As a parent I fully understand how difficult it is to see your child ready to go to kindergarten. It seems it was only yesterday your child was able to fit into your cradled arms, yet now they are ready to begin their educational journey!
That was my wife and I seven months ago as our son entered kindergarten at St. Peter’s. Weren’t we just holding him for hours as he slept in our arms? Didn’t he just take his first steps not too long ago? Wow! How time flies!
As we were reminiscing about his seemingly sudden jump to 5 years old, he excitedly picked out his big-boy backpack, chose the perfect lunch box, and talked about how exciting it would be to meet friends and learn new things.
As a past kindergarten teacher I was assured knowing starting kindergarten is much more traumatic for the parents than it is for the student! So, we somewhat reluctantly sent him off to his first day of school. Our little boy was all grown up!
Well, here we are. Seven months into kindergarten and he is having the time of his life. We are so proud of all he has learned. He brings home new knowledge every day, but what we are most proud of his is strong Christian character. St. Peter’s has taught him life-applicable skills that will be embedded in his unique foundation forever. We are comforted to know that he now has this solid foundation on which he can build throughout the rest of his life.
As you know, kindergarten is an integral time for children. They are developing their attitude toward learning and toward others, learning appropriate social skills, and are becoming aware of their personality and how to use it in everyday life. St. Peter’s School strives to help every child realize their God-given talents and learn how to use those special talents to glorify God. Every child has been given unique skills and abilities and it is important for them to learn how to use them appropriately. Just as I am proud to see how my son continues to grow at St. Peter’s, I also look forward to seeing your child grow academically, socially, and spiritually as a student.
I urge you to be selective as you choose a kindergarten for you child. Give your son or daughter the opportunity to build a strong foundation that will help them reach their full potential. Don’t feel compelled to settle for what is most convenient or what everyone else is doing. Take the time to find a loving, supportive, and uplifting program for your child! They are worth it!
Jeremy Ashley, School Administrator