Beth and Matt House didn't know everything to expect for their oldest daughter's first day of kindergarten at Thomson Elementary School. But as the couple stood in front of the school with their …
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Beth and Matt House didn't know everything to expect for their oldest daughter's first day of kindergarten at Thomson Elementary School.
But as the couple stood in front of the school with their three children and more than 100 parents, teachers and students, one thing became clear: Thomson's back-to-school traditions have a way of relieving first-day anxieties, they said.
“It embraces that it's a new day and a new chapter,” Beth said. “It was nothing like this when we were kids. It's a lot bigger than we were expecting.”
The back-to-school festivities brought every student to the school's front lawn, where they said goodbye to their parents, lined up with their new classmates and reunited with old friends.
“It's exciting. You get to see kids you haven't seen over the summer,” said fifth-grader William Wilber, who will complete his last year at Thomson this year before moving on to middle school.
On the opposite side of the lawn, kindergarteners and their parents gathered near Thomson Tiger balloons as Lisa Nicholson, who became interim principal this year after serving as the school's assistant principal, welcomed them to the school.
As per tradition, the students then processed into the school in style, surrounded by Thomson staff members, Arvada High School cheerleaders and parents capturing pictures and videos at every turn.
The tradition has become something the students can look forward to, said Thomson parent Matthew Archuleta, whose first-grade daughter, Elena, “was very excited when she woke up this morning,” he said.
“It's not like just dropping your kid off. This creates a sense of community,” he said.
As the students filed into their first classes, Archuleta joined several other parents in the library for the school's First Day Family Tea, which gave parents more information about the school and how they can get involved.
The tradition provides a great help to parents who are brand new to the school because “they can network with parents who have done this before,” he said.
With the entire year ahead of them, the students listed a variety of things they're looking forward to most: the friends, the teachers, the playground.
With so much to celebrate, most could agree with Wilber: “I like everything,” he said. “I'm not sure which one to pick.”
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