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posted: 2/1/2013 2:32 PM

Dist. 59 new student registration begins Feb. 21

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School District 59 will kick off its kindergarten and new student registration for the 2013-14 school year on Thursday, Feb. 21, with a special evening registration from 4-7 p.m. at all of the district's elementary sites.

Registration will continue at each school from 9:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on days that school is in session.

Special kindergarten options will again be offered at Salt Creek School and at Ridge Family Center for Learning. Salt Creek will offer a dual language (Spanish/English) kindergarten class while Ridge Family Center for Learning will continue to offer full-day kindergarten classes. Both programs are open to all District 59 residents. The registration deadline for these choice programs is March 20. Please contact the schools directly for dates of selection lotteries for their special kindergarten options.

A child whose fifth birthday falls on or before Sept. 1, 2013, is eligible to attend kindergarten starting in the 2013-2014 school year. Parents should bring their child's certified birth certificate when registering their child for kindergarten. A birth certificate or other reliable proof, as determined by the Illinois Department of State Police, of the student's identity is required by state law to show proof of a child's identity and age. If no birth certificate is submitted at the time of registration, a parent must fill out an affidavit explaining the inability to produce a copy of the birth certificate and must provide the birth certificate within 30 days of the start of school. Birth certificate request forms are available at all District 59 elementary schools.

Additional information needed at the time of registration includes: parents/guardians home telephone number, work number(s), cellphone numbers and the name and telephone number of someone to contact in the event of an emergency. The district also asks parents to provide their email addresses. A parent will also be required to complete a form verifying residency within school District 59. Parents will need to provide multiple forms of verification for proof of residency, including items such as: most recent real estate tax bill, signed lease for residence, driver's license, gas or electric bill, voters registration card or other documents verifying residence in school District 59.

At registration, parents/guardians will be given physical examination forms and information to be completed and filed with the school before the start of the 2013-2014 school year. Dental forms will be distributed and must be returned by May 15, 2014.

A student fee will be invoiced prior to the start of the school year, which may be paid online. The student fee is charged to offset some of the cost of instructional materials and supplies for the 2013-14 school year.

Parents having questions regarding new student registration should contact the school District 59 office at (847) 593-4300.