Children who will turn 5 years old on or by Aug. 31, 2010 will be eligible to register for kindergarten in 2010. Parents are encouraged to register their children early for kindergarten by attending Kindergarten Screening scheduled at each elementary school generally held during the month of April.
"The transition from pre-school to elementary school can be an exciting but somewhat anxious time for many students and parents," said Superintendent Dr. Steve Stone. For this reason, we hold Kindergarten Screening days in all our elementary schools. This day is set aside especially for rising kinders and their parents to help alleviate some of the uncertainty about starting school.
"To save time and reduce stress, parents should contact their home school, get their children's records in order and register their children in school as early as possible," said Stephen Martin, Elementary School Director. "The Kindergarten Screening days are ideal for students and parents to get ahead of the requirements in the fall and greatly assist teachers in preparing for our youngest new learners."
During Kindergarten Screening students and parents meet kindergarten teachers, become more familiar with the school campus, and receive information on curriculum-based programs offered at the school. Families are also invited to visit in-house stations providing information on different education support programs, such as WrapAround (before and after school program), meal choices and transportation services. Entering students also are given a basic screening assessment identifying motor, concepts, language, self help and social development. This positive experience culminates with children receiving a Kindergarten Readiness Kit, sponsored by the Education Foundation Inc. of Caldwell County. Each child leaves with a kit filled with items such as crayons, scissors, glue sticks, books, play dough, jump rope, summer activity calendar, puzzles, D'Nealian Letter formation, Letterland alphabet, pencil grips, flash cards, cutting sheets for practice and other manipulatives helpful in preparing students for a successful first experience in public school.
For parents to register their child in kindergarten, they must bring the following documents to the Kindergarten Screening: