Step 5: School Meetings

  • Step 5: School Meetings

    As part of the school assignment notification, you will receive a request to provide some information about your student. This is intended to help your student’s classroom teacher and school counselor learn more about your student and prepare them for Kindergarten. 

    Any family that has specific questions or concerns regarding your child’s kindergarten transition may request to meet with the school counselor to discuss your child. If you would like to schedule a time, the Office of Registration & Enrollment will help you facilitate scheduling an appointment.

  • Peek and Practice SavetheDate

    All students who complete registration and receive their school assignments by the end of May have the opportunity to visit their new school and participate in “Peek and Practice.” This event lets students practice being a Kindergartener at their new school. Each school holds this event on a specific day either at the end of May or the first weeks of June. 

    At Peek and Practice, students will participate in fun activities in a kindergarten classroom at their new school, while parent(s) and guardians meet with the school’s leadership team and other parents. Peek and Practice give students the opportunity to meet some of their prospective classmates and teachers. Families will get a sense of what to expect in September as they experience their new school environment.

    All students who register after, or who do not attend Peek and Practice will still have an opportunity to visit their school when they meet their school counselor.  These students must meet their school counselor before they can attend class. This meeting will take place at the school, often in the late weeks of August. The student and at least one parent or guardian must attend this appointment, and families can ask questions to support their child’s school transition.

  • Financial Assistance

    The Public Schools of Brookline has a centralized application process to provide families with financial assistance for school-related fees. Eligibility for financial assistance will be renewed or updated through an annual application process. Financial assistance is available for curriculum-based field trip expenses, School Department Summer Programs, and other fees the school department may charge as a result of curriculum requirements. Financial assistance also includes any PSB student fees or charges for Athletics, Instrumental Music, and other program and field trip fees. 

    Financial Assistance applications for the 2020-2021 School Year will be available after Friday, May 1, 2020.

  • Free and Reduced School Meals

    Children need healthy meals to learn. The Public Schools of Brookline offer healthy meals every school day. Your students may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. 

  • Student Health and Nursing

    During Peek and Practice or a separate meeting in the Spring, please meet with the school nurse to: 


    • Arrange for any special health care needs or for the administration of any essential medications or procedures that are prescribed during the school day. 

    • Confirm that your child’s immunizations are complete and that they are clear to attend school. 

    • Provide an updated physical exam report. This is most important for students whose annual pediatric visit occurs after registration.

    If your child has specific health care needs, it is important that you meet with the school nurse before they begin attending school. If you need assistance in scheduling a meeting with the school nurse, the Office of Registration and Enrollment can help you arrange a meeting.

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