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Teacher Nydsiam Corral shows first-grader Jacqueline Rivera-Pinedher new desk during classroom 'Sneak Peek' NicholsSchool Montgomery Tuesday August 14 2012 Aurora.

Teacher Nydsiam Corral shows first-grader Jacqueline Rivera-Pineda her new desk during a classroom "Sneak Peek" at Nicholson School in Montgomery on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 in Aurora. | Steven Buyansky~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 30, 2012 11:02AM

MONTGOMERY — Enedelia Ovalle’s home got a whole lot quieter Tuesday morning as her 6-year-old triplets headed out the front door and through the classroom door at Nicholson Elementary School, for a sneak peak of their new school.

The West Aurora School District starts classes Wednesday, so the girls showed up with mom on Tuesday morning to get a preview of their school, their teachers and future classmates.

“I’m very happy summer is over,” Ovalle said.

And, her daughters Isabella, Alessandra and Daniella Ovalle are “excited, and nervous,” she said.

Inside teacher Paula Loague’s kindergarten classroom, children flowed in and out, finding their desks, dropping off school supplies, and introducing themselves to their future friends for the first time.

“I’m Isabella,” 5-year-old Isabella Ruiz said with a smile as she greeted her classmates. Mom Angie Diaz said her daughter couldn’t be more ready for her big first day.

“We’ve been preparing,” she said. “She’s been ready to go for a while.”

Like most students, the tot said she is “so excited” about school ... recess.

“I’m not nervous,” she said. “But when I get nervous, my stomach hurts.”

Five-year-old Alex Cavalenes was put at ease when he walked into Loague’s classroom and saw all of the toys.

“I’m not nervous,” he said, toting a Batman bookbag. “There’s a play set and stuff. I’m excited about making friends.”

This sentiment was echoed by Nicholson’ Elementary’s older students, who turned up Tuesday to discover which classrooms they’d consider their home away from home for the next nine months.

Dezra Angello, 9, was upstairs scoping out her new fourth grade classroom as she waited for friends to arrive.

“The only bad part is me and my best friend are in different classes,” Dezra lamented.

But, she can’t wait to start the year, and art classes.

For mom Harmony Angello, the end of summer break is just what the doctor ordered.

“I’ve got one left,” she said, motioning to 4-year-old Dominic, who will enter kindergarten next year. “But with them separated, the summer arguing will be over with. It will be good to have a break.”

While one mom’s job is getting easier, Loague’s work load is just picking up.

“I’m just thrilled,” the lively kindergarten teacher said of Tuesday’s sneak peak turnout. “(Wednesday) when they come, they will have a smooth beginning. I want them to say, ‘Kindergarten is cool. Kindergarten rocks!’”

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