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Danebo kindergartners are introduced to Switch, one of the many Playworks games popular at recess.

Danebo kindergartners are introduced to Switch, one of the many Playworks games popular at recess.

Recess is important, especially for kindergarten students, and it should be a fun, welcoming and safe time for every child.

That’s why Bethel’s elementary schools are introducing Playworks to kindergartners.

Now in its second year in Bethel, Playworks is a program that creates structured playtime so kids’ games are fair, inclusive, and fun.

Bethel’s youngest students are learning games like Switch, Four-Square, and Band-Aid tag along with the traditional favorites like tether ball and wall ball.

The outcome should be improved recess behavior, increased participation, and happier kids who return to the classroom energized to continue learning.

Fairfield first grader Caiden Bancroft shows off his new after-school friend at the end of the first week of school.

Fairfield first grader Kaiden Bancroft shows off his new after-school friend at the end of the first week of school.

It was a fun ending to a terrific first week of school in Bethel.

Kaiden Bancroft, a student in Jennifer Muzzana’s first grade class at Fairfield, made new friends this week, including a Praying Mantis.

Kaiden’s new after school buddy felt comfortable exploring his face while the two waited for the bus ride home.

There are plenty of new friends throughout Bethel, with early reports of increased student enrollment at Malabon, Irving and Willamette.

Welcome to the Bethel family.

The halls were busy at Malabon Elementary on the first day of school. Malabon has enrolled nearly 50 students more than anticipated.

The halls were busy at Malabon Elementary on the first day of school. Malabon has enrolled nearly 50 students more than anticipated.

Nervous parents said goodbye to their eager children on the first day of school in Bethel.

Friendships were renewed and new ones formed as kids became accustomed to their new classmates and teachers.

Students were busy learning their teacher’s classroom procedures, their new daily schedules, and school behavior expectations.

See Fairfield’s new School Expectations video here.

The 2016-17 school year is the 68th in Bethel history.

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