Kindergarten registration beginning for Seymour schools


With just two months of school left before summer break, Seymour Community School Corp. is getting ready for the 2016-17 school year.

For parents of 5-year-olds, that means it’s time to register for kindergarten.

There will be several opportunities for families in Seymour, including those who may have language barriers, to enroll their children in kindergarten or first grade.

The first session will be for English Language Learners from 4 to 6 p.m. April 7 at Margaret R. Brown and Seymour-Jackson elementary schools, both of which serve a large number of Latino families.

At that time, translators will be available to help families understand the registration process, fill out paperwork and answer questions, said Lisa Ferguson, director of curriculum.

During kindergarten roundup events, school staff will collect basic information including the child’s name, birth date, address, parents’ or guardians’ names and telephone numbers.

A copy of the child’s birth certificate and immunization records also must be presented to complete enrollment, Ferguson added.

Children must be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten or 6 years old to enroll in first grade.

All other incoming kindergartners and first-graders who are new to Seymour Community School Corp. will be able to enroll during the school day from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. April 12 at the elementary school they will be attending — Brown, Cortland, Emerson, Jackson or Redding.

There also will be an evening enrollment time from 4 to 6 p.m. April 21 at Seymour Middle School for any family who wasn’t able to register during the previous sessions. Translators also will be available on this date.

Parents are encouraged to attend one of the registration events to help school officials get a better estimate of the number of kindergarten students attending in the fall.

That information is used to begin planning class sizes and determine if staffing levels for each school building are sufficient to handle the number of incoming students, Ferguson said.

School staff will welcome students and their parents and provide information at different stations about school nurses, transportation, food service, book rental and other departments.

Several community programs, such as Child Care Network’s Kids Klub, which provides before- and after-school child care, will be available during the roundups, too, to make parents aware of services available in the community, Ferguson said.

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Seymour Community School Corp. Kindergarten Round-Up

April 7: English Language Learners registration; 4 to 6 p.m. at Brown and Jackson elementary schools (translators will be available)

April 12: Registration at individual elementary school buildings (Redding, Emerson, Brown, Jackson and Cortland); during the school day from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

April 21: Any families unable to attend the other sessions can enroll from 4 to 6 p.m. at Seymour Middle School (translators will be available)

All students must have a copy of their birth certificate and immunization records to enroll.

Questions? Call the administration building at 812-522-3340. Parents also can call the school they plan to enroll their child in: Brown, 812-522-5539; Cortland, 812-522-7483; Emerson, 812-522-2596; Jackson, 812-522-5709; and Redding, 812-522-5621.


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