Sleeping in and enjoying the summer sun is finished for the year for St. Peter Lutheran School students, and even though kids on their first day of kindergarten were full of enthusiasm, it wasn't the same for mom and dad who have to let go.
Driving your kindergartner to school for the first time is a big deal for the kids and of course their parents.
"It was really sad," Josh Schuck said about dropping off his kindergartner Eli. "He's my baby. He's been home with me for the last number of years, so it was his first big day."
It's also a big deal to the sweet teachers who instruct those oh-so-sweet-fresh faces.
"You never know if you're going to have cryers or nerves," Terri Salzwedel, St. Peter Lutheran School kindergarten teacher, said. "You don't know what's quite going to happen, what's going to mix or what they're going to throw at you today."
One of the most important things Mrs. Salzwedel taught on the first day of kindergarten was routine.
Part of the routine were hings like learning to washing hands, sliding down playground slides the proper way and sharing.
"We pick out the most important part of the routine," Salzwedel said. "Things like the bathroom, the lunch, and a couple of those main things. The rest of it we just deal with."
Playing and eating lunch make the list, too.
"We check the backpacks. If there's not a cold lunch there," Salzwedel said. "It's definitely a hot lunch day."
Learning to interact with other children is also part of the lesson plan.
"It's the first day of a 12-year run of school," Schuck said. "Everything changes after today."
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