Kindergarten visitation at South Street Early Learning Center was all about fun and encouraging parental involvement.
Thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, the faculty and staff at SSELC were able to make the evening more festive.
“We’ve had visitation nights in the past, but it’s the first time it’s been this elaborate,” said kindergarten teacher Katrina Massa.
Parents and soon-to-be kindergarten students were treated to pizza and cookies, a magician and music and games led by a disc jockey.
According to Massa, the school was allotted $10 per student to hold a family night to promote a positive transition. The theme for the night was “The Magic of Kindergarten”.
The event allowed the kindergarteners to become familiar with their new school, classroom and teacher. Parents had the opportunity to speak with teachers, ask questions and become familiar with the school as well.
“It’s important they (the students) know their teacher’s name,” Principal Ann Buerkle told the crowd of parents, adding that teacher’s aides can better direct a new student to their classroom if they know who the name of their teacher.
Buerkle also told parents that it is their responsibility to take their child into the school and teach them how to ride the bus.
“Communication is the key to a successful first year for kindergartener,” she added.
Warren County School District Transportation Director Kimio Nelson was on hand to discuss busing issues. A school bus was on site to for the kindergarteners to check out.
Each kindergarten teacher took time to talk to the parents of their students. In Massa’s room, she encouraged the parents to sign up for helping with parties and to get involved in general through volunteering.
“This is our classroom. Our door is always open. We’d love for you to come in,” she said.
Buerkle also encouraged parents to remain engaged in their child’s education.
“Literacy and reading to your child is one of the best things you can do for them,” she said. “Your job as a parent is to be involved.”
Times Observer photo by Lydia Cottrell
Pass it, pass it
Grant Heeter, right, watches Archie Teconchuk pass a ball during at game similar to musical chairs during Kindergarten Visitation at South Street Early Learning Center. Since neither Heeter nor Teconchuk were holding the ball when the music stopped, they remained in the game