Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2007

District prepares for roundup

April 19, 2007

Parents of next year's kindergarten class will get a taste of the future next week as Eudora USD 491 conducts its yearly kindergarten roundup.

During the course of the roundup week, staff at Nottingham Elementary School will inform parents of what the kindergarten classes will be like and has individual sessions to assess their child's readiness for schooling.

The roundup will begin with an information night at 7 p.m. Monday at the school, 1428 Elm St. At the information night, parents will learn about the program and sign up for an appointment time April 26 or April 27 to have their child assessed.

"The teachers and myself will walk them through the pamphlet on expectations as far as speech and occupational therapy and classroom expectations," Nottingham Elementary School Principal Jim Lauer said. The meeting will also inform parents about the calendar, he said.

The information pamphlet can be found at the district office, 1002 Elm St., and The Eudora News Office, 1402-B Church St. The brochure is divided into sections outlining the requirements for pre-academics, social, adaptive and motor skills.

"The big thing is, in order to schedule the screening for (April) 26 and 27, they have to be at the parent meeting on the 23rd," Lauer said.

During the screening appointments, parents will be shown a video about kindergarten while their child goes through the screening process.

Six different screeners will check the criteria listed on the pamphlet, Lauer said.

"I would recommend the parents just bring the child to the screening as they are, and not worry about any preconceived ideas about school and let us go through the process," Lauer said.

Next year will mark the second year the district has offered all-day kindergarten.

The district has already made adjustments for next year, Lauer said.

"We are going to go with a shorter half-day visitation time," Lauer said. "The student will know the first day when they come to school which classroom they will be in."

As of now, Lauer predicted a preliminary enrollment of about 130 students in next year's class.

This year, the district has 122 students enrolled in kindergarten.

Before the roundup sessions, parents are asked to acquire a birth certificate and gather health information, including a Kansas immunization record and a physical exam/personal health history. A dental examination is optional.

Lauer said the most often asked questions he gets concerns if a child is born in late summer if they could still enroll in any given year.

This year, children must be born before or on Aug. 31, 2002 to enter kindergarten in fall of 2007.

For more information, call the school at 542-4920.

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