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SCHOOL SIGN-UP TIME ARRIVES : CASTAIC DISTRICT REGISTRATION TODAY.

Byline: Mary Schubert Daily News Staff Writer

Have those immunization forms, proof of residency and birth certificates handy - it's time to acknowledge your little baby has grown up and is ready for kindergarten.

The Castaic Union School District will hold its annual Kindergarten Roundup this afternoon, and administrators say estimating how many kids will be enrolled for the first time in public school is an inexact science at best.

Nonetheless, such information is crucial to planning how many teachers to hire and how many classrooms to set aside, said Jim Estes, director of business and personnel for the Castaic district. To maximize planning time, the district conducts registration six months before classes start in the fall, he said.

Sign-ups will begin at 4 p.m. at Live Oak Elementary School, 27715 Saddleridge Way, and Castaic Elementary School, 28900 Hillcrest Parkway.

Parents must bring their children's birth certificates, showing that they will be 5 years old by Dec. 2, as well as some proof of residency within school district boundaries - such as a driver's license, a utility bill, escrow papers or a rental agreement.

Estes said district administrators, with the help of local real estate agents, gauge the number of prospective students through questionnaires to home buyers.

Compared to the 1995-96 school year, Castaic Elementary School's enrollment grew about 11 percent overall this year, Estes said. That translates to about 100 additional students, he said.

``We're projecting continued enrollment growth for this coming year,'' Estes said. Live Oak's overall enrollment probably will grow 2 percent 3 percent, he added.

As many as 150 children are expected to start kindergarten at Live Oak this fall, said third-grade teacher Cindie Weldon. By comparison, this year's kindergarten class numbers 120, she said.

Parents can line up for registration beginning with school dismissal at 3 p.m., Weldon said. ``Because of the (preference) for morning kindergarten, some parents are willing to come out early,'' she said.

The school probably will offer three morning kindergarten classes and two afternoon sessions. As an added bonus for youngsters just starting school, the new campus of Castaic Elementary is expected to open in the fall, Weldon said.

Elementary students - 729 at last count - have spent all year in portable classrooms on the Castaic Middle School campus, but construction on their new school should be complete by summer's end, Weldon said.

Meanwhile, Live Oak has had 112 kindergartners this year and expects just as many next year, said Principal Peter Swavely. Overall, the school has 645 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Parents who miss today's ``roundup'' can register their children beginning Wednesday and continuing through the end of summer, Swavely said.

Student immunizations are required for polio, mumps, measles, rubella, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, and diphtheria-pertussis (whooping cough)-tetanus, Swavely said.
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