Prep for kindergarten with readiness events

by M. Patsene Dashiell

Communications Director, Sequim School District

For the Sequim Gazette



A kindergarten readiness meeting is planned for 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Helen Haller Elementary library, 350 W. Fir St., Sequim.

Parents/guardians will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the principal and kindergarten teachers. Get information about curriculum, first day expectations, how parents can prepare their children, busing, immunization requirements and the importance of attendance.

A kindergarten registration and screening for Helen Haller students is scheduled for 4-6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5, in the school’s library. Youths go through a brief screening process with kindergarten staff and visit a kindergarten classroom while parents/guardians complete paperwork in the library. For more information about these events, call the Helen Haller Elementary office at 582-3200.

A similar kindergarten enrollment and screening event is scheduled for Greywolf Elementary School students from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, May 5, at the Greywolf campus, 171 Carlsborg Road, Carlsborg. For more information about the Greywolf event, call the Greywolf office at 582-3300.

What to bring

For kindergarten registration, parents/legal guardians should bring their child’s official birth certificate or passport, record of immunization dates and proof of residency. Acceptable forms of proof of residency include rent/lease agreements, driver’s license, or a current bill with your address listed.

To register, incoming kindergarten students need to be at least 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2014, in order to attend kindergarten in the fall of 2014.

Enrollment and registration information can be found on the Sequim School District website ( under the “Our District” link. Parents/guardians need to fill out a Kindergarten Transportation form and return it to the school with the enrollment packet.

Those who need to determine which elementary school their child will attend according via residence, check the online map entitled, “Elementary Attendance.” Note that Seventh Avenue is the dividing line between Helen Haller Elementary and Greywolf Elementary attendance areas (if you live west of the dividing line, your child will need to register and attend Greywolf Elementary School).


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