• logo color    Verona Public Schools, Office of the Superintendent


    121 Fairview Avenue

    Verona, New Jersey 07044

    PHONE 973-571-2029

    FAX 973-571-6779

    Rui Dionisio  rdionisio@veronaschools.org

    Superintendent of Schools

    Cheryl Nardino

    Business Administrator/Board Secretary



    Dear Pre-School Parents:


    The Verona Public Schools offer a kindergarten program for all youngsters who are five years of age on or before October 1, 2017.  This program is designed as a child’s first introduction to public school.  A full academic curriculum—including media skills, formal art, music, and physical education—is offered during a four-hour program.  Kindergarten is also a time for students to form new friendships, to work cooperatively in groups, and to learn fundamental academic skills.


    The kindergarten session runs from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  The Montclair YMCA offers several aftercare program options in Verona between 12:30 and 6:00 pm.  Information about these programs is available from Lisa Aulisi at 973-415-6134 or laulisi@montclairymca.org.


    We will be conducting Kindergarten Round-Up January 9th through the 13th. The purpose of Round-Up is to identify students eligible for September’s class and to begin the formal registration process.  Enclosed, please find an Enrollment Form or click on the following website to obtain the necessary paperwork.  https://www.veronaschools.org/domain/10.  Please complete this form during Round-Up week and return it to the school office. The school offices are open from 7:45 am to 3:45 pm Monday through Friday.  At that time, please bring your child’s original birth certificate with raised seal (original will be returned to you), proof of residency (see below) and parent/guardian proof of identity (driver’s license or passport).   When you register you will be given a packet of health forms and a Pre-Kindergarten Questionnaire.  All forms must be completed by your child’s kindergarten screening date.


    Please note that parents of children attending the Verona Preschool Program should register their child in the child’s neighborhood school and complete the screening process in that school.  If your child receives special education services their information will be subsequently forwarded to the appropriate school, as per his or her IEP.


    The importance of completing early registration cannot be stressed enough.  The formation of kindergarten classes and orientation meetings require an accurate forecast of student numbers.


    In the interest of balancing class sizes across the district, parents may request to send their child to one of the three other elementary schools.  Should this be the case, parents should send a written request to the Office of the Superintendent as soon as possible. Requests of this nature will be decided on in April or May of 2017.  If the enrollment of the requested school becomes too high, the decision may be reversed.


    Should you not be registering a kindergarten student at this time, please pass this information to a neighbor or friend in Verona.  If you know of someone whose child is eligible for kindergarten yet did not receive this packet, please ask the parents to call or visit the school office.


    Thank you for your timely attention to these requests.  Our principals and teachers look forward to meeting and working with you to help prepare your child for a positive school experience.


    Please mark your calendars for the following important events:


    Kindergarten Parent Orientation Dates


    Brookdale                               FN Brown                               Forest                      Laning

    3/27/17– 7:00 PM                   3/30/17-7:00 PM         3/9/17–7:00 PM          3/28/17 - 7:30 PM


    Saturday Pre-Kindergarten Experiences:


    The Saturday morning Pre-Kindergarten experiences are organized by the SCA in each school. They will be held from 10-11 AM on Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, and May 6. For information and to sign up, please contact the following people:        


                 Brookdale:      Beth Kiernan               973-239-5659              ekiernan33@gmail.com

                                        Janine Aloia                 201-926-5732              janinealoia@gmail.com

                                       Emily Mann                 973-986-1180              emilymmann@comcast.net


                  F N Brown:    Tina Houck                  973-650-0942                          tcif0199@verizon.net

                                        Shannon Palmer           862-368-3918              palmerkids3@yahoo.com


                  Forest:            Noelle Guarino                        973-902-7770              forest.ave.sca@gmail.com                                                                                                                                         

                  Laning:         Kristin Venezia              973-568-1760                       kristinj74@aol.com


    All My Best,


    Rui Dionisio

    Superintendent of Schools


    Acceptable documents for proof of residency:



    Proof of domicile                                                                    Proof of attachment to address

    Current lease                                                                            utility bill        

    Deed                                                                                        telephone bill

    Property Tax Bill                                                                     cable bill

                                                                                                    driver’s license