Kindergarten registration packets for the 2012-13 school year will be available beginning Monday, Feb. 6, at the Grandview Heights Board of Education office.

Kindergarten registration packets for the 2012-13 school year will be available beginning Monday, Feb. 6, at the Grandview Heights Board of Education office.

The board office is located in the high school at 1587 W. First Ave.

Packets will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays through March 9. The office will be open for special evening hours from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 21.

Packets should be completed and returned to the board office by 3 p.m. March 9.

Parents will need to provide a registration form with student social security number, emergency card (both sides), proof of current inoculations, birth certificate, proof of residency and proof of guardianship (if appropriate).

When they have returned the completed packet, parents will be able to sign up their child for a Kindergarten Welcome Day appointment. Welcome Day sessions will be held from 9 to 9:50 a.m. April 11, 12 and 18. For those who would prefer to attend at night, a parent-only meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m. April 12.

The Kindergarten Welcome Day concept was used for the first time last year, replacing the traditional round-up held in the spring.

"It went really well," Stevenson principal Brian Bowser said. "The Welcome Day gives our parents a chance to meet with school staff and hear about our focus on kindergarten learning and their children have a chance to spend some time in a kindergarten class."

While parents meet with Bowser to learn more about kindergarten, their children spend 50 minutes in a kindergarten class working with current students and up to seven other new students.

The other big difference is that the assessment of new students that would previously occur during the spring round-up now takes place at the beginning of the school year.

Waiting to complete an assessment of a child provides an up-to-date review, Bowser said.

"When you're talking about kindergarten-age children, a few months means a lot," Bowser said. "They can go through a lot of changes in just a few months."

Kindergarten will again have a staggered start, with only one-third of the students attending on each of the first three days of school (Aug. 16, 17 and 20).

The first day for all kindergarten students will be Aug. 21.

Families will have the option of choosing all-day or half-day kindergarten.

The tuition for all-day kindergarten will be frozen at the current rate of $330 a month for nine months.

Any child who turns 5 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2012, is eligible to attend kindergarten next school year.