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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 families.

“It’s a to-do event.” said Nancy Schwab, curriculum director for . “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 , part of .

“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!

Kirby School District 140

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

Community Consolidated School District 146

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

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic 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

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