As the first day of the 2014-15 school year approaches, please take a moment to use the following checklist to make sure your child is ready to begin a successful school year.
ü Enroll your child(ren). If you have not enrolled your child, please visit Student Information Systems at 1331 Franklin St SE. You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate, shot record, and proof of residency (example: utility bill, rent receipt, NOT a driver’s license, cell phone bill, or insurance bill).
ü Purchase school uniforms for any children in an elementary, K8 school, middle. Visit www.grps.org/uniforms for more information. Check out our preferred vendors: Screen Ideas, Meijer, Lands’ End, and Salvation Army.
ü Sign up for LOOP and LOFT after school programs. Sign-ups will be held in your child’s school.
GRPS Back to School Celebration Moved to City High-Middle School (former Creston building, 1720 Plainfield NE). Still scheduled to take place August 19 from 4-8pm. Free and open to the public.
Grand Rapids Public Schools, First Steps and the Great Start Collaborative of Kent County are continuing a program to ease the transition to kindergarten and prepare families for school success. KinderCamp is a free, week-long program that introduces children and their parents to their elementary school and helps them adjust to the routines and expectations of kindergarten. It is for children who will be in kindergarten during the 2014-15 school year.
KinderCamp runs from August 18-22at Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy, Harrison Park, Coit Creative Arts Academy, and Burton Elementary Schools. The program goes from 8:30-11:30 a.m. every day. Parents also attend on 3 of the days. KinderCamp is free to families.
Research clearly shows that children who start kindergarten ready to learn are likely to have success throughout their education, while children who start behind often stay behind. KinderCamp is based on similar programs across the country that have proven effective at improving children's readiness to learn, in part by easing the anxiety children may feel as they begin school.
"Many of our children have not had a preschool experience, so the concept of a classroom is new to them," explained Matthew Beresford, Director of Early Childhood for GRPS. "Helping children feel comfortable in school and getting them excited about learning will prepare them to thrive from day one."
Children who participate in KinderCamp will receive backpacks and other supplies for school. Their parents will receive home organizers, parenting information and other tools that will help them ensure that their child's education gets off to a great start.
KinderCamp is open to incoming kindergarteners who live in the neighborhoods around Burton Elementary, Coit Creative Arts Academy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Harrison Park schools. Families can register by clicking here for an application or calling 819-2111.