Sign-up in progress for Kindergarten Round-up

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


With Stewart Elementary School usually getting between 125 and 135 new students each year, principal Adam Miller said the annual Kindergarten Round-Up is an event the faculty and staff at the school look forward to each year.

The round-up is being held on March 27 and 28 this year, with 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. sessions being held. Miller said the event will give incoming kindergarten students the chance to get to know the school, their new teacher, some of their fellow students and the staff. The event is open for all children who turn 5 years old on or before Sept. 15. Registration is currently underway. Parents are asked to call Stewart at 653-3244 to schedule attendance to one of the sessions. A parent informational session will be held during the round-up, although parents are not required to stay after dropping their child off. An information packet will be mailed out prior to the event.

?It is an event that we like to have to get the kids feeling comfortable and ready to start the next year,? Miller said.

Miller said in the parent sessions, parents are given a tour of the building and given the chance to meet the teachers. Teachers advise the parents of what a kindergarten day is like. Parents are also instructed on procedural issues, such as what to do when a child is sick and where to check in at the office. The student round-up will include plenty of activities and learning. The students will go out for a recess and will participate in events that will require them to work as a team. In addition to the regular kindergartem, Miller said the district offers an alternative kindergarten which is for students who are 5 years old before Sept. 15, but need another year.