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Havens Elementary School -- as was the case throughout the Piedmont Unified School District -- began the new school year Aug. 20, with the customary hugs and goodbyes shared between parents, guardians and their young children. Top left, Alex Fedor, left, takes a photo of his daughter, Kirstin Fedor, 5, as mother Jodi Fedor looks on before they say their goodbyes. Top right, Anne Dolid, the new principal at Havens Elementary School, makes her way through the crowd of parents and students while introducing herself. Center, Carmen Botero, 5, left, meets her fellow kindergartner, Preston Kwei, 5, as they wait for class to begin. Above left, first-grade teacher Christine Fredericks, right, opens her door to her new students. Above right, Herm Kin, left, with his twins, Miles and Robyn Kin, 5, talks with other first-graders as they line up for class.