2020- 2021 Kindergarten Schedules



    Norwell Public Schools offers kindergarten at both the William G. Vinal Elementary School and the Grace F. Cole Elementary School. There are half-day and full-day kindergarten classes at each school.

    Students in the full-day and half-day kindergarten programs complete the same academic program and have the same amount of time for structured and facilitated play and social skill development. Students in the full-day program spend the same amount of time on academics as their half-day peers; the full-day program provides additional time for students to expand upon and extend their learning through choice and exploratory activities.

    Kindergarten schedule

    Full-day kindergarten session

    Start: 8:55am    Dismiss: 3:20pm    

    Half-day kindergarten session

    Start: 8:55am    Dismiss: 12:30pm   


    Early release for all kindergarten sessions: 12:20pm

    A typical day in full- and half-day kindergarten includes:

    • Morning meeting
    • Math instruction
    • Academic block with whole group lessons, small group activities, and centers (reading, language arts, science, handwriting)
    • Specials
    • Snack time

    Students who attend half-day kindergarten do not eat lunch at school. Students in full-day kindergarten have additional time for lunch and recess, as well as quiet rest time. For recess, they are asked to dress appropriately for the weather each day. They are also asked to bring a towel for rest time.