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2016-17 School Year Arrives; Flag Welcomes SHS Home



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Educators and school staff welcomed students across the district for the 2016-17 school year on August 29.The Newtown Bee and online at newtownbee.com before Tuesday, August 30, at noon., by e-mailing a photo to Education Reporter Eliza Hallabeck at eliza@thebee.com

All across town Monday morning, some students waited at bus stops for parents to take photos, while others reportedly jumped onto their bus without looking over their shoulders.

Kindergarten students at all four elementary schools were ready, after rehearsing riding the bus and visiting schools on Thursday, August 25.

At Sandy Hook Elementary School, buses heading toward the brand-new building at 12 Dickinson Drive passed Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue's ladder truck, which had been parked in the rear lot of the neighboring fire station lot with a large American flag hanging on display, welcoming everyone for their first day of school. A sign was also posted near the school entrance, reading "Welcome Home Sandy Hook School."

Some drivers experienced traffic issues associated with the light at Exit 11 ramps on Wasserman Way, but everything appeared to be running as smoothly as possible on the first day.

Parents are invited to submit their favorite photo of their smiling children from the first day of school for possible use in the September 2, 2016 print edition of

Buses begin arriving at Sandy Hook Elementary School Monday morning, passing a Welcome Home banner and a large American flag that had been set up to welcome everyone into the 2016-17 academic year. (Bee Photo, Hicks)
Head O' Meadow School educators greeted incoming kindergarten students with a helping hand. (Bee Photo, Silber)
On the first day of classes at Hawley School, children eagerly walked to meet their new teachers and classmates. (Bee Photo, Silber)
Reed Intermediate School students walked toward their school after arriving for the first day of school, August 29. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Sandy Hook Elementary School kindergarten students were guided into the school for the first time after riding the bus on Thursday, August 25. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Two students held hands walking into Middle Gate Elementary School on Monday, August 29. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
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