Weber and Ogden districts are welcoming parents and their almost kindergarteners at Kindergarten Roundup events, where they can meet school principals, kindergarten teachers and other staff — as well as pick up a free book and get a head start on the registration process.

These events — called Kindergarten Roundups in both districts — have been held already at two Weber Elementary schools, Hooper and Majestic, but the remaining 25 elementary schools in Weber still have events upcoming, through April 24.

Twelve Weber elementary schools will hold roundups this week on Wednesday, March 27. Times vary, but most are held in the early afternoon.

Elementary schools in Ogden district will all hold roundups in the evening on the same day — Thursday, April 11 — but times vary, since each school will be hosting its own event.

Ogden School District Roundups 
 School Time (all on April 11)
 Bonneville 6-7 p.m.
 Gramercy Heritage or New Bridge*
 Heritage 6-7 p.m.
 Hillcrest 5-6:30 p.m.
 Horace Mann 6:30-7:30 p.m.
 James Madison 5:30-6:30 p.m.
 Lincoln 6 p.m.
 New Bridge 5-7 p.m.
 Odyssey 4-6 p.m.
 Polk  5-6 p.m.
 Shadow Valley 6-7 p.m.
 Taylor Canyon 6-7 p.m.
 T.O. Smith 6-7 p.m.
 Wasatch  attend Polk's roundup**

* Parents living in current Gramercy boundaries west of Washington Boulevard should attend the roundup at Heritage. Those living east of Washington should attend the roundup at New Bridge.

** Parents living in current Wasatch boundaries should attend the roundup at Polk, where Wasatch students will be attending next year while the Wasatch building is renovated.

“This is something we love in our Weber District, and it’s been going on for years,” said Joanne Hobbs, principal at Uintah Elementary. “I attended as a parent myself.”

It’s an event where “parents can get a good idea of the standards that are going to be taught in kindergarten for their little upcoming student,” Hobbs continued. “A lot of parents who are new to having a student ... in the school setting can get a better understanding of what skills a student should have before they’re coming into kindergarten.”

As a way to encourage the development of these skills, parents who attend the roundups in both districts will receive a copy of the children’s book “Miss Bindergarten Goes to Kindergarten” as well as a parent workbook by the same author. These books are provided through a partnership with the Treehouse Children’s Museum.

Parents who are not able to attend their school’s roundup will be able to pick up a copy of the book when they turn in their registration forms and supporting documents to the school — for as long as books last.

These skills aren’t just academic, Hobbs said. They can be things like focusing and sitting at a desk for a period of time and interacting with other children.

The roundups are an opportunity for a new parent to “listen to these skills that we’re asking students to have, and then to ... say, well, maybe there are some other supports that my child might need coming into school,” Hobbs said.

In addition to meeting teachers, at many schools in Weber district parents and students will be able to meet the school’s reading specialist, speech and language therapist, resource teacher and school nurse.

If a parent recognizes that a student needs services with any of these specialists, they can mention this at the roundup or call the school before the school year begins.

Schools run their events differently, but many give children the chance to spend time in their classrooms with their future teachers and peers while their parents get some focused time to learn about the school. Children who are hesitant to separate from their parents are not forced to, though.

School leaders and teachers want the event to be a positive experience for children and their parents.

Chad Carpenter, assistant superintendent in Ogden, said that the events’ main purpose is to “generate excitement for these little kindergarten students ... they get to come into the building, they get to meet teachers and the principal, learn about kindergarten, see some kindergarten classrooms, really build that excitement for what they next year holds for them.”

Elementary schools in Ogden School District also invite community partners like Catholic Community Services (which offers food to families in need through pantry packs and the Bridging the Gap program), afterschool programs, the Girls and Boys Club, the YMCA and the Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership.

“The school is there to support their child, but there are also a lot of resources that we try and put in place to support the family as a whole,” Carpenter said.

Parents can also complete or start the registration process at these events in both districts. Weber schools hand out registration packets to fill out, and Ogden schools make computers available to fill out online registration.

Both districts require certain documents to complete student registration. Parents can bring these documents to the roundup or pick up registration forms and return them with copies of these documents at a later time.

Weber requires a copy of the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residency (two forms, such as a rental contract or utility bill) and record of a dental visit.

At Uintah Elementary, Hobbs says they haul their copy machines into the big gym and make copies of these documents on the spot.

Schools in Ogden district require copies of the parent’s photo ID, the child’s birth certificate, current immunization records and proof of residency (two forms, such as a rental contract or utility bill).

Weber also holds a one-day registration event every fall in early August, so parents of entering kindergarteners will also be able to complete registration at this event in fall 2019.

Ogden does not hold a fall event, but parents are welcome to drop by their child’s school now or over the summer to get registration information.

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