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First day, fresh start

Photo by Rene Shadforth/Sierra SunValerie Forsyth takes a photo of her daughter, Kyra, on her first day of kindergarten at Truckee Elementary School on Tuesday morning.
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A little girl named Sarah Mann woke up excited and a bit nervous Tuesday – her first day of school. Wanting to look her best, she selected her own outfit: a denim skirt, black suede boots embroidered with Bratz characters, and a fur-trimmed coat.”When I woke up, I was thinkin’ ‘Oh goody goody!'” Mann exclaimed, her smile wide with tiny teeth. Hovering around her mother’s legs on the Glenshire Elementary School blacktop, she slides her pink Dora the Explorer sunglasses down her nose and continues: “I said, ‘Come on brain! Let’s go! Let’s get ready!'” It was Mann’s first day of kindergarten, and she looked to be in better shape than some of the parents dropping off their youngsters. Tears flowed readily, mostly from mothers who can’t seem to manage one more hug from their excited 5-year-olds.Parents new to the district gathered around script information and coffee at Glenshire, around fruit and parent teacher organization sign-up sheets at Truckee Elementary. The mood was uplifting, and at least for Tuesday, the negativity of national hurricane news and local teacher contract negotiations had subsided. “[Contract] negotiations are on the back burner for today, and as a parent I really appreciate that. It is such a big day for these kids,” said Phebe Bell, parent of a Truckee Elementary third grader.Tensions will heat up again on Friday when teachers and district negotiators meet again, this time with a state mediator, to discuss cost of living increases.MEET TRUCKEE’S NEW TEACHERSIt wasn’t just the first day of school for Truckee’s younger locals. The district has new full-time teachers, too. New to Truckee’s schools this year are:Alder Creek Middle SchoolShauna CorrellElizabth HansonBrienne LopezGlenshire Elementary SchoolJodee CarlsonKaren MartinSierra High SchoolJeff SpoeringTruckee Elementary SchoolNicole AtkinsKatie OldKen RaeWilliam BurnsAntonia De PasqualeJohn DresseMichelle MerrimanJessica PutzLaurie Ridgel


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