That rustling sound you hear across Mansfield on Thursday won’t be a cattle roundup, but one of the kindergarten variety.
Elementary schools around the district will host their annual kindergarten roundup, bringing together teachers, parents and fresh-faced kindergartners getting their first looks at their new schools.
“(The) part I love most about the event, it’s the first step for the parents preparing the kids for school, for what the big school looks like with all the kids,” said Janet Brockett Principal Tamara Liddell. “And we are there to help. We know that parents and students will have a lot of questions and we want to make sure everything is answered.”
On Thursday, parents and prospective students will be given the chance to walk around their home campus, meet teachers and administrators. The roundup has been divided into two time slots, and parents and students are welcome to come to either session. The first session is from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and second session from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
“It’s exciting because you have kids that have never been to a school before, and they come in and get a chance to experience a lot of the things we do in the classroom,” said kindergarten teacher Elizabeth Jenkins. “They also get to see some of the socialization and see how other kids get along.”
Parents can find their child’s home campus on the district website at mansfieldisd.org.
To register your child Thursday, parents are reminded to parental ID with photo, proof of residency (gas, water, electricity bills issued within the past 30 days), the student’s Social Security card, a shot record and birth certificate.
Besides registration, parents are encouraged to help their children be prepared for the first day of classes in the fall.
“It’s important that the child knows some things because they will be taught the beginning stages of reading, the beginning stages of math. One day in order to multiply, you have to be able to do the basics of counting,” Liddell said. “The parents know that this is the beginning of their child’s education, so it’s (important).”
The district has posted on its website its recommendations for a child’s education before entering kindergarten, including identifying letters, colors, shapes and numbers. In addition, parents are encouraged to teach their children the differences between words and sentences, how to spell their names, the proper use of scissors when cutting on dotted lines and basic hygiene skills including hand washing and using tissues.
“The (kids) definitely feel like grownups when they go on to the first grade,” said counselor Jessica Jennings.
The roundup event will be an eye-opening event for kids getting their first look at a school, and it was a memorable experience for kids that walked the halls on their day a year prior. It set the right foundation, and it made kids excited to go learn.
“I like that we get to have centers. We get to read at one center and then go to another center with computers,” said Alexis Bertran, 5.
“My favorite part is the field trips. We have a field trip in May to the Fort Worth Zoo,” said Kalen Hensley, 5. “I want to see the cheetahs.”
Parents are encouraged to contact their student’s school or the district for more information.
Kindergarten roundup will be at your home elementary campus Thursday from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Parents must bring a photo ID, proof of residency, the student's Social Security card, shot record and birth certificate. More information is available on the district's website at mansfieldisd.org.