Ready for kindergarten, Mom?

Olympia School District offers workshop for parents nervous about that first big step

lpemberton@theolympian.comFebruary 22, 2014 

The transition from preschool to kindergarten isn’t easy — especially for parents, who might be letting go of their little ones for the first time.

To help make the event go more smoothly, the Olympia School District is offering a “Learn all about kindergarten” workshop at 10 a.m. March 1 at Olympia High School commons, 1302 North St. SE.

Schools often hold their own kindergarten roundup or orientation events, but this is the first time the district has held a large event geared to all incoming kindergarten parents and guardians, according to spokeswoman Rebecca Japhet.

“We’re going to hopefully have a 13-year relationship with them, and we wanted to get that off on the right foot,” she said.

During the event, officials will present information about what families will need to register for kindergarten, options that are offered in the district such as part-time, full-time, Montessori and alternative programs, and communication tools such as the Skyward program that allows families to view a child’s grades and check lunch balances.

“We’ll talk about everything you need to know — how to take a bus, and what a school lunch menu is like and what (they) need to do to sign up for before- and after-school care,” Japhet said.

The program is geared to primarily toward adults.

“We won’t have any child care, but kids are certainly welcome,” Japhet said.

Kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year begins March 28 in the Olympia School District.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com

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