Blackford Elementary School

TK/Kinder Orientation (English)

Welcome to Blackford!!! We are thrilled to meet all of you. Please take a moment to watch this presentation and read our frequently asked questions.

TK/Kindergarten FAQs

  • What is the school schedule for TK and Kindergarten?
    • School is 8:35 - 2:50

    • Wednesday is an early day and is from 8:35 - 1:50

    • The first bell rings at 8:32

    • The school gates open at 8:25

  • What is the class size in TK and Kindergarten?

    • Maximum of 24 students in each class

  • Do our students have music?

    • Yes, two retired teachers teach music to TK/Kinder students once per week

  • Do our students have access to the library?

    • Yes, each class visits the library once per week

  • Is the campus secure?

    • We have a locked/gated campus

    • The only way to enter the campus once school is in session is through the front office (all gates are locked)

    • You must show identification and your name must be on the Personal Information (PI) Card in order for your student to be released

    • Students will not be released to anyone who is not listed on the PI card

    • Fire, earthquake, and lockdown drills are practiced throughout the year 

  • How/when are class placements done?

    • Students are initially placed in a TEMPORARY kindergarten class for the first 3 days of school. Kindergarten is a unique grade level in that we are just meeting your child for the first time. We allow the first 3 days of school to be a time where all of our kinder students meet all of our kinder teachers and all of our kinder teachers meet all of our kinder students. These 3 days allow us to begin the district assessments with your students and start to understand the environment in which they best thrive. 

    • Students report to their temporary classroom for the first 3 days of school

    • After the first 3 days of school students will be given their permanent classroom placement for the year. 

    • To obtain your student’s permanent classroom placement come to the TK/Kinder yard before school on August 27th. There will be several staff members that will be able to assist you with getting your student’s placement. These lists will also be posted in the TK/Kinder yard. 

  • How is my student assessed?

    • Students are assessed with age appropriate district benchmark assessments 

    • Common Formative Assessments (CFAs) are used in the classroom on a frequent basis 

  • What if my student is a second language learner?

    • All students who have English as a second language will receive 150 minutes weekly of Englsh Language Development instruction. This may be done with their homeroom teacher or one of the other kindergarten teachers.

  • What if I need before or after school care?

    • Campbell care is a fee based opportunity on Blackford’s campus for before and after school care. 

    • Please contact the Extensions department directly at 408.364.4200 ext. 6378 or 6204 or visit the Campbell Union School District website 

  •  Do teachers assist with bathrooming?

    • No, teachers do not directly assist with bathrooming, all students need to be potty trained

    • There are bathrooms in each of the TK and Kinder classrooms

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