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Ring, ring goes the bell

Posted: August 13, 2008 8:46 p.m.
Updated: October 15, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Most of the students at Newhall Elementary School were happy to be there Wednesday morning for the first day of school, but not 5-year-old kindergartner Emma Cevene, who cried and held onto her mother's neck when it came time for the parents to leave the classroom.

"She doesn't want us to leave," said Emma's dad, Evan Cevene.

So Cevene and his wife, Maria, sat at a little kindergarten-sized table, in kindergarten-sized chairs at the back of the classroom, hoping that Emma would get comfortable enough with her new teacher and classmates to allow them to leave.

"She keeps looking back here every two seconds," said Maria Cevene. "There's no way we're going to be able to sneak out."

Principal Timothy Lankford said Emma's reaction is perfectly normal, and that kindergarten teachers are trained to help new students make the transition into their new school environment.

"For some kindergartners, it's their first experience with school, so we do invite parents to stick around and help them with that transition," Lankford said. "But we also have some really well-trained teachers to help them, so the transition usually goes pretty quickly."

Kindergartner Ryan Tomaszewski had no problem adapting to his new surroundings, waving good-bye to his mom as she walked out of the classroom.

"It was good. I know Mrs. Hochman, so I know (Ryan's) in good hands," said Amy Tomaszewski. "He has an older brother, and he was excited to come to his big brother's school."

Many parents of first through sixth graders were also on hand for the first day of school drop-off, so Lankford held a morning assembly welcoming everyone to the new school year and reminding students of the school's mantra, the three Rs: Respect, responsibility and results.

"We want all of the students here at Newhall to have a wonderful experience," Lankford said.

The sixth graders at the assembly were excited about returning to school and for their turn to be on top.

"I'm really excited about being on top of the school and kind of being a role model for the other kids," said Jessica Lynn, 11.


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