Here’s East Port Orchard’s plan for family and community engagement.
Staff, students and families enjoy an evening of fun with math. Attendance can top 100. Everyone enjoys the opportunity to interact with teachers and work at solving various math problems. Kitsap Community Credit Union employees volunteer at this event
Books and Bears
Hugely popular — families bring their K-1 students (in jammies) back to school in the early evening to read to, and learn how to read effectively with their children.
Young scientists in grades 3-6 demonstrate the scientific process. A home/school collaboration creates this opportunity to present their experiments — one of the best-attended events of the year.
End-of-the-school-year opportunity for students and families to celebrate their academic and personal successes. East Port Orchard staff create activities that will support academic progress through the summer.
Dr. Seuss Night
Makes for a big turnout of East Port Orchard families, who gather in the library to read some of their favorite Dr. Seuss stories. Then, a big celebration with a birthday cake for Dr. Seuss in the cafeteria.
Back to School Event
Entertainment, music, hands-on games, art projects, performances, school bus rides and more celebrate the beginning of the new school year. In a big finish at the end of the day, the South Kitsap Community Band leads a kids’ parade. Everything is free, and that includes family health services with health screenings for vision, hearing and dental.
Read with a Hero
Local first responders and military personnel come to a morning flag ceremony and stay to read a story in each classroom. Read with a Hero happens in and around September 11 each year.
Parent Advisory Board
East Port Orchard staff recognize that parents are the most important teachers. Parents can volunteer in a number of capacities including classroom support. They are welcome at all school events and come together as a force for positive input on the Parent Advisory Board.
Every month, the local Rotary Club members purchase books for kindergarten classrooms, and spend some time in each classroom reading to the children.
Kiwanis Club Terrific Kid Award
This recognition program promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance. Students work with their classroom teacher to establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance or school work. Terrific Kids enjoy a party and receive a special certificate.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
School culture is greatly enriched by a very active PTA that functions as an integral element of school life at East Port Orchard. PTA members and school staff work closely together on school-centered family activities. East Port Orchard’s Open House, Fall Carnival, Bingo nights, Family Learning Nights and the Reading and Writing Celebration are just a few of the opportunities for family and community engagement made possible by the PTA. Funds raised support field trips, sponsor assemblies, pay for
scholarships to summer school, buy playground equipment and much more.