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Food Trucks and a Rock Climbing Wall Highlight Informative “Signing Day” for Kindergarteners

Children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2022—and their families—are encouraged to learn more about the kindergarten program and all the social and emotional learning opportunities the school year brings when the district St. Charles Parish Public Schools is hosting the Signing and Pledge Kindergarten Day this summer.

Organizers said the event will invite families to commit to academic excellence and family fun during their child’s kindergarten year. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in learning stations and sign a letter of commitment with their school.

Food trucks, a climbing wall and other activities will also be present at the event, which will take place on Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SCPPS Professional Learning Center, located at 12727 Hwy 90 in Luling.

The general session will start at 9 am. Patricia Smith, director of federal programs for the district, said attendees are encouraged to be there by 9 a.m.

“It will not be open houses at individual schools,” Smith said. “The purpose of this event would be to make our parents feel really welcome in the schools and in our district. We want this to be the first positive experience showing the culture and climate of this neighborhood.

She said the day will focus on very basic things the district needs families to know in order for their child to be successful in kindergarten. The event will feature breakout sessions covering many topics, including things parents can do at home to support academic learning.

“We want our parents to have a better sense of what our kindergarten experience can be like from a parent’s perspective,” Smith said.

District Title I Coordinator Lacey Powers said the We MADE organization stepped in to make the event an even bigger celebration.

“When I first started thinking about this event, I wanted our team to create a day to celebrate our new kindergarten students and their families,” Powers said. “I wanted to provide the opportunity to welcome families to the public schools in St. Charles Parish and make them feel comfortable with the schools and learn more about what to expect during this first year in our school system.”

Powers said that as the mother of a new kindergarten, she wanted an opportunity for her own family and all families to gain insight and knowledge about what content would be taught and how to ensure that Kindergarten students were as prepared as possible for the First Days of School.

“We truly appreciate our families as partners in the education of their students and we hope this event is the start of many wonderful partnerships for years to come,” Powers said.