Register your child by Feb. 1

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Bolton Primary School kindergarten teacher Alicia Nelson helps Zachary Welch with his reading.Kindergarten registration opened Jan. 7 in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.

Parents may pick up registration forms from any of the primary schools or download the forms off the district website at

Completed forms can be turned into the home school as early as that same day. There is no registration day. Parents can also return completed paperwork to the school office.

“This year we are really investing in our kindergarten program,” said Assistant Superintendent Kathy Ludwig, noting the district grew by five kindergarten classes this school year. “Last year we made the decision to have an all-day kindergarten program at every school. This year we have 16 all-day kindergarten programs throughout the schools.”

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Megan Strobbe, right, and Madeline Noland read from their poetry notebooks in their kindergarten class at Bolton Primary School. About 116 early registrants have applied for 2013-14 kindergarten classes so far. Ludwig encourages families to apply early. Admission to all-day classes will be confirmed to families who register by Feb. 1. After Feb. 1, admission will depend on space availability.

Because of the struggling economy and in support of families, Ludwig said the district also chose to maintain tuition fees from the previous year. The tuition-based class includes monthly payments of $390. A deposit of $125 is required at the time of registration and is applied to the first month’s payment. Scholarships are available; these application forms are included in the registration packet.

Registration interest in the Spanish dual language programs is part of the same kindergarten registration form.

For more information or for a registration form, call TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Bolton Primary School kindergarten teacher Alicia Nelson works with Madalyn Hersh, left, and Zoey Kramer.

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