COLUMBIA – Kindergarten registration for Columbia Public Schools starts Tuesday at 11 of the district's elementary schools and will continue Wednesday at the remaining eight schools.
Jack Jensen, assistant superintendent of elementary education for Columbia Public Schools, said the only requirement to enter kindergarten is that the child turn 5 prior to Aug. 1. There is no required skill level.
When and where:
- 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Benton, Blue Ridge,
Cedar Ridge, Derby Ridge, Field, Lee, New Haven, Paxton Keeley, Rock
Bridge, Russell and Two Mile Prairie elementary schools
- 4:30 to 6:30 Wednesday at Fairview, Grant, Midway Heights, Mill Creek, Parkade, Ridgeway, Shepard Boulevard and West Boulevard elementary schools
What to bring: A copy of birth record, immunization record and proof of residency
For more information: Call Columbia Public Schools, 214-3400 or go to www.columbia.k12.mo.us
Jensen added that a list of recommended skills for parents to work on with their child will be available at registration but is not mandatory that the child has the skills before entering kindergarten.
“Every child comes to kindergarten at a different place,” he said. “What we really have to do as a school system is take them from where they come to us and help them to grow as much as they can in a year’s time.”
Parents should bring a copy of their child’s birth and immunization records when they come to registration, as well as a proof of residency, as each child must register at the school that serves his or her residential area.
Parents will also need to complete a school registration form — which gathers information such as emergency contacts, doctors' information, etc. — and can be downloaded from the district's Web site.
Jensen said he recommended parents fill out the form before coming to registration because of the volume of information needed. He added that the schools will help parents fill out the form to the best of their ability if it cannot complete beforehand.
Also at registration, schools will have information about various school programs and opportunities, including the summer school program, which Jensen said he recommends for incoming kindergarten students.
“It just really helps them to get ready to be in a school building,” he said. “We just get good feedback from parents every year who enter their children in summer school.”
He said the district wants to stress to kindergarten parents that from this point on, they are working together.
“We want them to know that we’re in a partnership with them to help their child be the best that they can be,” he said.
He said he looks forward to the newest group of students.
“We get excited at this time of year.”