Once again, Northside is expecting record-breaking kindergarten enrollment for the upcoming school year, making it all the more critical that parents register their children during Kinder Roundup in order to secure a seat at their neighborhood school. More than 7,700 kindergarten students are expected to enroll for the 2013-14 school year.
Northside's annual Kinder Roundup will be held April 15-19 to give next year's kindergarten students and their parents an opportunity to pre-register for school, meet teachers, tour classrooms, and to help ensure there is a space for the child at the neighborhood school
Visit the NISD School Boundaries Information System, at the boundaries and buses website, to determine your neighborhood school.
To be eligible for kindergarten in 2013-14, children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013. To pre-register a child in kindergarten, parents must bring: a certified (original) copy of the child's birth certificate, an updated immunization record, and proof of residency (such as the current and prior month’s electric bill, water bill, cable bill, or landline phone bill). A social security card is optional.
Most elementary schools throughout the District will hold special Kinder Roundup events so that children and their parents can tour the school and meet staff members. The District's Kindergarten web site has a complete schedule of events school-by-school for the Roundup.
"If the children have never been in a school setting before, it's a great opportunity to visit the school," said Pat Mesquiti, Instructional Specialist for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs.
Students will not be assigned to a class until the summer, but parents will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
Many schools hand out packets of information to let parents know what they need to do to prepare their children for school.
Parents who can't attend during a school's scheduled Kinder Roundup may register their child anytime after that day during school hours through the end of the year, Mesquiti said.
No more than 22 students can be assigned to each classroom, and once all the classes in a school are filled, children may be sent to another campus, Mesquiti said. Transportation will be provided for these children.
"By participating in Kinder Roundup, parents can assure a seat for their child when school starts in August," she said. "And all their paperwork will be done and ready to go."
For more information about Kinder Roundup, call your neighborhood elementary school.