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158 -CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September I - Monday, September 4, 2006 i SCHC,OL & EDUCAT]O]00 Georgia Leonhart photos Cape distict welcomes new staffers Cape Henlopen School District administrators, officials, and school board members welcome 45 new teachers at luncheon held at LHR in Lewes on Friday, Aug. 25. Attending are new teachers (top left l-r) Tim Waite and Amber Paschal, both eighth-grade science teachers at Mariner Middle School, and Bob Lawrence, a science teacher at the Ninth Grade Campus, joined by school board member Spencer Brittingham and Superintendent George Stone. Above, Megan Balinge and school board President Gary Wray share some smiles during the luncheon. Balinge will teach seventh-grade science at Mariner Middle School. At bottom left, principal Sheila Baumgardner, left, of Milton Elementary School enjoys lunch with six of her new teachers, (l-r) third-grade teacher Susan Simms, kindergarten teacher Nichole O'Brien; first grade teacher Michelle Frederick; and fifth grade teachers Kate Bowski, Kathy Weiss and Sarah Massey. More photos on page 159. Planning ahead can ease stress for kindergarten children Many children take to school like a fish in water, but others have a bumpier arrival. A bit of planning can ease the stress for kindergarten children who are experiencing a big transition away from home or away from a com- fortable pre-school setting. To get your child ready for kindergarten visit the school of choice and allow your child to meet her teacher if possible. Share with the teacher ideas about your child's interests, any strengths and concerns. Bring any documents on immunization and health screenings. Get a calendar of school events and sign up to be involved in the PTA. This year Delaware will offer some full day kindergarten pro- grams so school meal and cafete- ria information should be avail- able. Visit the cafeteria and explain the routine. Some children SCH00LJOURNAL will go to school for a half day either in the morning or the after- noon and this information can be gotten from the school secretary and talked about at home. Children can read their parents' anxieties so it is best to convey a positive attitude toward school, assuring the child that they will be fine with the new challenges that lie ahead. Read books about starting kindergarten, discuss the kinds of work that she will be doing and practice new routines at home especially saying goodbye, which should be short and sweet. My sons went to school on the fLrSt day of kindergarten without a hitch: it was me, the mom, who shed a few tears and felt that little achy feeling that comes as we realize that our children are grow- ing up. Starting kindergarten is just another benchmark marking their journey. Here is a poem that I modified and adapted from an anonymous work found on the internet to help teachers and parents at this time of the year. Lead Me, Dear Teacher Lead me, dear teacher every day, in ways that I should go, Point out fair meadows to me, where lovely flowers grow, Take my little hand in yours and hold it every tight, Turn my face to beauty and my heart to loving right. No steps are so untrained as yet, my path is not quite true, I marvel at your many skills and I trust in all you do. My hands are still so little, they drop and spill, and break, Be patient with my clumsiness for little children's sake. My words are few and funny, I cannot always say, The things I mean to tell you, in an ordered way, But when you listen kindly, my courage grows apace, I'm almost eloquent at times, encouraged by your face. Please let me stand beside you - its good to be quite near, It gives me self-assurance to know that you are here, To know that y0u'll not laugh at me when I'm wrong or shy, Fills me with confidence and there's nothing I won't try. You'll turn my heart to lovely things - so easily I am led, My destiny is being mapped, as you smile and nod your head, Let's do so much learning on our journey come what may, I will grow to be a grateful stu- dent for showing me the way. Diane Saienni Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District. Previous columns can be reviewed at her website dianeal-