South Bay Union School District Open for Enrollment

South Bay Union School District in Eureka is accepting applications for kindergarten registration at Pine Hill School (K-3rd) and middle school registration at South Bay School (4th-8th) for the 2015-15 school year.  

Pine Hill School (K-3)

South Bay School (4-6)

South Bay Union School District

Kindergarten Registration Information and Forms

Download the registration form

Kindergarten Orientation Slideshow

Pine Hill School (K-3rd)

Pine Hill School is now accepting registration for the kindergarten and transitional kindergarten programs for next school year.  Pine Hill School provides breakfast to all students beginning at 7:45am, an excellent full-day kindergarten program and a free after school enrichment program till 6:15pm. The curriculum is taught through a thematic approach by experienced teachers and their instructional aides, working together to provide a highly structured and supportive program that is experiential, culturally enriching and developmentally appropriate.

Pine Hill School is a full-service community school and offers a high quality educational program to students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade. In both 2010 and 2011, Pine Hill School received the Title I Academic Achievement Award for demonstrating that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. Pine Hill School is the only school in Humboldt County to receive this state recognition two years in a row.

Pine Hill School is conveniently located off Herrick Avenue at 5230 Vance Street. Please drop by the school office or call Debbie Kamberg, school secretary, at 443-4596 to reserve your child’s spot for next year.

Download the registration form

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South Bay School (4th-8th)

South Bay School is also accepting applications for enrollment in the 7th/8th grade charter middle school program for 2015-16. The middle school opened in 2011 and is in its second year of operation. South Bay Charter Middle School offers an advanced academic program in a small school setting and features small class sizes, project-based learning, and an emphasis on science and technology.  The middle school program is open to students in the greater Eureka area and has attracted students from Scotia to Arcata.

South Bay School is also home to our intermediate students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. In the last two years South Bay School has transformed itself: Student enrollment has increased by more than 150 students; ten new teachers have been hired; and student test scores increased dramatically improving the academic performance index (API) by 98 points, the largest two year increase in Humboldt County. South Bay School has also made many facility improvements including a new state-of-the-art computer lab, new gym floor, scoreboard, basketball backboards, volleyball standards, and a brand new playground structure.

South Bay School is located on the southern end of Eureka at the King Salmon Ave. exit next to the Sequoia Humane Society. Please come by the school office anytime between 8am – 4pm and let us show you why we are so excited about our educational programs. Or, call the school office and speak with Hanne Heilmann, school secretary, at 443-4828.

Download the registration form

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South Bay Union School District (K-8th)

The South Bay Union School District went through a major restructuring two years ago. Pine Hill School was reconfigured to serve students in grades K-3rd and South Bay School was designated for 4th-6th grade students. In addition, in 2011 the district opened a new 7th-8th grade charter middle school at South Bay School thereby creating an opportunity for students to stay together with their school friends for up to nine years, from kindergarten through 8th grade, before graduating on to high school.

For additional information about the schools in South Bay Union School District, please visit our district website at or call the district office at 476-8549 and speak with Superintendent Paul Meyers about the opportunities available to your student.

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Kindergarten Registration

kindergarten registration information

Thank you for considering Pine Hill School . You may visit the school office to pick up a registration packet. In the packet you will find the Pupil Registration, Oral Health Assessment, and Report of Health Examination for School entry and the Directory Release Refusal forms along with resources to help you determine if your child is ready for kindergarten. You may also use the links below or to the left to download copies of the necessary forms.

However you obtain the forms, they need to be returned with a copy of your child(s) birth certificate, copy of shot records and the dental form to the school office before your child can be enrolled.

Feel free to call with any questions I can assist you with. 707-443-4596

Deb Kamberg
Pine Hill, Secretary


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Transitioning to Kindergarten

By Janis Strasser

Starting school can be scary and exciting for both you and your child. Effective kindergarten teachers know that children are individuals who each start kindergarten with a wide range of skills. You do not need to drill your child with letters, numbers, and facts, before school starts. But there are some things you can do to prepare both you and your child for kindergarten. Here are some ideas.

Before school starts

Send a note to the nurse and to the teacher if your child has allergies or special needs. Do this even if you have indicated this on other forms already. It may be critical for teachers to know that your child reacts to bee stings, has food allergies, or has hearing or vision modifications. As a parent, you have the responsibility to advocate for your child’s health and safety.

