Parents can help with school transition

Now that the school board has approved the grade level learning centers for District 91 it is time to start the transitions for the next school year. The administration and staff are busy working on plans to ease the transition for students and parents. Some of the activities that are already in the works for the students are pen-pal relationships between students who will attend school together next year, and a joint performance of the arts. Also scheduled will be classroom visits and a pen-pal meet and greet at the park. The PTO/PTA boards have already gotten together to discuss blending their organizations and how the new PTO/PTA will function. The planning is under way for joint events at the schools next year. There will be an open house for parents and students at all facilities on the first student attendance day.

All of the plans that have and will be implemented are designed to ensure that there is a smooth transition for our children from single site schools to grade level learning centers. The single best groundwork that we can lay for our children is to focus on being positive about the changes ahead. Yes, there may be some kinks that need to be worked out; however, patience, a positive attitude and teamwork will go a long way to ease the transition. Our children look to us for guidance and we should reassure them that these changes are in the best interest of their education and development.

Mary Flanagan
District 91 Citizens Advisory Council

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