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The Columbia Press


Hey parent, your child's school wants to get to know you

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Last year, 13 school districts in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties had 687 kindergarteners signed up for school by June 30. But by Sept. 1, the number had nearly doubled to 1,196.

Many school districts have no idea how many new students they’ll get until it’s too late to offer summer activities to them.

The sooner schools know that a student will be joining the incoming kindergarten class – or any other grade -- the sooner the school can begin building a relationship with them and their family and connect them to summer learning opportunities.

For instance, there is a free two-week kinder camp Aug. 5-16 at Warrenton Grade School.

Attending a kinder camp allows children to get a head start on learning school routines, getting to know the school and its staff. Students gain confidence and a clear understanding of what will be expected of them in a kindergarten classroom and they learn things such as where the bathroom is.

Parent surveys show more than 90 percent of parents whose children participated in kinder camps report feeling welcome at their child’s school and felt that their child was ready for kindergarten, according to the Northwest Early Learning Hub.

Last summer, the hub provided $120,750 in grant funds for the kinder camps in the three counties, which were attended by 400 students at 16 sites.

Sign-ups for kindergarten are under way now.

Families can contact their local elementary school to register their child for kindergarten and for kinder camp.

They’ll be asked to show proof of address, an updated immunization record, and the child’s birth certificate or alternate ID. Families can visit their local elementary school by June 28 and receive free summer learning resources.

Warrenton Grade School is at 820 S.W. Cedar Ave. For more information, call 503-861-3376.

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