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Kindergartens gear up for 2013-2014 registration

Published 11:40am Friday, March 22, 2013

“The first day of school” is still several months away, but it all begins soon with the coming of kindergarten registration.

“Usually the month of April is dedicated to pre-kindergarten activities that we do,” said Brenda Coley, kindergarten reading coach at Jim Pearson Elementary School.

Kindergarten registration at Jim Pearson isn’t until mid-April, but administration, faculty and staff try to help almost-kindergarteners prepare by holding a special meet and greet day.

“They’ll all come to the school – riding the school bus – and then we’ll have a little meet and greet,” Coley said. “It’s a very brief thing because we want them to see as much of the school as the can.”

School buses pick up children who will start kindergarten in the fall from all the local preschools and daycares. Coley said parents who have kept their children at home can also bring their children for meet and greet, and they should be prepared to stay with their children throughout the event.

Soon-to-be kindergarteners get the chance to tour the school, meet the teachers and see important areas like the classrooms, lunchroom, QUEST room and media center.

“It lets them know it’s a very friendly environment where lots of wonderful things go on,” Coley said.

Kindergarten registration will be held April 15–17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day in the gym.

“Only a parent or guardian can register a child, and the parent must have an ID when registering,” Coley said.

Parents must also bring a proof of residency, such as a deed to property, lease/rental agreement, property tax/receipt or current utility bill, with the parent’s name on it. Other necessary documents include the child’s Social Security card, birth certificate copy, a current blue immunization slip and custody papers, if applicable.

An interpreter and a notary will also be present, Coley said, and teachers will be on hand to assist parents in filling out all necessary paperwork.

Following registration, Coley said a team will visit daycares and preschools May 6–10 to do assessments on each child enrolled in kindergarten for the fall.

“It’s just a very simple child friendly assessment that gives us information on where they are in their stages of learning,” Coley said.

Kindergarten registration is also approaching for other local schools, including:

- Dadeville Elementary, April 5 and April 8 from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Parents should bring two proofs of residency as well as a copy of the child’s birth certificate and Social Security card and a certificate of immunization. Children should accompany their parents to take advantage of several screenings.

- Horseshoe Bend School, April 25 from 1–6 p.m. and April 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents should bring proof of residency, blue immunization slip and birth certificate.

- Central Elementary School in Coosa County, April 15–19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. An orientation will also be held April 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Parents should bring copies of their child’s birth certificate, Social Security card and shot record as well as proof of residency, but registration will be taken even if parents do not have the required documents until the opening of school.

For more information about kindergarten registration, the school may be reached at the following numbers: Jim Pearson, 256-234-8625; DES, 256-825-6811; HBS, 256-329-9110; and CES, 256-377-1456.