Area parents check out kindergarten at annual festival

Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School held their annual Preschool/Kindergarten Festival on Jan. 5 for the Class of 2026 students.

At the festival, future students and their parents met the kindergarten teachers and participated in activities in their classrooms. Teaching specialists in the areas of music and physical education were also available to visit with families. Incoming kindergarten students were given a class of 2026 t-shirt and took their first class picture together.

Elizabeth Millen proudly wears her activity headband that she made at the Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School Kindergarten Festival.

Elizabeth Millen proudly wears her activity headband that she made at the Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School Kindergarten Festival.

Also during the event, parents had the opportunity to not only to learn about Rockford’s all-day every-day, tuition-free Kindergarten program but also the Launching Pad preschool and Galaxy Kids before- and after-school care programs.  Brochures and kindergarten information were available and the video “A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener” was previewed.

Principal Brenda Petersmeyer said, “The Kindergarten Festival is such a positive event for children and parents.  It is a fun way for our future students to begin thinking about kindergarten and for parents to gain necessary information and begin making connections with staff and other families.” Over 20 staff members volunteered to help with this special event.

Kindergarten registration packets for the 2013-14 school year will be mailed out in early February to families already on the district census.  These packets will be due back to the REAMS office by February 28. Students will receive their classroom placements by Kindergarten Round Up scheduled this year for Thursday, March 21, During Kindergarten Round Up, students and parents will be able to meet their next year’s teacher, and get information about what a typical kindergarten day and year looks like at REAMS.

Rockford Elementary Arts Magnet School is committed to giving a strong foundation to each child. The All-Day Every-Day Kindergarten Program gives children the gift of time for further exploration, reinforcement, enrichment and social interaction. If families are interested in any kindergarten information, contact the REAMS office at 763-477-5837.  Staff members are also available to meet and give tours of the program and building.

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