What’s Happening at Main Street School?: Full Day Kindergarten Update

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Please read Principal of Main Street School, Mr. Adler’s, recent post providing information and our school district’s rationale for putting forth a warrant article for the purpose of creating space for a full day kindergarten program.  Click this link to visit the post directly: LINK to MSS

Dear Main Street School Families,

Full Day Kindergarten– Many years of hard work and study about the possibility of full day Kindergarten are coming to fruition this budget year.  After a great deal of study and deliberation the Exeter School Board anticipates that it will be putting forth a warrant article to raise $5,400, 000 to support the building of an eight room addition to MSS that will enable us to house Full Day Kindergarten for all of the students.   The  Exeter School District budget and any proposed warrant articles will be voted upon on March 8th.  It is the vision of the Exeter School Board that implementation of a Full Day Kindergarten is a necessary part of a high-quality education program for all students and should be implemented in the Exeter School District as soon as possible.

There are many ways that we expect that having a Full Day Kindergarten program at MSS would be different for our Kindergarten students.  It would give us more time to support foundational skills, while also allowing us to have a more unhurried day that meets the developmental needs of our students. This would include more opportunities for creative learning and opportunities for peer interaction and the application of social skills.  There would be a chance to explore subjects such as science, social studies, the arts,  and health in more depth.  In addition we would be able to provideadditional differentiation of instruction and flexible grouping of children according to their needs and interests.

If this warrant passes in March, the building process would begin during the 2016-2017 school year.  The bulk of construction would take place during the 2017-2018 year and Full Day Kindergarten would start the fall of 2018.

If you are interested in learning more about Full Day Kindergarten,  I will be sharing an update at the PTO meeting this month on Tuesday, January 19th at 7:00 pm in the MSS library.  I also encourage anyone who is interested in this proposal to attend the deliberative budget session that will be held at Lincoln Street School on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm.  This would be an important time to ask questions and share your input.

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