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Proud parents and families watched their kindergarten-ready 4-year-olds graduate from Fridley Preschool on June 7, 2018. The 114 preschool students, who will make up the future class of 2031, happily waved and smiled at their parents as they lined the stage, sporting their own self-decorated graduation caps.
Graduation ceremonies were held for both the morning and afternoon preschool sessions. Students performed songs they had practiced in class and walked across the stage as teachers presented them with certificates.
In 2016, the state initiated the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program. The funding allowed Fridley Public Schools to provide its high-quality early learning programming at no cost to families. Fridley Preschool is a 4-star Parent Aware-rated program and ensures that the district’s earliest learners are ready as they step foot into kindergarten.
The program also focuses on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Transdisciplinary Themes and Learner Profile values. This readily prepares 3- and 4-year-old students to begin their IB journey at Fridley Public Schools. The IB curriculum framework prepares students for college and careers with rigorous coursework through the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme. IB, an inquiry-led, framework, provides a holistic educational experience by focusing on developing the “whole child.”
“We have a very strong program that we are proud to offer our families,” said Preschool Principal Jason Bodey. “Fridley Preschool provides a great foundation for our students in the district. They begin the IB process, and our students walk into kindergarten already knowing the IB language and concepts. It really sets them up for success.”
Early Childhood Coordinator Renee Sorgenfrie was instrumental in the beginning of Fridley’s VPK program in fall 2016. She emphasized the advantage that Fridley Preschool provides to families.
“Our preschool is a fantastic opportunity for our community and for our kids,” she said. “Since it first began, our program has grown tremendously in the first month that I was a part of it. I’m happy to see that it keeps growing each and every year.”
The excited preschool graduates squealed with happiness as they called themselves ‘kindergarteners’ for the first time at the conclusion of the ceremony.
“Today just went absolutely fantastic,” Sorgenfrie said. “Our kids have made such progress and our families have made great connections in our program and with each other. I’m so excited for all our students’ futures and I’m so happy to have been a part of it.”