DPS Kindergarten Round-Ups begin this month

DEARBORN — The Dearborn Public Schools will hold a Kindergarten Round-Up meeting this spring at every elementary school in the district to give parents the opportunity to find out about their neighborhood school and enroll their child for the fall semester.

Children entering kindergarten this fall must be 5 years of age by Sept. 1; however, waivers for this requirement are available.

Under a state law that went into effect three years ago, the kindergarten entry date has been gradually changing from Dec. 1 to Sept. 1. In 2013, children had to be 5 years of age by Nov. 1 in order to be eligible to enroll in kindergarten. For 2014, that date moved up to October; and for 2015 it has changed to Sept. 1.

Parents with a child whose birthday falls after the new Sept. 1 deadline, however, have until Aug. 15 to complete a waiver that will allow them to enroll their child in kindergarten this fall.

Waivers only need to be completed in the year the child will be attending kindergarten. There is no waiver available for children turning five after December 1.
The waiver is available at all elementary schools, the Student Services Office in the Administration Building, 18700 Audette, or on the district’s website, www.dearbornschools.org.

DPS also offers an optional Young Fives program for children who were born between June 1, 2010 and Dec. 1, 2010 and will enter kindergarten this fall. Young Fives is a year-long all-day program, and classroom instruction includes kindergarten curriculum to help children develop the skills they need to succeed in school.

Children will move on to kindergarten at their neighborhood school the year after attending the Young Fives program. Space is limited. The program is held at Lindbergh Elementary School; parents must provide transportation. Call 313-827-6300 for more information.

All parents who have a child who will be 5 by Sept. 1 should plan to attend a Kindergarten Round-Up at their neighborhood elementary school.

Parents should call to let the school know they will be attending the meeting so that information packages can be prepared and they can be notified if the presentation date changes due to unforeseen circumstances. Parents should still attend even if they are not able to call in advance.

The Kindergarten Round-Up schedule is (all phone numbers are 313 area codes):
Becker — 9 a.m. March 19, 827-6950, David Higgins principal.
DuVall — 6 p.m. March 19, 827-2750, Robert Attee principal.
Geer Park — 1 p.m. April 22, 827-2300, Lamis Srour principal.
Henry Ford — 9 a.m. March 30, 827-4700, Adnan Moughni principal.
William Ford — 9 a.m. March 12, 827-6400, Nada Fouani principal.
Haigh — 6 p.m. April 1, 827-6200, Donna Jakubik principal.
Howard — 6 p.m. April 1, 827-6350, Martha Burch principal.
Howe — 5:30 p.m. May 6, 827-7000, Joshua Tynan principal.
Lindbergh — 6:30 p.m. March 12, 827-6300, Pamela DeNeen principal.
Long — 6 p.m. April 16, 827-6100, Veronica Jakubus principal.
Lowrey — 8:30 a.m. April 16, 827-1800, Rima Younes principal.
Maples — 2:30 p.m. April 15, 827-6450, Fatme Faraj principal.
McCollough — 8:30 a.m. April 16, 827-1700, Heyam Alcodray principal.
McDonald — 1 p.m. April 22, 827-6700, Amy Modica principal.
Miller — 2 p.m. March 25, 827-6850, Mahmoud Abu-Rus principal.
Nowlin — 6:30 p.m. March 17, 827-6900, Rita Rauch principal.
Oakman — 9 a.m. April 1, 827-6500, Radewin Awada principal.
River Oaks — 2 p.m. March 25, 827-6750, Joe Martin principal.
Salina P-3 — 8 a.m. March 18, 827-6550, Susan Stanley principal.
Snow — 6:30 p.m. March 19, 827-6250, Ross Groover principal.
Whitmore-Bolles — 6:30 p.m. April 14, 827-6800, Kristin Waddell principal.