Are you the parent of a Kindergartner? Do you have questions? Humble ISD schools have the answers. The district has scheduled Kindergarten Roundups for parents at all their elementary schools. The open houses provide information about registration, the program and more.
Young Balmoral students are zoned to one of three elementary schools — Groves Elementary, Ridge Creek Elementary and Centennial Elementary. We’ve provided the dates for each Roundup below. We’ve also included some tips for preparing your child for their very first day!
To qualify for Kindergarten, students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2023. Don’t forget, the first day of school for the 2023-2024 school year is Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2023.
5 to 6 p.m. Thurs. April 13
Groves Elementary Gymnasium
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thurs., April 13.
Ridge Creek Gymnasium
5 to 6 p.m. Tues. April 18
Tips for a Great First Day!
Purchase School Supplies
Shopping for school supplies is exciting. Your school will provide a list of things your child needs. In addition to the basics, purchase a lunch bag, water bottle and backpack. Take your child to the store and let them help fill up the cart.
Nothing gets kids more excited about school than new clothes. Let your child pick out their own clothes (within reason). Be sure to purchase a special outfit for first-day-of-school pictures.
Visit the Classroom
If possible, take your child to see their new classroom ahead of time. It will quell any first-day jitters. If you can’t do that, see if you can do a video call with your child’s teacher. Many schools post pictures of teachers and classrooms on Facebook.
Set Up a Routine
If your child goes to preschool, they may already have a school routine. If not, it’s time to create one. Teach them how to set out their clothes for the next day and check their backpack. Wake them up early, feed them breakfast and let them help you pack a lunch.
Use the Summer Months Wisely
The summer months are a great time to help your kids brush up on the skills they will need for academic and social success. Your child should already know how to print their name, hold a pencil and count up to 10. To help with learning social skills, sign them up for a summer day camp. Your child should also be able to dress themselves, go to the bathroom by themselves and wipe their runny noses.
Talk It Out
Your child might be nervous about going to school. Talk to them about what to expect on their first day. Tell them about your own first day of school. Let them ask questions and give them thoughtful answers that take their feelings into account.
Consider Helping Out
Schools always need help. Volunteer at the school library, lunchroom, PTA/PTO or help teachers. That way your child knows you will be around. It might also help you with your own first-day jitters.