Dingle said students who finish the booklets would receive medals at an assembly in the next few weeks.

Technology class had Patrick O'Brien excited. "I'm always on the computer at my house," he said. "So I already know a lot about computers."

Patrick is in "Second — No! — third grade," he said.

Denise Campbell, the guidance counselor, greeted students by name, high-fiving them as she welcomed them back.  

"Have a good day, you guys," she said.

Kindergartners arrived after the older students were in their classroom. Half the class came Monday; the other half would come Tuesday. The whole class would have their first full day on Thursday.

Andrew Fowler couldn't wait. Asked why, he had a ready response. "Reading!" he said.

Angelo Acosta, 5, brought his new Lego Chima book bag and both parents with him as he arrived. He was ready, he said, and looking forward to "meeting new friends."

His parents were "excited and nervous all at the same time," said Kara Acosta. "I can't believe he's so big," she said.

For Brady Angermaier, school isn't so new. Although he's new at Relay, he attended Relay Childen's Center for the past three years. But kindergarten means one new — and exciting — change, he said. "Riding in the bus." Oh yes, one more thing. "Recess."

In addition to the new faces in the classroom and new staff, Dingle said, there are also changes in the curriculum with a new emphasis on technology.

By 9 a.m. on Monday, the last of the kindergartners had filed in and the first day of school had begun.

"It was a smooth opening," Dingle said.