TSS Kindergarten Assessment Information

All the new TSS kindergarten students will have an initial screening on Saturday June 2nd, 2012 (8:00 am -3:30 pm). The Spanish kindergarten teachers, teachers’ assistants and interns will administer the assessment.

8:00 – 9:30:  Group Peru (Last names beginning with A-Fa)

10:00 – 11:30: Group Colombia (Last names beginning with Fr – Ma)

12:00 – 1:30: Group Mexico (Last Name beginning Mc – Su)

2:00 – 3:30: Group Chile  (Last Name beginning Sy – Za)

Why the Assessment?

The purpose of kindergarten screening is to identify children who may need additional support. Screening also allows children to meet the kindergarten teachers and other staff members, as well as, familiarize them with their new school surroundings.

Screening is an exciting day for the children, parents, and teachers! As you enter the building, watch for signs, which will direct you to the kindergarten classes where the screening takes place. Immediately following the screening, your child will take a tour of the school building. Upon returning to the kindergarten area, the results of the screening will be shared with you the same day.

Kindergarten screening is a brief assessment, usually lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes. Parents will be in a meeting while students are testing.

The following are the developmental areas and items that will be assessed:

  • Motor Area: Gross Motor items include catching, jumping, hopping, and skipping. Fine Motor items include building with blocks, cutting, copying shapes and letters, and writing.
  • Language Area: Items include answering simple personal questions (name, age, sex), articulation, naming (expressive) or identifying (receptive) objects and actions, plus phonemic awareness tasks such as rhyming, beginning sound, and alliteration.
  • Concepts Area: Items include pointing to named body parts, naming or identifying colors, rote counting, counting blocks, recognizing positions relative to a table, identifying concepts in a triad of pictures, and sorting shapes.
  • Self-Help Development: Looks at the child’s development of personal care skills related to dressing, eating, and grooming.
  • Social Development: Looks at the child’s development of social skills with other children and parents, including rule compliance, sharing, self-control, and empathy.

Please make sure your child has a good night sleep has been fed a well-balanced meal before the screening.

Please make sure your child is dressed comfortably with sneakers as they will be skipping, jumping, and demonstrating balance abilities.

Thank you for choosing SLLIS – The Spanish School for your child’s education!

Sincerely,

TSS – Kindergarten Team

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