About 300 students in kindergarten through third grade at El Monte City School District’s Potrero School will receive new pairs of athletic shoes during a special event at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center. The shoes are provided through Shoes That Fit, a Claremont-based nonprofit that battles poverty by giving children new pairs of shoes. Potrero School is at 2611 Potrero Ave., El Monte.
At El Monte City School District’s new Kindergarten Parent Academy, parents are learning fun and engaging ways to teach children about the alphabet with word-matching games, the importance of jumping and skipping to stay physically active and how to read print books in a technology-filled world. The Kindergarten Parent Academy, which started in November, teaches parents how to guide their children in mastering motor skills, English language arts, math and social and emotional development in a series of four workshops throughout the school year. Each District school hosts its own workshops for parents with children in transitional kindergarten and kindergarten.
Potrero School teacher Lisa Gonzalez received a holiday classroom makeover and presents for her kindergarten students when local radio station, K-Earth 101, visited to name her the "Knock, Knock, It's Christmas" contest winner.
El Monte City School District’s Gidley School hosted its longstanding annual Winter Sing event on Dec. 19, showcasing the musical talents of nearly 200 of the school’s TK-6 and special education students as they sang a selection of seasonal tunes such as “I Want to Be an Elf,” “Up on the Housetop” and “Let it Snow.”