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Meet Our Kindergarteners!

Meet Our Kindergarteners!

Kinder Soft Start

Kinder Soft Start

August 1st, 2023
Dear Panther Families,

Welcome to Auburn Elementary School!  We look forward to having your child attend Kindergarten in the fall.  We’d like to inform incoming families of the Soft Start in Kindergarten Classes at Auburn El.  Please take a few minutes to learn more about this student-centered approach to starting elementary school.     

What is Soft Start? 
Soft Start is a way to start the new school year that allows Kindergarten teachers to better understand your child’s academic, social, and behavioral needs. From August 16-18, our teachers will be conducting Kindergarten Readiness Assessments with all Kindergarten students. Throughout the Soft Start, teachers will be collecting student data and collaborating with one another to ensure our classes are balanced and best-designed for student success.

What are the benefits of a Soft Start? 
Kindergarten Readiness Assessments will provide our teachers with current student data to make informed decisions about best placement for your child.    

When does it begin and end?
The Soft Start at Auburn Elementary School is from August 16-18.  Class Lists will be finalized and shared with all families by the end of the day on Friday, August 18.

How will Soft Start look during the first week of school? 
Students will attend school during regular school hours, from 8:50 AM - 1:50 PM. During the school day, students will be involved in whole group activities, small-group work, social-emotional learning, play-based learning, and more. With support from paraeducators and additional teachers in the classroom, kindergarten teachers will conduct individual assessments throughout the school day.  

When is Kindergarten Orientation? 
We look forward to meeting you and your child at our Kindergarten Orientation on August 14 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Kindergarten Orientation is similar to an open house, where parents are able to meet the teachers and see the classrooms. Please email Principal Morris at if you have any questions. 

With Panther Spirit,
Kim Morris
Principal, Auburn Elementary School
530.745.8870 work