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Stranahan Elementary holds first orientation

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Troy Ruetz, 7, center, bites his lip in between snaps while having his school picture taken during orientation at Stranahan Elementary School in Sylvania.

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Lisa Villarreal stood in the Stranahan Elementary School gymnasium, holding several shirts up to her son Trent’s chest for sizing.

Trent, 8, was prepping for his first day of third grade on August 22, and a sweatshirt sporting the school’s Bulldog mascot is an essential “school supply.” The spirit wear was just one of the things the Sylvania residents decided on before the first day of classes.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stranahan Elementary Orientation

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, the school held an orientation. This is the first time the district hosted the day where parents and children attending seven of the elementary schools could file all of the school forms, and have children sign up for extra-curricular activities, like the Boy or Girl Scouts, beforehand.

“I like it because normally the first day of school, with three kids bringing home all the paperwork at once, it is overwhelming,” Ms. Villarreal, 46, said. On Tuesday, she heard about needed school bus routes, photos, and medical information. She was heading to Timberstone Junior High School after Stranahan. All she had left on her list was Southview High School’s orientation scheduled for Wednesday and Friday, at different times for each class.

Stranahan Principal Jeremy Bauer said they had about a 70 percent turnout for the school’s first orientation. This year with pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, the school will have about 550 students, he said.

He said hosting an orientation was an opportunity for parents to get some of the busy work done, allowing the future Open House event to focus on the teacher and student relationship. 

“Open House can be an enjoyable meeting,” he said. 

For a complete list of orientations, and Open House events throughout the district, visit the Sylvania School District Web site at www.sylvania.k12.oh.us.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or ntrusso@theblade.com

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