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Parents and students may get acquainted at our Academy Open House, our Early Education Center Open House, and our Meet the Teacher event in August. These opportunities acquaint children with their school environment as well as staff and other students.

Attending preschool is a big step for your child. Some children see it as a great new adventure, and others are more reluctant. Every child is unique and responds differently to new settings, new schedules, and new people. Here are a few tips and suggestions to make the jump to preschool successfully:

  • Plan ahead. Just like you sometimes need to ease older children back into the school routine after summer vacation, gently ease your pre-kindergartener into his or her new routine. Start going to bed a little earlier each night, if needed. Pick out clothes for the next day. Talk about what they'd like in their lunchbox.
  • Make a "practice run". Pretend it's the first day of school! Drive your child to school so they can see where it is and what it looks like. Take a look at the playground and talk about the fun things your child will be able to do.
  • Arrange a visit to our pre-kindergarten classroom to meet the teacher, see the room, and ask questions together.
  • Be positive, but acknowledge their worries. Ask them for possible solutions. "I know you're worried about that. What do you think we can do to help you feel better?" Or ask "What are you looking forward to the most about school?"
  • Be prepared to hang around for a few extra minutes during the first few days. Even with the best preparation, when the big day finally arrives, your child may still be nervous and not want you to leave. Meet the teacher together. Help your child find his or her locker. Find an activity you know your child enjoys and help them get involved.
  • Allow for "downtime" when your child gets home. Have a snack together and talk about his or her day.
  • If your child is transitioning well, but you feel a little separation anxiety, rest assured you're not the first parent to experience it. At St. Kateri Catholic Schools, the faculty, staff, and other families are also your family. Ask questions, share concerns, and be reassured that your child is in excellent hands with our caring, experienced teachers.
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