Welcome to Kindergarten!

  • The Essex Westford School District has kindergarten programs that are full day, and take place at

    • Essex Elementary School for Essex Town residents (8 classes)
    • Summit Street School and Hiawatha Elementary School for residents of Essex Junction (3 classes at each school)
    • Westford School for residents of Westford (1 class)

    Eligible kindergarteners for the 2019-2020 school year must be five years old on or before September 1, 2019. 

    Follow the steps outlined for your town of residence below. Not sure which town you are in? Contact Lorna at the District Office: (802) 878-8168 or lmichaud@ewsd.org - please have your street address handy. Call your nearby school with any enrollment questions.

Kindergarten Registration Forms

  • arrow to download EWSD Kindergarten Registration Packet  (link opens in a new page.)

    • In order to start filling the form electronically, please download it first on your computer.  The "Download" icon is the one with the arrow pointing to a horizontal line: Download button   
    • If you are using a Chromebook or Google Drive, please fill form out using a PDF reader extension or plugin, and save it before sending.
    • Families who are in EWSD pre-K programs or who receive Act 166 funds/state funds for other preschool programs do not need to re-send proof of residence or a birth certificate.

Essex Elementary

    1. Attend the Parent Information Night. Essex Elementary hosts an informational evening exclusively for parents/guardians of incoming kindergarten students residing in Essex Town. Learn about important school procedures, registration process, buses, a day in the life of a kindergartener, and have your questions answered. Date: Wednesday, March 27, 6-7:30 p.m. Meets in Cafeteria. Parents only (if at all possible.)*
    2. Fill out a EWSD Kindergarten Registration Packet, which you can obtain at the information night.
    3. Return the package, including all required documentation, to EES.
    4. Attend K screening in early May. You will sign up for your screening time at the parent information night.
    5. Look for summer mailing. Classroom assignments are mailed in the summer. Some teachers have class meetups over the summer you can attend.

    *If you cannot attend this night, please reach out to EES following the date of the information session, to set up a screening date and obtain important materials or a registration packet.*

Summit/Hiawatha

    1. Fill out a EWSD Kindergarten Registration Packet. (Some families saw a deadline to return on March 29. Kindergarteners can be enrolled at any time, but this helps us assign 2019 school locations early.)
    2. Return the package, including all required documentation, to one of the schools listed on the packet cover page. 
    3. Look for a letter by April 19 which will provide information about Kindergarten Screening Day on May 9. Screenings are held at the school your child has been assigned to (in most cases). 
    4. Attend the Thursday, May 9 screening. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions at the screening, while learners will meet with the K teaching team.
    5. Look for summer mailing. Classroom assignments are mailed in the summer. Some teachers have class meetups over the summer you can attend.

Westford School

    1. Fill out and return a EWSD Kindergarten Registration Packet, and either drop or send it in to the school in advance, or on the day of, orientation if you are able.
    2. Attend the parent orientation. Westford School hosts two informational "Parent Orientations" on the same day in June. They are designed for both parents/guardians AND incoming kindergarten students to come together. Learn about important school procedures, registration processes, buses, meet our staff, and have your questions answered. 
    3. K screening happens on the same day as orientation at Westford. Children are able to meet the class's teacher, and staff can identify if any additional support is needed for the learner. 
    4. Look for summer mailings. Teachers are in contact with new learners over the summer, and she will reach out in the days leading up to kindergarten.

Kindergarten Contacts

  • Essex Town Contact

    Niquette Bergeron, Essex Elementary School Registrar (802) 878-2584

    Essex Junction Contact

    Catherine Bagnall, Summit School Administrative Assistant, (802) 878-1377

    Westford Contact

    Terri Martin, Westford School Administrative Assistant (802) 878-5932