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The Telegram
  • Kindergartners prepare for their first day of school

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  • As new kindergarten students walked away with their teachers at Frankfort-Schuyler Elementary School on Friday for orientation, Principal Joan Dayton seemed to know what parents left sitting in the cafeteria were thinking.
    “I know,” she said. “There’s a little piece of you that just walked out of this room.”
    Dayton said as a mother and grandmother, she is able to understand how parents must be feeling at this time.
    “They’re turning over their trust to our teachers, and their teachers are going to be the next teachers,” said Dayton. “The parents are the very first teachers, now it’s being turned over to our school district and staff.”
    Dayton said Friday’s orientation for the students and their parents was to help ease whatever nerves either may have about starting their school career.
    “This is to allow the children to have an opportunity to meet their teachers and to learn more about the routines they can expect on the first day,” she said during a telephone interview on Friday.
    Monday will be the first full-day for kindergarteners. Friday’s orientation was split into two sessions, which included introductions of the staff and faculty. Students also got to go to their classroom with their teachers, go to the library for a story and take a ride on a school bus. Parents got to see their child’s classroom and talk with the teacher about any questions.
    “My son is really excited,” said Jamie Viola, who attended the orientation on Friday with her son, John. “He wants to see all of his friends from pre-K.”
    There are 79 kindergarteners starting at the elementary school this year, split up into three sections. Dayton said on Friday the district plans on hiring a part-time teaching assistant for each classroom.
    Shari Roberts, one of the three kindergarten teachers, had her students line-up in front of their cubby in the hallway to see if they were able to identify their names. She then showed them around the classroom, which included the bathroom, where the lunch bags and snack bags go, the reading corner, the SMART Board and where the toys are located. Students also had to find where their desks were in the classroom.
    Roberts said under the new state core curriculum standards, kindergartners need to develop their reading, writing and math skills, which include identifying 3-D shapes, 2-D shapes, measuring and classifying.
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