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First day of school for Chino Valley goes smoothly

Pam McNamara gets her daughter Bella McNamara settled for the first day of third grade in Robin Bond’s class at Del Rio Elementary School Monday, Aug. 6. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

Pam McNamara gets her daughter Bella McNamara settled for the first day of third grade in Robin Bond’s class at Del Rio Elementary School Monday, Aug. 6. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

The first day of school for Chino Valley Monday, Aug. 6, went pretty smoothly at Del Rio Elementary School, said Principal Carolyn Reeder.

“Beautiful weather, couldn’t ask for better weather to start the day, traffic wasn’t bad,” Reeder said, noting how excited she was. “The kids are back, they’re excited, teachers are excited. It’s going to be a great year and we’re looking forward to it.”

Minutes before the bell rang to kick off the first day of Chino Valley Unified School District’s 100th year, students were still getting settled into their seats, including Emma Fletcher in Robin Bond’s third-grade classroom. With her was mother Lacee Fletcher, who said while it was a good morning, both of them were nervous. It never gets any easier either, Lacee Fletcher said.

Still, even though she was nervous about starting third grade, Emma Fletcher attested she was happy to have a nice teacher, such as Bond.

Pam McNamara was also helping get her daughter, Bella McNamara, situated and said she was excited for her to meet some more friends.

“Living out in the country, we don’t have neighbors,” she said. “Being able to socialize and stuff is the biggest thing for her.”

Bond said this was her 12th year teaching third grade, and even she gets the same level of nervousness year after year. It was hard to go to sleep even though she had to be up at 4 a.m., Bond said. She was calm, but just a little excited and nervous to meet the kids, though probably not to the same extent as they were for their first day, she said.

For the first day, Bond said the class would be introducing themselves and getting to know each other, as well as do some activities and run through expectations and procedures.

“We’re going to start right in with math and we’re going to be studying globes and maps,” she said. “A lot of it is getting to know each other the first week … and then getting started with some basics: grammar, math, social studies.”

Del Rio Elementary School’s Meet the Teacher event, where students could go to their classrooms and meet their teachers beforehand went really well, Reeder said.

“It helped kids to know where their classrooms were, so they could just be dropped off and their parents could go,” she said

“They could ride the bus and knew exactly where to go. It was very smooth.”