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Kindergarten Kickoff this Thursday

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Free event from 4-7 p.m. at Paroquet Springs

 The first day of the 2014-2015 school year for students is Wednesday, August 6th.

Children starting kindergarten get a preview (along with their parents) Thursday, July 17th during the district’s annual Kindergarten Kickoff from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville.

The 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 booths greeting youngsters and speaking with parents to make sure that first day of school for both is 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, Family Resource Center Coordinator for Freedom and Brooks Elementary Schools. “It is also an opportunity to answer parent questions and assure them their kindergartner will be warmly received by a caring school staff.”

In addition to schools, central office directors for departments such as transportation, pupil personnel, school food services, Infinite Campus/Parent Portal and Community Partners for Learning will be present to answer questions.

“Anything a parent needs to know about their child’s first year of school can be found at Kindergarten Kickoff,” Bishop said. “They can learn their child’s bus schedules, see what it is like stepping onto a school bus, find out school meal prices, complete applications for free/reduced meals and sign up to receive school information through Parent Portal.”

County agencies such as public health, vision, dental, pediatrics and the public library will also be onhand. Do not be surprised to see a few costumed characters roaming the grounds such as Snow White or Cinderella from Disney and even a restaurant mascot like the Fazoli’s Tomato or Andy Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse, all of who have made appearances over the years.

“The fun thing is you really don’t know who you may run in to,” Bishop smiled. “Many booths also have either an activity or a giveaway.”

Each year several hundred families are in attendance and 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.

Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,200 students in grades preschool through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 900 and a classified staff of over 800 working to make the district the leader in educational excellence.