I would like to say how much I have enjoyed working with you all over the past 4 years. I always looked forward to our monthly meetings as there was such a good exchange of information and a positive energy within the group. I can honestly say it is one of the most productive committees I have ever been on.
staff was friendly, helpful, and wonderful
everyone had a great attitude!
lots of great help
As I read the attachments regarding the Countdown to Kindergarten I am touched with how far Smart Start Centre County has come. From the very early days of gathering a number of passionate Early Childhood educators in the same room, to learning to listen & accept one another along with our thoughts, to ideas & wants written on post-it-notes, to hours and hours of our time, to putting the needs of young children in Centre County in writing, to drafting the mission statement, we knew that in order for all children to have what is important for their success, this idea had to move on.
I am proud of what our original idea has become. Thank you for your part in taking what was most important to us and helping it to fly!
Please let us know about similar opportunities in the future. It truly was one of the most helpful and practical local trainings that I have attended in a long time.
I wanted to express my thanks for providing the incoming SCASD kindergarten
students with "Class of 2024" t-shirts and the "My School--Easterly Parkway
Elementary School" book. My daughter, Hannah, loves both items. We read the
book after registration as part of our celebration of this exciting
milestone: starting kindergarten! She wanted to read the book many times
over and later took it up to bed with her. She even brought the book in as
her show and tell object that week! Interestingly, her first comment after
attending her kindergarten orientation at Easterly last week was, "Can we
read my Easterly book again?". Going to see the school once in the spring
was a great experience, but the book allows her to study the color pictures
as long and as often as she likes to familiarize herself with her new
school. It has become a very special book in our home filled with many
The t-shirt is another point of pride among the preschoolers in my
daughter's class! As it happens, her whole class moves on to kindergarten
next year, to a variety of different public schools in the area, but one
thing they all have in common is this "Class of 2024" t-shirt! Many of the
preschoolers have worn their shirts to school, and my friend reports that
her daughter changes into her t-shirt at least three times a week!
At registration for kindergarten, I certainly receive a substantial pile of
important papers to read and complete, but never before did my child receive
important items to signify to her that this was a special event for and
about her. I really appreciated the effort that went into considering the
child's perspective and the significance of beginning her elementary school
career. The book, especially, was very well thought out and formatted to
walk a child through the critical moments, places and people they will
encounter almost everyday in kindergarten.
The transition to kindergarten and elementary school is an important one,
and the t-shirt and "My School" book are helpful to me as a parent as I try
to guide my daughter through the process of ending her preschool career and
embarking on the adventure of learning and growing in kindergarten. She
will be leaving the many friends she has made in preschool, some of whom
have been together for three years, and the teachers and building she has
known for all those years to go to a large building filled with many
unfamiliar places and people and routines. No small feat for a small
person! I am confident she will love kindergarten, but, as we know, first
impressions are lasting impressions! So thank you for providing your
invaluable support as I help Hannah discover the joys of kindergarten and
Easterly Parkway School!
We just received our Welcome to Kindergarten booklets and they are the best thing I've seen in years. Thanks so much! This is exactly what the children need(short of a visit) to learn about their future schools. They can more easily visualize where they are going. We are truly grateful.
I really enjoyed the round table for transitioning to Kindergarten. I feel more confident in the role I play as a lead teacher in a four year old classroom. I now have the tools I need to hold a meeting for my parents in the spring, so that they can get every piece of info I think they'll need to help their child with such a transition. Thanks for organizing the event. Can't wait for the next one!!
I wanted to pass on a few things from my standpoint after attending my first of the transition to Kindergarten meetings. I teach 4 year olds at Stay and Play preschool and this is my 4th year with this age group. I also have a 2 children, ages 10 and 6. During my first year with the four year olds, I was searching for so much information regarding Kindergarten Transition. I was picking the brains of any SCASD Kindergarten teacher I knew, researching online, talking with other preschool teachers, etc. Long story short, this last round table discussion was just the thing I have been looking for for so long!!
I do understand this is a work in progress, but finally it looks like we have the people we need in the district to help us move forward on transitioning. We now can work together and meet in the middle, closing the large gap between preschool and elementary school. Last year, our preschool used the calendars, handed out information for Kindergarten registration and encouraged families to check out the Kindergarten link on SCASD and set up a private tour, showed our class the brochures which were a wonderful addition, and also used a similar book template to the one in the kit that prompted the kids to draw a picture with each page. All of the efforts put forth so far are so invaluable to everyone in our community. I don't see it as looking for uniformity, but just a collaboration of efforts to reach a common goal. I am looking forward to the next step in this process, and I am grateful to be a part of it.
The collaboration of hard work from all participants was impressive! The district is already doing a nice job with Transition to Kindergarten but it's great to see that there is always room for improvement. Re: Transition Booklet: I personally used the transition booklet for Park Forest Kindergarten and found it to be a great tool. My son and I read it before bed the week before school started. We discussed the possibility of placing the transition book on CD or DVD which might save the district printing costs. Re: Kindergarten Camp: The discussion about Kindergarten Camp was very helpful. There were suggestions from our discussion table—maybe if the cost is too high for a one week program, children and families would benefit from a 3 day program. I enjoyed the training and the round table. Thank you for the opportunity to attend.
I have to say thank you for including me in on the monthly emails, I love to read them. My oldest son has received a Smart Start Scholarship over the past two years, which we were so happy and blessed to received.
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