New school year at Oak Park Elementary School
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.