Kindergarten Round Up

  • Welcome to Kindergarten at Annandale Elementary School! We are so excited to have you join us. Kindergarten is a very exciting time in a student's (and parent's) life, but it can also be nerve-wracking. To help prepare families for their transition into Kindergarten, we have created this resource page with the steps families need to complete prior to attending school on the first day. Just like we tell our students, take it step by step, and you'll be done before you know it! 

Questions? Contact:

  • Kristin Fahey
    AES Administrative Assistant
    320.274.8218 Ext. 1602

    Ashley Cook,
    Transitional Kindergarten Teacher  

    320.274.8218 Ext. 1168

Tools and Forms

  • Ready for Kindergarten

    Kindergarten Enrollment Packet Click Here  

Everything You Need To Know About Kindergarten!

Steps to Enroll Your Child In Kindergarten

  • It is our goal to work in partnership with parents in our district to help make the best decision about their children's education.We want every child's first year at Annandale Elementary School to be positive and enjoyable. Please follow these five steps to enroll your child in Kindergarten at Annandale Elementary School. 
    1. Complete Early Childhood Screening. Click here for more information. If you have already completed screening, continue to the next step.
    2. Determine if your child/family is ready for Kindergarten. Use this checklist tool (checklist is optional, not required). 
    3. Attend Kindergarten Round Up Session Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024 from 5-6:30 p.m at AES.  If you have not yet reached a decision on school entrance, we recommend attending Kindergarten Roundup without your child. You will have the opportunity to gather information and ask questions without increasing your child's excitement or anxiety and also have the opportunity to hear about one of our Kindergarten classes called Transitional Kindergarten for our youngest students.
    4. Complete & Return the Kindergarten Enrollment Packet. Our Kindergarten Enrollment Packet is available online here or in print by request. For a printed version, please email: Return packet via email: or by mail/in-person: 655 Park Street East, Annandale, MN 55302. Please note: A copy of your child's birth certificate is necessary to verify your child's legal name. Please include it with the enrollment documents.
    5. Please take a moment to read our Health Office Letter and then Complete & Submit this Medical Record/Form
    ***If you later decide to enroll your child, our door is always open, and we would gladly welcome your child(ren) to visit a kindergarten classroom. 

Transitional Kindergarten

  • Goal: The goal of Transitional Kindergarten is to meet the needs of the youngest kindergarten learners, providing time and attention needed to set a strong foundation for both learning and behaviors in the school setting.

    Overview: Transitional Kindergarten is an OPTION for students enrolled in Kindergarten with May 1st to September 1st birthdays, making them the youngest children in their grade. Transitional Kindergarten focuses on the MN State Kindergarten Standards for academics and also incorporates a lot of time devoted to social-emotional learning (cooperation, stamina, ability to self-regulate emotions...etc.) Families with a child enrolled in kindergarten at AES with birthdays will receive an invitation via phone call in the late spring the year prior to their kindergarten year. The class size is capped at 16 students. In cases where there are more than 16 students eligible, preschool teacher input will be used along with a parent interview. Priority may also be given to students living within the district versus open-enrolled.

    Transitional Kindergarten is perfect for those children that have developmentally outgrown pre-school, but may have some social-emotional learning needs, lack maturity or have some academic development still in a process that may make learning a challenge in an everyday-all-day kindergarten setting. Some families choose TK (Transitional Kindergarten) for social-emotional needs, while their child may be demonstrating strong academic ability. Others sometimes choose the TK option because they have some academic concerns, but feel emotionally or socially, their child is ready. Children needing extra social-emotional support but not academic will continue to be challenged as TK curriculum allows each child to navigate their year in a way that best meets their needs.

    Watch this important video: 
    Potential Transitional Kindergarten