Your child has made many new friends this year in Kindergarten. It comes as quite a shock to many 5 and 6 year olds once school stops and they cannot see their friends on a regular basis. Even more of a surprise is learning that many of these friends will be in different classrooms once first grade begins in the fall. Our school PTO sells a parent directory which contains phone numbers and e-mail addresses of parents who wish to share that information with other parents. If you do not have phone numbers and e-mail addresses for the parents of your child’s friends, you might want to look into doing that now. Summer can be long for a child and having friends to have play dates with will help when you hear ‘there’s nothing to do!’ from your child. As a teacher, I cannot share phone numbers and email addresses but all you have to do is ask the parents yourself. You could write a quick note asking for this information and address it to “Mary’s Mom/Dad” and ask your child’s teacher to give it to Mary to take home. In the note you should share your name, your child’s name, your phone number or e-mail address and ask for the same from them so that you could set up summer time play dates. Believe me, having this information now, will really be beneficial once school is out and you no longer have the ability to get the note to the other child.