A potluck with a purpose
September 29, 2009
By Chantelle Lusebrink
Clark Elementary School kindergarteners get to know one another
Clark Elementary School kindergarteners and their families met for a chance to break bread and get to know one another Sept. 18.
The night was a potluck and raffle held for families with students in both morning and afternoon kindergarten classes.
“I like to get them together at the beginning of the year so the parents get to know each other,” teacher Mary Rusk said.
“It’s an introduction to each other now, since when they get to first grade, they’ll all be mixed up,” teacher Diane Danklefsen said. “We’re also taking a field trip together to purposely set the stage for first grade.”Aside from different types of foods, parents and students could buy raffle tickets for $1 for great prizes, such as color-by-number art posters and craft kits, and random play dates with children from different classes to intermix them, Rusk said.
All proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets are going back to the students to help pay for buses for their field trip to Jubilee Farm in Carnation.
“I try to organize it as often as possible,” Rusk said of the potluck. “We haven’t done it in a couple of years, but whenever we have it, parents let us know what a great way it is to meet other kids in the class and their parents, so they can organize play dates.”
“It’s a good chance to meet some of the other parents and kids that are in my son’s class,” said Wendy Darcy, whose son Christian is in the class. “We’ve lived here 10 years and have an older son who is an Issaquah High School senior, so our roots are here. But this is a good way to establish him within the community and have him meet new friends.”
While parents introduced themselves to one another, students did what they do best —play.
After a quick bite to eat, it was on to tag, Legos and coloring.
“We’re having fun,” said student Juan Sanchez-Medina, older brother of kindergartener Misael Sanchez-Medina.
“Yeah, it’s fun because we’re building things,” Christian Darcy said, holding up his Lego block he built with the Sanchez-Medina brothers.
But by 7:30 p.m., the party was winding down and kindergartener Kristina Marion said she was ready to take home the 3-D castle she’d won in the raffle.
“It was fun,” she said of the event. “But I’m going home to go put it together now and that is going to be fun, too.”
Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.