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Parents sign up kids for school as kindergarten registration begins

DULUTH - Liliana Hajdu said she's ready for kindergarten.

The 5-year-old said she likes drawing, painting, coloring and learning about the computer. She's ready to be dropped off at Chattahoochee Elementary School with her brother.

Henriett Hajdu said she knows her daughter is excited, but she can't believe how fast time has gone by.

"I can't believe it's already time," Hajdu said. "She was just born, and now she's registering for kindergarten."

Parents visited Gwinnett County elementary schools on Thursday to register their children for kindergarten. The adults, who came armed with birth certificates, immunization forms, mortgages, utility bills and Social Security cards, were asked to fill out piles of paperwork while the children participated in brief screenings or activities.

Jone Cross, an assistant principal at Chattahoochee Elementary, said the school set up registration stations in the cafeteria to prevent parents from having to wait in a long line. About 40 parents were waiting for registration to open at 10 a.m., and families continued to stop by the school throughout the day.

Cross said kindergarten registration day is always exciting.

"Seeing the new faces as we say goodbye to the fifth-graders keeps the excitement going for us," she said. "We're already thinking about August."

Charlene P. Covington said her son, Perry, has been learning at preschool how to carry a lunch tray and how to walk down the right-hand side of the hallway.

"He's very excited," she said, adding, "I think I'm more excited than he is."

Lisa Bratts said she'll spend the summer working with her daughter, Jasmine, to make sure she's ready for the first day of school.

"We'll continue to practice our numbers and sight words," she said.

Brandon Rushin said his family is excited about kindergarten. They've already purchased a few school supplies, and his daughter, Makenzie, is talking about how she'll go to Chattahoochee next year instead of preschool.

"We're excited for Makenzie," he said, "because she loves learning."

SideBar: Kindergarten registration

If you missed kindergarten registration Thursday, call your local elementary school to see when you can sign your child up for kindergarten. You will need the following documents to enroll your child in school:

An official document showing proof of your child's birth date. Examples include an original birth certificate or birth registration or a passport.

A Georgia certificate of immunization. Call the Gwinnett County Health Department or visit www.gwinnetthealth.com to see what shots are required.

Evidence of vision, hearing and dental exams obtained in the past year. The Health Department and most Georgia physicians and dentists can help you obtain the forms.

Proof of residency in the attendance zone. Examples include a noncontingent sales contract, lease or deed accompanied by at least one utility bill (excluding telephone bills) with the same address.

The child's Social Security number. Students will be enrolled even if the number is not provided, but parents will be asked to sign a waiver.

A copy of a progress report if your child has attended a state pre-K program. This can be helpful information for your child's new kindergarten teacher.

A letter of guardianship if you are not the child's birth parent. Call Gwinnett County Probate Court at 770-822-8265 for more information.

Your photo identification.

Source: Gwinnett County Public Schools