Getting ready for kindergarten

April 16, 2001 11:00 pm

The 5J School District will be conducting individual assessments for children planning to enroll in August as kindergarten students.

This screening is offered to assist parents and teachers in determining the readiness skills of preschool children for kindergarten entry in the fall. Children must be 5 by Sept. 1 to be eligible.

The assessment covers four main areas of child development: motor skills, concepts, language and hearing screening. Children participate for about 45 minutes, one-on-one, with an adult in a variety of activities at four separate stations. Upon completion, the coordinator will share the results with parents and discuss any potential areas of concern or interest.

Most children who are enrolled in a preschool will be screened at their preschool or day care site.

Children who are not enrolled in a preschool will be screened at the Baker School District office, 2090 Fourth St., on April 30, and May 2-4, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call Brenda Franks at 524-2260. Appointments can last 45 minutes to an hour.

During the assessment, parents will be asked to preregister their child to assist the school district in planning for the next school year. The childs birth certificate (or a copy) will be recorded at that time. Other preregistration forms and information also will be available.

Even if the child is unable to participate in the actual screening, it is important to complete the preregistration portion at the district office and have a copy of the birth certificate made, Franks said. All students will, however, need to be officially registered in August with an updated immunization record.