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Kindergarten 2024

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 2024 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 2024 Booklet

Timeline of Important Dates

  • August 2024 - Transportation information sent to households
  • August 26, 2024 - Immunizations due to school nurse
  • August 28 & 29, 2024 - Literacy Assessments
  • September 3, 2024 - First day of school for grades K-5


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 2024 Booklet for additional attendance information.

Cathy Kindem, Principal

Donald Backner, Assistant Administrator

Samantha Crumrie, Nurse

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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
14301 Diamond Path West
Apple Valley, Minnesota 55124

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