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It's time for kindergarten registration
As February draws near, 5 year olds across the county are gearing up for the start of kindergarten.
Kindergarten registration begins Feb. 9, and will continue through Feb. 13. Parents may register their child at the elementary school located in their attendance area.
School officials believe that kindergarten is the building blocks on which educational careers are built.
“Kindergarten is the foundation for developing new skills and future learning,” said Assistant Superintendent Instructional Programs Dr. John Jones. “During the kindergarten year, students will develop independence, confidence, relationships, behaviors and attitudes that will ensure a positive school experience.”
Director of Elementary Education Cindy Croffut said kindergarten students are instructed in reading, writing, math, social studies and science.
As for reading, Croffut said students would learn problem-solving strategies to build foundational reading skills for reading and comprehending texts.
“Students will build a love for reading by engaging in multiple genres of books,” she said. “Students will explore a variety of books and build academic language by talking about books and learning from each other.”
Eligible children must have reached their fifth birthday on or before Aug. 31 (of the year of entrance) in order to enroll in a public kindergarten in North Carolina.
According to the North Carolina state law, all children entering kindergarten must present documented evidence of having received immunizations and physical examinations before attending school.
Parents must have their doctor or the health department complete the Kindergarten Health Assessment (KHA) Report, which can be picked up anytime from the school.
In addition, they must submit an up-to-date certificate of immunizations (no longer a part of the KHA Report).
Immunizations needed are as follows:
DTaP/DT vaccine - five doses (if the fourth dose was given on or after their fourth birthday, the fifth dose is not required)
Polio IPV vaccine - four doses (if the third dose was given on or after the fourth birthday, the fourth dose is not required)
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) - two doses (first dose on or after their first birthday; second dose before school entry)
Hepatitis B vaccine - three doses (third dose must be after child is 6 months old) HIB - at least one dose on/after 15 months of age (not required after age 5)
Varicella (Chicken Pox) - two doses (required for children entering Kindergarten after July 1, 2015)
When coming to the school, parents should bring copies of their child’s birth certificate, immunization record, two proofs of residence, and the Kindergarten Health Assessment Form before the first day of school.
Some of the things that qualify as proof of residence are: a notarized rental agreement or purchase agreement on a residence; a utility bill such as telephone, gas or electricity, that list the correct name and address; a driver’s license and automobile registration; an automobile insurance policy; a property insurance policy; an income tax W-2 form; or a property tax bill.
For answers to additional questions or more information about registration, parents may call the school located in their attendance area.
For information about open house visits, parents are urged to look on school’s web site for open house information on the school website. The school will also mail letters and/or communicate through Blackboard Connect, a web-based mass notification system.
Information about items needed for each child to start kindergarten can also be found on the school’s web site and in local Wal-Mart and Target stores.
A booklet titled "Your Child Entering Kindergarten" has been designed by UCPS to provide information and answers to help parents prepare their child for kindergarten. This includes suggestions on ways to assist children in adjusting to school. That booklet is available on the UCPS Web site.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jan 15, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe