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Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox (secondary photo to run with story if needed) Lisa Elmer gives her daughter Macy a kiss good-bye on her first day of kindergarten at Kathryn Senor Elementary in New Castle Tuesday morning.
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When Madison Scott got up Tuesday morning, all she could think about was getting her hair and outfit just so. Scott, 5, of New Castle wasn’t worried about her teacher or making new friends; everything would be OK as long as she looked good.At 3:20 p.m., Madison came flying out of her new kindergarten classroom at Kathryn Senor Elementary. Her hair was disheveled and her backpack was crooked, but she was all smiles.

“I got french fries and chicken nuggets,” Scott said while sitting in the lap of her mother, Kimberly. “We even got little drinks and chocolate milk.”Tuesday was the first day of school for Garfield County School District Re-2. It was also Kimberly’s second first day of kindergarten – she has a son in third grade – but she still wrestles with feelings of sadness that come with letting kids grow up.”I’m torn,” Kimberly said. “I’m sad because my baby’s growing up, but I’m excited because I have more free time.”In most families, kindergarten is the first time children are away from home all day. Even parents on their second round of kindergartners feel a twinge of sadness.”She’s my second one, but it’s very different because she’s the last one and she’s the only girl,” Lisa Elmer said of her daughter, Macy. “I was scared for her to be here all day. I wanted to check on her and make sure she was safe.”

Macy looked OK as she came bounding out of Mrs. Worrell’s room with a large paper name tag in the shape of a car pinned to her chest.Lisa Worrell, Macy’s teacher, said kindergartners are so excited on the first day of school that all they want to do is talk.”Half of them know how to raise their hands, and half of them have never raised their hands,” Worrell said. “All of them want to please me, and they all try really hard to listen.”The first day of kindergarten is spent getting students used to routine, Worrell said. Students learn how to hang up their backpacks, wait in lunch lines, get out work caddies and clean up after themselves.Brenda Murphy, also a kindergarten teacher, had a little chuckle while getting her students in the routine of walking quietly down the hallway.



“One of my students said, ‘You have to walk quietly or the boss will be mad at you,'” Murphy said. “‘Do you know who the boss is?'”Now all of Murphy’s students know who the boss is – aka principal Bill Zambelli – and will not utter a peep as they pass him in the halls.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. 534ivogel@postindependent.com


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