Letter to the Editor

Okoboji Elementary parent meetings

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

I want to share with you some information regarding some upcoming Okoboji Elementary parent meetings of which you may have interest. As crazy as it seems we are already deep into talking about the 2016-17 school year!

Two big evenings for us each year at Okoboji Elementary are the pre-kindergarten (PK) and kindergarten informational meetings for prospective parents. This year our PK parent meeting will be held on Thursday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be for all parents who will have a child who will be four years old on or before Sept. 15. The Okoboji PK program is part of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Grant which provides funding for children who are four years old. This allows parents the opportunity to attend our PK program with no tuition fees!

Our kindergarten parent meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14, also at 6:30 p.m. Although we are very excited about next year and look forward to these evenings very much each year, we intentionally schedule these meetings as late in the year as possible. Determining readiness for school is as important today as it ever has been and we certainly want to assist parents as much as possible in determining the most appropriate placement for their son/daughter. Children grow significantly in a short amount of time in PK and kindergarten so having these meetings later in the year will allow us to be more accurate in assessing the student and in making recommendations to you. One of the topics we will discuss that evening is our transitional kindergarten program, which is a program offered to some students who will be five years old, on or before Sept. 15, which the state determines to be kindergarten-aged. This program simply offers an extra year to allow for a smoother transition from PK to kindergarten for those children who may not be academically, socially, or emotionally ready for kindergarten.

More specific details of these two evenings will be coming in the future, but please feel free to contact us at Okoboji Elementary with any questions you may have at this time! We look forward to seeing you in April!

Sincerely,

Justin Bouse

Okoboji Elementary Principal