Thompson preschoolers finally start school

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Thompson - posted Tue., Sep. 6, 2011
Mike and Shannon Fournier with their daughter, Makayla, on her first day of school. Photos by D. Coffey.
Mike and Shannon Fournier with their daughter, Makayla, on her first day of school. Photos by D. Coffey.

Hundreds of cars lined up at the Thompson Elementary School, as parents dropped off their children for the first official day of school on Sept. 6.

“I've never seen that kind of turnout,” said Principal Noveline Beltram.

“It was a happy transition,” added school counselor Julie Maliff. Nobody cried, she said.

Ready to greet the students as they started the new school year was a working grandfather clock in the hallway, where stairs wound up to the second floor. A sign on the wall read, “Make every minute count!”

Beltram is on a mission to cut down on students arriving late for school. “We want to be accountable,” she said. “We aim for excellence in all our subjects. But we can't teach if you aren't here.”

Children in preschool classes were arriving early with their parents or coming in on buses. Administrative assistants Deb Cunho and Jane Romprey were fielding calls and answering questions. Cunho directed parents to a door on the side of the building where they would find the pre-school teachers waiting for them. “We're just happy to be here,” Cunho said.

Preschool teacher Andrea Tomeo walked her five new students and some parents to her classroom. She passed out name tags and had the kids put their backpacks into little cubicles on the wall. Gradually, the parents said their goodbyes.


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