Menlo district gears up for kindergarten enrollment

01.04.2012 | The Almanac | Renee Batti

Orientation meetings and tours for parents with children eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall begin on Jan. 20 in the Menlo Park City School District.

Because a new state law is gradually adjusting the eligibility date that children may enter kindergarten, some children who in the past would have been able to enroll in kindergarten for the next school year won’t be eligible. But the district will offer a “transitional kindergarten” class for those children.

To enroll in kindergarten for the 2012-13 school year, a child must be 5 years old by Nov. 1. Children who turn 5 from Nov. 2 through Dec. 2 are eligible for transitional kindergarten, and can enroll in kindergarten the following year.

Beginning Feb. 1, parents may begin the enrollment process for their kindergarten-age children by going to the school in their home attendance area for a registration packet. Those who are uncertain about their attendance area should contact the district office at 321-7140, ext. 5603.

Parents wishing to enroll their children in transitional kindergarten can pick up a registration packet at the district office, 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.

Parents should bring a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification to verify residence within the district.

Information sessions and tours for parents of new Encinal kindergartners are set for Jan. 20 and 27, from 8:45 to 10 a.m.; a kindergarten orientation is scheduled for March 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. To register for one of the sessions, parents should contact Pam Garcia at 326-5164, ext. 1000.

Oak Knoll School’s parent orientation meeting is set for Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.

Laurel School will host parent meetings on March 29 at 6:30 p.m., and April 12 at 2:30 p.m.

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