On Friday, August 21, Boston Public Schools hosted one of several “Countdown to Kindergarten” celebrations for area residents at the North End Branch of the Boston Public Library in cooperation with the Boston Public Schools Office of Engagement. Attendees, school, and community members then paraded from the library to the Eliot K-8 Innovation School where the celebration concluded with slush for students and their families. A special shout out and thank you to Ms. Jennifer, librarian at the North End Branch of the BPL!

Picture 1: Eliot Innovation K-8 staff members gather to greet their new K1 and K2 students and their families. Pictured (from left): Jodi Krous, K1 Teacher; Dwayne Fontenette Jr., Systems Leader; Morgan Atkins, Guidance Counselor; Nicole Pantazis, K2 Teacher; Dana Jorgensen, K2 Teacher; Julia Mayer, Director of Development; Traci Walker Griffith, Principal; and Florence Yee, K2 Teacher

Picture 2: Eliot Innovation K2 Team. Pictured (from left): Nicole Pantazis, Danielle Simonini, Florence Yee, and Dana Jorgensen

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Picture 3: A new kindergartener going to the Eliot and his mom sign-in to Friday’sCountdown to Kindergarten event at the North End Branch of the Boston Public Library.

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Picture 4: Five of the Eliot K-8 Innovation School’s newest kindergarteners enjoyed face painting and games at the North End Branch of the Boston Public Library and then paraded to the school for some slush!

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Picture 5: Nicole Pantazis, K2 Teacher at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School, greets one of her new kindergarten students, Madelyn.

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Picture 6: Kayla Brennan, K1 Teacher at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School, greets one of her new kindergarten students, Zen.

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Picture 7 (from left): Diane Hauser, North End resident, Eliot School volunteer, and Boston Public Schools employee, joined Lydia Torres, Assistant Principal of the Eliot K-8 School, and the school’s two K1 teachers, Jodi Krous and Kayla Brennan, for slush following the Countdown to Kindergarten celebration at the North End Branch of the Boston Public Library. 

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