MCPS begins kindergarten registration March 6


MISSOULA, Mont. - Missoula County Public Schools will begin registering students for kindergarten Monday, March 6, 2017. Kindergarten registration is starting early this year in order to accommodate for an expected increase in enrollment.

Parents are encouraged to register between March 6 and April 14. Officials say it's to become connected with their neighborhood school early and ensure success for their children.

Registration is open for all nine MCPS elementary schools, but parents must register for the school that serves their neighborhood.

Missoula resident Dianna Fitch says it's a milestone to be able to watch her grandchildren start kindergarten.

"I am so excited. Each grade is another phase they are going through and learning new things," Fitch said. "It is really fun to watch them do that, I learn different things and they always come home and say they learned this or that and it's a lot of fun."

MCPS says a child must be age 5 on or before September 10, 2017, to register for the fall 2017 school year. Parents can register online or at the school that serves their neighborhood. If you are unsure what school district you are in to register your child, click here.

Parents must have their child's birth certificate and proof of immunizations to register. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services require all kindergartners to have the following vaccinations: polio, d-tap, measles, mumps, rubella and a chicken pox vaccine.

Parents also need to bring two forms of physical address verification, a utility bill, phone bill, lease agreement, etc.

MCPS says it is important that parents register their child as soon as possible so that students can be included in Kindergarten Roundup, which is an orientation program for kindergartners and their parents.

Blake Brambo, 5, is in preschool and is about to start kindergarten in the fall. He says he's excited to start a new school.

"I am looking forward to playing sports and making friends who play by the rules," Blake said.

Madison Brambo, Blake's mom, says she's not ready for the change.

"He's growing up really fast," Brambo said.

For more information or to enroll online, click here.