Story last updated at 5/20/2009 - 11:04 am
The Juneau School District was pleased to sponsor three sessions in April to help parents and children prepare for kindergarten and to learn about the district's free optional programs including Juneau Community Charter School (K-6), Montessori (1-8), Tlingit Culture, Language and Literacy (1-4), and HomeBRIDGE home school. The sessions provided valuable information, introduced parents to resource people who are available to help, and offered food and children's activities to the families who attended.
Joining with the school district to make these sessions successful were the Association for the Education of Young Children, Tlingit and Haida Head Start, Southeast Regional Resource Center (The Learning Connections at Cedar Park and Gruening Park), and parents and school staff from the Juneau Community Charter School, Harborview School, Glacier Valley School, Gastineau School, HomeBridge home school, and Montessori.
Many thanks to parents Brenda Taylor, Linda Newman, Barbara Thurston, Charlene Tobel, Carol Ann Jokerst, Sarah Hopkins, Debbie Lowenthal, Jim Sheufelt, Anji Gallanos, and Tony Newman; AEYC staff Joy Lyon, Nikki Morris and Emily Coate; Head Start staff Melissa Morgan, Stacy Roberts, Dayna Focht, Lisa Arehart, Tanya Cavanaugh, Rita Antonioli, Lis Saya, Maria Abbott and Frances Oyloe; and SERRC staff Christina Ericksen, Bob Price, Lenne' Musarra, and Milenka Curich, Also a big thanks to school and district staff for going the extra distance: Jenny Lund, Deb Fagnant, Ted Wilson, Angie Lunda, JoAnn Steininger, Kaye Peters and Susan Arnold. Thanks also to the Juneau Empire, KTOO and KINY and parent Katherine Eldemar for their help publicizing the events.
The school district plans to make these outreach sessions an annual occurrence for parents. We appreciate all the help we received this year and all the things we learned for the future.
For those interested in one of the free, district-wide optional programs, lottery forms will be accepted through August 19. Preference is given to low income families, those with a language other than English spoken in the home, and kids who qualify for special education or who are not passing their core subjects of math and language arts. For more information call 523-1704 or visit www.jsd.k12.ak.us.