The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) will hold pre-registration for kindergartners and students new to the county and/or the public school system from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, February 17. Parents are encouraged to check the individual school web site for possible extended hours. Parents may also pre-register their children on March 23 and April 22.
To be eligible for public kindergarten, children must be five years old on or before September 1 and must reside in St. Johns County. To register for first grade, children must be six years old on or before September 1 and have successfully completed kindergarten. The child’s certified birth certificate is required at the time of registration. Only the legal name is acceptable on student records.
“Parents must register children at the school where they have been zoned for the 2010-2011 school year,” according to Sallyanne Smith, Director for Student Services. “They should bring one of the following proofs of residency: a mortgage statement, lease or rent agreement. An additional proof of residency is required, preferably an electric bill.”
In addition to the child’s certified birth certificate, Florida law requires any student entering a Florida school for the first time to show proof of certain immunizations and a physical examination. Parents are also encouraged to bring proof of the child’s social security number.
A child’s immunization record should be taken to a private physician or to the St. Johns County Health Department, 1955 U.S.1 South. If all required immunizations have been received, the health department or private physician will issue HRS Form 680, which will permit the child to enter school in Florida. In addition to other required immunizations, children must have received two measles immunizations (preferably MMR), a varicella (chicken pox) vaccine and at least the first Hepatitis B Shot before starting public or private kindergarten.
A physical examination that has been performed within one year prior to enrollment in school will be accepted. Physical examinations can be obtained from either a private physician or from the county health department.
Students can be registered at any time throughout the spring or during the school year. The purpose of the selected days is to help reduce the number of students that need to be enrolled at the beginning of school. Additional information on registration and school attendance zones may be obtained from the Student Services Office at 547-7593 or 547-7598.

RSVP Chocolate Gala   The 17th Annual RSVP Chocolate and Beyond Gala will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 20 at First Coast Technical College located at 2980 Collins Avenue in St. Augustine.  The theme for this year’s event is “A Night in Camelot.”
A sampling of savory delicacies including chocolate, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts will be available from many of the area’s finest restaurants and specialty shops.  A live and silent auction, raffle and door prizes will also be included.
Chocolate and Beyond is hosted by The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of St. Johns County, and all proceeds benefit the program.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Wachovia Bank and Community First Credit Union branches (St. Augustine and select Jacksonville area locations) and Whetstone Chocolates, 13 Anastasia Boulevard. To pay by VISA or MasterCard or for more information, please call 547-3945.
Event sponsors are Emeritus of St. Augustine, Florida Power and Light, Northrop Grumman, the St. Augustine Record, and the St. Johns County School District.