First Day!

New school year at Oak Park El­e­men­tary School

North Penn Life - - FRONT PAGE - By Linda Stein lstein@jour­nal­reg­is­

Sharky, who is friendly rather than fe­ro­cious and serves as the Oak Park El­e­men­tary School mas­cot, was on hand to greet students and their fam­i­lies ar­riv­ing for the firsW dDy oI sFKooO Tues­day.

Par­ent Dena Win­ner, of Lans­dale, said the be­gin­ning of the school year is bit­ter­sweet be­cause it’s her youngest child’s last year in el­e­men­tary school. She’s also the mom of eighth- and ninth-grade students.

“It’s fun to have them home for the sum­mer,” said Win­ner.

TKH firsW dDy oI sFKooO cel­e­bra­tion, which was go­ing to be out­side, moved in­doors be­cause of the un­cer­tain weather, said Prin­ci­pal Dou­glas Povi­laitis.

Sixth-grader Stephen Kowal­czyk, 11, of Lans­dale, wore a green shirt read­ing, “No Lim­its.” He also wore casts on both arms be­cause he fell from a loft Sun­day, break­ing both wrists. The casts, one black and one orange, were a real ice breaker as his new class­mates eagerly penned their names to them.

“I’m ex­cited,” said Kowal­czyk DEouW WKH firsW dDy oI sFKooO Ln teacher Danielle Martinez’s class. Dur­ing the sum­mer he went on va­ca­tion to North Wild­wood, went to the pool and “played with my friends.”

Martinez, who be­gan Tues­day as a long-term sub­sti­tute in the dis­trict, said that she is also ex­cited.

“I’m so happy to see the kids here and I’m ready to start,” she said.

First-grade teach­ers met their students in the cafe­te­ria.

“I’m thrilled,” said teacher MDrFy BDFKHrW, DEouW WKH firsW dDy. “I can’t wait for the kids to get in here.”

“I’m glad they’re back,” said IDWKHr .urW .rDusNoSI, oI HDW­fiHOd, who has a daugh­ter and son in sixth and fourth grades. “They get to see all their friends. It doesn’t take them long to get back into the roll of things, the reg­u­lar rou­tine.”

Sixth-grader Ken­nin San­doval, 11, of Lans­dale, said he feels “SrHWWy good” DEouW WKH firsW dDy of school and is glad to be back with his friends. He en­joyed go­ing to Dor­ney Park in the sum­mer, he said.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing,” said ClaudLD TKDPP, 11, oI HDW­fiHOd, DOso a sixth-grader. “I’ve been wait­ing for this all sum­mer. I can’t wait to see all my friends.”

Dur­ing the sum­mer she swam Ior WKH WHDP DW WKH HDW­fiHOd ATuDWLF Cen­ter. Her best stroke is freestyle, she said.

At top, coun­selor Mindy Schewe di­rects chil­dren on the first day of school at Oak Park El­e­men­tary School in Lans­dale. Above cen­ter, first grader Kyle Mullen greets prin­ci­pal Doug Povi­laitis on his way to the first day of the school year. Above, cross­ing guard Andy Beebe stops traf­fic for chil­dren and par­ents cross­ing Squir­rel Lane.

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