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Parents Go Back-to-School in Mamaroneck

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Francis Reilly told his son Shen that kindergarten was going to be a great year for him. Monday, he got a glimpse of what his son's year will look like from inside the classroom during back-to-school night.

"It sets the goals for the year," said Shen's mother, Connie Mui-Reilly, who has high expectations for Shen’s year in Bess Rathbone’s class.

Connie’s children attend Mamaroneck Avenue School and she remembers her older daughter Katy's kindergarten teacher setting the goal for her students to be reading by the end of the year, which, Connie said, Katy achieved.

Like other kindergarten teachers, Rathbone prepared a sample day and talked about her role, as well as the parents' role.

"This is an interesting year," Rathbone said about the age group. "Each year, they're going to have to adjust to a new teacher, a new classroom. But they're the constant in their children's lives and this is the beginning of them watching over their children in school."

Rathbone had already met all the parents through their in-take conferences, where parents gave teachers an introduction to their child.

Connie and Francis had their in-take conference Monday morning, before meeting again for back-to-school night from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Another part of becoming familiar with your child's new surroundings is meeting other parents and getting involved with the PTA, said Alli Margoshes, head of public relations for the Mamaroneck Avenue School's PTA.

"The more you're able to get involved in the school, the better it is for your kids," she said.

Margoshus has a two-and-a-half-year-old son Henry and a six-year-old daughter Lilly, whose first-grade class' back-to-school night was held from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

Back-to-school night for grade two was held from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., while grades three through five is scheduled for Sept. 26.

Central School will hold back-to-school night for kindergarten through second grade Wednesday, and third through fifth grade Sept. 27.

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