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It’s Time to Register for Kindergarten-THIS HAS BEEN POSTPONED and a new date will be shared when it is set

By: Jennifer Wagner, Director of Public Relations and Communication


It is time to welcome our newest learners to Craven County Schools! The kindergarten class of 202--2021 will graduate in the school year 2032-2033.  These children, who will have turned 5 on or before August 31, 2020, are the future.  Jobs available to them when they graduate have not even been imagined yet.  It is our responsibility to ensure they are as prepared as possible so let’s get ready, get set, and go!

Craven County Schools in partnership with Craven Smart Start is in the process of conducting two Kindergarten Ready! Set! Go! Meetings to share information on kindergarten preparation with the parents of these up and coming students.  The first meeting was held on March 16th at the Board of Education and the next meeting will be on March 24th at Havelock United Methodist Church from 6-7 p.m.

The one-hour event starts with an introduction from Pinkie Moore, Community Outreach Coordinator of Craven Smart Start.  She shares information about their lending library, the early literacy initiatives such as the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Reach Out and Read, as well as the goals of Craven Smart Start. This organization works to raise the quality of child care, to strengthen families, to advance child health and development, to expand literacy, and to build networks between communities.  The administrative office is located at 2111F Neuse Blvd in New Bern.  The telephone number is 252-636-3198.  Feel free to call and learn more about the opportunities they offer.

Next, Jason Griffin, Director of Elementary Education for Craven County Schools presents information on preparing for the transition to kindergarten.  Parents learn about school resources, transportation, assessments, dress code, and Kindergarten Registration requirements. 

The Kindergarten Registration date for JT Barber Elementary will be held on March 17, 2020 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM and all of our traditional schools will be held on April 2, 2020 from 4:00-6:00 PM.  Documents such as a certified birth certificate, proof of current residential address (ex. Electric bill), picture ID, the child’s immunization records, and a current health assessment form will be requested by the school in which the child will be enrolling. 

Kindergarten teachers and elementary school principals will be available to share information with parents about the kindergarten experience.  Parents also learn strategies on how they can be sure their child is as prepared and ready for school.  These ideas for kindergarten prep include the following:  talk to them, read to them, give them responsibilities, and establish a routine.  On the academic side, students-to-be should practice writing their name and knowing the letters, cutting on a line, holding a pencil correctly, and being independent. 

We look forward to enrolling our future Kindergarten students! If parents have any questions about kindergarten, we encourage all to attend the next Kindergarten Ready Set Go Meeting on March 16th or March 24th. This will provide an opportunity to clarify any items about kindergarten.  The events prove to be very enlightening to those that attend.  Welcome to the class of 2032-2033!