Have you had your kindergarten roundup yet?
I'm not great with details, I'll admit it, and dimly recalled that March was the month to register kids for kindergarten in the fall. Wasn't I surprised a few days ago when I stopped by my neighborhood Starbucks and saw a flier for kindergarten roundup at Grout Elementary -- where Everett will be going in the fall -- and saw that it was Thursday, February 15 (at 6:30, if anyone's in my neighborhood). Gulp.
That's when I started Googling for the district-wide calendar [pdf link] and realized, much to my consternation, that the "roundup" had already passed for most schools in the city. Never fear, though, if you're the parent of a kindergartener-to-be at schools including Abernethy, Atkinson, Bridger, Creston, Hayhurst, Humboldt, Irvington, James John, Kelly, Lewis, Llewellyn, Markham, Peninsula, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, Whitman, Woodmere, or Woodstock, you still have time to make it -- barely. Most of the roundups are this week or next week, so make sure and give your local school a call or check the link.
Of course, you can always register for your neighborhood school, even if it's the day before the school year begins next September. And I'm not even sure what happens at these roundups, but I understand it's harder to get into full-day kindergarten (free at many neighborhood schools, like Grout) if you don't register early. If you're interested in entering the lottery for special programs like language immersion or charter schools, you'll need to start filling out forms now.
Although I'm very eager for Everett to start school and I'm happy with my neighborhood choice, I'm terrified -- I feel behind the ball already! Anyone want to report on kindergarten roundup and help ease my fears?