Plainville says "Aloha" to returning students

Published on Tuesday, 3 September 2019 19:27


PLAINVILLE - Teachers at Toffolon Elementary School greeted students with an “Aloha” as they returned for another school year of learning Tuesday.

Principal Lynn Logoyke stood at the entrance of the school at 145 Northwest Drive with a lei around her neck, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, next to a ‘welcome back’ sign with a stuffed parrot perched on top and a Tiki mask. She greeted kids, asking them about their summer vacations, as their parents dropped them off at the door. Above the entrance, a banner hung which read “Our kids are stars.”

“We’re excited for the kids to be back,” said Logoyke. “With our Aloha theme and teachers dressed in Hawaiian outfits, we are letting kids know that we are happy that they are back. We want to make them feel welcome. We will start our day with an assembly where we introduce ourselves.”

Dean Corriveau said that his daughter, Emily, who is starting fourth grade, was bouncing up and down in the car because she was so excited to be back.

“She loves everything; she loves Toffolon,” he said.

Isaac Calehua was also bringing his fourth-grader daughter, Valerie, to the school. He said that it is a “very good school.”

“I like gym and I like to play,” said Valerie.

Kevin Young was taking his daughter, Ryleigh, to her first day of first grade. She had previously come to Toffolon for kindergarten and preschool.

“They do a great job here,” said Young. “The teachers are on top of everything; she’s very comfortable here - a social butterfly.”

Ryleigh said she was looking forward to doing more reading and playing.

Kim Gray had in tow her daughter, Harper, who was starting preschool, and her son, Tucker, who was beginning fifth grade. She said that she previously had four other children go through the school and that her family loves it.

“Mrs. Logoyke places a huge emphasis on kindness,” she said. “She runs the school very well.”

Tucker said that his favorite part of school is gym class and his favorite sport to play is soccer.

Superintendent of Schools Steve LePage said that he “couldn’t be happier” with the level of excitement and enthusiasm that he saw as students returned to school.

“I’m grateful for having such devoted staff that were so inviting and energized as they welcomed students back,” he said. “It is obvious from the level of excitement in the students that their goal was achieved.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Tuesday, 3 September 2019 19:27. Updated: Tuesday, 3 September 2019 19:30.