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Round-up helps Forsyth County kindergartners, parents prepare
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Chase Wiley checks out Kim Hahn's kindergarten class at Sawnee Elementary, where he will be a student this year, on Tuesday morning during the Forsyth County School Systems Kindergarten Round-up. The annual event helps incoming kindergarteners and their parents get accustomed to the new surroundings. With the 2015-16 school year beginning Thursday, officials are reminding motorists to use caution on area roads and allow extra travel time. - photo by Megan Reed

WEST FORSYTH — In preparation for the start of the 2015-16 school year on Thursday, Forsyth County kindergartners got some practice Tuesday riding the bus and going to class.

During the school system’s annual Kindergarten Round-up, kindergartners and their parents are picked up at their bus stop and then travel to the elementary school, where they are greeted by their teachers and can familiarize themselves with the classroom and surroundings.

Becky Wiley, whose son Chase will be attending Sawnee Elementary, said she was “excited and sad at the same time” about her only child beginning school.

She and Chase rode the bus to Sawnee, then met his teacher and got to know some of his classmates.

“It was good. It wasn’t as hot as I thought it would be,” she said. “It was a quick ride, and everyone was very nice.”

Kim Hahn, a teacher at Sawnee, said she enjoys seeing the students’ anticipation as the school year begins.

“I love meeting the kids and seeing how excited they are about school and learning and meeting new people,” she said. “The excitement of the whole new year is just the best.”

Shellie Keys, a fellow kindergarten teacher, said she enjoys getting to know her students at Sawnee and finding out how they learn.

“You get to meet them and find out what their personalities are like and what their likes and dislikes are and … based on their strengths and weaknesses, try to find the best way to teach them,” Keys said. 

More than 3,000 kindergartners were enrolled in the school system at the end of the school year in May.

Jennifer Caracciolo, a spokeswoman for the district, said registration will continue this week, and first-day enrollment numbers will be released Friday.