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River Valley Kindergarten Registration


Kindergarten Screening will be held on Thursday, May 4 & Friday, May 5 at Heritage Elementary. Whether your child will be attending Heritage or Liberty Elementary, we ask that all students participate in the screening at Heritage.

Online registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now open. In order to enroll your child in kindergarten, please follow the steps outlined below.  If you have questions at any time in the process, please feel free to contact either Heritage or Liberty Elementary. We are also taking open enrolled student registration. Thank you!

Heritage Elementary- (740) 725-5500

Liberty Elementary- (740) 725-5600

Children who will be five years old on or before August 1st will be eligible for kindergarten and are required by law to register. 

*If you know of anyone who is eligible but would not receive this notice, please pass this information on and ask them to notify their respective schools.  We are looking forward to seeing you and meeting some of you for the first time!

 In order to register your child for kindergarten, you must first click on the link below in order to complete the necessary demographic information. After you have completed this information, you will receive a confirmation email within 5-7 days. You may also follow the steps below in order to complete the registration process.  If you do not have internet access or are unable to complete this process, please contact Darlene Kaiser at (740) 725-5500.

Step One- Registration Form

Please click on the following link to complete the registration form:

Once you have submitted your child's registration information, you will receive a confirmation email from Melanie Comstock within 5-7 days.

Step Two- Sign Up for a Kindergarten Screening Appointment

Once your registration form has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email from Melanie Comstock within 5-7 days. In this email, there will be a link to sign up for your child's screening time. Simply follow this link to complete the process. Once you have signed up for a time, you will receive a reminder email 7 days prior to your appointment. Screening will take place on Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5 at Heritage Elementary. When you come for screening, you MUST provide us with the following documentation:
  •  Original birth certificate 
  • Immunization records

  • Proof of residency (either a mortgage statement or lease agreement are the only acceptable forms)

  • Custody papers, if appropriate

  • Medical authorization, if appropriate

**Without the above documentation, your child will not be screened or be able to start school.

Step Three- Open House Information
We invite you to attend our Open House on Monday, August 15 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. At this time, you will be able to find out who your child's teacher is, pay school fees, and tour the building.

Step Four- Gentle Start Days
Kindergarten students will participate in Gentle Start days starting on August 17. Please note that this is a tentative schedule based on Board approval. The schedule is as follows:    

Child's Last Names starting with A-G will attend Wednesday, August 17.

Child's Last Names starting with H-N will attend Thursday, August 18.

Child's Last Names starting with O-Z will attend Friday, August 19.

*** All students will start together on Monday, August 22, 2016. ***


If you are open enrolling your child at River Valley, you may pick up the Open Enrollment Application in our District Administration Office starting April 3. Please note that this application must be filled out along with registering your child .

Open enrollment is time sensitive as limited number of spots are available. Open Enrollment paperwork is dated and those who have completed paperwork are accepted according to the date on the paperwork.  Applying for open enrollment does not guarantee admittance as classrooms fill up quickly

 If you have further questions, please look below in order to read some Frequently Asked Questions.

When can I register my child?

You may register your child at any time. However, please note that we are conducting a screening of incoming kindergarten students on May 4 and May 5. Please register your child, so that we can have everyone signed up for a screening time. 

What immunizations are required for kindergarten?

Please follow the link below to The Ohio Department of Health website for an updated list of vaccinations. For additional questions regarding vaccinations, please contact your child’s healthcare provider or the Ohio Department of Health’s immunization program at 1-800-282-0546.


How can I get my child ready for kindergarten?

The most important thing to prepare for kindergarten is to help your child develop a positive attitude about school and the wonderful things he/she will be learning. Other activities that will stimulate learning include:

  • Reading to your child and sharing picture books every day develops an interest in reading;

  • Practice writing his/her name with crayons, pencils or markers;

  • Counting with picture books, snacks (pretzels, fish crackers, etc.) or while setting the table for dinner;

  • Reading and enjoying alphabet books and recognizing letters of the alphabet in everyday life (ex. restaurants, cereal boxes, road signs, etc.);

  • Recognizing, naming and drawing basic shapes;

  • Practicing your phone number and address;

  • Coloring; and,

  • Cutting.

What is the kindergarten schedule?

River Valley's kindergarten program is all day, everyday. This is offered to all students. 

Do you accept students that are not five years old by August 1?

All students must be at least five years old by August 1, 2017 in order to attend the 2017-2018 school year.