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Glenwood Springs Elementary School kindergartners get used to school

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Five-year-old Spencer Evans hid his face by touching his forehead against the cinder-block wall outside of Sara Peuschold’s kindergarten room at Glenwood Springs Elementary School Monday morning.He still had five minutes before the bell would ring in the new school year. He was prepared in every way, his new shoes not yet scuffed from recess play, his backpack colors and fabric still crisp and full.”Do you want to give me a kiss?” asked his mother, Danielle Evans as she knelt down to Spencer’s eye level.

Spencer shook his head signaling to his mother that this wasn’t the appropriate time for that kind of behavior.”Should we wait for later?” Evans asked her little man.His head nodding to indicate a ‘yes’.Ms. Peuschold approached Spencer and his mother just outside the threshold of her classroom and greeted them.”Hello, Spencer,” Peuschold said. “How are you today? Do you want to come in and find your seat?”A hesitant Spencer looked to his mother for confirmation before entering the room.”He’s pretty outgoing, normally,” Evans said. “But at first, going in, he told me he was going to be shy – first day jitters.”Typical for the first day of school. But this day was not only a first for Spencer, it was also a first for Ms. Peuschold as well, being a kindergarten teacher after being a second-grade teacher at Wamsley Elementary School in Rifle with the Garfield School District Re-2 for the past two years.

She may not have been as shy as Spencer on the first day but, she could relate with him and the rest of her students.”I’m expecting the unexpected,” Peuschold said Friday before school started. “You never know what is going to happen. So many things could happen, I hear stories of kindergartners just running, or just going off and playing because they are not used to the structure of class. So, no, I guess I don’t know. I’m as prepared as I can be.”Luckily for Peuschold, she had a couple of days in her classroom to get things in order for her class. She teaches two kindergarten classes each day, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. And that helped her to get over her nerves. Just as this first day will help her students get over theirs.”I’m just expecting chaos,” Peuschold said. “I planned on stuff but, I know that I won’t get through it all. Being their first school experience they are not used to sitting or being in a school building. So, I’m expecting things to go wrong. I’m expecting tears. But it will be fine.”After about 10 minutes into his day, the initial shock of school began to wear off for Spencer and the other kids. They joined Peuschold in various activities that familiarized the students with their new surroundings.”At this age, their world is all about me, me, me,” Peuschold said. “The first day is all about the environment and learning about the place where they are going to be spending time.”It’s also a learning experience for the parents, too. Many of which, including Evans, accompanied their children to the school and peeked into the room. They spoke with the teachers and took pictures of their students sitting at their desks.”The thing with teaching kindergarten is it’s the parent’s first day of letting their children go as well,” Peuschold said.



For Evans, this is her second first day of school as Spencer is her youngest of two children.”It’s a little easier,” Evans said as she left Spencer in the classroom that morning. “But he’s my youngest, so it’s still a little hard.”After school, everything seemed to be just as before, just fine.”He liked recess but he didn’t like sitting at his desk so much,” Evans said.A typical first day of school.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO


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