Kindergarten registration begins this month
Its still months away from Back to School season in local stores, but the Tigard-Tualatin School District is hoping to catch the attention of families with kiddos heading back to school for the first time.
Registration is now open for children entering kindergarten in the Tigard-Tualatin district.
Parents may complete a walk-in registration anytime during school hours.
Parents will need a copy of their students birth certificate and proof of immunization. Students must be 5 year old by Sept. 1 to enroll in the 2016-17 kindergarten class.
District spokeswoman Susan Stark Haydon said that the early registration is meant to alleviate some of the pressure on the school teachers and principals.
When everybody registers at the end, everybody has to scramble to see if we have enough classrooms and teachers and get the kids placed in their classes, Stark Haydon said. Were trying to get ahead of it this year.
Traditionally, kindergarten registration isnt done until April, but the district has been moving the registration date earlier and earlier the past few years.
Parents who register their kids for kindergarten early are being given new T-shirts for their kiddos, proudly proclaiming that they will soon be headed to school.
"I'm going to TTSD Kindergarten 2016, the shirts read.
Stark Haydon said that the shirts have been a big hit with kids, and parents.
Its the very first souvenir of their school careers, Stark Haydon said.
The Tigard Public Library is getting on the early back-to-school season, too. The library is offering free activity books to kindergarteners who come into the library wearing the red shirts.
The district is expected more students next year because of the rise of full-day kindergarten across the state and the districts two dual language programs at Bridgeport and Metzger elementary schools.
Parents who kept their kids in preschool or private kindergarten now dont have to, Stark Haydon said.
Students can register for kindergarten now, or at the districts official kindergarten registration evening, at 6:30 p.m., March 1 and 2 at the districts elementary schools.
The hope is that they dont wait for registration evening, Stark Haydon said.
March 1 kindergarten registration
Alberta Rider Elementary, 14850 S.W. 132nd Terrace, Tigard
Edward Byrom, Elementary, 21800 S.W. 91st Ave., Tualatin
Charles F. Tigard Elementary, 12855 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard
Deer Creek Elementary, 16155 S.W. 131st Ave., King City
Durham Elementary, 7980 S.W. Durham Road, Tigard
Templeton Elementary, 9500 S.W. Murdock St., Tigard
Tualatin Elementary, 20405 S.W. 95th Ave., Tualatin
March 2 kindergarten registration
Bridgeport Elementary, 5505 S.W. Borland Road, Tualatin
Metzger Elementary, 10350 S.W. Lincoln, Tigard
Mary Woodward Elementary, 12325 S.W. Katherine St., Tigard