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Kindergarten registration April 5, preschool registration April 10

Preschoolers Ulrik Mursu, Margaret Willie, and Bretley Redetzke read books at one of the stations in their classroom at Kids Adventure Preschool in Perham. (Kim Brasel/FOCUS).1 / 4
Preschoolers Abe Bailey, Easton Guck, and Jonah Sazama learn about different animals while playing bingo at Kids Adventure Preschool in Perham. (Kim Brasel/FOCUS).2 / 4
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Kindergartners McKenzie Basic and Jack Tuper work on their 3-D models made out of marshmallows and toothpicks in Mrs. Richter's class at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School in Perham. The lesson taught the students how to identify and describe shapes. (Kim Brasel/FOCUS).4 / 4

It's that time of year, time for Kindergarten Exploration Night Thursday, April 5, and Kid's Adventure Preschool Spring Open House Tuesday, April 10, at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School.

Elementary School Principal Jen Hendrickson said both nights are a fun way for little ones to get to know the teachers and the school.

Kindergarten Exploration night runs from 4-7 p.m. and offers two sessions. The first session is from 4-5 p.m., then a meal will be served from 5-6 p.m. in the cafeteria where kids can go through the lunch line with their parents. The second session is from 6-7 p.m.

Hendrickson said families can choose the session that works best for them and have the meal before or after the session they pick.

During the session, students and their parents will spend time with the kindergarten teachers, participate in classroom activities, and have a chance to check out the gym, the library, and the music room.

Hendrickson will have a presentation for parents on what to expect and answer questions in an information session.

Siblings are welcome to come. There will be daycare and activities provided. Tours of the school will be offered as well. Hendrickson added they are offering something new this year.

"We are giving away T-shirts to all the students who attend, and on the shirt it says, 'Buzzing into kindergarten'" she said.

Parents should have received registration packets in the mail. They are asked to turn it in ahead of time or that night. Extra staff will be on hand to help with the paperwork.

"We'd like to encourage families that can't make it to the registration night to stop by the school and drop off the paperwork," Hendrickson said.

If your child is kindergarten eligible, which is age 5 by Sept. 1, 2018, and has not received a packet, call the elementary school office at 218-346-KIDS.

She added the school will also work with families to give tours.

"It's really a fun night and I enjoy meeting the new parents and seeing the kids excitement," Hendrickson said.

Also this month is Kids Adventure Preschool Night, Tuesday, April 10, from 5-7 p.m.

"Our goal for that night is to have families come in and check out the preschool, meet the classroom teachers, explore the classroom, and register," Hendrickson said.

The program has half-day classes for 3-year-olds and full day classes for 4-year-olds.

Hendrickson advised calling the office for a registration packet if you are unable to make it on April 10, because the classes fill up quickly.

For questions about either event, call the elementary school office at 218-346-KIDS.