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Kindergarten Information


Attention of Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2037 - It's time to discuss kindergarten.


WHEN: Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Blakely Elementary School, 4704 Blakely Ave.

WHAT: Learn about BISD kindergarten program, meet staff, answer questions regarding enrollment and more!

*Note: This event is intended for parents/guardians. Incoming kindergarten students will have an opportunity to visit a kindergarten classroom later in the spring. 

Your child is about to embark on a wonderful milestone and BISD is proud to be part of this momentous event. Kindergarten sets the foundation for your child’s school career and puts your student on a lifelong path of learning.

While kindergarten is a time of great discovery, excitement and growth, it’s also a big transition — for families and children alike! That’s why when you enroll your child in kindergarten at BISD, your student will receive a high-quality education and gain a team of staff whose main goal is to help your child succeed intellectually, socially and emotionally.

It is a time of close partnership between the school and the home. Parent and guardian involvement is encouraged — look for opportunities to volunteer in the classroom and the school.

The Program

Kindergarten students receive core instruction in:

  • Reading
  • Writing 
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Health
  • Social skills

They also participate each week with a content specialist teacher in the following areas:

  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Art
  • STEM Lab (hands-on exploration of science and engineering concepts)

The Whole Child Approach

Our schools support the development of students and encourage them to explore and acquire a range of skills. Our staff is committed to providing each student with an excellent academic program in an engaging and supportive environment. BISD provides students with a range of services to support learning needs such as academic support, special education services and a highly capable program.

The state of Washington funds full-day kindergarten for all students five years of age by August 31. There is no tuition fee. 

Kindergarten is a time of close interaction between school and home.

By working together, children begin another remarkable journey in their development.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Children must be five years old by August 31st.

  • Except for the first three days of the school year, kindergartners follow the same school calendar and schedule as other elementary students.

  • The first three days of the regular school year are different to support kindergarteners and their learning. Instead of a regular school day, kindergartners and parents participate in kindergarten readiness activities and a get-to-know-you conference.

  • Our goal is to have kindergarten classrooms with 20 or fewer students. This may vary slightly due to enrollment.

  • All kindergarten classrooms are staffed with one certificated classroom teacher. Teachers are supported by instructional specialists, the school counselor and their kindergarten teaching team.

  • Kindergartners are included in their schools' regular bus routes and food service plans. Kindergartners are greeted at buses upon arrival and are walked to buses upon dismissal.
    Students with food allergies and dietary restrictions are closely monitored by staff.


SchoolPrincipalOffice ManagerEmailPhoneNote
Blakely Elementary SchoolReese AndeKyanne Hawkinsblakely@bisd303.org206-842-4752 
Ordway Elementary SchoolDebra DunnSarah 206-842-7637Includes the El Velero Spanish Immersion Program; Enrollment for El Velero is via a lottery.
x̌alilc Elementary SchoolWhitney SkarbekSheila Jakubikhalilts@bisd303.org206-842-4411 
Commodore Options SchoolTrish CorsettiAlli Schilfcommodore@bisd303.org206-780-1646Odyssey and Mosaic Home Education Partnership Programs; Enrollment for Odyssey is via a lottery.