Concourse Club

At 7 p.m., Thursday, March 3, the Palmerton Concourse Club will meet at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton. The program will be the "Concourse Talent Show."

The Concourse Club is a service club which gives back to the community. Anyone interested in becoming a member may call Joan at (610) 826-2716 for information.

Palmerton Area Library

Parents are encouraged to check out the large selection of kids' books at the Palmerton Area Library. Since the Palmerton Area School District has set new requirements for student reading, the library has purchased new books to help the students complete their reading assignments. The library has a large selection of biographies suitable for children grades 1-6 as well as lots of other nonfiction books. The library has also started a selection of easy books that come with a CD and audio books for students in the upper elementary grades. The library staff can assist you in finding books suitable to read at each grade level.

The Teen Advisory Group will meet after school, Wednesday, March 2, at the Palmerton Area Library. The group is for students in grades 7-12, and new members are always welcome. Come to a meeting, or call the library at (610) 826-3424 for information.

The library is open Monday and Tuesday from 10-8, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-5 and Saturday from 9-4. There are six computers available for the public to use as well as a copier and fax machine. The library has an outside drop box for the easy return of movies and books any time of the day or night.

Kindergarten registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2011-2012 school year in the Palmerton Area School District will be held on Monday, Feb. 28 through Friday, March 4.

Appointments will not be scheduled for March 3-4 as these days will be used to reschedule appointments due to weather.

All registrations will take place on the third floor of the district administration building, 680 Fourth St., Palmerton.

You must scheduled an appointment to register your child by calling Kimberly Ottinger at (610) 826-7101, ext. 5023. Appointments will be scheduled 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:45 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather use the following procedure: two hour delay – appointments will start at 10 a.m. Appointments between 8:30 and 10 a.m. will be rescheduled. Snow day appointments will be rescheduled.

Children who will be age 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2011 are eligible for kindergarten according to policy adopted by the school district. Children without kindergarten experience who will be 6 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2011 are eligible to register for first grade according to this same policy. The intention to have a child enter first grade must be stated in writing at the time of registration.

A state-issued birth certificate or other acceptable proof of age and name is required for each child who is registered. Even if these papers are not available at the time of registration, the child should be registered. The document must be provided before the child will be admitted to school in August. Parent photo ID along with another proof of residency is required at the time of registration.

State law requires all children entering school for the first time must have written proof of the following immunizations: four doses of tetanus (one dose must have had to be administered on or after the fourth birthday); four doses of diphtheria (one dose must have had to be administered on or after the fourth birthday); three doses of poliomyelitis/infantile paralysis; two doses of measles; two doses of mumps; one dose of rubella (German measles); three doses of hepatitis B; two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine; or history of disease. Parents/guardians are advised to bring the necessary immunization records to the registration clinic along with your child. Proof of these immunizations must be provided before the child will be admitted to school.

Since all children are now required to have a Social Security number, it is optional to provide the school with this number.

Vision screening and a kindergarten readiness assessment will be given to all youngsters during the registration time.