It’s time for parents of 4-year-olds to start thinking about selecting a school for their soon-to-be Kindergarteners, and Brockton Public Schools officials are launching Kindergarten Showcases this month to help families make the best choice. The district invites parents of children who will be entering Kindergarten next fall to attend one of four showcases to learn about what programs are offered at individual city schools, meet principals and Kindergarten teachers and explore the types of learning experiences their children will have next year.
“The Kindergarten Showcases are a wonderful way for us to welcome parents and children into our schools for the first time,” said Jane Feroli, Specialist for Parent Engagement. “We want them to be thinking about what type of Kindergarten program they want to enroll their child in, and which school is the best fit for their family. This is also a chance for us to prepare them for what types of documentation they will need when registration rolls around.”
The school district's elementary and middle schools have been divided into four geographic attendance zones: Northwest, Northeast, South and Central. Parents may select a school in their zone or in the citywide zone. This year, Brockton has more than 1,500 kindergarteners district-wide, in K-5 and K-8 schools, the Gilmore Early Childhood Center and the new Barrett Russell School.
The Brockton Public Schools provides a variety of programming, including general education, inclusion, two-way Spanish language instruction, bilingual/ESL services and special education services. Parents attending the showcases will be provided with information about the registration process, including important dates and deadlines. The showcases will also cover Kindergarten content, what a typical day in Kindergarten is like and give parents a chance to meet and greet school leaders and ask questions of principals and teachers.
“The most important thing we can do as educators is to form a strong connection with parents and families, because they are our students’ first teachers,” Feroli said. “We want to provide parents with the tools they need to make the best decision for their child, and to make them feel comfortable and welcome in our schools. We want to form lasting partnerships between schools and families.”
Speakers at the showcases will include Elizabeth Barry, Executive Director of Learning & Teaching PreK-8; Soraya DeBarros, Director of Parent Information and School Registration Center; Dr. Julianne Andrade, Coordinator of Elementary Literacy PreK-5 and Social Studies K-8; Kennedy School Teacher Susan O’Connell and Joni Block, Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) Coordinator.