Edmonds Kind of Play: Have a child starting kindergarten or preschool next fall? What you need to know

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

We are just days away from both report cards coming home and kindergarten registration opening here in the Edmonds School District. As a sure sign school is almost halfway over, we are shopping for our third backpack of the year and have already replaced multiple inexplicably destroyed binders and folders. I wish I knew how this stuff disintegrated, but I get the super-high shoulder shrug with a side of innocence when I ask, “What happened to this?!?” The sort of unbelievable truth is, it is already time to talk about the 2014-2015 school year for school-agers and preschoolers alike.

I spoke with Shelley Roehl at the Edmonds School District to confirm some specifics about registering your child for kindergarten, but it’s always good to check in with your home school for questions as each school does things a little differently. You can pick up a registration packet at your home school starting Monday, Feb. 3 and they will be accepted starting Feb. 11. (You can click HERE if you aren’t sure what your home school is.)

According to Roehl, some schools require proof of residency before passing out the packets, as they can be personalized to that school. If you are requesting full-day kindergarten, you will need to ask for the additional full-time paperwork and it will be due by March 7 to enter the lottery, if your school has one. Roehl mentioned if you are in a first-come/first-served school that there is no need to line up on the 11th (I totally would be “ that guy”) and also asked that you (read, me) wait until your school’s front office makes it through the morning attendance routine before showing up to turn in your paperwork. She didn’t say anything about standing next to your car, staring at your watch and trying not to cry because your baby is old enough for kindergarten, while waiting long enough for it to die down in the front office. You can click HERE for more information about registration.
If you still have a preschoolers or pre-preschoolers, there are a lot of great options in Edmonds. I found the decision overwhelming, especially with my first kid. We started out our preschool careers with a co-op. I liked being in the classroom at first and it is definitely the most affordable option. Locally, there are a few cooperative preschools — Edmonds Co-op, which is held at the Alderwood Early Learning Center, Playful Learning Cooperative Preschool (formerly MLT Co-op) and the West Edmonds Co-Op, both are held at the former Woodway Elementary. West Edmonds Co-op and Playful Learning Cooperative preschool are having open houses Friday, Jan.31. West Edmonds will hold their open house from 10 a.m. to noon. They have spots available if you are ready to start sooner than next September; they are registering for next year on Feb. 15. You can call 425-954-6270 or email registrar@westedmondscoop.org, to RSVP for the open house. Playful Learning Co-op, at the same location, is having their open house from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.. If you would like to attend you can contact the the school registrar at registrar@mlt-coop.com or call the school at 206-533-9200.

I am sure you have seen all of the yard signs on busy corners recently around Edmonds for things like Little League and other sports that are starting registration. I figured I would check them out and report back! Let’s start with Pacific Little League.

This Saturday, Feb. 1, Pacific Little League is having an Information open house for “questions, in-person registration, and payment by check.” The open house is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Great Hall at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Not only can you register, but there is a gear exchange where you can bring gear in “good condition” to trade with others. You still have time to decide; registration doesn’t close until Feb. 18 for Majors and Feb. 28 for most other divisions.

The other sign I’ve seen a lot is for Sno-King Youth Club Flag Football. Registration is already open so I called to double check and there is still space. Flag football is 5-on-5, non-contact football for boys and girls between 1st and 6th grade. Registration closes when the teams are full and the first practices start March 18. Per their website, “SKYC is proud to be participating in an NFL Youth Flag League! Each child will receive an NFL team jersey. Flag belts and footballs will be provided.”

How about a Seahawks coloring project to keep little ones happy?
How about a Seahawks coloring project to keep little ones happy?

Have a great weekend and Go Hawks! And speaking of Hawks, if you are looking for ways to keep the little ones busy during Sunday’s Super Bowl festivities, remember to check out my earlier column of football-friendly craft ideas, “Fan-tastic Finds to Keep Kids Busy…”

— By Jen Marx

Jen Marx, an Edmonds Mom of two young boys, is a traffic reporter by dawn and writer and PBJ maker by day. She is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time. You can contact Jen with your local event at play@myedmondsnews.com or find her trying to make sense of begging kids to ” just eat the mac n cheese” at SnackMomSyndrome.com. If you have a kid-friendly event you’d like to share, email her at play@myedmondsnews.com.

  1. Thanks for the timely and helpful information. I know we, and a number of friends, have been asking these specific questions.

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