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First day of school: Parents, teachers, students all nervous and excited

Del Rio Elementary School third grade teacher Robin Bond and Lacee Fletcher help Fletcher’s daughter Emma Fletcher get settled for her first day of third grade. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Del Rio Elementary School third grade teacher Robin Bond and Lacee Fletcher help Fletcher’s daughter Emma Fletcher get settled for her first day of third grade. (Jason Wheeler/Review)

Just a few minutes before the bell rang to kick off the first day of school at Del Rio Elementary School, the first day of Chino Valley Unified School District’s 100th year, students were still getting settled into their seats in Robin Bond’s third grade classroom.

Lacee Fletcher was with her daughter, Emma Fletcher, getting her ready to her first day of third grade. While it was a good morning, both of them were nervous and it never gets any easier, Lacee Fletcher said.

“(It’s) crazy that she’s already in third grade,” she said.

Still, even though it was a difficult first morning, Emma Fletcher did attest that she was happy to have a nice teacher.

Pam McNamara was also helping get her daughter, Bella McNamara, situated and said she 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.”

The Chino Valley Police Department had set up a traffic plan in order to facilitate and expedite traffic at Del Rio Elementary as well as Heritage Middle School and Territorial Early Childhood Center. After the bell rang at 7:30 a.m., Officer Fernando Silva said the operation went by pretty smoothly and all the officers were pretty happy with how it went.

“No kids got hit, no accidents,” Silva said. “That’s what we want.”

Echoing Silva’s comments, Del Rio Elementary School Principal Carolyn Reeder said traffic wasn’t bad at all. Further, the day was so good she said she couldn’t ask for better weather to start the school year.

Reeder also said she was excited for the first day of school, not only because the kids were back, but because they as well as the teachers were excited.

“It’s going to be a great year and we’re looking forward to it,” she said. “Meet the Teacher went really well and it helped kids to know where their classrooms were so they could just be dropped off and their parents could go. They could ride the bus and knew exactly where to go. It was very smooth.”