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Some children can get a Jumpstart for kindergarten

Lizabeth Krepp, left, takesan assessment test at the Kindergarten Roundup at Frazee Elementary School with kindergarten teacher Angie Shute. Kindergarten Roundup allowed students who will be attending kindergarten in the coming school year sign up early and get a tour of their school.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Families took advantage of kindergarten roundup to let the Fayette County School Corp. know that their children will be starting school next fall. And they learned about a kindergarten readiness program their youngsters can participate in this summer.

Kindergarten Roundup was an opportunity for parents to get a head start on registering their children. Each elementary school in Fayette County hosted this event on Wednesday and Thursday.

“It’s kind of a jump start to registration for kindergarten and Jumpstart,” Amanda Fields, secretary at Frazee Elementary, said. 

Teachers at the Kindergarten Roundup gave assessment tests to the children who came. It tested the children on letters, numbers, shapes and colors. The test was to see where children were at before heading into kindergarten. Student council members at each elementary school in Fayette County also gave tours of the schools to the children and parents.

“Most of the kids who attended the roundup are going to Jumpstart,” Fields said.

Jumpstart is from Monday, July 22, to Friday, July 26. The program is to get children used to the classrooms and prepare them for kindergarten, which starts a week later.

Parents and their children who didn’t attend the Kindergarten Roundup can still sign their children up for kindergarten and Jumpstart at their home elementary school anytime before Jumpstart begins. 

For parents who want to sign their children up for Head Start, registration opens May 9 at the Resource Center, 306 W. 15th St.