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Kindergarten Registration 2018-2019

posted Feb 8, 2018, 2:54 PM by Salem Keizer

Kindergarten registration opens Feb. 20, 2018

Registration for fall kindergarten programs in Salem-Keizer Public Schools opens on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Students who turn five on or before September 10, 2018, are eligible to register. All elementary schools in Salem-Keizer offer free, full-day kindergarten.

Parents are asked to register students soon to help the district prepare an adequate number of classrooms, supplies, etc. for the fall.

How to register

To register, please visit the school and pick up a registration packet. If you’re unsure what school is assigned to serve your residence address, please visit the district’s school finder page: http://busfinder.salkeiz.k12.or.us/elinkrp/Students/BasicTransBoundarySearch.aspx

Parents must complete and sign the forms in the registration packet (registration form, home language survey, immunization form) and provide:

1.       Proof of residence address. Examples of documents accepted include a copy of a utility bill, driver’s license with current address, copy of rental agreement, etc.

2.       Original birth certificate for the child. The school will make a copy and return the original to the parent.

Help your student get ready

Parents can help students get ready for kindergarten by helping them:

·         Hold a pencil, crayons and scissors correctly

·         Practice writing his/her name

·         Learn the ABC’s and how to count to twenty

·         Name and identify basic shapes, such as square, triangle and circle

·         Learn how to take turns and share with others

·         How to use the bathroom and wash hands independently

Please contact your school with questions about registering for kindergarten.

Immunization Exclusion Day

posted Feb 8, 2018, 2:53 PM by Salem Keizer

Immunization Exclusion Day is Wednesday, February 21, 2018. If your child is not up-to-date on the required vaccinations for the State of Oregon or does not have a valid exemption on file, they will be excluded from valuable instruction time per Senate Bill 895.

Missed instructional time can be highly detrimental to student success at all levels of education. In research conducted by the Oregon Department of Education, students who experience chronic absenteeism- especially in elementary aged students, have been found to experience higher dropout rates and difficulty in reaching high school graduation.

To ensure your student avoids unnecessary exclusion from classes, please review the required vaccinations below and contact your school if you have any questions or the department of student services at 503-399-3101.

For more information on health and immunizations in SKPS, please click here.

Health Clinics
These agencies offer low-cost vaccines to those without insurance or who are on the Oregon Health Plan (OHP); no one who qualifies will be turned away for inability to pay.

Marion County Health Department
Call 503-588-5342
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Address: 3180 Center St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

Polk County Health Department
Call 503-623-8175
Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays
Address: 182 SW Academy St. Suite 302, Dallas, OR 97338

Woodburn Pediatric Clinic
Call 503-981-5348
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
Address: 2050 Progress Way, Woodburn, OR 97071

Students 7 years old and older (with insurance) can go to pharmacies to get vaccines. The pharmacies often have evening and weekend hours. Call your local pharmacy for details.

In-District Transfer (IDT)

posted Feb 8, 2018, 2:52 PM by Salem Keizer


Current fifth grade students ( entering sixth grade in September) who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next fall (2018-2019 school year) must apply for an in-district transfer (IDT) BETWEEN MARCH 1 and MARCH 31, 2018.

IDT applications received after March 31, 2018 will NOT be considered

IDT request forms can be picked up at any middle school office, and must be completed and returned to the student's assigned middle school during the application date window. There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation.

More information on the in-district transfer process can be found on the Student Transfers page on the district website, http://www.salemkeizer.org/parents/student-transfers

Harvest Carnival

posted Nov 6, 2017, 2:47 PM by Sarah Grimmer


posted Oct 19, 2017, 9:49 AM by Sarah Grimmer   [ updated Oct 19, 2017, 9:49 AM ]

“We know that students who attend school regularly have more opportunity to learn, so tracking chronic absenteeism is critical,” Acting Deputy Superintendent Colt Gill said. “There is a direct link between high instances of chronic absenteeism and low graduation rates; this is why chronic absenteeism is one of our school accountability measures in our Oregon Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act and why Governor Brown and the Legislature have  invested in programs to address the issue.”

Chronic Absences are defined as missing 10% or more of the school year. This is only 17 days of our Elementary Calendar. If a student misses 1 day a month, they miss 9 days, halfway to being considered chronically absent. If they miss one day a week,  they miss over 34 days, far beyond what is considered Chronically absent. 

According to the ODE report for 2016-17, Morningside had a total of 369 students and 75 of them were considered chronically absent. 

According to the Department of Education:

Children who are chronically absent in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the third grade. Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers, to drop out of high school. 

 In 2016-17 Morningside had 17 kindergarten students and 14 first graders, who were chronically absent.

It is often seen that chronic absenteeism is a better predictor of a student’s likelihood to graduate than test scores. And this directly impacts a student’s future.


Please help us reduce the amount of chronic Absenteeism at Morningside Elementary.

Salem-Keizer Bond Proposal

posted Oct 18, 2017, 11:00 AM by Sarah Grimmer

2017-2018 School Supply List

posted Aug 2, 2017, 10:31 AM by morningside elementary

Please see the attached School Supply List for the 2017-2018 School Year!

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