LAWRENCEVILLE - After school began Thursday morning, Gwinnett County's elementary schools opened their doors for kindergarten registration.
While parents filled out forms and submitted mandatory paperwork, the 5-year-olds played with their future classmates and got acquainted with the school they will attend this August.
Participation in registration activities is good for students and parents because "there's no anxiety of the unknown," said F.A. McLeod, an assistant principal at Camp Creek Elementary School in Lilburn.
At Camp Creek, kindergarten teachers gave the future pupils their first test, asking them to identify letters, numbers, colors and shapes and to follow a series of directions. The test was given so administrators could assign the children to the appropriate classroom, McLeod said.
Parents said the registration process was simple and organized.
"It's very organized," said Mindy Sillyman, who was enrolling her son, Grant. "I thought it was going to be a little more chaotic."
Sillyman went through the registration process two years ago, when her daughter entered kindergarten. Although Grant "doesn't seem to think much about" starting school, Sillyman said her son remembers coming to eat lunch with his big sister.
Missy Radker, who was enrolling her oldest son, said the registration process was "so far, so good."
"There's a lot of paperwork," she said. "We took a trip to the doctor this morning."
Radker said her son, Jacob, was most excited about being able to ride on the school bus - although he probably won't take the bus to school until later in the year.
Marcella Barnett said her son, Christian Hayden, is "beyond ready" to start kindergarten.
"He wanted to start today," she said. "He's asking if he can come back tomorrow."
Gwinnett County Public Schools expects to enroll about 12,740 kindergartners for the 2007-08 school year, said Jorge Quintana, a school system spokesman. Overall, the system expects to enroll 159,258 students.
Parents who were unable to register for kindergarten Thursday can complete enrollment throughout the summer at the school the child will attend next year. If the child will attend Lovin, Mulberry or Patrick elementary schools, registration should be completed at the school the child would have attended before these schools opened, Quintana said.
Anyone with questions about where a child should be registered can call the school system's planning department at 678-301-7085.
To register a child in kindergarten, parents and guardians must provide the following documents:
•An official document showing proof of child's birth date, such as an original birth certificate or birth registration
•Evidence of vision, hearing and detail exams obtained in the past year
•A Georgia certificate of immunization. Required shots include the series for Hepatitis B, DPT and polio; an MMR shot, plus additional mumps and measles shots or a second MMR or a health care provider's documentation of illness; and two doses of the varicella, or chicken pox, vaccine or a health care provider's documentation of illness.
•Proof of residency in an attendance zone, such as a utility bill, lease or mortgage agreement that shows a street address
•Proof of custody or guardianship if the adult enrolling the child in school is not the birth parent. For information, call the Gwinnett County Probate Court at 770-822-8275.
•The child's Social Security number
•Photo identification of the adult enrolling the child in school