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First day of the 2018-19 school year for kindergarten students has been changed to Friday, September 7

The first day of the 2018-19 school year for kindergarten students has been changed to Friday, September 7. This will be a half-day for kindergarteners, with early dismissal at 12 noon.

The calendar change avoids a conflict with the first day of Rosh Hashanah on Monday, September 10, which would have will likely resulted in a high number of students and staff absent for the first day of kindergarten. 

When the 2018-19 school year calendar was developed four years ago in talks between the District and the Mercer Island Education Association, Mercer Island had not yet begun opening the year with kindergarten parent conferences. Now the first three days of each school year are used for conferences and then kindergarten students start on what is the fourth day of school for all students. The fourth day of school in the 2018- 2019 is Rosh Hashanah. This is a conflict for the 2018-2019 year only and will not impact the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 calendars.

Kindergarten students and families will meet for the conferences on Wednesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 6. All kindergarten students will have their first day of kindergarten on Friday, September 7.

The remainder of the day following dismissal at 12 noon will be spent finishing conferences with students and families unable to attend on the first two days.

Kindergarten families will sign up for their individual conference time through their child’s school. Information will be provided in August.