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Sarah Dyer Barnes Kindergarten Orientation


Dear All Day Kindergarten Families,

            Welcome to our exciting All Day Kindergarten at Sarah Dyer Barnes Elementary School!  For those of you who have a child entering the school system, specifically kindergarten for the first time, get ready!  You will be amazed at the amount of learning that takes place.

            I am very excited about our school’s strong kindergarten team.  The school has a great combination of talented teachers with qualities that complement and bring out the best in each other.  All the teachers on our faculty enjoy working together, sharing ideas, and helping students become readers, mathematicians, cooperative thinkers and learners for life!

            This letter serves as your invitation to our Kindergarten Open House/Orientation that will be held on the following date: Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 9:30 – 11:00 am at Sarah Dyer Barnes. 

            Below is a schedule for that morning; please arrive on time so that you and your child are able to experience each mini- informational session that is scheduled for that day. **Please remember this informational session is not a time for a parent conference with the teachers; there will be plenty of time to meet, discuss and review your child’s academic and social profile once the year begins. Thank you.

Schedule of Kindergarten Orientation/Open House

9:30 – 9:45                             Front foyer - Check-in with your kindergartener at the Welcome Table -                                                            PTO representatives will be available, as well as,                                                                                                representatives from the Bus Company

9:45 – 10:10                           Cafeteria - Welcome/Greetings – Ms. Jill Souza, Principal and other                                                                members of the Kindergarten Team at Sarah Dyer Barnes.

10:10 – 11:00                         Tour of the school grounds/ cafeteria/recess yard and

                                                Meet and Greet Kindergarten Teachers (Kindergarten classrooms)

                                                Check-in with the PTO table for registration for PTO membership

                                                Check-in with Cheryl (our school secretary regarding                                                                                        transportation, general school questions and BCIs)

11:00                                       Conclusion of Kindergarten Orientation/Open House

            I look forward to meeting all our Kindergarteners on August 24th; if your child and you are unable to make it, please contact the school and let us know so that we can place any informational materials aside for you.  The first day of school for all students is Wednesday, August 30, 2017. The hours of the school day are 9:10 am – 3:25 pm.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Ms. Jill E. Souza



Early Childhood (ECC) Orientation Information


Early Childhood Center: Orientation Information

All registered students are invited to attend our Getting to Know Me Day on Wednesday, August 30th. Once classes are finalized, teacher letters will be sent out with important information regarding this orientation. 

During your 45-minute session, students and parents will meet the classroom teacher(s) and staff and receive important information regarding class and school expectations. The bus company and PTO will also be available at the school to answer any questions. ALL students must register with the bus company (First Student). Bus routes/information are published in the Sunrise. Please verify that the bus information is correct during your visit.

Students will receive their school ID lanyard which should be worn every day for at least one month. This ID will contain the necessary bus information (number and drop off).

The Getting to Know Me Day is NOT a full day of school (students will arrive to their session with their parent(s) and leave together after their visit).


The first FULL DAY of school at the ECC is on Thursday, 31 August 2017. On Thursday, bus transportation will be provided for all registered students. Morning drop off will be at the Ferri Cafeteria doors from 8:00 am- 8:10 am. Students will be dismissed (buses and parent pick up) from the Early Childhood Center beginning at 2:30 pm.

The school hours are 8:15 am- 2:30 pm. Any student arriving after 8:15 am will be marked tardy and must be signed in at the ECC.

We are all excited for our year ahead and we look forward to meeting everyone at our August 30th orientation session. 

Julie-anne Zarrella, M.Ed. in Administration


Early Childhood Center

Back to School

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Kindergarten Registration 2017-2018 School Year


Johnston Public Schools

Kindergarten Registration

School Year 2017-2018




      Please note that ALL KINDERGARTEN registration will take place at the Early Childhood Center.


You may call the Early Childhood Center to make an appointment to register your child.

To schedule a Kindergarten registration appointment:

Call:                   233-0054 x. 2460

Time:                 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

ALL Kindergarten Registration Packets are Found HERE 

Child Outreach Screening and Kindergarten Registration

All children entering Kindergarten must be screened prior to entering Kindergarten. If your child has not been screened this school year, please call the Johnston Public Schools Child Outreach Office at (401) 231-8790 x. 2502 to schedule an appointment. 

NOTE: Child Outreach Screening is also available for 3, 4, 5 year old children who are not yet entering Kindergarten. We encourage you to have your child screened every year starting at age 3. 

Substitute Teaching and Substitute Staffing

We have partnered with Source4Teachers to manage our substitute program. If you are interested in working as a substitute for our district, please visit the Source4Teachers website to apply or call 877.983.2244 for more information.

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