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Welcome Class of 2035

We are excited to welcome your child and your entire family to our school community next fall!

  • Are you a first-time kindergarten parent?
    Check out this video for helpful advice for teachers and parents to help prepare you and your child for kindergarten!


  • Take a School Tour.
    Even if you are already familiar with our school, we encourage you to visit. Tours are designed for adults only.

Please call our main office at 651-351-6400 to sign up for a tour.

  • Join us for Kindergarten Orientation from 4:15-5 p.m. on Monday, February 28. 
    A letter will be coming to you in early February with more details about this special event designed to answer all of your questions about the year ahead and give your child a sneak peek into life as a kindergartener.


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"The kindergarten experience at Rutherford is amazing! My kids love the open-concept classroom
because they can interact with all of the K students, not just ones in their class. And I love that they basically have five K teachers and they are learning great things from each of them."

- Kristen Hellyer, Parent

A place where children love to learn

Kindergarten is an important year. What kids learn in kindergarten helps to build the foundation for lifelong learning. We teach kids how to read and write, how to get along with others, and how to solve problems. But more importantly, we teach kids how to love learning!

Your child will make new friends and have lots of time to play and explore the world around them. We welcome each child at their current level of ability and provide developmentally-appropriate learning activities.

Our principal and kindergarten teachers introduce themselves and warmly welcome you to our school community.

"I love teaching kindergarten because everyday is full of pleasant surprises! These little people are always eager to learn and make each day joyful."

– Kelly Taverna, Kindergarten teacher

For Kids: See and Experience Life in Kindergarten

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Principal Heather Nelson introduces the staff at Rutherford.

Tour of Rutherford kindergarten

students dancing with Clifford the Big Red Dog

Rutherford kindergarten dance party

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Clifford the Big Red Dog joins us for storytime!

For Parents: Learn What To Expect From Kindergarten

Wondering what your child will be learning in kindergarten? Curious how they'll be graded or assessed? Or maybe you just want to see how kindergarten has changed since you were a kid ! Our Elementary Roadmap is designed to help you find the answers to all of your school-related questions in kindergarten and beyond.