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Handouts Galore!

Our Transition to Kindergarten Workshop panel of experts brought with them a bevy of handouts!  One for each topic and then some!  Here are all of the handouts listed by subject matter - feel free to click on the links and learn more...


Health and Wellness

Choose my Plate

Colds in Children

Healthy Plate

Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen


Language and Literacy

Children's Choices 2012

Children's Choices 2013



Developmental Assets Ages 5-9 English

Good Reading for Parents

Inclusion Warm Line

Project Cornerstone

TK and K Skills

Top 10 Things to Do the Summer before Kindergarten

Workshop Flyer


Registration Information for Milpitas Unified School District

TK/K Cutoff Date Diagram

Kindergarten Registration 2013

Transitional Kindergarten Registration 2013

Does your child have starting school jitters? Do you?

New experiences can be exciting, scary, unnerving and wonderful.  A great way to calm your child's anxieties (and your's too!) is to read some books about starting school.  Click here to see a long list of books which can help ease your whole family's transition to school. Pick out a few titles every week and start preparing for the future!


Note:  The book list is divided up by age in years, starting with 1 year old through 6 years old and ending with a parent section.  Spanish titles are in red. SCCL after the title indicates that this book is available from the Santa Clara County Library System.  To find out more about their holdings, visit their website by clicking here.  Other titles may be available from online booksellers or other library systems.

Contact Information

Early Learning Transition Model Team

Ms. Kathleen Lincoln

Child Development Centers

Program Director, Retired


Ms. Toby S. Librande

Early Learning Transition Model

Grant Coordinator

408.635.2686 x5571


Ms. Linda Lambert

Milpitas Family Literacy Project

Program Coordinator, 2008-2016


Rose CDC

250A Roswell Drive

Milpitas, CA 95035


Sunnyhills CDC

356 Dixon Road

Milpitas, CA 95035

Families Locker

PPT, Word, Excel Viewers [Go]
Acrobat Reader [Go]

Please Note: The information on this website is presented as a public service. MUSD does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided by referenced sites or organizations and does not endorse their products or services.

Entering Transitional Kindergarten

Let's Start Transitional Kindergarten!

Let's Start Transitional Kindergarten!

Moving up to Kindergarten - Parent Information Night

The Milpitas Unified School District will again present "Moving Up: Raising a Kindergarten Ready Child” parent workshop on April 28, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Milpitas Library Auditorium.  This workshop consists of a panel presentation followed by a question and answer session.  The panel was moderated by Kathy Lincoln, Program Director of the Milpitas Unified School District Child Development Program and featured guest presenters: Dr. Harpreet Hansra, Pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente, Ms. Erika Hernandez, Literacy Specialist from Randall Elementary, Ms. Susan Von Tersch, Kindergarten Teacher at Weller, Ms. Liz Medina, Elementary School Parent at Weller, and Ms. Anne Ehresman, Executive Director of Project Cornerstone.  The conversation addressed many facets of kindergarten readiness throughout the evening, including:

  • preparing your child to say, “I can do it”, “I can make it better” and “My family needs me”
  • health and wellness, immunizations, nutrition and sleep patterns
  • how, when and why to read with your child
  • the developmental assets framework
  • the difference between transitional and traditional kindergarten
  • tried and true parenting tips
  • what to expect when your child starts school
  • how to volunteer for MUSD
  • the enrollment process for transitional and traditional kindergarten
  • and much, much more!

In addition, a First Five/Health Trust resource table was available with free Potter the Otter books, growth charts, Oral Health information and  the I’m Ready for Kindergarten handbook.  Free child care was provided at the Milpitas Library by special arrangement.  

Ready for Kindergarten Parent Workshop

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Top 10 Things to Do ~ The Summer before Transitional Kindergarten

1.     Focus on Language ~

          Speak Up! Read! Write!

2.     Use your Muscles ~

          Get your big muscles moving!  Little muscle practice! 

3.     Explore your World ~

          Grow your brain!

4.     Practice Kindergarten Academics ~

          Learn your ABCs!  Get counting! Experiment and ask “Why?”

5.     Early to Bed and Early to Rise…

          Set in place home routines and schedules now so you are all ready

          when school starts.

6.     I Can Do It!

          Work on independence.   Practice self–control.  Be a good friend.

