It's almost kindergarten time

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

The kindergarteners are coming and they are ready for school. Nine out the 10 elementary schools in the Rutherford County Schools system held kindergarten camps this summer to prepare the new students for the upcoming year.

"Kindergarten Camp is a wonderful introduction to school. Children become acquainted with their teachers, the school building, and school procedures," said Steven Helton, director of elementary education. "Parents have an opportunity to alleviate some of the first-day-of-school anxiety by experiencing arrival and departure procedures and teachers can begin assessing how to best meet the needs of each child. It's a win for everyone."

Ellenboro Elementary School held their four-day camp this week. About 70 rising kindergarteners attended the luau-themed camp from 8:30 a.m. until noon each day.

"We are getting them used to coming to kindergarten and to the school environment," said Cyndi Cantrell, kindergarten teacher. "This will make the beginning of the year easier. They will know the routine and will have already made friends."

The students played games, learned to walk in lines, met the kindergarten teachers, studied the ocean and were introduced to Sir Colfax the tiger, the new mascot. This is the second year that Ellenboro has held the camp.

"We've had wonderful days of kindergarten camp, it has been terrific," said Principal Bill Bass. "This helps with the transition and helps ease the minds of the parents and helps the students know what to expect when they get here."

Rutherfordton Elementary School held a camp for the first time this year July 15-18.

"Kindergarten is a huge milestone in a child's life and anything we can do to make the transition fun and easy is definitely worth it," said Principal Kelly Sisk. "The teachers and children enjoyed this first kindergarten camp so much that we have already decided Rutherfordton will host camp for years to come."

The teachers were all confident that because of the camps, the students will be ready for that first day of school on Monday, Aug. 26.