Parent reminder: elementary-school choice cards are due Monday, Feb. 28

You might forget to send Aunt Mim a Christmas card, or fill out that Best Buy rebate form, but there’s a piece of mail you must remember to have a say in where your 4-year-old goes to kindergarten in the fall: the Minneapolis Public School District’s School Choice card.

The cards – on which you list your preferred schools – must be postmarked on or before Monday, Feb. 28. All families of incoming kindergarteners can make two choices; parents in the Kingfield and East Harriet neighborhoods can add a third choice because they have no designated community school. Families with a K-8 student who wishes to transfer between Minneapolis Public Schools must also use the cards.

The card is available from the district’s home page at www.mpls.k12.mn.us. Look for the link labeled "2005-2006 K-8 School Request Cards." You can also call the district at 668-1840.

The district Web site said families should receive their school assignment letters by late March.