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Parents Invited to Schools for Meetings on Full-Day Kindergarten

Radnor School District has scheduled meetings at each of its elementary schools about the implementation of a Full-Day Kindergarten program that will begin in September 2014.

Radnor School District has scheduled meetings at each of its elementary schools about the implementation of a Full-Day Kindergarten program that will begin in September 2014.

Wayne Elementary School's meeting will take place Thursday, Jan. 30.

Radnor Elementary School's will take place Monday, Feb. 3.

Ithan Elementary School's will take place Thurs., Feb. 6.

Each will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the respective school.

According to the district, the purpose of these meetings is to provide: 1) an opportunity for district administration to explain and illustrate the planned facility modifications that are unique to the specific elementary school; 2) an opportunity for administrators and teachers to provide highlights of the program, including how children will benefit from participation; and 3) an opportunity for parents to express their concerns about the implementation of the program so that the concerns can be addressed throughout the planning and implementation process.
 
Parents of children currently attending elementary school and parents who plan to send their children to elementary school next year or in the future are invited to attend.
jcb January 23, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Gale Morrison, I can direct you to the RTSD FDK website, where there is a letter from all kindergarten teachers. The letter is very much in favor of FDK---with emphatic insistence that it is started slowly and carefully and not rushed. Probably the last third emphasizes this point! Feel free to check it out.
G Morrison January 23, 2014 at 01:52 PM
http://www.rtsd.org/cms/lib/PA01000218/Centricity/Domain/815/Kinder%20Teacher%20Statement%201-18-13.pdf
jcb January 23, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Thanks, Gale! Here is an excerpt from the teachers: Furthermore and most importantly, we are concerned that moving too quickly to set up this new program will result in a less than excellent final product. Thereare many unresolved questions and issue.s sunounding this initiative...too many to name here (see attached for only a·partiallist). We fear that pushing too quickly to get something in place just so that we can say we are doing it will compromise the quality ofwhat we are offering our students and families. Recently, there was a message on a sign board in front ofan elementary school that read, "We Al;e Striving For Proficiency." Perhaps a goal such as that is acceptable in some places. Here in Radnor, however, our claim is that we sttive for excellence. It is our strong belief that unless we take the time to work through the myriad complex issues sunounding the idea of full day kindergarten, we will have achieved, at the most, a merely proficient outcome. In the same way that we believe in offering our little ones additional time for learning, we must also take the additional time necessary to create an excellent, high quality and perhaps even unmatched kindergarten program.
Annie Webb January 23, 2014 at 01:56 PM
I don't know who did the yellow highlighting on the link Ms. Morrison posted, but the paragraph beginning "Furthermore, and most importantly.... we ask you not to rush" is the MOST important. Nothing has been done to move the process forward in a thoughtful and reasonable manner.
G Morrison January 26, 2014 at 11:48 AM
We should probably have the kindergarten teachers weigh in again because their view is extremely important and the context of this letter was the delay from 2013 to 2014.

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