Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have only been open for 25 days, but parents can already look ahead to the 2011-2012 school year. New students may begin enrolling in CMS on Wednesday, Oct. 6. New-student enrollment is for children entering kindergarten or older students who will be new to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Students must be enrolled by Dec. 10, 2010, to be eligible for the first magnet lottery, which will be open from Jan. 7 – Feb. 7, 2011. Families who are enrolled by the Dec. 10 deadline will receive a personalized magnet-lottery instruction sheet in the mail during the first week of January. Families who plan to send their child to their assigned home school do not have to register by Dec. 10, but are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible. Children must be five years old on or before Aug. 31, 2011, to be considered for kindergarten. Students must be four years old on or before Aug. 31, 2011, to be considered for pre-kindergarten. Pre-kindergarten screening will begin December 1, 2009. In order to enroll students in CMS, families must provide three documents to show proof of residency. There are three categories of acceptable documents; parents must submit one document from each category. Category one includes a copy of a lease and record of the most recent rent payment, or a record of the most recent mortgage payment. Category two includes a utility bill dated within the past 30 days, and category three includes a valid driver’s license, vehicle tax bill, or valid passport. Click here to see the complete list of acceptable documents. In addition to these forms, parents must also provide an official birth certificate (with seal) and a copy of the student’s current immunization record. New student-enrollment forms are available on the CMS Web site, at any school, zone office, or the Family Application Center (700 Marsh Road). For more information, please call the Family Application Center at 980-343-5335 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.