Petal to host Kindergarten Readiness Night, Kindergarten Round UpBy HASKEL BURNS,
The Petal School District is gearing up for two events designed to help parents and children with the transition to kindergarten.
The events – Kindergarten Readiness Night and Kindergarten Round Up – give parents and children a chance to get acquainted with the school system, as well as provide school officials the opportunity to assess children’s skill levels.
“What we have here in Petal is a number of area child care centers that we already partner with,” said Dede Smith, assistant superintendent and director of the Center for Families and Children. “So we are going to be screening them separately, and we do all these little assessments so that we can have an idea of where the children should be performing as they enter kindergarten.”
Kindergarten Readiness Night will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. April 24 at Petal Primary School, 60 Herrington Road in Petal. The event, which is aimed at parents of children who will be entering kindergarten in August, will give parents and children a chance to tour the primary school and get familiar with the facility.
A light supper will be provided, and child care will be provided for children 3-12 years old. Online registration is required and can be completed by clicking on the Petal Primary School link at www.petalschools.com.
“We are excited about this opportunity to meet the Class of 2031,” said Petal Primary School Principal Tessa Trimm. “This is a great, family-friendly night for us to reach out to incoming kindergarten parents and share some information about our school.
“We hope parents will come out, enjoy a light supper with us, bring their children, and learn the great things happening at Petal Primary School. Our kindergarten teachers will be answering questions, sharing information, and giving guided tours of our campus.”
Next up is Kindergarten Round Up, which is scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26 in the Petal Primary School gymnasium.
Kindergarten Round Up is designed for children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1 and who are entering kindergarten for the first time in August. Children attending Mimi’s Playhouse, Playschool, Oasis, Carterville, Asbury and Head Start (C.H. Johnson and PPS Pre-K) will not need to attend the event.
Parents will be allowed to complete the pre-registration process while kindergarten teachers screen the students. Parents are asked to bring the child’s original certified birth certificate when pre-registering for kindergarten. The child’s social security care and Mississippi Immunization Compliance 121 Form are required for registration in July, but parents also can bring those two documents to Kindergarten Round Up.
More information on the Kindergarten Round Up is available at www.petalschools.com by clicking on the Petal Primary School link.
“That day is specifically for children who have not attended any of the area child care centers,” Smith said. “ … That’s when various screenings will take place, and the children who are in the area child care centers have already had their screenings done.”
Smith said the events have been extremely helpful to the school district, especially as it allows school officials to become familiar with families who are new to the school system.
“First of all, we like to get to know our families and our children,” she said. “This is very important – this is their first look at Petal Primary School, and they’re beginning their education.
“So parents are typically very, very excited, and the children are excited as well. So that’s very important, in terms of just getting to know them and welcoming them into the school district.”