Crossing the ’T’s and dotting the ‘I’s kept parents busy while their children scarred sound the gymnasium and cafeteria at Brookings Kalmiopsis Elementary School on Back To School Registration Day.
The Brookings-Harbor School District event, held on Thursday, Aug. 15, drew first-time students and those who are moving from grace to grade.
“This will be the first time for my son going into the first game,” Gabriel Francis, of Brookings, said. “He is excited, so I don’t need to encourage him. He is ready to go!”
Francis said the event was well organized, but a bit challenging.
“There is a lot of paperwork,” he said.
Lindsey Stout, of Brookings, escorted her two daughters, Sierra, 11, and Emmy, 8, into the school gymnasium to register for classes.
“We have been here since kindergarten, so we are used to this routine,” Lindsey said. “We are very excited because Emmy is going into the third grad and Sierra is a little more nervous, but excited because she is going into middle school.”
“It is going to be a different change,” Sierra said.
Azalea Middle School Principal Nicole Medrano said the registration process gives administrator a chance to meet the new students, greet all the returning students and build relations.
“Some of them may be a little nervous, so it is really exciting to have that one-on-one interaction here, and what we are doing online, to help them and support them,” she said. “One of the things that really helps kids transition into middle school is putting a face on who we really are, so when they come in on the first day they will latch on to us and know that we are here to support them.”
To ease the kindergarteners’ jitters about entering first grade the District scheduled a first-time Kindergartener Academy this week to give the children an introduction to the first grade.
“For the parents, we suggest before school begins, they practice leaving their child with somebody different,” Kalmiopsis Elementary School Principal Helena Chirinian said. “Most of the kindergartens we have met are excited and want to socialize and be with other kids. It’s fun for them.”
A Back To School Community Breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Brookings-Harbor High School cafeteria, 625 Pioneer Road in Brookings. The event is held each year and designed to celebrate the new school year and introduced teachers and staff. Results of the annual KURY Radio Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive are expected to be announced at the breakfast, which will feature scrambled eggs and biscuits and gravy. The event is free. Donations will be accepted at the door. District officials said a suggested donation is $5.
The first week of the new school year begins on Sept. 3.
For more information, contact the Brookings-Harbor School District, at 541-469-7443.