The Welcome/New Parents Committee kicked off last night at the Roasterie. Thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered! We have a nice list of things to work on and lots to do before the school year takes off. Your input tonight was really helpful. In the next few days we’ll be sending out information regarding uniforms, school supply list, and meet the teacher night.

The committee will also meet again to review traffic, parking, drop-off and pick-up of students. In addition, we will try to break down the questions we want answered prior to the start of school. The tentative date for the Meet the Teacher/Tour the School night isĀ August 8th. We’ll confirm the date and time and get that information out as soon as possible. We would like to, of course, meet the teacher and see the classroom(s), restrooms and playground, review lunch time procedures (school lunch/bringing lunch from home), find out how many students are in the classes, and what kind of interaction the little kids have with bigger kids at the school. We also need to know about which days the students are scheduled for the gym and if any special clothing is required for those days.

Here is some information about the LINC program (before and after school care). There is a $25 enrollment fee, check or money order only, payable to LINC, and the weekly fee is $15 per child with a max of $30 per family if not receiving reduced or free lunch. The LINC program provides before and after school care fromĀ 7am to 6pm.

Of course one of the biggest tactical issues we’re facing is the drop-off and pick-up procedures, and where the parents need to park. We need to enlist volunteers to help with the first day (possibly first week) of school. We need to gain an understanding of parking for the staff and parking for the parents, determine the best spot to drop students off, create hand-out detailing first week drop-off/pick-up plans, and set a meeting up for the second week of school to review and tweak this process.

We love that we’re already thinking ahead to next year too. We discussed setting up a uniform exchange program, and looking into a service that would compile school supplies and send them directly to the school. Anything that saves time and money is right up my alley! We also want to track what worked and what could work better since we’ll be doing the same kind of planning at the Hale Cook campus next year.

If you weren’t able to make the meeting tonight, please send Susan Stocking (stockingskc@gmail.com) a list of any questions or concerns you think we need to address. We will be reaching out to our principal, Dr. Kirksey, and plan to meet again next week for additional planning. Our next meeting is tentatively next Tuesday evening at 7pm, location TBC (check our calendar for updates coming soon). Thank you again for your input and commitment to our school!