Family engagement is the key to De Anza Elementary kindergarten teachers making home visits

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De Anza Elementary kindergarten teachers Ruth Phillips, Jessica Long, Kim Boessneck and Elaine Johnson make home visits to welcome new kindergarten students to school. Courtesy photo
SAN JACINTO – To start the 2019-2020 school year at San Jacinto Unified School District in a slightly different way, a team of teachers at De Anza Elementary School were inspired to personally deliver, and not just make phone calls, a special welcome to the 72 families of kindergarteners about to experience their first day of school. “We understand how many parents and kindergarten children feel on the first day of school,” Tamra Simpson, TOSA administrator for De Anza Elementary, said. “Most families are experiencing a mixture of excitement, nostalgia and anxiety – and the first day is filled with joy and tears from both parents and little ones.” Teachers Elaine Johnson, Ruth Phillips, Jessica Long and Kim Boessneck know this experience all too well as they have been tea
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