District fair aims for inclusion, information

  • Tue Jan 5th, 2010 9:12pm

By Katie Murdoch Enterprise editor

Parents with children starting kindergarten or who are new to the Edmonds School District will have the chance to ask questions and learn.

The Edmonds School District is hosting its annual District Information Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 9, at Lynnwood High School, 18218 North Road, Bothell.

Parents can meet district staff, take a student-led tour of the new Lynnwood High School campus and learn about highly capable programs, to name a few.

In one of its biggest draws, the fair offers parents a chance to get a jump start on kindergarten registration, said Jennifer Piplic, a school district spokeswoman. Kindergarten registration is set to open Jan. 25.

The fair also offers a comfortable setting for parents to meet elementary school staff and ask questions about the district without interruptions, Piplic said.

“Parents appreciate the face-to-face time,” she said.

There has been an increased focus on public outreach, particularly toward families from diverse cultural backgrounds, Piplic said. To help, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean and Ukrainian translators will be on hand at the fair to help overcome language barriers.

But all families from the community are encouraged to attend, Piplic added.

“It’s a good, comfortable place for people to have a conversation,” she said.

For more information about the District Information Fair, contact DJ Jakala with Community Relations at 425-431-7044 or jakalad@edmonds.wednet.edu. The Edmonds School District serves the communities of Brier, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Woodway and portions of unincorporated Snohomish County.