Kindergarten Roundups scheduled at Carroll Co. elementary schools

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Kindergarten Roundup is just around the corner in Carroll County.

School districts will soon be welcoming the newest bunch of students into their buildings for the first time and ask that parents bring the following documents for their children: birth certificate, Social Security card, a current physical, immunization records and proof of address, such as a current utility bill.

Green Forest Elementary School will hold its Kindergarten Roundup from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the elementary library. Principal Danette Chaney said all parents of upcoming kindergartners are encouraged to attend, whether they have all of their children’s records or not.

“We want parents to come even if they’re lacking something,” Chaney said. “We can help them get in touch with organizations, such as the Carroll County Health Unit, over the summer months to get the needed records and shots for their children.”

Parents who do not want to immunize their children will be directed on how to obtain a waiver at the registration, she said.

Chaney said kindergarten registration gives new students an opportunity to meet their teachers and see the school for the first time. They will have their parents with them, she said, which makes the experience less intimidating for new students.

“The big thing with our kindergarten registration is to help parents and students who are new to our school have the easiest start possible,” Chaney said. “Parents who attend the registration will also have the chance to win a gift card.”

Berryville Elementary School will hold its Kindergarten Roundup from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 21, in Bobcat Arena. Principal Kelly Swofford said parents and students who attend will be supplied with great information about kindergarten readiness.

“That is the advantage of attending Kindergarten Roundup. We make sure students are ready to go when school begins,” Swofford said. “It also helps us make sure we have the correct number of teachers for students.”

Students and parents will get to meet the teachers and staff for the first time, he said, and the school will help parents with any documentation they need for their students or any other early childhood needs.

“We will have a tremendous number of booths set up for Mercy, the Carroll County Health Unit, 4-H, Youth Bridge and more,” Swofford said. “We’re also hoping to have a school bus set up, so students can learn about bus safety.”

He continued: “It’s all about making sure parents and students are ready before August rolls around. If parents are missing documentation, we can help them obtain it. That’s another advantage of attending the event.”

Eureka Springs Elementary School will hold Kindergarten Roundup from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, May 11, at the school for any child who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1. There will be registration, screening and a chance for parents and students to meet the teachers.

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