When Pine Grove School kindergarten students sat down in the courtyard for their first bell-ringing ceremony on the first day of classes just after 1 p.m. on Aug. 29, AM kindergarten was over and PM kindergarten had just begun.
But most of them were in it for the long haul until 3:25 p.m. as the first generation of full-day kindergarten students in the Avon school district.
"It's going great," said Jess Giannini, newly appointed principal of Pine Grove School. "So far they seem to be handling it pretty well."
But the length of the school day was not the biggest concern Pine Grove staff had going into the first day. It also marked the first time the school would be serving the kindergarteners lunch.
"We were most nervous about them eating lunch," Giannini said. "So far, so good."
Giannini said that the full-day kindergarten option benefits the district's "youngest learners" and gives them more social exposure.