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Schools - January 2, 2013

Menlo Park schools gear up for kindergarten registration

Priority kindergarten registration in the Menlo Park City School District for the 2013-14 school year will begin Feb. 1 and extend through the month, with the first parent orientation scheduled for Jan. 24.

Registration will be taken for traditional kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, and the Spanish Immersion Program's kindergarten classes, according to a press release from the district. Enrollment in the latter program is determined by lottery.

Children who turn 5 on or before Oct. 1 will be enrolled in traditional kindergarten. Those who turn 5 on Oct. 2 through Dec. 2 are eligible for transitional kindergarten, and will continue into regular kindergarten the following school year.

To register a child for transitional kindergarten, parents or guardians should obtain a registration packet from the district office at 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton (adjacent to the Encinal School campus).

For traditional kindergarten registration, parents or guardians should go to the school in their home attendance area. Those who are uncertain about which school is in their area can find out by calling 321-7140, ext. 5600.

Adults picking up registration packets should bring their driver's license or other government-issued photo ID to verify residence within the school's boundaries.

Orientation meetings are set for 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Oak Knoll School; 5:30 p.m. April 25 at Laurel School; and 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Encinal School. Tours of Encinal are scheduled for Feb. 22 and March 7, both at 10:30 a.m.

Parents who want their children to be considered for the Spanish Immersion Program are required to attend one of the two informational meetings scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Feb. 6, and 7 p.m. Feb. 26. They will be held in the district office at 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.

For more information on the Spanish Immersion Program, call Tami Girsky at 321-7140, ext. 5601.

Go to mpcsd.org or call 321-7140, ext. 5600, for more information about any kindergarten program and the registration process.

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