Washington Elementary School is gearing up for its annual Kindergarten Round-Up, which will take place on Wednesday, April 10, at Washington School from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This event is intended for children who have turned five years old by September 1, 2024.  It is free for all incoming students and parents to attend. “What we will do is for the children to come to the classroom for a bit,” said Washington Kindergarten Teacher Monica Parenteau. “They will have an opportunity to see what kindergarten rooms look like. We’ll sing a song and do a story. While the children are with us, they will stay in the gym and talk to our school principal, Mrs. Oliver.”

The parents and students will also have the chance to learn about the different programs that Washington School will offer during the year and meet their potential teachers. Every student that attends will receive a free “tool kit,” which includes different academic tools that will help prepare the kids for kindergarten, such as number lines, scissors, and writing utensils.

Washington School staff is encouraging parents to bring their child’s original state-issued birth certificate and immunization records, and if the child participated in Early Childhood Screening in a district other than Crookston, to bring those records as well. The reason to bring these documents is so Washington School can process those documents and get the children registered for Kindergarten as soon as possible.

Washington School Kindergarten Teacher Renee Tangquist explains that this event benefits incoming kindergarten students and will give them experience before attending their first day of class. “I think it’s a time where it gets them excited about coming to school,” said Washington Kindergarten Teacher Renee Tangquist, “They get to see other students their age and talk about school and look forward to the rest of the summer. Many of them think it’s already time to start school after they’ve been to roundup.”

Registration for Kindergarten Roundup will begin at 3:15 p.m. (fifteen minutes before the start). Again, this is a free event for those parents looking to register their child for kindergarten.