Greetings New Kindergarten Families,

I’m excited to welcome you and your kindergarten child to the Palo Verde Elementary School family. You are joining a friendly and supportive community of teachers, students, staff, and parents, committed to building academic confidence and developing the social and emotional health of all of our children. Whether you are a new family to our school or a returning family with a kindergarten sibling, our school staff is eager to meet prepare your child for what promises to be an exciting year of learning.

Entering kindergarten is a huge a milestone, and our teachers and staff are committed to making the transition as smooth and supportive as possible.  Our goal is to build a strong a foundation of trust and belonging with teachers and peers. Throughout the year, you will have many opportunities to participate in classrooms and see this firsthand.

Some important information to help your child’s year off to a smooth start:

  • First Day of School - Teachers will be outside their classrooms starting at 8:00 to greet you and your child.  There will be a transportation sheet out for parents to complete.  Please fill out that form so teachers will know how your child will be getting home after school. When class begins at 8:15, please do not enter the classroom with your child.

  • Short Day Schedule - Until October 7th, kindergarten students attend school from 8:15-11:45. 

  • Prompt Pickup - We must have all kindergarten students off campus in order to prepare for the 12pm lunch for older students.

  • Pack a Snack - In addition to refueling their minds and bodies, snack time is an excellent opportunity for children to relax and connect with one another. Please send your child every day with a snack to eat during their first recess.

Some important dates to put on your calendar:

  • Thursday, August 15, 8:25 - New Family Welcome Presentation (MPR)

  • Tuesday, August 20, 5:45-8:00 - Back to School Night

  • Thursday & Friday, August 22 and 23 – Picture Day

  • Friday, September 6, 8:25 - First Principal’s Coffee (MPR)

  • Monday, October 7th - Full day kindergarten schedule begins.  Children begin school at 8:15 and are dismissed at 2:15

Finally, I do hope that you will consider volunteering your time to join our school PTA. This organization has been a staunch partner in providing Palo Verde students with a well-rounded and community-focused educational experience.  It is currently in great need of persons to chair mainstay events such as The Talent Show and Ice Skating Party.  Without help from parents like you, these cannot continue.

Do not hesitate to contact the school with any questions you may have regarding their transition to kindergarten. I look forward to meeting you and your kindergartener on the first day of school!


Annora Lee, Principal