Kindergarten registration set for March 8

Magnet schools currently accepting applications

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COEUR d'ALENE - The Coeur d'Alene School District is holding registration for kindergarten and new first-grade students on March 8 at all 10 of its elementary schools.

A child must turn 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten for the 2011-12 school year.

"Our kindergarten programs offer a safe, nurturing and academically challenging learning environment, with well-rounded curriculum including art, music and physical education," said Pam Pratt, the district's director of elementary education.

The Coeur d'Alene School district recommends parents make every effort to attend registration on March 8.

Teachers and administrators will be on hand that day to provide information about what parents can expect from public kindergarten curriculum, bus transportation and the School Plus program, the district's fee-based wrap-around before and after school child care program.

Families unable to attend the March 8 registration are asked to visit their neighborhood school's office as soon as possible after that date to complete registration.

To register a child, parents should bring:

• child's certified birth certificate;

• child's immunization record;

• family's proof of residency (a rent receipt or utility bill);

• name and phone number of two or three reliable local persons to call in the event of an emergency;

• health history with list of allergies and current medications;

• their child, if registering the child for kindergarten. A 5-minute pre-screening assessment will take place during registration.

Borah, Bryan, Dalton, Fernan, Hayden Meadows, and Winton Elementary schools will hold registration from 9:30 a.m to noon.

Children who live in the Sorensen Magnet School attendance zone will also register on March 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Due to lack of space at the Hayden Kinder Center on March 8, because it is a polling place for the district's levy election, registration for kindergarten students who will attend the Hayden Kinder Center in the fall will be held at their neighborhood schools instead.

Students who live in the Atlas, Ramsey and Skyway attendance zones will attend school at the Hayden Kinder Center in the fall, located at the corner of Government Way and Hayden Avenue, but they will need to register at their neighborhood school on March 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Coeur d'Alene School District attendance zones determine school assignments for elementary students.

If parents need help finding their attendance zones, they may view the online Attendance Zone Finder on the main page of the Coeur d'Alene School District's website, www.cdaschools.org.

The Coeur d'Alene School District has three magnet schools or "schools of choice" in its elementary offerings - Hayden Meadows Primary Years Program; Ramsey Magnet School for Science; and Sorensen Magnet School for the Arts and Humanities. These schools have a separate application process, lottery draw and waiting list. Parents wishing to send their students to one of the magnet schools must still register at their neighborhood school while they await confirmation of acceptance to the magnet school.

Magnet schools are currently accepting applications for next school year.

The first window of application is open until April 8. Applications must be received by that date to be eligible for the first lottery draw.

Parents are asked to call their neighborhood elementary school if they have any questions or need additional information prior to the March 8 registration day.

For additional information about the Coeur d'Alene School District visit www.cdaschools.org.

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