A Letter to Incoming Kindergarten Parents about the Upcoming School Year

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Welcome to DuVall Elementary School.  An exciting year is ahead for your entire family. Your child’s experience in  kindergarten establishes a great start for an exciting time of learning.   Our shared goal is to ensure that this year begins as a productive and happy time.

Soft Start Schedule

Kindergarteners attend half day sessions from 8:35 – 11:45  for the first week of school-September 5th-8th.  All students have a half day on September 5th.  This half day schedule will allow for a gradual transition to school and will include lunch on the 6th-8th.  For more information about the soft start, please click on the Kindergarten Soft Start 2017 flyer.

17-18 School year Calendar

Kindergarten students will follow the calendar below for the 2017-2018 school year.

September 5              First Day of School – All students – Half Day – a.m.; Teacher Duty – p.m.

October 13                 Half Day – All Students – a.m. Teachers Professional Development- p.m.

November 3               Elementary – Half Day – a.m.; Teacher Duty Day – p.m.

Secondary – Full Day – Teachers and Students

November 7               All teachers – Professional Development Day – No school for students

November 22             No school – Conference Release Day

November 23-24        No school for students

December 22             Schools close at end of day for Winter Break

December 25 –           No school – Winter Break

January 5, 2018

January 8                   Schools reopen

January 15                 No school for students

January 26                 Half Day – All Students – a.m.; Teacher Duty – p.m.

January 29                 Full Day –  Elementary

Half Day – Secondary – a.m.; Teacher Duty p.m.

February 19-23          No school for students

March 30                    No school for students

April 2 – 6                   No school for students

May 25                        No school – Conference Release Day

May 28                        No school for students

June 14                       Last day of school for students 1/2 day a.m.; Teacher Duty Day p.m.

Late Start Days (7)   10/18/17, 11/15/17, 12/20/17, 1/17/18, 2/7/18, 3/14/18, 5/16/18 (School starts one hour later (9:35 AM on these days).

Professional Learning Time

All teachers of Young Fives and kindergarten students will participate in professional learning during the 17-18 school year.  Content is based on the state curriculum and includes language arts, math, science and social studies.  Additional areas of focus will be on social-emotional development, assessment and small group/1:1 instruction.

2017-2018 Kindergarten calendar:

The district calendar is available on the district website.  Additionally, there are four days of “no school” for kindergarten and Young Five students.  These days are workdays for our Kindergarten teachers.   These days are:

No School Days for Kindergarten for 17-18

September 22, 2017

October 6, 2017

November 17th, 2017

February 2, 2018.

We understand that your family will need advance notice to ensure activities for your child on these four days.  Have a great summer and continue reading, writing name and address and phone and practicing numbers!

Robert Attee

DuVall Elementary School

Phone:  313-827-2754



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