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Kindergarten signups begin

By Dee Camp

The Chronicle

OKANOGAN — Kindergarten registration is under way in districts across Okanogan and Ferry counties.

In all districts, children need to be 5 years old by Sept. 1. A birth certificate, Social Security number and immunization records are needed.

Schools say registration is important so they can plan staffing and other aspects of the program for next year.

The Chronicle contacted all districts in the area; some did not reply by deadline. Those that provided information include:

Brewster — Registration will be from 4-7 p.m. May 15 at the school, 503 S. Seventh St. Students need to attend, since teachers will be conducting entry evaluations.

Curlew – Parents can register children at any time; most wait until August.

Grand Coulee Dam — Registration ended April 11 at Center Elementary, but screening will be Thursday and Friday. Youngsters will be screened in vision, hearing and communication.

Screening is by appointment at 509-633-0730.

Kindergarten visit days will be from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 6-7 for registered children.

“Your child will have the opportunity to experience classroom activities, recess and lunch,” the school said.

Lunch will be available for a fee. Parents are asked to contact the school office by 9 a.m. to make lunch arrangements.

Inchelium – Registration won’t be until August.

Keller – “Transition day” is May 15 for Head Start and other children, who will visit the school that day. Registration is during the summer.

Methow Valley – A roundup with classroom visits was in early March, but children can be registered any time.

Nespelem – A special registration day usually isn’t planned. The school works with the local Head Start program for students moving from one level to the next.

Okanogan — Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 21-25. Spanish interpreters will be available.

Parents will get packets with information about the program, child development and readiness. Staff members will answer questions about classes, and student services and busing will be available.

Screening will be offered for children with developmental delays.

Registration will continue, by appointment, until May 9 by calling the school, 509-422-3580.

Omak — Registration will be the first week of May at North Omak Elementary School, 615 Oak St.

Preschool roundup will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 28-29. Free screenings can be scheduled by calling 509-826-2380.

Orient – Kindergarten roundup will be at 3 p.m. May 1 in the school arts room, 274 Fourth Ave. Parents and children can learn about the program.

Oroville – Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and tomorrow at the elementary school, 808 Main St. The school asks that parents make appointments by calling 509-476-3332.

Paschal Sherman Indian School – Children can be registered any time at the school, 25 Mission Road, Omak.

Pateros — Registration and screening will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 1 in the school gym, 344 W. Beach St. Appointments are requested by calling 509-923-2343 Ext. 2.

Child Find screening for those from birth to age 21 will be the same day.

Republic – Registration will be during school hours April 22-23 in the elementary office, 30306 E. state Highway 20.

Tonasket – A kindergarten information night for English speakers was at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, with registration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the school, 35 state Highway 20.

Information for Spanish speakers will be presented at 6:30 tonight, with registration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Those who miss the registration times can contact the school office, 509-486-4933, to sign up their children.

Bridgeport already did its kindergarten registration. It drew 60 youngsters, elementary Principal Shelby Robins said.

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