By Dannie Oliveaux
The Courier Herald
Schools throughout the Sumner School District will host kindergarten registration week Monday through March 6 for the upcoming school year, according to district Communications Director Ann Cook.
Parents can register after March 6, but Cook urged parents to register as soon as possible to make sure there’s room for their incoming kindergarten students.
“Some kindergarten classes at some schools fill up fast,” Cook said. “We encourage people to early to make sure there is enough classroom space at their local school.”
For the first time, Spanish-language interpreters will be available to assist families with school registration, kindergarten readiness, with medical information and about other services for children at two events next week, Cook added.
“This is the first year we had an organized event where we provide interpreters for Spanish families,” she said. “We trying to reach out to the Spanish community and help them enroll their children in our schools.”
The events are from 4 to 7 p.m. March 3 at Daffodil Valley Elementary, 1509 Valley Ave., and March 5 at Maple Lawn Elementary, 230 Wood Ave.
For assistance in Spanish, call the Sumner Family Center, 253-891-6535
Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old by Aug. 31 and may be registered at their local elementary school.
During registration, families should provide either a birth certificate, hospital certificate or passport; immunization records; the child’s health history; and family contacts that include emergency information.
Some of the elementary schools will offer a tuition-based, full-time kindergarten program on a space-availalbe basis for those who qualify and receive additional instructions in basic skills that help prepare them for first grade. All children enrolled in the full-time program must qualify through participation in a screening process planned for later in the spring.
To learn more about kindergarten readiness or print an online registration packet, visit the district’s Web site, www.sumner.wednet.edu/forparents/pages/KRegistration.html, or call the district administration office at 253-891-6000.