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Kindergarten event fun way to kickoff the new school year

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - At first glance, a huge yellow school bus may be somewhat intimidating for a child about to start kindergarten. 

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Getting a closer look before school starts should make a transition to school transportation easier. 

A school bus will be available for kids and parents to walk through during the fifth annual Kindergarten Kickoff Tuesday, July 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville. This free event is sponsored by the Bullitt County Public Schools Family Resource Centers. 

Kindergarten teachers and principals from all 13 elementary schools will be at their school displays greeting youngsters and speaking with parents to make the first day of school for both as easy a transition as possible. 

“I think Kindergarten Kickoff is a fun way for parents to get their children excited about starting school,” said event coordinator Sherri Bishop. 

For over three hours, the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre is teeming with people. 

“Parents will be able to register their child for kindergarten during the kickoff,” Bishop continued. “They will also be able to find information on a wide variety of school related topics such as school lunches, immunizations, Parent Portal, and eye exams.” 

“We want to offer a special thanks to Hillview Family Dentistry for providing our free dental screenings,” Mrs. Bishop said. 

Everything parents need to know about their child’s school, from dress codes to meal prices, will be available. 

District booths will include health and social services, pupil personnel and Infinite Campus (the Parent Portal aspect of Infinite Campus which provides parents with access to information about their child as it is being entered by teachers, counselors and staff). 

In addition to grades, parents can access attendance, notices, announcements from teachers and school administrators. Additional information about discipline, fees, food service, health and transportation is available through Parent Portal. 

The district transportation booth will feature Buster, the electronic school bus, who will entertain kids as parents learn about their child’s school bus route and times. 

Each year several hundred families are in attendance and Mrs. Bishop looks for the same number this year. 

“The popularity of Kindergarten Kickoff grows annually,” she said. 

Bishop expressed appreciation to all of the Bullitt County Family Resource Centers for helping to organize this event. 

“Thank you to all of our elementary schools, central office staff, and other local agencies that plan to be in attendance to help our families get ready for kindergarten!” she said. 

For more information, please contact the school your child will attend. 

The first day of the 2012-2013 school year for students is Wednesday, Aug. 8. 

Bullitt County Public Schools has nearly 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 900 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.