Mister Rogers starts off by showing two name tags and asking viewers to pick the one that says "Francois Clemmons." The other tag, which says "school bus," is put on the Trolley which is still decorated as a bus.
In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Francois Clemmons sings a song he made up using the names of the Neighborhood children. Dr. and Mrs. Platypus visit the castle where they, along with King Friday and Queen Sara, share that they miss their children who are off at school.
Meanwhile, at Someplace Else, Handyman Negri answers questions about playing the guitar before everyone enters the new school. Inside, each of the childen find their seats before they sing along with Francois Clemmons' new song. Returning to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the children are excited about school and share their joy with everyone at the castle.
Returning the house, Mister Rogers takes viewers to see the outside and inside of a real school bus. The driver of the bus, Grace Lutz, takes Mister Rogers for a ride and talks to him about all that is involved in driving a school bus.
To conclude for the day, Mister Rogers talks about his fond memories of school and sings I'm Proud of You.
- As the students receive their name tags in the new Neighborhood of Make-Believe school, Ana Platypus' name tag is spelled with two N's: "Anna." While this is not part of the Make-Believe story, it is either a printing mistake or Ana's name was originally spelled with two N's. Based on the fact that it is spelled with one N in the children's books published in the 1970's, I would lean more towards the printing error explanation.
- Looking closely, viewers may notice that there is a live fish in the fishbowl on Harriett Elizabeth Cow's desk.
- The tour of the school bus was provided by Grace Lutz, a school bus driver for McKee Elementary School in Oakdale, PA.
- Unlike the other modern episodes, the credits at the end of this episode scroll on the screen rather than appearing in the usual screen-by-screen fashion.
- This episode is one of two featured on the 2005 release Going to School. It is also the episode featured on the earlier VHS release by the same name.
- A clip from this episode is seen in the special Mister Rogers Talks With Parents About School.
- This episode is included on the Mister Rogers Goes To School video disc.
- Purchase this episode on DVD or digital download.
- Watch this episode free online at PBSkids.org.
With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, W.P. Barker, Francois Clemmons, Grace Lutz, Fred Michael, Carole Muller, Joe Negri, Bob Trow
Special thanks to: McKee Elementary School, West Allegheny School System
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Associate Producer: Cathy Cohen
Music Director: John Costa
Set Designer: Jack Guest
Production Manager: Sam Newbury
Technical Supervisor: Ken Anderson
Studio Supervisor: Mark Adelsheim
Assistant Director: Jill Philipson
Property Master: David Morgan
Technical Director: James G. Ochtun
Lighting Director: Frank Warninsky
Studio Cameras: Jack Arthurs, Paul Byers, Bob Vaughn, Art Vogel
Remote Camera: Doug Bradley
Studio Audio: Alan Lawyer
Remote Audio: Tom Keiter
Videotape: Bob Millslagle
Floor Manager: Jimmy Seech
Production Crew: Albert Amerson, Kate Kearney, Tom Wholey
Scenic Artists: Kathy Clark, Kathleen Farley, Sandra Midock, David M. Smith, Russell C. Stang
Carpenters: Joe Bock, Patsy Gianella, Tom Struthers
Musicians: Bobby Rawsthorne, Carl McVicker
Production Assistants: Janet Hamnett, Victoria Hughes, Carole Muller, Cathy Redgate
Produced and Directed by Hugh Martin
Post Production: TPC Communications, Inc.
Videotape Editor: David Belko
Audio Mixer: Jim McCauley
Production Assistant: Donna Belajac
Consultants: Albert V. Corrado M.D., Margaret B. McFarland Ph. D.
Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1979 Family Communications, Inc.
Appearing In This Episode
Mister Rogers | King Friday XIII | Queen Sara Saturday | Francois Clemmons | Elsie Jean Platypus | Dr. Bill Platypus | Lady Aberlin | Handyman Negri | Harriett Elizabeth Cow | Daniel Striped Tiger | Prince Tuesday | Ana Platypus | Lady Elaine Fairchilde