I’m sitting here getting ready to write this weeks post listening to my baby girl squeal in delight at her little music and lights toy, thinking just how fast time flies. It seems like only yesterday when my son was doing the same thing and now here I am thinking about him starting Kindergarten next year! A friend recently told me that we need to get on the ball now for next fall already. What an overwhelming thought! Not just the fact that he will be in kindergarten, but the whole process feels a bit intimidating to me. So many questions come to mind … Do we go private or public (the wallet is saying public but should I at least check out some of the lesser expense private schools)? What is this choice program I hear about? And Magnet schools? And if I want to just go to my neighborhood home school do I need to do anything or will he automatically be enrolled in the fall??
So I went out to the CMS website and unfortunately, I was not able to find all the information I needed. A quick phone call later and I learned that any information pertaining to the 2009 school year will not actually be updated or available until some time in October. Further, student registration doesn’t even occur until the spring. (I’m breathing a little easier now!)
While that affords us some time, there are still some things we should be doing now. Most schools hold open houses starting in October. There is not a master list for CMS, but you can check out each school’s website for a schedule.
For Private Schools, this is what I have so far:
Charlotte Country Day — Oct 14 at 7p and Oct 21 at 7p
Charlotte Christian — Oct 1 at 9:30a, Oct 16 at 9:30a, and Oct 28 at 9:30a
Charlotte Latin School — TK & Kindergarten Oct 7 at 7p and TK-grade 12 Oct 17 at 9:30a
Cannon School — Oct 3 from 10a-12p and Oct 23 from 7p to 9p
Charlotte Preparatory School — Oct 25 at 3p and Jan 13 at 9:30a
Eastover(Public) — Oct 14 at 7p and Oct 22 at 9:30a
Friends School of Charlotte — Oct 2 at 7p, Oct 3 at 9:30a, Nov 11 at 9:30a, Dec 4 at 7p, and Dec 5 at 9:30a
Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools — Oct 19 from 1:30-3:30p and Oct 21 from 9a-noon (at each individual school)
Providence Day — Oct 20 at 7p, Nov 9 at 2p, and Dec 3 at 9:30a
Trinity Episcopal School — Oct 16 at 7p and Oct 21at 12 p
If you think you might be interested in a magnet program, be sure to add those to your open house tour. The magnet program allows students to attend a school that matches their interests and learning styles. There are forty-nine schools offering unique magnet programs ranging from math and science to communication and performing arts. Any student can apply for a magnet program within CMS and placement is determined through a lottery system (which occurs in the spring). Click here for more information on the magnet program.
There is also a Kindergarten Handbook for Parents containing a readiness checklist, sample curriculum and information on the kindergarten program.
Finally, you might want to start getting your paperwork in order for registration. Entrance requirements into CMS include:
— A child entering kindergarten must be five years old on or before August 31, 2009.
— You will need a copy of the child’s birth certificate with the original seal and proof of residency in order to register the child.
— Immunization Requirements must be met.
Be on the look out for a more comprehensive “Smarty Guide to Starting Kindergarten” once all the new information is posted for the 2009-2010 school year. If anyone has recently been through the process and has some good tips to share, please do!
Don’t forget to register to win our Smarty Giveaways (today is the last day for the Divine Consign contest):
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