Students in Glidden-Ralston Elementary teacher Beth Troutman&rsquo;s kindergarten class color pictures of frogs as the first day of school begins.<span style="font-size: xx-small;"><em>&nbsp; Daily Times Herald photo by Paige Godden</em></span>
Students in Glidden-Ralston Elementary teacher Beth Troutman’s kindergarten class color pictures of frogs as the first day of school begins.  Daily Times Herald photo by Paige Godden
Thursday, August 16, 2012

Those are just a few of the things kindergarten student Coby Pierce, at Glidden-Ralston Elementary School, did on Wednesday morning with the help of his grandpa Steve Pierce.

Coby’s grandpa said Coby and his brother Kaeson had been excited to get to school for two days.

Steve Pierce had helped Coby and his family move to Glidden from Kansas City. One of the reasons they chose Glidden is Coby’s cousin was in the same kindergarten class.

Nina McDonald and her son Harley were also ready to get into Beth Troutman’s classroom as well.

McDonald said he’s been excited because he gets to see his friends again. Harley went to preschool at Glidden-Ralston so he already knew quite a few people.

Amy Christian said she wasn’t worried about leaving her son Lucas at kindergarten, either. Lucas also went to pres school and she has a daughter who she’s been through the process with before.

There were a few mixed reactions, however.

One boy, wearing an action hero T-shirt and blue shorts, was sitting at a desk with three others, trying to convince them that kindergarten was going to be really hard.

Another girl wasn’t too happy to be in class, but Troutman introduced her to a blond girl named Lily. She said Lily is good at being a friend.

After everyone was settled in, bookbags and coats were hung properly and everyone had a seat, Troutman rang a bell and said it was time to start the day.

Whether it was intended, it also signaled what seemed to be the proper time to start asking questions.

Students were supposed to put their colors away then put their pencil cases into a container sitting at the middle of each table.

However, one student couldn’t fit all of his colors in his pencil bag and another had colored on his thumb.

A bathroom break was needed for another little girl who didn’t know where the bathroom was.

Then, everyone needed to show Troutman their colorful frogs.

Soon the students were huddled together on the floor, learning what is expected of them.

The rules were basic. Sit with your legs crossed, look at the teacher when she’s talking, listen with your ears and not with your mouth, raise your hand before you speak and keep your hands to yourself.

Troutman asked how many students were excited to come to class. A few raised their hands. One boy raised two because he was ‘double-excited.’ One boy replied lamely, “No,” then laughed.

Next, it was time for a song. Troutman had the wrong CD in and several of the kids laughed and asked if it was time to rest already.

Then the right CD began playing.

“Rise and shine, welcome to school today.” And so the song went. And so the first day of kindergarten went.