Registration Opens January 7 For Fall Kindergarten

By on December 27, 2018

Verona public schoolsThe Verona Public Schools offer a kindergarten program for all youngsters who are five years of age on or before October 1, 2019. This program is designed as a child’s first introduction to public school. A full academic curriculum—including media skills, formal art, music, and physical education is offered during the school day. Kindergarten is also a time for students to form new friendships, to work cooperatively in groups, and to learn fundamental academic skills.

The kindergarten session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The Montclair YMCA offers an aftercare program between 2:45 and 6:00 p.m. Information about this program is available from Rob Casale at 973-415-6117 or [email protected]

We will be conducting Kindergarten Round-Up January 7th through the 11th. The purpose of Round-Up is to identify students eligible for September’s class and to begin the formal registration process. You can click on this website to obtain the necessary paperwork. Please complete this form during Round-Up week and return it to the school office. The school offices are open from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. At that time, please bring your child’s original birth certificate with raised seal (original will be returned to you), proof of residency (see below) and parent/guardian proof of identity (driver’s license or passport). When you register you will be given a packet of health forms and a Pre-Kindergarten Questionnaire. All forms must be completed by your child’s kindergarten screening date (in the spring).

Please note that parents of children attending the Verona Preschool Program should register their child in the child’s neighborhood school and complete the screening process in that school. If your child receives special education services their information will be subsequently forwarded to the appropriate school, as per his or her IEP.

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The importance of completing early registration cannot be stressed enough. The formation of kindergarten classes and orientation meetings require an accurate forecast of student numbers.

In the interest of balancing class sizes across the district, parents may request to send their child to one of the three other elementary schools. Should this be the case, parents should send a written request to the Office of the Superintendent as soon as possible. Requests of this nature will be decided in April or May of 2019. If the enrollment of the requested school becomes too high, the decision may be reversed.

Should you not be registering a kindergarten student at this time, please pass this information to a neighbor or friend in Verona. If you know of someone whose child is eligible for kindergarten yet did not receive this packet, please ask the parents to call or visit the school office.

Thank you for your timely attention to these requests. Our principals and teachers look forward to meeting and working with you to help prepare your child for a positive school experience.

Please mark your calendars for the following important events:

Kindergarten Parent Orientation Dates
Brookdale: 5/22/19, 6:30 PM
FN Brown: 3/28/19-7:00 PM
Forest: 3/7/19–7:00 PM
Laning: 3/26/19- 7:30 PM

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Saturday Pre-Kindergarten Experiences
The Saturday morning Pre-Kindergarten experiences are organized by the SCA in each school. They will be held from 10-11 AM on Feb. 2, March 2, April 6, and May 4. For information and to sign up, please contact the following people:

Brookdale: Beth Kiernan 973-462-9826 [email protected] or Rebecca McClain 201-563-7953 [email protected]

FN Brown: Catherine Crevoiserat 201-446-4146 [email protected] or Sharon Stanisci 973-768-0683 [email protected]

Forest: Toral Patel Jendi 201.953.1341 [email protected]

Laning: Carrie Shafer 201-233-2756 [email protected]

Acceptable documents for proof of residency (ONE FROM EACH LIST)
Proof of domicile
current lease
property tax bill
driver’s license
Proof of attachment to address
utility bill
telephone bill
cable bill

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