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After Storm Delay, Norwalk Returns to School

NORWALK, Conn.--Melissa Muir had mixed feelings as she dropped off her two children at Naramake Elementary School on Tuesday morning.  Her younger son, Eben, is starting kindergarten which means her house now will be quiet during the day.  "It's a new chapter for us," she said.  "It'll be an adjustment with both kids in school all day."

Melissa's husband, Jim, felt wistful as he said good bye to his first grade daughter Abby and Eben.  "Time goes by mighty fast," he said.

The Muir children were among 11,000 Norwalk Public School students who started school on this rainy Tuesday.  Originally scheduled for last Wednesday and Thursday, the first day of school was pushed back two days because of Hurricane Irene.  There was no staggered entry, meaning all students, kindergarteners, sixth graders and ninth graders, started on the same day.

For Naramake principal Karen Ockasi,  the delayed start without staggered entry did not pose any problems.  "We are always ready for them," she said as she greeted and high-fived children and their families entering the building.

Ockasi gave a big hug to fifth grader Angeline Moresca.  Now in her third year as principal, Ockasi met Angeline on her first day at Naramake six years ago when she started at the school as an assistant principal.  "She came up to me in the cafeteria and asked if I was new.  She told me then, you can call me Princess Angeline."

"For me, Angeline symbolizes my time at Naramke," Ockasi said.

Check TheDailyNorwalk.com tomorrow, Wed., for more back to school stories.

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