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Kindergarten Round-Up 2024-2025

Thursday, March 28, 2024  Noon-7pm

Friday, March 29, 2024 9am-3pm



Kindergarten Registration Link

Sign-Up for a time slot on March 28 or 29






We are excited for our future Panthers to be in our building on March 28th and 29th. First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Corey Troast, I'm the principal here at Cottonwood. Next year will be my 5th year as the principal, but I've been teaching in Paola my entire career. I taught Middle School and Elementary P.E and served as an Intervention Coordinator before I became Principal. My wife Erin and I live in Paola with our son Liam and our daughter Devin. Please take the time to read the information below closely if you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at corey_troast@usd368.org.



Mr. Troast


Below you will find two links for Kindergarten Round-Up. The first is a Google form registration that will give us information about your student. The second link is to sign up for a time slot on March 28th and March 29th. Please make sure you sign up for a time slot as soon as possible. If you sign up and realize you need a different slot please call the Cottonwood office to make any changes. At Round-Up, we will be able to share information about Cottonwood and answer any questions you might have. When you arrive, your child will get to go with one of our Kindergarten teachers to do a quick assessment of skills such as writing, initial sounds, letter identification, shapes, and other beginning Kindergarten skills. While you’re waiting, you will complete online enrollment for the 24-25 school year. You will also have the opportunity to talk with me, Bell Worrell (School Social Worker), and Robin Meeks (District Nurse). After meeting with your child, the teacher will meet with you to summarize the skills they worked on. The PTO will also be available at Round-Up if you want to order school supplies. In total, you can expect the round-up to take 20-30 minutes. We ask that you bring the following items:



· Your Child’s Birth Certificate- Required for enrollment

· Immunization Records

· Copy of Current Physical



Please note that WE WILL NEED a copy of your child's birth certicate to complete their enrollment. Your child will not be allowed to start at Cottonwood until we have a copy. It is highly recommeneded that you bring it to Kindergarten Round-Up.

Common Questions



Below are the most common questions I get at Kindergarten Round-Up. Please do not hesitate to ask me a question at round-up or email me ahead of time.


By attending round-up is my child automatically enrolled at Cottonwood?


Please be prepared to complete enrollment at round-up, this would include emergency contact information for your child. Your child's enrollment will not be accepted until we have a copy of their birth certicate on file.


Do I need to have Birth Certificate and Immunizations Records with me at Kindergarten Round-Up ?


Yes. It is extremely helpful to have a paper copy at round-up. Pictures of the paper copy will not work. Your child's enrollment will not be accepted until we have a paper copy on file. If you need to order a copy please use the link below. You can bring paper copies after round-up, but please note our secertaries are out of the office from June through July.




Who should attend Round-Up?


We know Kindergarten is a Big Deal! Your future Kindergartner does need to attend round-up as we complete a screener with one of our Kindergarten teachers. Parents and Guardians should attend as well. There isn't a need for grandparents to attend.


Do I need to have school supplies at Round-Up?


No, you do not need to bring supplies.


Will I find out my son/daughters future teacher at Round-Up?


Your child will get to meet one of our Kindergarten teachers at Round-Up, but that doesn't mean they will be their teacher. We place students in classrooms after round-up and you will find your childs teacher in August.


What is the best way to stay up to date with everything happening at Cottonwood?



Check out our Facebook page at Cottonwood Elementary School USD 368 and our district website's school page. On our page you can always find copies of my monthly newsletter and district calendars.