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Time to schedule Kindergarten screenings

The Richmond School District is now scheduling kindergarten screening appointments for children that plan to attend kindergarten for the 2009-2010 school year.
The screenings will be held at the Ray County Health Department, 820 E. Lexington, by appointment from March 31 through April 3. Each child will spend approximately 45 minutes in the various screening booths.
Children entering kindergarten this fall must be five-years-old by Aug. 1, 2009. Items to bring to the appointment includes the child’s original “state” birth certificate, social security card, immunization record and two proofs of residence.
All children entering kindergarten, or already in kindergarten, are required to have a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist or opthalmologist by Jan. 1 of their kindergarten year.
“Parents get their eyes opened,” said Dear Elementary Principal Carole Garth. “The tests take about 45 minutes and the counselor discusses the results with the parents. We’re anticipating a large kindergarten enrollment this year, so it’s important to schedule your appointments right away.”
The screenings are free and are administered by educators and volunteers. Each child’s height and weight are taken, they identify letters on an eye chart and perform many of the skills required for them to do kindergarten level work.
To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact Liz at Dear Elementary, 816-776-5401, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Photo: Joshua Brungardt concentrates on making his clay image, while Nathaniel Wilhite checks out the scissors. Both boys attended the kindergarten screenings last year and are now kindergarteners at Dear Elementary. Joshua is in Mrs. Cramer’s class and Nathaniel is in Ms. Schroeder’s class. (Photo by Brenda Jensen/The Daily News)

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