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Proud parents and family members watched their kindergarten-ready 4-year-olds graduate from Fridley Preschool on June 6, 2019 in the district auditorium. The 140 preschool students and future Class of 2032, performed songs they had practiced in class and walked across the auditorium stage to receive miniature diplomas from their teachers. Graduation ceremonies were held for both the morning and afternoon preschool sessions.
In 2016, then Governor Mark Dayton and Minnesota state legislators initiated the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK), a program that provided free early childhood education in several school districts across the state. The funding allowed Fridley Public Schools to provide 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 – aligning with the district’s IB program. This readily prepares 3- and 4-year-old students to begin their IB journey.
“Fridley Preschool provides a great foundation for our students in the district and we are so proud to offer this to our families,” said Preschool Principal Jason Bodey. “They begin the IB process at an early age, and our students walk into kindergarten already knowing the IB language and concepts. It really sets them up for success.”
The excited preschool graduates displayed their excitement as they were called “kindergarteners” for the first time at the conclusion of the ceremony. Many of the students will be continuing into the Primary Years Programme at the district’s elementary IB World School - Hayes and Stevenson elementary schools this fall.
“We would like to thank all of the families for entrusting us with their child for the school year,” said Beckstrand. “We have seen our students grow over the past year, so this has been an extremely proud moment to watch them all as they sang their songs, walked across the stage, and had such a special moment with their teachers and families.”
Fridley Public Schools is an IB World School district that offers the IB Continuum programmes to K-12 students. 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.”