A campaign in underway urging parents to register their students who will enter kindergarten in August.

The number of students who will enter kindergarten is always a guessing game, but early registration helps educators plan for the number of classrooms and teachers needed.

The goal is to know how many students will enter kindergarten at each of the elementary school in August, officials said, and how many teachers will be needed.

David Quanz, Nike Elementary principal, Lisa Weirich, Coleman Elementary principal, and Jenna Sladek, Coleman and Zitzman assistant principal, have mapped out a campaign to urge early registration.

The strategy includes brightly colored posters, contacts with parents and the promise of a free T-shirt for students who register before March 2.

“We’re already registering kindergarten students,” Sladek said. “We’ve notified families in the district that kindergarten registration is now open.”

No appointment is needed to register students, but a parent or guardian must present immunization records, an official birth certificate and proof of residency to register.

Parents can find registration forms online at www.mvr3.k12.mo.us and links at each school’s home page.

Kindergarten registration packets are available during school hours at all elementary schools.

Children must be 5 years old by July 31 to enroll for the 2018-19 school year.


Two screening dates have been scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 5, from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

An appointment is encouraged for kindergarten readiness screenings.

“We’re focusing on kindergarten readiness and want to answer as many questions as possible so students are ready for the big transition,” Sladek said.

Elementary school phone numbers are as follows: Coleman Elementary, 636-742-2133; Nike Elementary, 636-271-1444; Robertsville Elementary, 636-271-1448; Truman Elementary, 636-271-1434 and Zitzman Elementary, 636-271-1440.