If you are planning to enroll your child in kindergarten next school year in the Seneca Valley School District, it’s a good idea to get out the March 2013 calendar now. That’s when the district will begin registering children for kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year.
Seneca Valley’s kindergarten registration process involves activities for parents and their children with a goal of becoming acquainted with a child’s strengths to better meet his or her educational needs.
The children will meet with school professionals who will administer a part of the screening process (D.I.A.L.). The three stations consist of developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities that reflect the early literacy skills necessary for student success in Kindergarten.
Parents will be provided feedback on their child’s strengths or areas of concern by phone or mail as soon as possible after registration.
Parents will be able to observe their child’s movement through the screening. A school representative will be available to answer any question parents may have about early literacy skills or the screening process.
The parents will also meet with the school nurse and building secretary to review their child’s health history and registration forms. An informational video will be available for parent viewing during the visit as well.
Classroom visitation, parent information, and a visit on a school bus may be included in an evening activity that will take place during fall orientation before the beginning of school.
If you plan to register your child, contact the elementary school serving your area at the number listed below. Children must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013 to register for kindergarten.
Registration locations, dates and contact numbers:
- Haine Elementary: March 4-7, (724) 776-1581
- Rowan Elementary: March 12-14, (724) 776-1518
- Evans City Elementary: March 18-20, (724) 538-3680
- Connoquenessing Valley Elementary: March 25-26, (724) 452-8280
Documents that are REQUIRED to be presented the day of registration:
- Two documents as proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill, voter registration card, rental agreement)
- Child’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate showing date of birth, or other duly certified transcript of birth record
- Immunization records to date
The Pennsylvania State Health Law requires each child entering school for the first time to have the following immunizations before school begins:
- Diphtheria and Tetanus: 4 doses with one dose being administered on or after the child’s fourth birthday
- Polio: 3 or more properly spaced doses of polio vaccine (IPV or OPV)
- Measles: 2 doses
- Mumps: 2 doses
- Rubella: 1 dose
- Hepatitis B: 3 doses
- Varicella (Chicken Pox Vaccine): 2 doses
*If your child has had the disease of chickenpox, the vaccine is not required. A signed statement from the parent or physician with the date or age of the child when chickenpox occurred is acceptable.
If your child is not adequately immunized, consult his or her health care provider. The following physician’s office is authorized to offer immunizations free of charge to children who do not have health insurance: Butler County State Health Center, (724) 287-1769. Clinics are on the third Thursday of every month and you must call for an appointment.
For additional information on kindergarten registration, contact the elementary school serving your area.
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