SUISUN CITY — The gates of Crescent Elementary School opened for the new year at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
In streamed children, with parents in tow.
The gamut of emotions showed: Seasoned fifth-graders walked confidently toward the lineup area at the back of the school, nervous kindergartners clung to parents in front of Joan Glazier’s kindergarten classroom and new schoolchildren and parents asked questions in the office.
Glazier was glad to be back teaching.
“I love getting a new group of students,” she said as she waited to begin orientation. “It’s like a new adventure.”
All over the Fairfield-Suisun School District, snapshots of the first day happened as teachers and administration welcomed students, students greeted their friends and parents hurried to get their child to the proper place on time.
At Crescent in Suisun City, Indyah Livingston, 7, and her mother Sontoya Hawkins checked into the office early to ask a few questions. Indyah went to kindergarten at Crescent and after a year at another school in the district, was returning to Crescent. She rocked a bright yellow-green shirt she said she picked out herself, a pair of leggings of multiple colors and dozens of braids with beads that her mom said took about 45 minutes to do.
Indyah was happy.
“Because it’s my first time in second grade,” she said.
Hawkins said her daughter was so excited she didn’t get to bed until after 10 p.m. and, “I had to get her up at 6:30 a.m..”
“We were always going to the library and checking out four to five books a week (during the summer),” Hawkins said. “She likes school. She couldn’t wait to come back.”
Both Lilliana Ibarra, 8, and Jasmin Abina, 5, weren’t so sure about their first day. Lilliana is a new transfer from Padan Elementary School in Vacaville and mom Megen Ibarra said her daughter “was kind of excited but at the same time kind of nervous.” The idea of a new school and new friends had the shy child standing close to her mother while they waited for the start of school.
Jasmin seemed to be doing OK waiting for the kindergarten class door to open. Kindergartners and parents went through a one-hour orientation Wednesday with the three Crescent kindergarten teachers and would return Thursday for their first “full” day of school, which is actually on a morning or afternoon schedule.
Jasmin attended a weeklong “jump start” program recently with the Crescent kindergarten teachers that Principal Stephanie Wheeler said is aimed to help the child get ready for kindergarten.
“It really helps a lot,” Wheeler said. “We notice a big difference.”
Jasmin’s mother, Ana Leon, said the program helped. Jasmin, she said, cried initially but then did well.
“She expected the same teacher from preschool,” Leon said. “She cried the first day, but now she’s fine.”
Everything was fine until she got in the classroom door Wednesday. An unhappy Jasmin sat for a few minutes with the other kindergartners on a colorful mat but then decided next to mom was the better place to be.
Glazier, who has been teaching in the district for 16 year – six of those in kindergarten – said she knows that some of the children will be scared.
“On the first day they don’t really know you,” she said. “There are some who are excited and some who are sad.”
Information from the district’s fiscal department projected the district’s enrollment for the 2013-14 school year at about 21,281. Projected enrollment for 2012-13 was 21,516 but after the three-week daily counts at the beginning of the year it settled at 21,363.
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