Open Houses: A Much Anticipated Back-to-School Tradition
Meet the teachers, walk the halls and join a club. Open houses prove themselves as "to-do" events this academic year.
Whatever you call it—“open house”, “curriculum night”, “back-to-school night” or the “meet teachers and then visit with other parents”—the opportunity for students and their families to gather at school after hours has become a much anticipated school year tradition for many Tinley Park families.
“It’s a to-do event.” said Nancy Schwab, curriculum director for School District 146. “Families have the chance to meet the teachers, walk through and learn the school culture. Children are excited to show their parents their classroom, and especially their desks.”
Open houses are also a great way to become involved with a school’s parent association or other community groups, according to Carol Novak, principal of Fernway Elementary School, part of Kirby School District 140.
“Members of the PTO will be on hand with information about upcoming events, as well as representatives from the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.”
Eat an early dinner and grab the little ones. All open houses feature family friendly activities and get the school year off to a great start. We've compiled the following list of open house dates and times, just for you. The first one is tonight!
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 6-7:30 pm
- John A Bannes Elementary
- Fernway Elementary
- Helen Keller Elementary
- Christa McAuliffe
- Millennium Elementary
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6:30-8:30 pm
- Virgil I Grissom Middle School
- Prairie View Middle School
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 5:30-7 pm
- Fierke Education Center
- Fulton school
- Kruse Education Center
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 5-7pm
- Memorial School
Thursday, Sept. 1, 5:30-7 pm
- Central Middle School
Tuesday, Aug. 30
- Grades 4 and 5 at 6:60-7:30 pm
- Grades 6 thru 8 at 7:45-8:45 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7-9 pm
- Back to School Night for all students and parents at Victor J. Andrew High School