The first day of school is a tradition, a passage, a sign that we are growing and learning. Although children attend UCCC all year round, we like to celebrate a First Day of School each year on the Tuesday after Labor Day. Milestones like "First Days" are important events in a child's development.
Cognitively, children can gain a deeper sense of the passage of time; Emotionally, children learn how to say "good-bye" and make positive transitions; Socially, celebrations bring communities together around a common experience.
The Friday prior to the "first day" of school, teachers spend the morning learning in various professional development seminars and the afternoon preparing their classrooms for the first day of school after the long weekend.
To make sure everyone recognizes the specialness of the day, we add a few out of the ordinary touches like breakfast, flowers, and balloons. This year (as in years past) we were fortunate to have John McGrosso entertain the families with his wonderful music.
We also take photos of all our families.
Add in some coffee and pastries for a great way to start a school year.
You can also see that this year we also had coverage from the University City Patch.
KSDK also has a nice video featuring John McGrosso playing and our children listening.