SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
The final stretch of the dog days of summer signifies the beginning of something many kids dread-the end of summer and the beginning of school.
Ellicott School District faculty came to Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. to help parents register their kids for school and get information on district programs.
“It is a great opportunity for parents to be able to take care of what they need when it comes to being able to register their kids right here on base. We have a great relationship with the Ellicott community and school district, they do a lot to support our efforts,” said Leslie Janaros, keyspouse.
This is the second time the district has been to Schriever to give parents the opportunity to register their children.
“It introduces the military students of Schriever to the Ellicott School District and then for Ellicott to register those students, get them into the system and get their schedules printed out. It is important for both faculty and students to know what’s supposed to happen on those very important first days of school,” said Mark McPherson, Ellicott High School principal.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center was also on hand to pass out backpacks to students.
“We have a great partnership with the district and they are very supportive of the military and working with our military children here at Schriever,” said Ruth Moore, Airman and Family Readiness Center school liaison officer.
There was a representative from each school, elementary, middle and high school.
“We’ve developed a really good partnership with Schriever to get the new families that live on the base enrolled into our program. Typically I enroll about 10-15 new preschoolers. I think elementary does about the same,” said Shelley Ettleman, Ellicott Elementary School preschool director.
There are plans to continue hosting a back-to-school registration event for residents on base in the future.
“I think this is good because it gives the new families an opportunity to meet the school district staff and have the opportunity to enroll their child,” said Ettleman.
There was also ample information on sports and other extracurriculars at the registration event.
“Sports registration will start on the first couple days of school because practices do not start until Aug., but it’s our first opportunity to introduce all of our athletic programs to the Schriever community,” said McPherson.
According to McPherson, this event was important for community bonding and understanding we are all a part of the same community and we are here to support each other.
“We appreciate all of the services and programs that Schriever, its leadership and volunteers have provided to the Ellicott community and that the Ellicott students have had the opportunity to enjoy, “said McPherson.