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Today was our first day back at school.  What an exciting time!  I was excited to see all of our Senior Kindergarten students and how they had changed over the summer.  Even though I didn’t have yard duty this morning, I went out on the playground early to say hello to all of the returning students, and some new ones, at our school.  That was one of the best ways to begin a new school year…walking out onto the playground and having some of our students from last year run up to me and be happy to see me. 

For the rest of the day, I tried to pay close attention to the students and how they interacted with each other.  Many of them had turned 5 years old over the summer.  I wanted to see if they come into the room with confidence and excitement, or if they would possibly be shy and quiet.  As most 5 year olds I know, they came in confident and excited.  They were happy to see the friends they had missed over the summer.  They fell back into play together as if no time had passed at all.  So, we gave them the entire day to play and reconnect with their friends. 

I think tomorrow we will give them the same opportunity.