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Old 09-26-2008, 08:13 AM
 
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Do all the schools have early dismissal on Wednesdays or does this only apply to Lower Macungie??

Also I read that there is a full day kindergarten program..who qualifies for that?
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:34 AM
 
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The half day thing on Wednesdays is done only at East Penn from what I understand. : http://www.eastpennsd.org/lmes/About%20Us.html (broken link) My husbands cousin teaches at one the LM schools and loves it. Looks like full day is only offered to some people.
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Old 09-26-2008, 11:47 AM
 
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I can not believe that don't have full day Kindergarten for everyone. They need to switch to what the norm is in the rest of the country.
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Old 09-26-2008, 12:09 PM
 
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I agree in theory but that means doubling the amount of classrooms allocated for kindergarten. The elementary schools in my district are at capacity now. We're building a 4th grade to -6th grade building now. Adding full day kindergarten would mean adding 10 more classrooms to our district and that's just not a priority.
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Old 09-27-2008, 04:52 AM
 
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Only East Penn elementary schools have 1:30 p.m. dismissal on Wednesdays. As for kindergarten - it is half day. There is one full day class, but that is for children who have never been to preschool, or for who English is their second language or who just need more time to get up to speed. It is a grant funded class and their is an application process with guidelines that must be met.
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Old 09-27-2008, 04:54 AM
 
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I can not believe that don't have full day Kindergarten for everyone. They need to switch to what the norm is in the rest of the country.
I think that full day is great - for the parents! However, for the kids, I think half day is a nice transition.

As far as I know, full day kindy gets all their school work done in the morning, and since the kids are toast after lunch/recess, the rest of the day is glorified day care - for free.
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Old 09-27-2008, 02:09 PM
 
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I think that full day is great - for the parents! However, for the kids, I think half day is a nice transition.

As far as I know, full day kindy gets all their school work done in the morning, and since the kids are toast after lunch/recess, the rest of the day is glorified day care - for free.
Full day kindergarten allows the student the ability to transition more successfully into First grade. All of the Kindergarten classes that I have been involved with have had acedemics in the morning and afternoon. That being said, the afternoon activities were geared more toward the fun side. My daughter was in a full day pre-k class and they did have a rest time in the afternoon. Her Kindergarten class didn't even have a rest time, but more of a quiet time where they read books and did centers. Once they hit first grade they are ready to go.

As far as 1/2 day with early dismissle, I think it is a waste of the day for everyone involved. They get to school and then turn around and come home 45 minutes later. In some cases they are probably on the bus longer.
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Old 09-28-2008, 01:07 PM
 
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As far as 1/2 day with early dismissle, I think it is a waste of the day for everyone involved. They get to school and then turn around and come home 45 minutes later. In some cases they are probably on the bus longer.
I agree with you 100% on this point.
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