What did you do in practice?
A survey for families who were new to the district was first and asked about their transition to school. For example, did they get the info they needed, did they feel welcomed? It was overwhelming to try and reach all new families so we went smaller and focused instead on families who had children transitioning into kindergarten. This led to the Kindergarten Fall Festival that involved families from our three elementary schools. We followed with a Story Walk in the spring, inviting current Kindergarteners and in-coming kindergarten families with the aim of creating a sense of "oneness".
Why did you do this implementation trial?
We did these implementation trials because school is so much more than just academics. The non-academic part of school life is very important because it's about being part of the larger COMMUNITY. We want our children to have friends, a connection with the teacher and others in their school lives. That is what we hope for them — to not just get a great academic education but connection to the school life around them.