Visit the school and meet the teacher. If there is a visiting day to meet your child’s teacher and visit her classroom before school starts, make sure to participate. If you missed visiting day or the school does not offer one, call to see if you can arrange a quick visit to see the school and to meet the teacher with your child

Start your school routine early. To reduce stress and get used to new routines adjust new bedtimes or wake up times a few weeks before school begins. Routines are comforting for us and for children. Read a soothing bedtime story every night to help your child fall asleep with comforting thoughts. Do not watch the news or violent programs in the evening.

Label everything. Make sure to label backpacks, lunch boxes - everything your child brings to school. This includes her! If your child’s school has not supplied a nametag, make one. It should have your child’s name, address, and a phone number where a parent/guardian can be reached, the name of the teacher, and how your child gets home from school.

Read books together about starting school. You can ask your local librarian for suggestions or try some of these:

  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, Joseph Slate (Illustrated by Ashley Wolff)
  • Seven Little Mice Go to School, Kazuo Iwamura
  • Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, Eric Litwin (Illustrated by James Dean)
  • Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten, Hyewon Yum
  • Yoko Learns to Read, Rosemary Wells

On the first day of school

Be positive. Give your child a smile and a hug, tell her you love her, and wave goodbye.

Help your child say goodbye. Saying goodbye in a new setting can be frightening for some children. When you say goodbye (either at the bus or at school), reassure your child that you will see her later. Mention a specific time and a concrete activity, for example “I will pick you up before lunchtime and we will have lunch together.”

Avoid behaviors that might upset your child. For example, try not to:

Cry as you wave to your child through the bus window.

Argue with the bus driver who may be late the first few days. (The drivers need time to learn the route and talk to anxious parents.)

Battle with your child about an outfit you want her to wear. (She doesn’t have to be the school fashion queen.)

Force your child to eat a big breakfast. (She may be nervous and it might be better to eat lightly than to have a stomachache, for the first couple of days).

Wait to ask the teacher your specific questions. The first day of school is not the time to bombard the teacher with personal requests and information. Remember, your child is one of 20 or 25 children. Trust that the teacher is a professional who will make your child feel welcome and help her feel like a member of the classroom community.

During the first week of school

Be supportive. Adjusting to school may take time. Ask, “What was the most fun thing you did in school today?” Then ask, “What was the hardest thing for you?” (Only ask this after you have discussed what was fun.) Don’t expect your child to tell you every detail.

Instill a sense of confidence in your child. Celebrate your child’s successes. Tell her that you are proud of the way she got on the bus and sat down all by herself, or the way she tried to print her name. Don’t dwell on how many friends she has made during the first few days. This is too abstract for most 5-year-olds and their friends change by the minute. Instead, ask, “Tell me about some of the children in your class.” It takes time to adjust to new people, new activities, and a new environment. Don’t expect perfection. If your child was perfect, she wouldn’t have to go to school!

Set aside a time, each evening, to share your child’s day. See if your child has brought home any drawings, paintings, or scribbling. These papers may be very important to your young student. If there are no papers, don’t assume that your child didn’t do anything worthwhile. After a few weeks have passed and your child has gotten used to school, ask her about what she played with in the classroom, what stories the teacher read, if she went outside, etc. Listen for clues about your child’s strengths and challenges. If you have concerns, contact the teacher and set up a time to talk.

Read everything the school sends home. During the first weeks of school children bring home a wealth of information about school routines, important dates, and meetings that you will need to know about. Make sure to check your child’s backpack every day. Also, you may want to go over with your child, in a positive, calm way, the information you have supplied to the school on the emergency card (who may pick your child up other than you, where she can go if you’re ever not home, etc.).

Enjoy being the parent of a kindergartner! This is your child’s first step into primary school and a unique time in childhood. Enjoy!

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Here is a another article 10 things kindergarten teachers wish parents knew.

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Classroom Assignment - Parent Request Form

At the end of the year, teachers meet to develop class lists for the
upcoming school year. Teachers strive to create balanced classes to ensure
an optimum learning environment for all students. When creating class lists,
teachers consider individual learning styles, academic strengths and
weaknesses, and behavior.

If you would like to recommend a particular teacher for your child's class
placement, please fill out the "Class Assignment - Parent Request" form and
state your child's academic and behavioral needs.

Class lists will be posted the before school starts in August, when we have
a fairly accurate picture of our student enrollment.

Download the parent request form.

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