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Kindergarten Information Session Rescheduled for Monday

After winter weather cancelled a forum for parents of incoming kindergarteners on Monday, the district has rescheduled a new session for Feb. 4 and the program could also provide valuable input from parents on the implementation of all-day kindergarten.

The first of two information sessions for parents of incoming kindergarten students at Southington schools was cancelled Monday due to the inclement weather, but the session has been rescheduled for one week later on Feb. 4.

The information session is an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to prepare students for the upcoming 2013-14 school year and will include registration and orientation packets.

But with all-day kindergarten a real likelihood for the next group of students coming in, the session will prove dually important for both parents and school administrators to present concerns and ideas regarding the new program, which the Board of Education endorsed 8-1 last week.

At a Board of Education meeting in early January, School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr. said they will seek the input of parents on the all-day program.

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“We will take a more formal look at the community’s desire during a conversation with parents when we invite incoming kindergarten parents for an informational evening,” he said. “It will help us solidify information in regard to parents and what they would expect.”

The rescheduled session will take place on Feb. 4, but the first will take place today at the Derynoski Elementary School. The sessions are as follows:

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Students who are in the district of Flanders, Hatton, Plantsville, South End and Thalberg Elementary Schools are invited to attend this session. It will be held in the auditorium of Derynoski Elementary School, 240 Main Street, Southington.

Monday, February 4, 2013

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Students who are in the district of Derynoski, Kelley, and Strong Elementary Schools are invited to attend this session. It will be held in the auditorium of Derynoski Elementary School, 240 Main Street, Southington.Any parent who cannot make the meeting associated with their child’s school should feel welcome to attend the other information session.

To be eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2013, a child must be five (5) years of age on or before January 1, 2014.

For more information, contact Karen L. Smith, Assistant Superintendent, at (860) 628-3204.

What questions do you have about the all-day kindergarten program? Specifically, how would you see it implemented for your child?

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Ann P January 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Isn't it amazing in a free society how this school board, basically on their own volition, has decided quickly and one-sidely how your family will operate? This should have been put to a town-wide vote, not left to a bunch of board wonks and a career maniac. There are more broader-reaching issues in town that need to go to referendum than just those that require large expenditures of funds. This is a travesty. I feel bad for the families that have to start doing this next year. It will do nothing for education and everything to fracture the family even further.
TC January 31, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Ann, you sound like and idiot.... First this has been in the works since 2005 so it's no surprise to those involved. Second, if you think things like this should go to referendum, go talk to the ordinance committee. Lastly, a vast majority of families and education professionals are looking forward to this happening. Why, because they realize how this will benefit their children and those entering school in the future. The only travesty here is your ignorance on the subject.... If people don't like it they can move or send your kid to another school. It is a free society....

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