Corbin H. Crable
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Parents will get a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of their children when several USD 231 schools host a variety of back-to-school events next week.
Nike Elementary School will host a Parent Night for kindergartners at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, followed immediately by a Parent Night for first-graders at 6:15 p.m. the same evening.
“These are information sessions for parents to learn about how the classroom operates throughout the year. It gives parents an opportunity to ask questions and get answers,” said Layla Bryan, a secretary at Nike. “We have a pretty good attendance at them, and we’ve done them every year since we opened.”
Sunflower Elementary School, meanwhile, will have a kickoff supper for members of the school’s Watch D.O.G.S program at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the school. The Watch D.O.G.S program allows area men, mostly fathers and grandfathers, to spend time with children at school and act as a positive male role model. Volunteers at the dinner will be able to sign up for days to visit Sunflower and spend time with kids there, reading with them, helping with math homework, playing at recess and eating with them at lunchtime.
Nike’s Parent Nights will continue on Thursday, Aug. 26, with second-graders and their parents meeting at the school at 5:30 p.m., third-graders at 6:15 p.m. and fourth-graders at 7 p.m.
Moonlight, Gardner and Edgerton elementary schools are scheduled to host similar back-to-school nights on Thursday, Aug. 26 as well.
“The parents can come in, go to their child’s classroom and get a snapshot of what their child’s day is like,” said Donna Shell, secretary at Gardner Elementary.
Back-to-school night events will start at 6 p.m. for Moonlight, Gardner and Edgerton elementary schools.
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