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MCS News and Notes: KCH kindergarten parent orientation

"Childhood should be a journey not a race" was the phrase highlighted by Denise Moniz, K. C. Heffernan Elementary School Kindergarten teacher as she brought her slide show "A Day in Kindergarten" to a close.

These words formed the philosophical backdrop as KCH held its annual Kindergarten Parent Orientation on Wednesday April 1 in the KCH gymnasium.

Gary Bissaillon, KCH principal, welcomed the audience to the evening presentation and gave an overview of the developmental philosophy that is the foundation of the KCH early childhood program.

"Our program is developmental in nature, you see a variety from teacher to teacher, but underlying our program is the premise that children learn best by doing, experimenting, and participating," Bissaillon said.

The agenda for the information night included comments from Craig Tice, Superintendent of Schools, Cindy Bird, K-6 Curriculum Coordinator, and Kris Parrish, KCH School Nurse. Bissaillon also highlighted the kindergarten screening process and transportation and busing procedures. Kindergarten teachers Katie Kelly, Denise Moniz, Jody Wiley and Susan Rutan were also introduced to the audience. The highlight of the orientation was the slideshow presented by Moniz. The show took parents through a typical early childhood learning day which includes circle time, sand/water table, activity centers (blocks, housekeeping, computer, etc.), outside play, show and tell, music, everyday math, language arts, and drawing and writing.

Important kindergarten dates:

June 29 through July 1 -- Gesell Kindergarten Screening

September 8 -- Kindergarten Parent Orientation

September 9 -- First day of school for kindergarten students

Third-graders hold storytelling evening

The library at KCH was alive with tales form every corner of the world as Maria Healy's and Janet Kringer's third grade classes held "storytelling" evenings the week of March 30. The storytelling events were a follow-up to the Beauty and the Beast storytelling residency held in KCH third grades the week of March 16.

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