• Rising Kindergarten Family Information

    Ready-Set-Kindergarten! We are so excited to support your family as your child makes their leap into school! You may find the information below helpful. Be sure to browse through the information, especially the links, for more support. 

    Washington Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary School

    School Hours

    • Students Arrive: 8:50-9:20 AM
    • Warning Bell: 9:15 AM
    • School Day Start: 9:20 AM
    • Students Dismiss: 3:50-4:20 PM  
    • After 3:15 PM, students must be picked up in carpool – no early checkouts.

    Kindergarten Orientation

    Click here to review the information shared at our Spring 2024 Kindergarten Orientation!

    Popsicles & Play Dates for Rising Kindergarteners and their Families

    • Our PTA will host Popsicles on the Playground in August during Meet the Teacher for 1st-5th Grade.

     Kindergarten Staggered Entry

    • From 8:50am -2:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday

    • Supervision is available until 3:50pm if a student needs to ride the bus or dismiss with a sibling. 

    • Students only need to bring: 

      • Lunch or $3.50 to buy lunch.

    • Staggered day is based on student’s last name: 

      • Letters A-G: August 27

      • Letters H-N: August 28

      • Letters O-Z: August 29

    Kindergarten “Meet the Teacher” 

    • Kindergarten Meet the Teacher is on the Friday of staggered entry week, August 30 from 2:00-3:00pm.

    Bus Transportation

    Health Information


    Carpool Tags

    • If your student will be using afternoon carpool throughout the year, a carpool number/tag is required for your vehicle.  Carpool numbers are not required for morning drop off.
    • Request a carpool tag online by completing the Carpool Tag Request Form. Carpool tags are given out at Meet the Teacher, Staggered Entry dates and sent home in student folders throughout the year as requested.
    • Washington siblings share a carpool number.  Only one request needs to be completed each year per family.  


    • 1702 Medication Form is required for any medication that will be administered at school.
    • WCPSS policy requires an adult to bring the completed 1702 form and medication to school and sign the medication in with office staff. DO NOT send medication in with a child.
    • Medications must be in their original containers with the prescription label.

    Cafeteria Information

    Before School Care 

    • We have a Before Care Program on site, daily from 7:00am-8:50am. 
    • Parents can register their child for this program at Meet the Teacher or onsite during program hours.
    • Applications are available in the main office!

    After School Program

    Stay Connected with us Digitally and on Social Media

    • Washington Gifted and Talented Magnet Elementary
    • Follow us on Twitter: @GTWizards1
    • Like us on our PTA Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/wizardpta/
    • Follow us on our PTA Twitter: @WizardPTA
  • Rising Kindergarten Orientation Slide Show Presentation

  • Kick-Off To Kindergarten

  • Book Titles for Home Reading

  • Learning Print Concepts