SUISUN VALLEY — The morning was “a little emotional” Wednesday for Jamie Eikenberry as she sent her son to first grade and her daughter to fourth grade at Suisun Valley Elementary School.
“It will be the first time he’s been in school all day,” Eikenberry said of her son. “It’s a little harder on me.”
Pictures had been taken at home by the front door before leaving for school.
Eikenberry had taken the day off work. She contemplated picking up some coffee but wasn’t ready to say good-bye as the children made their way to the classrooms.
“I might just hang out,” she said.
Principal Jas Bains Wright was on hand to greet the children. She was expecting about 500. The school serves kindergarten through eighth grade.
“We want them to feel welcome,” she said. “It’s about building relationships with our students and families.”
The school’s student council was enlisted to help pass out maps to those who may be new or who looked lost.
William Thompson watched his son, Simon Thompson, walk into the kindergarten classroom.
“It’s kind of hard, but it’s what we got to do,” he said of leaving the youngster at school.
By the end of the day, he expected his son to come home with stories of new friends and an awesome teacher.
This is the second year in a row Thompson took one his children to kindergarten. That daughter is now in first grade. He’ll repeat the kindergarten good-bye with his youngest, a daughter, who will start school in 2016-17 school year.
“The first day is so exciting for the teachers and parents,” said kindergarten teacher Patricia Raina. “It’s a brand new time.”
The parents have a much more difficult time of letting go than the children, she said.
“We’ll see how it goes,” Raina said, walking into her classroom. “We’ll see if we have any tears.”
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