Kindergarten registration days approaching

Friday, April 19, 2013

CARROLL COUNTY -- With summer on the horizon, one set of students is preparing to bid a final adieu to the classrooms of Carroll County, but for another, younger set, the journey is just beginning.

Kindergarten pre-registration is right around the corner for students in Berryville, Eureka Springs, and Green Forest. Registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 26 in the Green Forest Elementary School Media Center and, for Berryville students, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on May 3 at Bobcat Arena.

In Eureka Springs, parents can register their students from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on May 6 at the elementary school.

Students must have turned five by Aug. 1 of last year in order to be eligible for registration.

School officials said that parents should bring their children's identification, including both a social security card and birth certificate; records of immunizations and the pre-school-entry physical; and proof of residency in the school district (water or sewer bill, letter from landlord, etc.) along with them on registration day.

They also encouraged parents to bring their children, so that they could undergo school-readiness screening.

"We're just gonna look at some basic skills, like (whether they can) count from one through ten," Berryville Elementary Principal David Gilmore said.

The tests are meant to help administrators divide students up into classes, to ensure that each class has a range of skill-levels, he said. The information is also used by teachers, to assess individual student's needs.

Gilmore said the registration and screening process typically lasted no longer than 20 minutes.

Spanish interpreters will be on hand at both Green Forest and Berryville schools throughout the day. In Green Forest, Principal Danette Chaney said the school nurse, counselor, and secretary would also be available to speak with parents.

Those unable to attend will have more opportunities to register before classes start in the fall, the principals said. However, they also advised parents to not wait until the first day of classes to sign up.

Chaney said registering early gave parents the chance to catch up on any additional immunizations they might have missed. Those who pre-register will also learn their children's classroom assignments in time for open house day, usually held the week before classes, when parents and students can meet their teacher for the first time.

For more information about pre-registration, call Berryville Elementary School, at 870-480-4640, or Green Forest Elementary School, at 870-438-5205.

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