Kindergarten registration in the Panther Valley School District will be held on March 18, 19, and 22, 2010 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

For a child to be registered for kindergarten, the parent must call the elementary school and make an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted. Registration is held at the Elementary School, 1 Mermon Avenue, Nesquehoning.

Parents should call the school weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at (570) 669-9411. At the time of the call, be prepared to provide the following information to the secretary - parents' name, address and telephone number along with the child's name and birth date.

A child must be 5 years old before October 1, 2010 to be eligible for kindergarten. No exceptions. When attending registration, the parent should have a state-issued birth certificate or other acceptable proof of name and age along with immunization records for the child enrolling.

At their scheduled appointment, parents will meet with the school secretary who will record all pertinent family information, as well as determining the child's bus stop and with the school nurse to record all medical information. The nurse will review immunization requirements and provide information on health related issues. The parents will then as a group meet with Mr. Lombardo, elementary principal for a review of the rules of the school. Finally, the parents will have the opportunity to meet the kindergarten teachers to discuss the kindergarten curriculum and related activities.

While the parents are completing these meetings, the children will participate in their own activities. Each child will receive auditory testing, a visual screening test and a readiness test.

The entire orientation and testing program will take approximately 45 minutes.

The time spent will help both the parent and child to feel more comfortable about beginning school, enable school personnel and families to become better acquainted and make this new experience a special time for the children and their parents.