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FPS hosts open house

Farragut Primary School held an inaugural open house for students and parents from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

In the past, teacher and classroom information was posted on the outside of the cafeteria wall, but students were not able to visit their classroom or meet their new teacher until the start of school.

The positive reaction to the open house from the students, parents and school administration is an indication that this will be an ongoing tradition.

Principal Julia Craze and assistant principal Janette Wyatt were greeting parents and students outside of the front office, and said that the open house was going “very well.”

“It’s a keeper,” Craze said. “The open house relieves so much anxiety for parents, teachers and especially the students.”

First grade teacher Terry Shipley said, “I’ve never seen so many excited kids. This is so great for everybody.”

Visitors were also able to tour the library, cafeteria and playground area. The administration and office workers were on hand to answer questions and bus information was made available to the parents.

Parent Maureen Cianciolo, who has sons in both kindergarten and second grade, said that the open house was a very good idea.

“This is so nice for the kids, especially the kindergartners who are new to the school,” she said.

Other activities that were taking place during the open house included the staff including the staff informing parents about school policies and committees needing parental volunteers.

Third-grade student,Matthew Montgomery was helping his mom Rose sell primary school backpacks. The funds raised from the backpack sales will benefit the FPS Technology Committee.

Representatives from Pryme Time, the after-school program, were available to enroll new students and provide pertinent information to parents.

Music teachers Teresa Ryder and Cyndi Russell were greeting students and parents in the music room and “waiting patiently” for the final schedule for music classes.

“The kids come to music two times a week but we have to work around recess and lunch time which can be a challenge,” said Ryder. “This is the hardest part of starting the school year, but we always get it worked out.”

Students also attend gym twice a week and first and second graders receive art instruction two times a week.

School started on Thursday, Aug. 12, with a half day for students.


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