Parents of children living in Durham and Middlefield who will be five (5) years old on or before January 1, 2014 must register them to attend kindergarten in September 2013 or apply for a waiver of attendance. In Regional District #13, children may attend kindergarten in either the Contemporary Program or the Integrated Day Program. Parents need to choose the appropriate program for their child prior to kindergarten registration. School visits and information available at the schools will assist parents in making their choice.
The Contemporary Program serves children in grades K-4 and is housed at Brewster School for grades K-2 and at Korn School for grades 3 and 4. The Integrated Day program serves students in grades K-4 at John Lyman School. While the two programs share many similarities, they also have some distinctive differences that must be considered when deciding which program is best for each child.
The best way to understand the differences between the programs is to visit both programs. We urge prospective parents to visit all three schools and to view at least one classroom at every grade level. Only by visiting can you get the true flavor of the three schools and the two instructional programs.
Parents may visit the schools from January 7th through January 31st to observe classes and to discuss any specific questions or concerns. Visits, which are designed for adults, should be scheduled ahead of time to allow for optimum opportunities to observe the programs. Appointments to visit can be made by calling the individual schools. Parents may call Lyman School at 349-7240 to visit the Integrated Day Program. To visit the Contemporary Program, call Brewster School at 349-7227 and Korn School at 349-7210.
Once parents have visited both programs, they will need to make a decision about the program for which they will be registering their child. According to Regional District #13 Board of Education policy, this decision must be made by February 1st. Any child not registered in a specific program by that date may not be able to attend the program chosen by his/her parents(s). Scheduling an appointment for kindergarten registration confirms program choice.
Kindergarten registration for the 2013-2014 school year will take place Monday, February 4, 2013 through Thursday, February 7, 2013. Appointments will be available between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM daily with hours extended to 6:00 PM on one evening. Parents wishing to register their child for the Contemporary Program should call Brewster School at 349-7227 for an appointment. To register a child for the Integrated Day program, please call John Lyman School at 349-7240 for an appointment. Once the registration appointment has been made, the school will send a registration information packet. This information will include a residency form and questionnaire, a student information/emergency form, a school entry health questionnaire and a parent questionnaire, which should be completed and brought to registration along with a copy of the child’s birth certificate. Please make sure that the residency form is completed in its entirety and notarized. If the family has a child already in district, the residency form is not required. Your child should attend the registration appointment with you.
Please share this information with others you may know who have children eligible for kindergarten in the fall of 2013.
Any parent of an eligible kindergarten child who wishes to hold his/her child out of school for another year must sign a form at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.