Welcome to the Vargas Family!
Children who will be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2021, are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten. (21-22 School Year)
Children who will be five-years-old between September 2-December 2, 2021, are eligible to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten. (21-22 School Year)
First Day of School: August 18, 2021
Hello future scientists!
The Vargas Office Team is here to help you register! Hablamos espanol : )
Ms. Randi Salas Mrs. Siobhan Tapia Ms. Micaela Lopez Mrs. Erika Lopez
Step 1: Identify Your Neighborhood SchoolSunnyvale School District is home to eight exceptional elementary schools in Sunnyvale, CA. Vargas serves a small community in West Sunnyvale. If you do not live within Vargas' boundary area, you can request to be transferred via "Open Enrollment" which is the first two weeks of registration.
Check the “School Finder” to find your school of residence. This is where you will register your child. (You must register your child at their neighborhood school, even if the child will attend a program at another Sunnyvale School District School)
Step 2: Prepare your documentation
Download the “Registration Information” form and collect all the needed information in steps 1-3.
Please note: In order to complete your child’s registration, your child must have:
- All immunizations complete
- TB Test is given and read (or TB risk assessment signed by a doctor)
Files to download:
Additional Forms For Kindergarten students- Due May 2021
These forms are for your convenience. They are NOT needed in order to register.
Step 3: Register your child online through PowerSchool Registration Portal
Once you create an account, you will be able to register your child and upload your documents securely. Once the initial information has been collected, Mrs. Lopez or Ms. Salas will contact you for confirmation or follow up regarding missing documents.
If you have any questions, please call the office (408) 522-8267 or email VargasFrontOffice@sesd.org
What is Transitional Kindergarten?
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is the first of a two-year kindergarten program. A child is eligible for TK if they have their fifth birthday between September 2 and December 2.
Sunnyvale School District Program Design
- TK will be offered to all eligible students in the district.
- Full day program
- TK children will have meals, recess and all activities with their kindergarten peers
- Located at five elementary school sites to service north and south side families. Parents provide their own transportation. (Bishop, Ellis, Lakewood, San Miguel, Vargas)
- Fully credentialed, experienced teachers
- Based on California Preschool Learning Foundation and California Common Core Kindergarten Standards
- Developmental approach focused on the skills needed to be successful in kindergarten
- Literacy- pre-reading and writing skills
- Math- number sense and problem solving
- Physical development- large and fine motor skills
- Social/Emotional development in a supportive environment
- Oral language development
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) in Sunnyvale
- TK is part of the public school system and is free to all eligible children.
- TK gives young five year olds the opportunity to start their kindergarten experience with children their own age.
- Students will be assessed regularly, to monitor their academic, social emotional and oral language growth.
- After Transitional Kindergarten, students will be promoted to Kindergarten.
Must children attend Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten? School is mandatory once a child is six years old. Therefore, parents and guardians are currently not required to enroll children in either Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten.
Will Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students be enrolled in the same classroom? TK students will be in a self-contained class to the extent possible.
Are Transitional Kindergarten students required to complete the entire two year program? TK students are provided the opportunity to receive a two-year kindergarten program.
Building Parent Partnerships
Communication between home and school is essential in helping students succeed. Parents are encouraged to actively participate in their child's learning journey at home and at school, volunteering in class.
Teachers are available to meet with parents on a regular basis to discuss their child's progress and how parents can help support students at home.
How can I learn more?
To learn more about transitional kindergarten, visit the Sunnyvale School District website at:
For answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the California Department of Education website at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/em/kinderfaq.asp
Programs of Choice
In addition to our excellent, well-rounded neighborhood schools, Sunnyvale School District offers several Programs of Choice: a science-focused school (that's us-Vargas), a Spanish dual immersion program (San Miguel), and a parent-participation school (Fairwood Explorer) at the elementary level.
In middle school, we offer a university partnership program (Columbia) that brings cutting-edge curriculum and best practices gleaned through Stanford University research to our students.
VS3- Student Success Through Science Program of Choice
At Vargas Elementary School. teachers provide the kind of caring support children need to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Vargas is home to Student Success through Science (VS3), in which all learning is viewed through a scientific lens. Using science as a foundation, we foster students' natural curiosity; we encourage them to question, interpret data, base decisions on evidence, and develop intellectual independence.
Our highly skilled instructional team, state-of-the-art science learning lab, and network of local resources and community partnerships enable us to create projects and curriculum that are fully engaging for our diverse student population.
Questions?If you have any questions, please contact Randi Salas (VargasFrontOffice@sesd.org)If you have questions about immunizations, please contact Micaela Lopez, Health Assistant (Micaela.Lopez@sesd.org)