2018-2019 Mason Kindergarten Registration Drive

2018-2019 Mason Kindergarten Registration Drive
Posted on 01/29/2018

MECCThe Mason Early Childhood Center’s 2018-2019 kindergarten registration is underway. The Pre-Registration meeting for Kindergarten 2018-19 will be held on February 21, 2018 at the Mason Early Childhood Center located at 4631 Hickory Woods Drive.  Packet sign out will be from 6:00pm-6:30pmf ollowed by a general meeting from 6:30pm-7:30pm.  This meeting is for parents only due to limited seating.  If you are unable to attend this meeting, please visit the Mason Early Childhood Center at 4631 Hickory Woods Drive or our Central Registrar Office at 211 North East Street AFTER February 21 to sign out a registration packet.

Registration for kindergarten will be held in the MECC Gym on the following dates:
Thursday, March 15                        6:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 21                    6:00 - 8:00 pm

**Only parents who register their child at the March 15 or March 21 meeting will be able to preference their child's kindergarten teacher.**

At this time, completed packets will be returned along with the following required documents:

·    Proof of residency  (lease, deed, settlement statement)
If building a new home, or purchase is pending, form MCS-308 is also required.  Your closing date must be within 90 calendar days of the start of school. Form MCS-308 is available in the MECC office or at the Office of the Registrar. If the parent/guardian’s name does not appear on the residency documents, the person whose name does appear must come with the parent/guardian and prove residency.

·   Child’s original birth certificate (with raised seal); or active passport
Please be aware that obtaining a birth certificate can take up to 6 weeks.  Contact the Bureau of Vital Statistics in the city where your child was born if you do not have an original document.  For students born in Ohio, you may go to any local health department to obtain a birth certificate.

·    Parent/Guardian driver’s license or state issued ID card
·    Immunization Record
·    Court Documents (if applicable), i.e. Custody, Shared parenting

Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year will be ½ day programming with AM hours 9:10 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. and PM hours 12:55 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Your child’s session is determined by the address of your residence. The finalized street listing will be posted on our website at www.masonohioschools.com.  We will also have the listing available at our meeting on Feb. 21 in order for you to confirm your child’s assigned session.  

Child Care & Transportation
If you are coordinating residential private child care, you will need to stay within your residential assigned session for your child to receive Mason bus service both to and from school.  If a session change is desired, you will find this form on our website. Click on the “Newcomer” star, then “Kindergarten Registration”. You will find the form in the left column. Session changes will be granted, by the principal, only if enrollment numbers allow. Your child’s transportation may be affected as a result of a session change.  Please keep this in mind as you arrange care for your child.

Public daycare centers within the Mason City School District receive bus service for both sessions.  Please be aware that some daycares may be assigned a specific session due to their location.  This information will be available on the street listing guide. 

Bus pickup and drop off times will not be available until August.  Your child’s transportation may be affected if he/she is not registered in the geographic assigned session as a result of you requesting a session change.

How Can I Get My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

The most important thing to prepare for kindergarten is to help your child develop a positive attitude about school and the wonderful things he/she will be learning. Enjoy the time spent with your child while stimulating learning by:

•  reading to your child and sharing picture books every day develops an interest in reading;

•  practice writing his/her name with crayons, pencils or markers;

• counting with picture books, snacks (pretzels, fish crackers, etc.) or while setting the table for dinner;

• reading and enjoying alphabet books and recognizing letters of the alphabet in everyday life (ex. restaurants, cereal boxes, road signs, etc.);

•  recognizing, naming and drawing basic shapes;

•  practicing your phone number and address;

•  coloring; and,

•  cutting.

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