PELHAM, N.Y. Valeria Simone sent one of her children to kindergarten for the first time this school year and the mother of two and her 5-year-old son have enjoyed the first month of the semester.
Simone, a surgeon at Columbia University Medical Center, picked up her son, Antonio, from Colonial Elementary School on Monday. Simone said her son has made the most of his first few weeks in kindergarten.
"He's a very social kid," Simone said. "The more kids, the merrier. He's loving it."
Simone said she is still learning some of the ins and outs of the elementary school but is pleased with what she's seen so far.
"The logistics so far are pretty straightforward," Simone said. "The staff...is attentive to the kids."
The three-year Pelham resident said her son's favorite activities in school include playing with the computer and outdoor time in the playground.
Simone has a live-in nanny at her home to help take care of her son because of her busy work schedule. She praised the school for its security because the teachers and staff know to only release her son to the nanny if Simone cannot be there.
Simone's youngest child is 3 years old and attends nursery school, just as Antonio did before he started at Colonial Elementary School.
The first month of the semester has been smooth sailing so far, and Simone has also enjoyed one other benefit.
"I love the commute," Simone said. "(It's only) half a block."
Contact Pelham reporter Andrew Meola at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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