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Frazier School District hosts Kindergarten Readiness

Celeste Van Kirk | Trib Total Media
Aaron Vinsick, 5, draws in Liz Whoric's class during the kindergarten readiness program at Perry Elementary School in the Frazier School District on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.

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Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, 5:03 p.m.

It was a busy morning for the office and kindergarten staff at Perry Elementary School in the Frazier School District on Monday. And it all started around 8:30 a.m.

Monday was the first day for its Kindergarten Readiness Program. The program is held to help kindergarten students be prepared for the first day of school and get acquainted with teachers, their surroundings, their classrooms and other kindergarten students.

Parents, children in hand, waved and shouted to friends who were bringing their new kindergartners to school. The children chattered, speaking to anyone who would listen.

The program runs through Thursday. Approximately 88 children are attending.

Mark Bernot, 5, who was in line to enter the school with his father, Mark, was enjoying the event.

“Pay attention and listen,” Mark told his only child. “He's been pretty excited about the program.”

Denise Wilhelm said her son, Jacob, who is 6, is excited about the start of school. Maria Paroda said her daughter, Vivian, 5, was happy to meet her classmates. Vivian is the second Paroda child to start school.

Kindergarten teacher Liz Whoric appears and gets all the children assigned to her classroom lined up and marches them down the hall to her classroom.

While Mark Bernot was calm, other students waiting in the main hallway outside the office doorway were not so comfortable.

William Cottle, who will be 5 before the end of August, did not want to leave his mother. Mary Cottle said William is the youngest of her three children.

William entered the classroom area where Whoric and other teachers and aides took turns working on calming him down. Eventually, they drew his attention to the small pack he was carrying.

That seemed to work.

Michaelle Anderkovitch, secretary at the elementary school, said a lot of the children were calm because they were students at the Frazier district's preschool.

“But the kids keep you hopping,” said Anderkovitch. “It (the noise) gets worse after school starts.”

The teachers in the four classrooms at the start of school, in addition to Whoric, are Laura Kaminsky, Carly Turkovich and Rebecca Kara, who is substituting for Lisa Lyons for the first half of the year. The aides in the program include Veronica Morgan, Jackie Kmetz, Cathy Wolinski, Mary Lee Margovic and Sandy Parsons.

Diane Silverblatt, Frazier district's school psychologist, was helping teachers and aides with the students.

Vickie Kremposky, the Title I teacher, was set to do the testing.

Soon, as the parents left, the school calmed down and became quiet.

Students in Whoric's classroom started to acquaint themselves with their classmates and answer questions from their teachers. Soon, they became relaxed enough to answer Whoric's questions and to make their own observations.

“Why don't peach colored crayons smell?” asked Aaron Vinsick.

“You're right,” said Whoric. “I know there are markers that smell. Maybe you should invent those.”

Meanwhile, Mark Bernot was busy sharing his art work with Arranna Gastner and Addlynn Miller, who were seated at his table.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-626-3538.

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