7.     You are You ~

          What makes your child unique?  Celebrate your culture and tell

          family stories.

8.     Be Smart about Electronics ~

          Limit “screen time” to no more than 1-2 hours per day.

9.     Health Matters ~

          Set in place healthy habits to last a lifetime.  Practice good

          hygiene at home. Remember - safety first! 

10.     What Will Kindergarten Be Like?

          Let’s find out by reading a book...


 For more in depth information about these summer activities 

click here.

What is Transitional Kindergarten?

What is Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?!  How is it different from Traditional Kindergarten?  Is it a required grade?  With the advent of TK, lots of questions are in the air! In brief "It is the first year of a two-year kindergarten experience for students who are born between September and December" (Preschool California). To get your local, Milpitas Unified School District, questions answered (or to enroll your child) please contact your local elementary school.  Not sure what school your child will attend?  Click here to access the school finder utility.  For general questions and more state-wide information about TK, go to the TK California  website where you can access a fact sheet, an age chart, the latest news and much more.

Other Great Resources

Want to see the video from a prior year Transition to Kindergarten Workshop?  Local Community Partners discuss what Kindergarten Readiness means to them.  Click above to select the segment you are most interested in viewing.

Want to download a Kindergarten Readiness Handbook?  This free resource is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese and covers important topics like the "building blocks of kindergarten readiness" and a "countdown to kindergarten calendar".  Click above to go to the First 5 Santa Clara County kindergarten readiness site.

Early Learning Transition Model ~ Generously funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation 2012-2013

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District Offers Transitional Kindergarten

Registration for Transitional Kindergarten for 2015-2016 begins March 2, 2015.  If you have a child who turns 5 between September 2 and December 2 of 2015, he/she is eligible for Transitional Kindergarten for the  2015-2016 school year.  Please contact your resident school beginning March 2nd to register your child.  Families will be notified of placement prior to the beginning of school in August 2015. See registration tips, below!

2015-16 Registration

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Registration 2015 begins March 2, 2015!  Want to know how to register your child for the Milpitas Unified School District?  Follow these easy steps!

1.     Check  your child’s birth date for program eligibility…

  • Kindergarten Enrollment - Is your child’s birth date on or before September 1st, 2010?  Then your child is Kindergarten age for school entry in August 2015.
  • Transitional Kindergarten - Is your child’s birth date between September 2, 2010 and December 2, 2010?  Then your child is Transitional Kindergarten age for school entry in August 2015!
  • Preschool - Is your child’s birth date December 3, 2010 or after?  Then your child gets to experience one more year of preschool before Kindergarten 2016!

2.     Find out which school is your resident/home school…

  • Check out the handy MUSD school finder here – type in your address to have your home school identified.

3.     Gather necessary documents…

  • Your ID (driver’s license, ID card)
  • Two proof of residency documents  (bring both a mortgage/rental statement and a utility bill)
  • One proof of student’s age (such as birth certificate, passport, immigration certificate)

4.     Pay a visit to your home school during office hours to show your documents and pick up a registration packet (for both Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten)...

5.     Work on completing all of the paperwork – don’t forget that you will need these items for your child…

  • Immunization (shot) record
  • Health examination (on or after March 1, 2015)
  • Oral health assessment (dental)
  • TB test

6.     Bring your completed packet back to your home school office as soon as possible!  When you turn in your completed packet, your child is then assigned a registration number and is placed on the enrollment list.

7.     Done!

8.     Enjoy your spring and summer and make sure your child attends the first day of school on Thursday, August 13, 2015 – this is very important so that your child keeps his/her school enrollment status!

Want more information?  Check out the MUSD registration information page here.

What Will My Child Do in Transitional Kindergarten?

Have lots of fun and engage in lots of learning!  Transitional Kindergarten (TK) will be offered again this fall at selected schools in Milpitas.  Take a look at this sample schedule to get an idea about how your child might spend his day.





8:00        Journal

8:15        Calendar

8:30        Music/Science/Art/Centers

               rotated throughout the week

8:45        Language Arts

               whole group and small group

9:10        Bathroom

9:15        Recess

9:45        Exploration

10:30      Bathroom

10:35      Math - Boardmath

               and math groups

11:10      Closing Circle

11:20      Dismissal


  Thanks to Ms. Lundeen (Rose TK) for sharing her half day schedule!