LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- George and Laura Lee like the changes made this year to back-to-school night, which was held Monday at 6:30 p.m. for Murray Avenue School's third and fourth grade classes.
Laura Lee, whose daughter Nicole is in the third grade, has been through this before, but found the meeting helpful.
"It's good to know some of the changes," said Lee, who learned the New York State English exam for third grade will now be taken the Tuesday after Spring Break.
In order to minimize redundancies, elementary schools in the Mamaroneck School District had parents go straight to their child's classrooms, instead of assembling for a presentation, as they have done in past years. This year, the principal, assistant principal and SEPTA made themselves available for further questions in the school library afterward.
Back-to-school night helps many parents familiarize themselves with their child's surroundings, which are also new to them.
"It's always good to get a sense of your child's surrounding," said Kostya Kennedy, whose daughter is in the same third grade class. "You just feel a little closer to her and her whole environment."
Parents of Murray Avenue School's fifth graders met at 7:15 p.m. Monday, while kindergarten through second grade met Sept. 12 for back-to-school night.
Chatsworth Avenue School's kindergarten through second grade parents also met Monday, and grades three through five will meet Sept. 27.
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