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Kindergarten 2023


This is indeed an exciting time for both children and families. We want your child’s experience in District 196 to be positive and rewarding. We hope this page is informative and answers some of your questions regarding kindergarten. You are also an important part of this process. We look forward to being part of your child’s exciting journey!

View the Welcome to Kindergarten 2023 Booklet for important information about preparing your child for kindergarten, personal safety, what a typical day of kindergarten looks like and what you can expect your child to learn.

Welcome to Kindergarten 2023 Booklet (This Welcome to Kindergarten Booklet in PDF format is also available online in the links on the right in a mobile format and fully searchable)

Timeline of Important Dates

  • May 1, 2023 - Immunizations due to school nurse
  • August 2023 - Transportation information sent to households
  • August 28 & 29, 2023 - Kindergarten Transition Days (half days, first day for K)
  • August 30 & 31, 2023 - Literacy Assessments
  • September 6, 2023 - First Full Day for Kindergartners

Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences

4350 Johnny Cake Ridge Road
Eagan, MN 55122

Office: 651-683-6970
Fax: 651-683-6873
Absence Line: 651-683-6969 ext. 82764
See page 10 of the Welcome to Kindergarten 2023 Booklet for additional attendance information.

Cathy Kindem, Principal

Donald Backner, Assistant Administrator

Jordyn McCarthy, Nurse

District Website: | School Website:

School Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Teacher Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Student Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.

Early Childhood Health and Development Screening

If your child has not been screened, call the number below to schedule an appointment. There is no charge for screening.

School District 196
Early Childhood Health and Development Screening District Service Center
2120 Silver Bell Road
Eagan, MN 55122

Phone: 651-423-7899
Call Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. to make an appointment