It's kindergarten round-up time for Omaha public schools. Parents get the chance to tour schools and get information on enrollment and registration.
Anxious and excited parents and soon-to-be kindergarten students gather in the gym at Beals Elementary. The school's round-up ran from Tuesday afternoon in the gym.
Jennifer Neeley came with her daughter Madison, who she says can't wait to be a kindergartner.
“She has a big sister here in first grade already so its been in a way even more exciting then when we came with the oldest one,” says Neeley.
“They've been talking about what it'll be like.”
The kids were then separated from their parents and got to check out their new kindergarten room and get a taste of interactive learning through a story.
Teacher Sarah Smiley says this day is about making the children comfortable while getting to see their individual talents.
“We get to see everything that they're great at, whether they can write their name, and how they color.
“It’s a great indication for us to start the next fall.”
Most of the families live in the neighborhood, but some come from outside the home attendance area. Some may qualify for free or reduced lunch for their child.
Angela Persing came with her daughter Mackenzie. She’s confident about Mackenzie attending Beals because she already has a big brother who is a first grader there.
And even though her daughter is excited, Persing has mixed feelings about her daughter starting a new chapter.
“It’s kind of sad, but then again its very exciting because she's getting older.”
Kindergarten round up runs through the month, parents need to be sure to bring proof of residence, the child's birth certificate and immunization records.