By 1808Delaware, 1808AI

Delaware City Schools is gearing up for an exciting academic year as they welcome a fresh cohort of kindergarten students and their parents. In an information video released by the school district, Superintendent Heidi Kegley extended a warm welcome to families, emphasizing the importance of partnership in their child’s educational journey.

The video can be viewed here.

One of the key points highlighted in the video is the age requirement for incoming students. Children must be five years old on or before August 1, 2023, to be eligible for enrollment. Additionally, Delaware City Schools proudly offers full-day kindergarten, providing students with ample time to explore and grow academically.

The video takes viewers on a virtual tour of the district’s five elementary school buildings, introducing the principals who will oversee these vital years of early education. Each school provides a nurturing environment for young learners, with dedicated educators and staff committed to their success.

Delaware City Schools places a strong emphasis on holistic development, recognizing the significance of social-emotional growth alongside academic achievements. Students are encouraged to explore the world through engaging science and social studies lessons, fostering critical thinking skills from an early age.

The district’s comprehensive approach extends beyond the classroom walls, encompassing students’ well-being during lunch and recess. Teachers and staff ensure that kindergarteners have a pleasant lunch experience, offering assistance with opening food containers and providing support when needed. Families are also provided with convenient online options to manage their child’s lunch account and apply for free or reduced-price meals.

The health and safety of students are prioritized through the services provided by dedicated school nurses. These professionals offer wellness education, clinic services, vision and hearing screenings, chronic disease and allergy management, and medication administration. They work closely with families to create individualized health plans and provide necessary training to staff members.

Delaware City Schools recognizes the significance of a smooth transition into kindergarten and offers a kindergarten screening process to gain valuable insights into each student’s needs. The screening sessions, scheduled for July 31 to August 4, allow teachers to tailor their instruction effectively.

To prepare students for the exciting journey ahead, families are encouraged to engage in activities that enhance academic and self-help skills. These activities include letter identification, letter sounds, writing their name, counting and recognizing numbers, as well as fostering self-help skills like getting dressed independently and practicing proper restroom behavior.

As a gesture of support, Delaware City Schools provides a kindergarten welcome bag containing materials to assist families in supporting their child’s early academic skills. The video features educators working with young learners on letter matching, letter sounds, writing their names, counting, and recognizing numbers—an indication of the district’s commitment to personalized learning.

The assistant superintendent, Misty Swonger, concluded the video by expressing the district’s excitement to embark on this educational journey together with parents. She emphasizes the incredible teaching staff and encourages parents to actively participate in school activities and events, underscoring the importance of collaboration in helping children achieve their dreams and goals.

Delaware City Schools is dedicated to creating a nurturing environment where every kindergartener can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. With the support of a caring community, these young learners are poised to embark on a promising educational adventure.

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