Parents of prospective kindergarten students next month will have opportunities to meet with their children's future teachers and principals and learn about how to register them for their first year of school.
Pickerington Local School District officials have found that, often, parents whose children are set to enter kindergarten have as many questions and anxieties as their children.
So, to help smooth that transition, the district for decades has held a parent orientation of sorts ahead of the actual student registration for kindergarten.
This year is no different. March 5 the district will begin hosting meetings with parents whose children are expected to enroll in kindergarten at Pickerington Elementary and Tussing Elementary schools for the 2013-14 school year.
The meetings at Pickerington and Tussing will take place at 7 p.m.
Subsequent meetings, which all will begin at 7 p.m., will be held at Violet Elementary School March 12, Heritage Elementary School March 13, Fairfield Elementary School March 14, Sycamore Creek Elementary School March 19 and Toll Gate Elementary School March 21.
"The meetings give parents a chance to see our staffs and the buildings," said Sandy Meigel, the district's lead academic adviser.
"There's a lot of good information that's provided, and we certainly strongly encourage parents to attend," Meigel said.
In addition to meeting with principals and teachers, these parents-only meetings will serve as the beginning of a three-step process for registering children for kindergarten.
During the initial meetings next month, parents or guardians will be instructed to contact the district's Welcome Center on designated dates to begin the process of formally registering their students for kindergarten.
The Welcome Center is at 130 Hill Road South, Suite 102. Its phone number is 614-920-6180.
After contacting the Welcome Center and enrolling their students in the district through the website at:
pickerington.k12.oh.us, parents will sign up for their students to undergo the Bracken Assessment, which essentially tests children's knowledge and development prior to the school year so teachers will know each student's academic and learning strengths and weaknesses.
"That just gives us a real good picture of where we're at with each student," Meigel said.
Meigel said the district currently has no way of knowing how many students will enroll in kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year, but will after parents attend the initial meetings next month and go through the registration process.
In 2012-13, the district is serving 601 kindergarten students, she said.
Additional information about the parents-only, pre-kindergarten meetings slated for next month, as well as the entire registration process, is available on the district's website.