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December 13, 2013

Information nights for kindergarten, preschool set

NEWBURYPORT — Come and learn about the kindergarten programs at the new Bresnahan School and registration process for the 2014-2015 school year on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Brown School gymnasium.

Staff is still working to determine start and end times for kindergarten programs at the new school, which will be finalized in the coming weeks.

A snow date is scheduled for Jan. 8.

All kindergarten staff, specialists and administrators will be available to present an overview of the program as well as answer questions. Registration procedures will be discussed.

Newburyport offers two types of kindergarten programs:

A full-day program (6 1/2-hour day) that is tuition-based (current tuition for 2013-2014 is $3,500 annually and is subject to change for next year). A full-day lottery will be held on Jan. 29 to determine if a child is accepted into the full-day program. If there are more applicants than slots available, a waiting list will be formed.

Students not granted a spot in the full-day program will be entered into the half-day lottery which is held to determine a.m. or p.m. placement in the half-day program.

A half-day program (2 1/2-hour day) -is free of charge. Both a.m. and p.m. classes are offered. A half-day lottery will be held on Jan. 29 to determine a.m. or p.m. placement.

Children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2014, are eligible to register. Children who are 6 years old by this date must register for kindergarten or first grade.

Preschool information night for the new Bresnahan School will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Brown School gymnasium at 6 p.m. Snow date is Feb. 5.

Parents are invited to learn about the preschool programs at the new Bresnahan School and registration process for the 2014-2015 school year. Due to planning for the new school, staff is still working to determine offerings for next year but will be able to announce programs at the preschool information night. They are hoping to offer the same programs that are in place this year: five full day (6 1/2-hour program), 5 extended day (4 1/2-hour program), 4 day a.m. and 4 day p.m. (2 1/2-hour program Monday-Thursday).

All preschool staff, specialists and administrators will be available to present an overview of the program as well as answer questions. Registration procedures will be discussed. Returning students entering their second year of preschool in the programs will be granted priority registration. All new students will be enrolled in the programs through a lottery that will be drawn on March 4. Children must be 3 by Sept. 1, 2014, to enroll in preschool.

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