By Melissa Fili
MethuenLife Writer

A new crop of kindergartners headed to Nevins Library last month to meet their principal, pick up freebies like reading books and stickers, play games, sit on a big yellow bus and get ready to head to school!
Methuen Public Schools’ annual Kickoff to Kindergarten is a quick, informal way to break the ice and help both children and parents get ready to start the new year. With a few weeks remaining before the Sept. 6 start date, about 350 Methuen kindergartners had already registered for school.
A steady stream of families entered the Great Hall and visited their school’s table. Principals and Lower School associate principals were all smiles, connecting with kids and answering grown-ups’ questions.
Superintendent Brandi Kwong welcomed everyone, asking the crowd, “Who’s excited for kindergarten?” There were many cheers and raised hands, and a few parents more excited than their children.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to get comfortable,” Kwong said.
The day’s vendors included Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, WIC, North American Karate, the Methuen YMCA, Chapel School, Chick-fil-A, Texas Road House and the Mass. Department of Children and Families.
Kindergartners ran the gamut, from chatty and bouncy to shy and teary-eyed.
Dressed in a jacket with Minnie Mouse ears and sparkly rainboots, Charlotte Swanson said she’s looking forward to making new friends. Valentina Jacques offered a big grin, saying she is eager to play with the new toys in her classroom.
For mom Maholis Rozon, sending her son Mikhail Marine to Comprehensive Grammar School is a full-circle moment.
“I graduated from there in 2004 and I remember I loved music class,” she smiled. “I’m excited for him. It’s so nostalgic!”