To the Editor:
You only get one chance to make a first impression, and kindergarten is just that for young children. These students are 5 and 6 years old and can get tired at mid-day, hungry or just excited to share their school day with a parent.
Please, please before Geneva School District 304 thinks of going to full-day kindergarten (just like “everybody else,” which is no reason to do so) please talk to your teachers in the special education department!
The foundation and booster programs have been the best idea to date. And it allows teachers to focus on the smaller group in need of extra help.
As a parent of a graduate of Geneva High School, my child's learning issues were not addressed until third grade, and it became a struggle of catch up until graduation. In a final IEP meeting, your teachers made comment about how time and money were being saved because of the foundation and booster programs.
If the district does allow full-day kindergarten, I hope it gives parents the option to choose.