Dates – and tips – for ’15-16 school signups

Registering your child for school at a Hood River County School District facility? They vary by building, but most are ongoing through Aug. 28.

School begins Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day.

Here are schedule details and a few pointers from long-time secretary Barb Cooper, of Westside Elementary.

“We like families to come in sooner than later, if they’re brand new, or the child is in Kindergarten, or to take care of records, proof of residency,” Cooper said.

“Just come in early and register. There is not a lot to it. We fax for information from former schools, and we have just a few forms of our own. We’ll also have good things to give them back, school calendar, lunch menu, supply lists — the fun things.

“It’s a pretty quick process, and we love it if they can get it taken care of by next week if they can,” Cooper said.

Enrollment time is a great opportunity for Cooper to get to know families.

“Quite often this is their first meeting anyone to Hood River,” she said. “I give people doctor names, baby sitter names, fun things for kids to do — we’re like a mini chamber or commerce here.

“We usually give the kids a little walkabout, if I can, while the parents are filling out the paperwork, and I can get to know them,” she said. “I think it helps the students, then on the first day they’re not looking around and thinking, ‘Where am I?’”

School registration schedule:

Cascade Locks — Aug. 19-22, 7 a.m. to 2:430 p.m., 541-374-8467

May Street — Aug. 11-28, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 541-386-2656

Mid Valley (Odell) — Aug. 18-16, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 541-354-1691

Parkdale — Aug. 15-28, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 541-352-6255.

Westside Elementary — Aug. 11-25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 541-386-1535.

Wy’east Middle — Aug. 27, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 541-354-1548

Hood River Middle — Aug. 26, 10:30 to 6 p.m., 541-386-2114.

Hood River Valley High School — Aug. 26-28 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (except for the Aug. 28, with end time of 4 p.m.). Registration packets will be available online at beginning Aug 26; 541-386-4500.

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