Four-Year-Old Kindergarten

WE'RE A 4K SITE PARTNER FOR THE STOUGHTON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT


A look at the community-based four-year-old kindergarten program in the Stoughton Area School District and its five partner sites.

In 2009 our tradition of educating preschoolers expanded to include a 4-year-old kindergarten program, in partnership with the Stoughton Area School District. 

4k is an exciting and positive step in your child’s life long journey of learning. Our main goal is to help prepare them for kindergarten, using a play-based academic curriculum. We are dedicated to planning and preparing activities that will develop your child’s literacy, math and language skills, building their confidence, and teaching them acceptance so that they can be comfortable to explore their vast potential.

Students are offered free choice, outdoor play, indoor gross motor activities, and wonderful field trip opportunities.

Meet our teachers

Ms. Jackson’s 4k Classroom

LISA JACKSON (ms. jackson) – 4K TEACHER

Lisa Jackson has been teaching at Pumpkin Patch Preschool since 2009.  She is a 2005 graduate of UW-Madison with a major in elementary education, a minor in health and with an emphasis in psychology. She completed her student teaching here at Yahara School back in January 2006 in Mrs. Wermuth’s 1st grade class.  Ms. Jackson is a mother of three. Two of her children graduated from Pumpkin Patch!

ERIN SAVASKI (MS. ERIN) – 4K ASSISTANT

Erin Savaski has been involved with Pumpkin Patch since 2014.  Her two children attended the preschool and she has served as a substitute teacher for the school. She has been involved with early childhood education for many years and served as a third-grade teacher for the Evansville school district for seven years. 

Ms. S’s 4k Classroom

JEN SCHMUDLACH (Ms. S) – 4K TEACHER

Jen Schmudlach has been teaching at Pumpkin Patch since 2000. She is a graduate of UW-La Crosse with a major in Elementary Education and minor in Early Childhood. Jen is a long time Stoughton resident. When not at school she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and in the winter she can be found coaching middle school girls’ basketball.

DAWNA FURSETH (MS. F) – 4K ASSISTANT

Dawna Furseth has been involved with Pumpkin Patch since 2009.  Her two children attended the preschool and she served on the Board of Directors for two years.  When not at Pumpkin Patch she can be found attending her kids’ sporting events and spending time with family and friends.

Eligibility

All children who turn four before September 1st are eligible to enroll. Enrollment is held in January at Sandhill Elementary and is offered by the Stoughton Area School District. For more information about 4K enrollment, please visit the Stoughton Area School District 4K page.

Fees & Schedule

There is no registration fee for 4k. Field trip notifications and any related fees will be sent home throughout the year. Classes are held from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday (along with one Friday each month). The schedule follows the Stoughton Area School District calendar (closed holidays, spring break, summer vacation, etc.). 

Wrap-around child care is also available before and after preschool, and all day on Friday’s when 4k is not held.

Requirements

A co-operative school depends on its community of parents.  Parents serve on our Board of Directors, fundraise for the school, help maintain the school and grounds, provide and restock supplies, clean, paint, and more. Every family is asked to contribute their talents and their unique perspective to our children and our school.

These are the specific requirements for families who have a child enrolled in 4k:

SNACK REQUIREMENT

Families must provide snacks for the class throughout the school year. 

COMMITTEE REQUIREMENT

All 4K families are encouraged to sign up for one committee for the school year for each child enrolled, although it is required only for 4K families enrolled in two or more days of wrap. A list of committees is provided in the Parent Handbook.

FUNDRAISING REQUREMENT

To ensure the funding necessary to support our budget, fundraising events are held throughout the year.  While it is not required, we benefit from 4K family participation in funding for our school. If you prefer not to participate in fundraising but still want to help financially, you are welcome to make a tax-deductible donation to our school.

Field Trips

For special enrichment, several field trips are planned during the year.  Transportation is provided by Stoughton Area School District buses.  A minimum number of parents is required to chaperone each field trip or the field trip will not take place.  These are great learning experiences for our students so parent participation is critical.