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Schools encouraged by kindergarten sign-ups
It might be early but the all-day kindergarten registration fair for the Bremerton School District looked like a success after counting the sign-ups from Tuesdays event.
Im not really sure if you can draw any conclusions from the number of registrations we took at the ... fair. Were staying pretty busy, said district Community Services Coordinator Krista Carlson. Well just have to see how many more we get between now and when school starts. Well keep taking registrations. (Tuesday) was just the first day.
Carlson noted the count was encouraging as 180 registrations were taken Tuesday compared with just 30 on the first day a year ago.
Face-painting, a bouncy inflatable house and other activities kept the kindergartners-to-be entertained while moms and dads did the requisite paperwork. There was also a school bus available for children to tour in preparation for riding the big yellow taxi to school next year.
Ryan Gleich, 3, still has a couple years to go before hes ready for big kid school but hopped on board with his father, Rookie, while his brother was being signed up.
Its cool, Rookie said of the event. Its nice and its welcoming, especially for parents who havent had to take a kid to school yet. Its the first day (of school) for us, too.
Ryans older brother is headed to Kitsap Lake Elementary next year and Dad said hes prepared.
Yes, hes ready, he said. Hes ready for something new. Hes ready to get away from his brother.
Families like the Gleiches can look forward to the availability of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. child care in Bremerton as the school district has teamed up with providers in the area, with many booths at the fair presenting options to parents.
Patti Sheldon of Benaich Christian Learning Center said cooperation with the district has been good through the years.
Were just down the hill from Crownhill (Elementary). Weve worked pretty closely with Crownhill, Sheldon said. We can walk the kids down the hill to school. Weve just tried to work with the district as best we can ... and we just try to be a support.
Benaich offers before and after-school care for students and also full-day opportunities on off-days for the school district.
The all-day kindergarten program is available to families living or utilizing child care within Bremerton School District and also to Jackson Park residents. A limited number of out-of-district slots are available.
Im actually out-of-district and Im looking forward to it if we can get in, said Trish Strong, a mother of two. I hope Central Kitsap starts it by the time my (other child) starts kindergarten. It will put her so far ahead.
Madison Strong, 5, is eager to make new friends at kindergarten next year.
Yeah, she said. Im excited.