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2021-’22 Kindergarten Registration Underway in North Haven

Kindergarten registration is open for the future Class of 2034 in North Haven. The registration process is to be completed online at where required materials will be uploaded.

Superintendent of Schools Patrick Stirk expected a higher number of kindergarten registrants for the coming year as some families chose to opt out of the 2020-’21 school year due to COVID-19. Registration opened on Feb. 1 and he noted that as of mid-March, there were 131 students registered for kindergarten this fall, which is “higher for this point in the year as compared to past years.”

While there is no deadline for registration, parents and guardians are encouraged to register students as soon as possible as kindergarten screenings happen at each school and are tentatively scheduled for mid-May.

“The district is planning for these events to take place in-person,” said Stirk. “Our traditional screening practices will need to be altered due to the current social distancing practices. We are currently planning this event and more information will be shared with families in the coming weeks.”

In order to register a child for kindergarten, parents or guardians will need to upload a birth certificate with a raised seal and three forms of proof of residency, which can include a driver’s license, mortgage statement or rental contract, or utility bills. All students will also need a current physical and medical forms.

Families will then receive an email with PowerSchool login information and need to create an account to complete registration forms. Those who are unsure which school their child will attend can search their address on the “District Schools by Street Name” tab.

Once registration is complete, families can view the “Welcome to Kindergarten” presentation for their student’s school, which has been created by each school’s principal. The presentations include information for students and their parents about what to expect in the school day and throughout the year. There are also lists of resources for learning.

Families will receive information about kindergarten screenings in the coming month. In the meantime, Stirk encourages families to work with incoming students on the following skills:

• Writing first/last name, using appropriate upper/lowercase letters

• Recognizing and identifying letters in the alphabet

• Associating sounds with letters

• Recognizing/counting numbers from 0 to 20

• Identifying colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink, white)

• Identifying shapes (square, rectangle, oval, circle, triangle, hexagon)

• Fine-motor skills such as coloring, cutting, and drawing a person

• Self-help skills, such as putting on a coat and a smock, zipping, snapping, buttoning, opening lunch/snack items, etc.

• Reciting the days of the week and months of the year

• Learning birthday, address, and phone number

For information, visit For assistance, email or call 203-780-9566.

Jenn McCulloch is the Correspondent for Zip06. Email Jenn at .

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