More full-day kindergarten options available this year |

More full-day kindergarten options available this year

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Kindergarten and new first-grader enrollment for the Steamboat Springs School District will take place April 13 to 17 at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools.

Parents must provide: 1) proof of residency, 2) proof of the child's immunization, and 3) a birth certificate or passport.

No money is due at enrollment time.

Parents of rising kindergartners who are unable to attend during enrollment week are encouraged to call the schools to tell school officials their preference for full-day, half-day morning or half-day afternoon.

Enrollment packets will be available at North Routt Community Charter School beginning Wednesday and can be turned in immediately.

— Kindergarten enrollment should be a less stressful affair this year in Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat Springs School District plans to offer 25 percent more spaces in full-day kindergarten classes for the 2009-10 school year.

Last year, all but 10 students were immediately accepted into one of the 80 full-day kindergarten openings. This year, the school will offer 108 slots between its two elementary schools. The increase has Superintendent Shalee Cunningham hoping there won’t be a need for waiting lists.

Registration for kindergarten students and new first-graders will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 13 to 17 at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools.

Debbie Ginesta, assistant to the superintendent, said parents must have all of their child’s documents in order to complete registration. Those documents include a birth certificate or passport, proof of residency and proof of immunization.

Residency can be proven with a utility bill, a copy of a mortgage statement or other official documents with the parent’s name and address.

Parents also should bring proof of their child’s fifth diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (commonly known as DTaP) vaccine; fourth polio vaccine; second measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine; and second chicken pox shots.

Public Health Nurse Janice Poirot, of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, said it’s not too late for parents to get their children up to date before school registration.

“A lot of parents think their children are up to date, and they’re not,” she said.

Children can be vaccinated through their own doctors or at the VNA. Poirot said the VNA charges $14 or less for vaccinations, and children will never be turned away because of their parent’s inability to pay.

Children do not need to accompany parents during the registration process, and vaccinations will not be provided at the school sites.

Parents may register their students at either Soda Creek or Strawberry Park elementary schools on the enrollment days, and they can choose to send their children to either school.

Tuition for full-day kindergarten for the 2009-10 school year won’t be determined until district officials know how many students are enrolled. The cost for full-day kindergarten this year has dropped throughout the school year, falling to $2,572 per student from the district’s initial estimate of $5,720. This is the first year the district has offered full-day kindergarten. The state provides funding only for half-day kindergarten.

Spanish-speaking teachers will be available to help with registration at Strawberry Park from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 14 and 16, and from 8 to 10 a.m. April 13 and 12:30 to 2 p.m. April 15 at Soda Creek.

Charter crunch

Admission into next year’s kindergarten class at the North Routt Community Charter School will be more of a race.

There will be between 10 and 12 students in the class, and seven of the spots already are spoken for. Students from North Routt Preschool have admissions priority.

Charter school business manager Karen Myers said enrollment packets will be available Wednesday. Parents can turn in enrollment packets beginning that day.

The school has the same documentation requirements as Steamboat’s other public schools. Students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis as the enrollment packets are turned in.

The last day to turn in charter school enrollment will be April 17.

– To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail

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