Kindergarten registration deadline nears

February 24, 2009

By Staff

Kindergarten registration dates for this fall for the Issaquah School District are March 4 and 5.Kindergarten is funded for a half-day for all Washington students. Issaquah parents can sign up for morning or afternoon class sessions at every local elementary school, with the exception of Discovery. Kindergartners in the Discovery area are bused to Challenger, where there’s more room.

Children are eligible for kindergarten registration if they will be 5 years old by Aug. 31. Parents are required to bring photo identification and a gas or electric bill to prove residency in the district. They must also bring their child’s immunization records and birth certificate. 

Parents unsure about which school their child will attend should call the district’s transportation department. District employees will input the home address and tell parents where to register.

Once parents know which school their child is attending, they can go online or call the school to check the date and time for registration.

Parents can also sign their students up for the full-day kindergarten lottery. Full-day kindergarten classes are provided on a limited, space-available basis. The program is funded by a tuition fee, which covers the difference between the state-funded half-day sessions and the full-day sessions.

The curricula used in both programs are the same. Because students are in class for a full day, added enrichment opportunities and extended periods for activities are available. 

Entries for the full-day lottery must be submitted to schools by 4 p.m. March 10.

A lottery for the spots will be held March 11 and results will be available March 12. Parents are encouraged to attend their school’s lottery. Check with schools for times and locations.

Whether a student is attending half-day or full day kindergarten, district officials encourage parents and their new school bus riders to join them for a bus introduction ride Aug. 11, 12 or 13. 

Students and parents will learn about bus safety, rules and etiquette; and take a short bus ride to different area schools. The bus ride also takes students and parents through the district’s bus wash. 

What to know

Get school registration times, full-day kindergarten lottery and other information at www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/roundup.

Find out what school your child needs to attend by calling 837-6330.

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