New Family Ice Cream Social Forms New Friendships

New Family Ice Cream Social Forms New Friendships
Posted on 09/24/2019
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Ice Cream Social collageA fun Lakota tradition confirmed that the playground is as much a place to make new friends for parents as it is for their children.  

“I really enjoyed being together and having fun and meeting other people going through the same thing as me,” said
Darla Nabatanci, a parent whose Hopewell ECS kindergartner marks her family’s official entrance into Lakota. 

That outcome is the very goal of the district’s annual ice cream social, an event hosted by Lakota’s Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion department to bring together families who are new to Lakota. The district invited about 1,800 new students and their families to this year’s event, held Saturday, Sept. 14 at Heritage Early Childhood School. 

“Parental involvement and support is as much a part of the equation as the actual teaching and learning that happens inside our classrooms,” said
Leah Aguilar, Lakota’s parent engagement and community outreach coordinator. “It was refreshing to see so many families join us and take an interest in getting to know the larger Lakota community.” 

Other parents expressed their appreciation for not only the social, but the open communication they’ve enjoyed so far. 

“I think the best part of the Lakota experience so far has been the communication,” said Hopewell ECS parent
Oksana Goodin. “Our teacher and all the staff communicate really well about everything that needs to be done and what is expected of us.”

“The communication is great,” agreed Shawnee ECS parent
Debbie Young. “As a new parent who’s never done this before, it can be kind of intimidating, especially in such a big school district. But they’ve made it feel very personalized.” 

Besides ice cream sundaes, the afternoon included face painting, bubbles, games and even live music provided by the choir at Hopewell Junior School and a jazz ensemble from Lakota West High School. Other community organizations like the Boy Scouts and MidPointe Library, for example, joined the fun to help new families get acquainted with other opportunities throughout the community. 

Click here to view the complete photo gallery from the ice cream social on Lakota’s Facebook page.