WESTFIELD, NJ — In January, Westfield public schools will begin registering children who will become eligible for kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year, the district announced Friday. The district also wants to register children who are not attending Westfield Public Schools for kindergarten but will enter first grade there in the fall.

“It is very helpful for the district to have this information so that we may effectively plan for every new child,” Superintendent of Schools Margaret Dolan said in a press release. “We look forward to welcoming our new young learners.”

Kindergarten Registration for all children who are residents of Westfield reaching the age of 5 on or before Oct. 1, 2017, will be held at Lincoln School, 728 Westfield Avenue. Lincoln School is the centralized kindergarten location for the Westfield Public Schools.  Parents may register children eligible for kindergarten on the dates and during the times indicated below by first calling 789-4455 for an appointment.

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In the event of a delayed opening or school closing due to inclement weather, registration for that day will be rescheduled. 

Daytime appointments will be:

Monday, January 9, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 10, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 12, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, January 18, 1 - 3 p.m.

Thursday, January 19, 1 - 3 p.m.

Friday, January 20, 1 - 3 p.m.

Kindergarten evening appointments will be:

Wednesday, January 25, 6 - 8 p.m. and Thursday, January 26, 6 - 8 p.m.

First Grade Registration for all children who are residents of Westfield reaching the age of 6 on or before Oct. 1, 2017 and have not yet attended the Westfield Public Schools is as follows: 

Daytime Registration:

Franklin School - 789-4591- Thursday, January 5, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Franklin School - 789-4591- Friday, January 6, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Jefferson School - 789-4490 - Monday, January 9, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Jefferson School - 789-4490 - Tuesday, January 10, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

McKinley School - 789-4555 - Friday, January 13, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tamaques School - 789-4580 - Thursday, January 19, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Washington School - 789-4600 - Tuesday, January 10, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wilson School - 789-4605 - Monday, January 23, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Evening appointments to register first graders who are new to the Westfield Public Schools will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (for all schools) in the Administration Building, 302 Elm Street, Room 106, first floor. Call 789-4420 for an evening appointment at Elm Street. 

All new students will be required to have the following information for registration in the Westfield Public Schools:  

  • Birth certificate with raised seal from the Bureau of Vital Statistics
  • Two proofs of residency documents such as a copy of a recorded deed, tax bill, mortgage statement or fully executed copy of lease agreement, along with a current utility statement or any other documentation that shows that the student seeking to be enrolled maintains his or her permanent home within the Town of Westfield
  • Personal Health History
  • and Proof of Immunization (most recent record), which includes:  Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus vaccine (DPT Series) – 4 doses with 1 dose given on or after the fourth birthday, or any total of 5 doses. Poliomyelitis vaccine – 3 doses of oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) or enhanced inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), with 1 dose given on or after the fourth birthday, or any 4 doses spaced by a minimum of 1 month. Rubeola (Measles) vaccine – 2 doses given on or after the first birthday separated by at least a month, or laboratory documentation of immunity. Rubella (German Measles) vaccine – 1 dose given on or after the first birthday, or laboratory documentation of immunity. Mumps vaccine – 1 dose given on or after the first birthday, or laboratory documentation of immunity. Hepatitis B vaccine – 3 doses or laboratory documentation of immunity. Varicella vaccine - one dose of varicella vaccine on or after the first birthday or proof of disease or immunity is required for children 19 months of age or older who attend a child care center, or are entering Kindergarten or Grade 1.

State law will not permit any child to be admitted to a public school unless immunizations have been completed and documented by an M.D., D.O., or Nurse Practitioner, specifically indicating a day, month and year administered.

Only one entry physical examination is necessary on admission to kindergarten or first grade (pre-K physical may be the entry physical). A five year physical exam is recommended.

Registration, Personal Health History, Physical Exam and Medical Records forms are available on the district web site at www.westfieldnjk12.org. They are located within the Parents tab under the “New Student Registration Forms” link and can be printed and completed before the scheduled registration date. These forms are also available by calling one of the schools.

Parents who have any questions about the registration process are asked to call one of the Westfield Public Schools.