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Kindergarten registration has begun
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Kindergarten Registration Dates

Julien Elementary                                         Feb. 3                 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Medeiros Elementary                                     Feb. 9 and 10        1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Crowell Elementary                                       Feb. 10                1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cunningham Elementary                                 Feb. 17                1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wakefield Elementary                                    Feb. 17                1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Dennis Earl Elementary                                  Feb. 24                7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Brown Elementary                                         Feb. 24                1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Osborn Elementary-Two-way Immersion program Feb. 26                1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Walnut Elementary                                       Feb. 26                4:20 p.m.

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when parents have to start thinking about letting go of their little ones as they go off to “real” school. Yes, it’s kindergarten registration time for Turlock schools.
Before youngsters can tackle their ABC’s though, they must go through a series of requirements and preparation activities.
Children ready to enter kindergarten must be five years old by Dec. 2, and parents must register their child with the school within their designated home school attendance area.
All schools have different registration dates, but most of the deadlines are in February to begin school in the fall of 2010.
Registration deadlines coming up within the next week are Medeiros Elementary on Tuesday and Wednesday and Crowell Elementary on Wednesday.
During the registration period, parents must also provide documentation. They must provide immunization verification records, the original birth certificate, passport or baptismal certificate, proof of residence with a Turlock Irrigation District bill, Pacific Gas and Electric bill or a rental agreement and a photo I.D.  
Required immunizations for kindergartners are the polio shot, DTP or a combination of DTP and diphtheria-tetanus toxoids, measles, rubella, and mumps, Hepatitis B and Varicella (chicken pox).
There are certain amounts of doses of each shot required to attend schools.
Children who are in pre-school and will be five years old by Dec. 2, must also register for kindergarten.
There are some activities parents can do in the next eight months with their children to help prepare them for kindergarten. Parents can work with their children to teach them to trace basic shapes, learn to share, speak so others can understand them and know the times of the day, according to Family Education. Some of these basic understandings can help prepare a child entering into kindergarten.
According to the United States Department of Education, there is a checklist of items that parents can focus on to prepare their child for kindergarten.
One thing is to make sure your child is in good health and has a physical well-being with a healthy diet, plenty of rest and up-to-date immunizations.
Other things to focus on are the child’s social and emotional preparation with learning new things, finishing tasks, working with other children and having the motivation to learn. Working with the child’s language and general knowledge can help prepare them for kindergarten, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Reading to your child, teaching them to write their name and expanding their knowledge will also help lay the foundation for a successful future.
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.