My name is Ninette Solis. I have started this petition because I am upset that a school tradition and milestone is being taken away from the kindergarteners of Harley Elementary. The kindergarten “show”, where the children and families come together to celebrate a year of growth and success, has been canceled. As detailed in a letter dated April 24, 2014, "The reason for eliminating the Kindergarten show is simple. We are responsible for preparing children for college and career with valuable lifelong skills and know that we can best do that by having them become strong reader, writers, coworkers and problem solvers." These are 5-year-old children! This is outrageous! Canceling the show makes no sense at all. Please understand that Harley Elementary is one of a handful of schools in Suffolk and Nassau County which does not offer full day kindergarten. Our children attend school each day for a total of two and a half hours. If the district’s goal is to begin to develop “college and career ready” 5 year olds, they should have had full day kindergarten classes. As a concerned teacher noted "College and career readiness must include knowing how to appreciate having some fun. Any career without fun isn't worth having." Furthermore, the kindergarten show is a positive experience and beneficial to the children’s development. The children perform in front of an audience. This helps them build confidence in themselves. The show also helps develop public speaking skills while allowing the children celebrate a big accomplishment. The kindergarteners of Harley Elementary deserve better. Please sign this petition to reinstate the kindergarten show and please share with everyone you know.
Elwood School District