Registering Your Child for
KINDERGARTEN for the 2014-2015 school year
How old must a child be to enroll? Your child must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2014 to enroll in kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. Inside you’ll find specifics about when and where you can register a child for the 2014-2015 school year and what you need to bring to complete the process. We’ve also provided tips for first time bus riders and for that first trip to the school cafeteria.
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The learning is just beginning! To register your child for kindergarten, you must bring the following items to the scheduled event:
Please bring the child that will be screened for kindergarten
Proof of residency: May use any 2 of the following items to prove residency: Signed lease agreement, rental receipt, utility bill (gas, water or electric), current listing on income tax form or proof of home ownership
Social Security Card of child enrolling in kindergarten
Certified copy of enrolling child’s birth certificate
Immunization records: Available from your pediatrician or the health department of record
Kindergarten Health Assessment will be available at registration
A comprehensive eye exam is recommended but not required for enrollment
We are excited that we will have the opportunity to educate your child. We believe that the education process is most successful when there is a positive working relationship between the school and the home. Ongoing communication is critical to ensure that important information is shared. We look forward to meeting your child and playing a role in your child’s education. Our door is always open if you have questions or concerns. Sincerely, Dr. Don Phipps Superintendent, Beaufort County Schools
When & Where to Register Bath Elementary School phone: 923-3251 Thursday, March 20 from 1pm to 6pm Friday, March 21 from 9am to 2pm
Eastern Elementary School phone: 946-1611 Tuesday, March 25 through Thursday, March 27 1pm to 6pm daily Additional Registration Periods: Tuesday, April 29 & Wednesday, April 30; Wednesday, 1pm to 6pm daily June 11, 10am to 6 pm
S.W. Snowden Elementary School phone:322-5351 Monday, March 31 from 2pm to 6pm Tuesday, April 1 from 9am to 1pm *Parents are asked to call the school and schedule an appointment!
Chocowinity Primary School phone: 946-3881 Monday, April 14 from 9am to 6pm Tuesday, April 15 from 9am to 6pm
Northeast Elementary School phone: 943-6545 Tuesday, April 15 from 8:30am to 3:30pm Wednesday, April 16 from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Q&A Q: My child has special needs regarding getting to and from school. How can their needs be accommodated?
Tips for talking to first time school bus riders
Students should always stay seated while the bus is moving.
Talk quietly to avoid distracting the bus driver.
Keep hands inside the windows.
Report any problems to your bus driver.
Always cross in front of the school bus and never behind the school bus!
Never retrieve anything dropped near the bus unless you alert the driver first.
Be aware of the traffic around you as you exit the bus and take five giant steps away from the bus.
A: A student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may have transportation listed as a related service. Further, that IEP may require specialized equipment (e.g. wheelchair lift) or other accommodations so that the student can be safely transported to and from school. In such cases where there is an IEP, the school district has an obligation to make sure that those needs are met. The LEA may decide that those needs can be met via transportation by school bus or may identify an alternative method, such as contracting with a third party to transport the student. www.ncbussafety.org
Begin the Countdown Use the last couple of weeks before school starts to help your child get prepared. Change your child’s schedule so it reflects that of a typical kindergarten school day: wake up earlier, and eat lunch at the same time your child’s class will. Schedule 30 minutes of quiet afternoon time for your child to “read” books quietly. Read books about kindergarten and talk about your child’s fears or excitement. I suggest “The Kissing Hand”, “Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten”, “The Night Before Kindergarten”, and “Welcome to Kindergarten”. Most children do very well with the adjustment to kindergarten. Approach the year with enthusiasm and excitement and your child is likely to follow your lead. It won’t be long before you realize the transition to kindergarten is as easy as ABC and 1, 2, 3! Excerpt from an article by Shelby Moore, Teacher Shelby Moore is a kindergarten teacher at an inner-city school in Houston and was recently awarded as one of the East Region's Campus Teachers of the Year.
Eating in the School Cafeteria Your child can learn good habits for life by making healthy food choices and getting proper exercise now. This year is a transition year as you and your child join our school family. We want to ensure that every child, in every community across Beaufort County, has access to healthy and nutritious meals. Encourage them to try new foods and eat the healthy food offered. Reinforce healthy eating by offering similar new foods at home. School lunches now include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grain-rich foods; only fat-free or low-fat milk; "right-size" meals with portions designed for a child's age; and less saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. The changes in school meals, the first in 15 years, are based on the latest nutritional guidelines. Please remember to fill out the Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications that will be mailed to your home at the beginning of August. If you have additional students in your home that receive free or reduced priced meals please call the Child Nutrition Office at 252-946-2012 in August 2014, to add your kindergarten student to our database to ensure he or she receives free or reduced meals.
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