Pinnacle Classical Academy Hosts Cookout for Incoming Kindergarteners
School doesn’t start for more than a month, but the staff at Pinnacle Classical Academy opened the doors Friday to the families of rising kindergarteners to give students and parents a chance to meet and greet before the start of school.
The school hosted a cookout with hot dogs, chips and cookies, as well as bounce houses, a hot-air balloon, sidewalk chalk and other activities for students and their parents.
The event gave parents a chance to meet with school staff, learn about the parent-teacher organization and meet with other families getting ready to start school.
“We know there is a lot of anxiety about starting school for some families. Even for kids that have been in Pre-K, the first day of kindergarten is their first experience at ‘big school,’ and that can be kind of scary,” said Shelly Bullard, dean of elementary education at Pinnacle. “We wanted to bring that anxiety down and let the parents know we are going to take care of their babies and treat them like we would our own.”
The cookout was also a chance for students to get a jump on meeting teachers, which Bullard said can help make them more comfortable when school does start, as well as get a jump on making new friends.
“This is a really good thing, especially for him,” said Aaron and Alyssa Edwards, who will send their son, Caleb, to Pinnacle later this summer. “He is really shy. If you were to just throw him in a classroom, he’d be terrified. If he can find somebody here or make some friends now, we can remind him ‘hey do you remember playing with them’ and he’ll be nowhere near as scared.”
The new school year starts at Pinnacle Classical Academy in late August. The school is expecting 127 new kindergarten students.