Answers to the most frequently asked questions
(as answered by Camp Kinder-Kool Director, Jan Bishop)
1) Where should I register my child if I’m applying for an intra-district transfer?
We recommend you send your child to the Camp Kinder-Kool school campus they are registered. With increased enrollment, available spaces at each school campus are diminished. Also, the new district 10-day waiting period policy at the start of the school year makes sending your child to the campus you "hope" your child will be moved to -- a gamble at best. However, Camp Kinder-Kool was designed to mirror the schedule and routines of ALL kindergarten classrooms in the Ross Valley School District. In the event your child goes to a different school, they will still benefit from having spent time getting to know the rhythm and routines of kindergarten.
2) Should I register for camp right away – or will I be guaranteed a spot in the session I want if my child is going to school in the Fall?
This program fills up quickly and spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Our goal at Camp Kinder-Kool is to make this camp available for every child in the district. However, to offer a financially competitive camp, we need to have 15 children in each camp classroom to be able to meet all our expenses. This means we build camp classes as we go, so don't be surprised or worried if your child's name goes on a waiting list. Being # 10 on the waiting list means you only have to wait for 5 more campers to sign up before a new camp class is formed and added to a site. We do everything in our power to avoid turning kids away - including allowing kids to enroll on campuses where there is space available.
3) Will my child get the same teacher as they had in Camp Kinder Kool?
The shortest answer to this question is "maybe". The primary purpose of Camp Kinder-Kool is to ease your child's transition into kindergarten, not to select a specific teacher for each student. If there are two kindergarten classes on your campus, then your child has a 50/50 chance of getting their camp teacher in the Fall.
4) Will my child be placed in the same exact classroom as they had in Camp Kinder-Kool?
Once again - the answer to this question is "maybe". There are no guarantees since changes in district staffing and classroom locations are occasionally made over the Summer.
5) Why didn't my child have a kindergarten teacher for Camp Kinder-Kool?
The vast majority of the teachers at Camp Kinder-Kool are kindergarten teachers or have taught kindergarten and/or Camp Kinder-Kool in the past. In addition, your child will rotate through all the K classrooms several times a week, and will be able to meet all the teachers in our program.
6) Will I receive any written feedback about how my child did at camp?
While there are families who use our camp as a final readiness evaluation, THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE CAMP IS TO EASE THE TRANSITION FROM PRE-SCHOOL INTO KINDERGARTEN AND TO ESTABLISH FRIENDSHIPS. Documenting how each student did each day is beyond the scope of this camp. However, if you DO have readiness concerns about your child, or specific questions, I encourage you to set up a time to speak with your child's teacher in the beginning days of camp. The end of the camp day is the optimal time for scheduling a meeting.
7) How does this camp help the placement process for kindergarten?
Camp Kinder-Kool provides teachers the relative luxury of developing an impression of your child’s developmental level based over time. By the time the camp is over, every student’s developmental level will have been observed and noted by a teacher in the following areas.
- social/communication skills
- ease/difficulty with transition
- their ability to sustain focus on task
- their overall maturity level
For those kids who did not attend Camp Kinder-Kool, an impression of their developmental level was noted at the time of their preview in the Spring.
The information above will enable Kindergarten teachers to assemble balanced classrooms that are developmentally diverse, and include lots of budding friendships that began at Camp Kinder-Kool.