The Mary E. Dardess Elementary School, Chatham, New York, announces the registration dates for the 2022-2023 Kindergarten Class.

Registration for the Class of 2035 begins in February. Registration packets will be mailed to the homes of children who are on our district census. If you have a child who is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall and you do not receive a packet by March 16, please call Mrs. Layton at (518) 392-2255 ext. 1.

Children must be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2022 to be eligible to attend kindergarten this fall. Registration requirements include the child’s birth certificate or other proof of age and proof of immunizations (see below), as well as two proofs of residency (electric or telephone bill, automobile insurance card, bank statement, driver’s license, lease or mortgage, etc.) showing street address, not post office box. Additionally, a physical examination is required to be on file by September 30. A valid physical exam for the 2022-2023 school year needs to have been completed after September 9, 2021.

Required proofs of immunizations include:

  • Diphtheria and Tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine (DTap, DTP, Tdap) – 5 doses or 4 doses if the 4th dose was received at 4 years of age or older;
  • Polio vaccine (IPV/OPV) - 4 doses or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was received at 4 years of age or older;
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR) - 2 doses;
  • Hepatitis B vaccine - 3 doses;
  • Varicella vaccine – 2 doses.

For further information regarding immunizations, you may call the school nurse at (518) 392-1537. Additionally, please send a dental certificate if you have one, although it is not a requirement to attend school.

Please Note: Screenings for the M.E.D. PreK program will take place at a later date. Information regarding Chatham's 2022-2023 PreK program will be mailed out in the spring to the parents of children on our Class of 2036 census. Please contact the M.E.D. main office at (518) 392-2255 x 1 if you would like to add your child/children onto the Chatham Central School District census.