • Current Immunization records
    • Proof of residency: Copy of contract, lease, deed on residency (warranty deed or deed of trust)
    • Current utility bill (water or electric only)
    • If applicable, entire copy of custody restrictions or parenting plan


Attendance is extremely important. Students are tardy after 8am. After 10am, students counted absent. Students are required to be in attendance at least 90% of the school year (MAX of 18 absences). These days can go quickly when there are illnesses during the year, a trip, family emergencies, etc. Please keep this in mind when planning activities where students will not be in school. 

Class Size 

Class size varies based on enrollment. Maximum is 22-24 kindergarten students per teacher (state waiver required for anything over 22). 

Armstrong has 5 kindergarten classes...  5 teachers and 1 teacher's aide. 

Bradfield has 6 kindergarten classes...  6 teachers and 1 teacher's aide. 

School Day - Arrival/Departure

Kindergarten meets 5 days a week, Mon-Fri, from 8am to 3pm. Students can arrive as early as 7:30am. After-school care/programming is available from 3:00 to 6:00pm daily for additional charge. 

Kindergartners must be picked up at the end of the school day by a parent or caregiver.


Kindergartners have the option of purchasing a hot or cold lunch from the cafeteria or can bring their own lunch.


HPISD Curriculum can be found here: www.curriculum.hpisd.org/

Teacher/Parent Guide For The Kindergarten Report Card   (Guide to look at expectations over the year... 1st nine wks vs 4th nine wks)

Sample Kindergarten Report Card   (Focus areas and expectations from sample report card noted below for ease of review)

  • Language Arts (writing & reading)
    • Exhibits reading behaviors to engage and respond to text
    • Utilizes reading strategies to interact with text
    • Applies word knowledge to read text 
    • Demonstrates comprehension to show understanding of text
    • Engages in writing to express ideas 
    • Employs handwriting techniques to effectively communicate 
    • Utilizes appropriate listening skills to gain information 
    • Demonstrates appropriate speaking skills to express feeling, information, and experiences 
  • Science
    • Observes and records properties of objects
    • Observes and describes the way objects can move
    • Observes, describes, and compares non-living earth materials
    • Observes, describes, compares, and sorts plants and animals 
  • Social Studies
    • Identifies and explains purposes for having rules, authority figures, and jobs
    • Identifies and explains the differences between wants and needs and how needs can be met
    • Identifies contributions of patriots and good citizens who have shaped the community 
    • Identifies similarities and differences among people
  • Math
    • Reads, writes, and represents whole numbers from 0 to at least 20 with and without objects or pictures 
    • Generates a set using concrete and pictorial models that represents a number that is more than, less than, and equal to a given number up to 20
    • Composes and decomposes numbers up to 10 in multiple ways
    • Models and explains the action of joining to represent addition up to 10
    • Models and explains the action of separating to represent subtraction up to 10
    • Creates real-objects and picture graphs from student collected data 
    • Analyzes and draws conclusions from real-objects and picture graphs 
    • Identifies attributes of two-dimensional shapes, using geometric language 
    • Classifies and sorts a variety of two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional solids regardless of orientation or size
    • Compares two objects using measurement 
    • Identifies U.S. coins by name including penny, nickel, dime, and quarter
  • Spanish
    • Participation & Behavior
  • Music
    • Participation & Behavior
  • P.E.
    • Participation & Behavior
  • Social Skills & Work Skills
    • Follows school and class rules 
    • Exhibits self-control 
    • Respects others and accepts responsibility for actions
    • Displays appropriate work habits
  • Technology
    • Demonstrates and applies understanding of technology concepts, skills and processes 

Is Your Child "Ready"?
Readiness is variable, but the school recommends this definition for kindergarten readiness.

A child who listens
    • to directions without interrupting.
    • to stores and poems for the five to ten minutes without restlessness.
A child who hears
    • words that rhyme.
    • words that begin with the same sound or different sounds.
A child who sees
    • likenesses and differences in pictures and designs.
    • letters and words that match.
A child who understands
    • relationships inherent in such words as up and down, top and bottom, little and big.
    • the classifications of words that represent people, places and things.
A child who speaks and can
    • stay on the topic in class discussions.
    • retell a story or poem in correct sequence.
    • tell a story or relate an experience of their own.
A child who thinks and can
    • give the main idea of a story.
    • give unique ideas and important details.
    • give reasons for his opinions.
A child who adjusts
    • to changes in routine and to new situations without becoming fearful.
    • to opposition or defeat without crying or sulking.
    • to the necessity of asking for help when needed.
A child who plays
    • cooperatively with other children
    • and shares, takes turns, and assumes his/her share of group responsibility.
    • and can run, jump, skip, and bounce a ball with comparative dexterity.
A child who works
    • without being easily distracted.
    • and follows directions.
    • and completes each task.
    • and takes price in his/her work.

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