Beginning kindergarten marks an important milestone in a child’s education. At Portage Township Schools, we want to help get your child off to a great start.
Kindergarten Round Up will be held Wednesday at local elementary schools. This will provide both parents and future students a chance to visit the school, and meet some of the staff that will be working with them in the upcoming year.
Information about the kindergarten program will be shared. Many of our schools will also be distributing a Bright Beginnings Backpack, which contains activities to help prepare your child for their upcoming school career.
While at the school, you will also be able to sign up for the Kindergarten Assessment on Aug. 12 and 13. During this assessment time, teachers will lead students in game-like activities that will give them an idea of what skills the child already has obtained in areas such as literacy and math. Having this valuable information prior to the start of the school year is helpful in several ways, providing teachers the opportunity to more accurately direct their instruction beginning on day one.
Plan to visit the school that day during the following times: 9:30-11 a.m., 1-2:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Children who are eligible for kindergarten are those who will be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 1.
Feel free to start the registration process online by going to http://registration.portage.k12.in.us and clicking on the START button. This process will require about 30 minutes, collecting the necessary information on your child. If you do not have a computer, you may complete the online process at the school in which your child will be attending, as there will be computer terminals set up and staff to assist you.
When you visit your local elementary school on April 2, bring the following information with you: The child’s board of health birth certificate, The child’s proof of immunization (board of health or physician verified), The child’s Social Security number (if available), custody/guardianship documentation (if applicable),
Two pieces of documentation from the following list: lease agreement, mortgage papers, driver's license or valid ID, NIPSCO bill, water or sewer bill, bill with home mailing address, home or cellphone bill, guardianship papers, affidavit of residency, Indiana Department of Education form I, II or III.
No fees will be collected until July.
If you are a parent of a child who will turn 5 years of age on Aug. 2 and before Sept.1, you may request a waiver of the state adopted kindergarten school entrance date. Requests for waivers will be accepted at each school until Monday, Aug. 4. Details for submitting waiver requests, or any other information regarding kindergarten enrollment, can be obtained from each elementary school office.
We look forward to meeting you and your child Wednesday as we begin this educational journey.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.