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Northwest Elementary School springs into kindergarten

Incoming kindergarten student Ryleigh Morrow smiles as she gets her certificate at Northwest Elementary School’s Spring into Kindergarten event on Thursday, March 30. Justin Guido/Butler Eagle

More than 50 incoming kindergarten students and their families attended Northwest Elementary’s Spring into Kindergarten event Thursday, March 30.

Students and their families were broken into six groups and dismissed to kindergarten teachers’ classrooms for short activities. The groups switched classrooms until every child completed each activity.

“Having these events, I think, is really helpful to get everyone started on the right foot in kindergarten,” Northwest Elementary School kindergarten teacher Caitlyn Thomas said.

Incoming kindergarten students for the 2023-24 school year and their families congregated in Northwest’s cafeteria before Principal Matt Martinez gave an introduction.

“You will be blown away by what your child learns in kindergarten,” Martinez said at the event. “Most of our students are reading by the end of the year, and it’s truly incredible what our 5- and 6-year-olds are doing by the end of kindergarten.”

Butler Area School District elementary schools changed their kindergarten transitionary events about five years ago to add a spring event for students and families to have another opportunity to meet teachers, visit campus and practice school readiness skills.

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