Kindergarten Roundups scheduled
By Kelby Newcomb
Next year’s kindergarten students and their families can take a first look at their new schools this spring.
Green Forest Elementary School will hold Kindergarten Registration from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 12. Parents are asked to bring the following for their children if available: birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization record, a kindergarten physical and proof of address.
Elementary principal Danette Chaney said the school can help connect parents with resources to obtain any documentation they lack.
“We still want them to come even if they don’t have all of that,” she said. “The health department will be present that day and can help them set up appointments for shots. We can help them do waivers if they need.”
Chaney said she encourages parents to start the process of enrollment now rather than waiting until the start of the new school year.
“It’s always stressful to do it right before school starts,” she said. “This gives families a snapshot of what the school will be like and helps ease them into that transition. It’s nice for them to meet new faces and see the building so they know where their way around next year.”
Chaney continued, “Even if they’re not sure if they will be moving out of the area, it’s nice to get the process started. If they do move, we can transfer those records to their new district. We encourage them to attend.”
She said Kindergarten Registration also helps the elementary school get an idea of how many students will be in next year’s kindergarten class and make plans for next year.
“It’s not a definite number, but we can go off it for supplies and if we need more teachers for that grade,” Chaney said. “We hope everyone comes out to Kindergarten Registration next week!”
Berryville Elementary School will hold Kindergarten Round-Up from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the Bobcat Arena. Parents are asked to bring the following if available: birth certificate, Social Security card, current physical, immunization record and proof of address like a current utility bill.
“Even if families don’t have all of their documents, we can help them gather those,” said elementary principal Kelly Swofford. “Just come on down. We want to meet you.”
Information will be available from the following: Mercy Clinic for scheduling appointments for physical, Carroll County Health Department for scheduling appointments for immunizations, the HIPPY Program, Berryville Schools ELL Department, the Migrant Program and Youth Bridge Counseling.
Swofford said Kindergarten Round-Up helps the elementary prepare for next year’s incoming class.
“Our advantage is we know how many students are coming,” he said, “and we can make sure we have enough staff. It also gives us an opportunity to assess students and place them with their teacher.”
For parents and families, he said it helps them prepare for the new school year.
“There will be lots of fun and games and giveaways for students,” Swofford said.
All students that come and sign up for kindergarten will receive a goody bag. Enrollment forms may be picked up at the elementary office or printed online from the school website at Bobcat.K12.AR.US.
Eureka Springs Elementary School will hold Kindergarten Round-Up from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 1. Parents are asked to bring the following if available: birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization record and proof of residency.
“Teachers will be here to meet the students,” said elementary principal Clare Lesieur, “and families get to visit the kindergarten classrooms and talk about grade level expectations. It’s designed to make them all feel more comfortable.”
She said children are encouraged to attend with their parents.
Lesieur said Eureka Springs will also have Pre-K Enrollment from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Thursday, April 4, at the elementary school.
“In addition to the other documents, for Pre-K we also need them to bring proof of income,” she said, “because it is on a sliding scale.”
For more information on kindergarten or Pre-K registration, she said parents can call the elementary at 479-253-8704.
“We’re really looking forward to meeting our incoming students and their families,” Lesieur said.