Sections    Tuesday March 21st, 2023


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  • Eric Dunsey   |   Peoria Unified School District

Everything You Need To Know About Kindergarten, Hosted Online!

WHO: Parents of incoming kindergarten students

WHAT: A virtual parent information session to prep incoming kindergarten families for their first school experience

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 8

WHERE: This is a virtual event on Microsoft Teams; families can access the meeting here

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Peoria Unified is encouraging families of incoming kindergarteners to enroll now for the 2021-22 school year. While school starts on Wednesday, Aug. 4, the district wants to make sure all families feel prepared for their child’s first school experience.  

Peoria Unified will host Kindergarten LIVE, a virtual event to highlight the district’s free, all-day kindergarten program to help answer questions for families. The parent information session will include Melissa Anderson-Larance, Curriculum & Instruction Coach at Canyon and Desert Valley elementary schools, discussing the value of early childhood education. During Kindergarten LIVE, Peoria Unified will walk families through standard kindergarten expectations, help address questions on new school year jitters, engaging online activities for students, strategies for families to support their children, and more.

To acclimate new students, elementary schools across Peoria Unified are also hosting Jump Start this summer for families of incoming kindergarten and first-graders. Jump Start is an eight-day program which includes checks for foundational skills and begins reviewing the basic areas of focus our youngest learners need to be successful.

Along with hosting in-person and virtual events, Peoria Unified has a group of stellar staff to assist families with the enrollment process over the summer. Families can enroll their kindergartener online at www.peoriaunified.org/kindergarten or call 623-486-6115 over the summer if they need additional assistance. 

Peoria Unified School District is nestled in the Northwest Valley of Peoria, Arizona and is home to 42 stellar public schools that are unique and created to fit the needs of all students. Peoria Unified is the choice district for more than 37,000+ students and 4,000 staff, serving as one of the largest employers in the West Valley and one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona. The district has signature programs spread out between 34 kindergarten through eighth-grade elementary schools and eight high schools that excel in academics, arts, athletics and Career and Technical Education programs. The Strategic Plan outlines a laser focus on four key areas: Student Success, Safety and Well-Being, Stewardship of Community Resources and Community Connection. Above all, Peoria Unified is committed to transparency, parent involvement and ensuring that “Every Student, Every Day is Prepared to Shape Tomorrow.”