A brief look at the calendar reveals possibly the worst news a child can see: the first day of school is rapidly approaching.

Wilton Public Schools will open their doors to all students on Monday, August 26.

Don’t be fooled though. Those who think that teachers and staff have been enjoying the sun and lounging by the pool are partially right. A phone call to Middlebrook School on a rainy afternoon revealed that staff are preparing for the arrival of students.

Indeed, new student registration at Middlebrook is ongoing, as well as at Wilton High School. Opportunities to meet teachers and do walkthroughs are coming up also.

Thursday, August 22 will be a busy day as Miller-Driscoll School will open for incoming kindergarten students to meet their teachers and get accustomed to the classroom. This program will run that morning from 9:00 to 9:45.

Beginning at 10:00, first and second grade students will have their opportunity to meet their new teacher at Miller-Driscoll.

With the possibility of many families visiting, the school advises that extra parking will be available at Hope Church.

At the same time, Cider Mill School will welcome both Belden Hill and Nod Hill students for a walkthrough until 11:00. From 12:00-1:00, Kent and Cannondale students are invited to visit.

The beginning of the school year brings with it a variety of feelings for students and staff. At Cider Mill, new principal Jennifer Mitchell will be getting comfortable at the school, where she replaces Ginny Rico, who died in June.

At Middlebrook, walkthroughs are available on August 22 for grades 7 & 8 from 11:00-12:00, and grade 6 from 1:00-2:00. A new parent coffee session is offered from 10:00-11:00 that morning.

Everything begins for real on Monday, August 26. At Miller-Driscoll, all students will be in class from 9:05-3:35.

Each individual schools website has a selection of information, including supply lists, schedules, and who to contact, among other things. All of the schools can be accessed by visiting the Wilton School District page at wilton.k12.ct.us.

Back to school shopping is a tradition and, to that end, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that, in their most recent report, dated August 2012, families spent $8.5 billion at family clothing stores. In bookstores, sales totaled $2.0 billion.

By the way, with regard to the notion that students don’t like school, a note on the website backtoschoolfun.net indicates that 67% of kids like school.

But for those students dreading returning to the classroom, Labor Day will quickly come on Monday, September 2. School will be closed that day, as well as on Thursday, September 5 for Rosh Hashanah.