Last night was kindergarten orientation at Emma’s new school and OMGYOUGUYS.
(In a good way.)
RJ, Shannon and I are soooOOOOoooOOOooo happy that we were able to get Emma into this school (we’ll call it LES) for the 2015/2016 school year. All three of us were just so impressed with…everything about the school; the teachers, the staff, the other parents, the grounds, the building itself. I honestly don’t know what we would’ve done if we’d lost our fight with the district and she’d been forced to go to the dilapidated, Title I school with dismal academic performance and incredibly low teacher, staff, parent and student morale. But we didn’t lose. WE FUCKING WON (yay! #winning!), and Emma will begin her formal education at LES. And that is a very exciting thing. So exciting that even Emma is excited about it.
Seriously. Emma is stoked to be starting kindergarten. Last night during bedtime she was just radiating – smiling and talking a mile a minute about every little thing her new kindergarten class did last night. “And then we went on the bus and we we didn’t ride it. We just sat on it and then we got off and went to the classroom. Well actually first we went into the hallways and then we found the classroom and then we…”
The evening started out with parents and students piled in the cafeteria. The principal gave a bit of his spiel while the kids practiced going through the lunch line (they had the option of choosing a fish stick, a popcorn chicken nugget or a sliver of cheese quesadilla – Emma picked the quesadilla), and then the teachers took the kids to practice riding (or I guess, according to Emma, sitting) on the bus and back to their classrooms. They all got acquainted and, according to Emma, colored and played with blocks, except for her. She was bored with those activities and decided to read a Ninja Turtle book (“like Madden’s Ninja Turtle book at home”).
The funniest part of it all was that Emma didn’t hesitate or cry at all. She didn’t even act shy. I think because she’s been in a routine-driven daycare for her entire life, she’s 1,000% used to the concept of school and all the routines associated with kindergarten. Madden was the one who had a problem with everything. As soon as they filed the kindergarteners out of the cafeteria to go test out the bus, Madden started wailing – not because he wanted to ride the bus but because he wanted to be with his sister. He literally cried the entire time she was out of sight. We definitely didn’t even consider how Emma going to a different school than Madden for the bulk of the day would affect him. Oops…
Anyway, while the kindergartners were testing out the bus, the principal and other primary faculty and staff went over First Day of School rules and general year-round rules, how to join the PTO, etc. At the end of it all, we were sent to go find our kids in their new classrooms. Emma was a busy little girl, taking so much joy in putting her new school supplies away in her new classroom and cleaning up the group table to which she’s been assigned. She’s very excited about her new school, and we are so happy about that.
She seems to really love her teacher, and – total bonus – her teacher seems to be pretty rad. The coolest part, though, is that Emma has two friends in her class – two boys from her daycare whose parents also fought a tough battle with the district to get their kids into this school (though the other two sets of parents actually moved their kids to a new daycare that falls in the school’s attendance area in order to get their kids into this school).
As soon as we got home last night, which, PS, was maybe four minutes after we left the school (hallelujah for it being so close), she started asking when she gets to go back to her new school and “is tomorrow Monday?” and talking about how she needs to bring her teacher things. I’m not sure what she meant by this last part. She started going through her stuff in her room and putting things into a gift box to give to her teacher on Monday, and has decided to color some pictures for her. TOO CUTE, RIGHT?!
Anyway. YAY, KINDERGARTEN!
RJ, Shannon and I allllll signed up to be room parents (we were the only parents to sign up in Emma’s class, actually…), on the PTO and part of the Principal Advisory Committee. As excited as Emma is about kindergarten, we parents might be even more excited to do parent-y things and volunteer at the school and, okayfine, to save $100 a week on daycare now that Emma will only be at her daycare for before-and-after school care. SERIOUSLY. We are all really stoked. Well, except for Madden.
Even Bri Bri, who couldn’t join us last night (SAD FACE) is excited for Emma’s big day on Monday. She called last night to tell us she read on the blog that Emma got into “the good school,” then checked “the good school’s website” for the kindergarten school supply list and used her own money to buy Emma some school supplies – and two outfits for school that match outfits Bri has. How effing sweet?!?!
Three more sleeps and a wakeup and our little Emma Bemma is going to be in kindergarten, you guys!
PS: Sorry for the crappy iPhone quality photos. Bleh.
PPS: Emma was crying in the photo because while she was a boss at receiving her immunization earlier in the day, the injection site (on her leg) had begun to become sore, and when RJ picked her up for the photo, his hand accidentally pressed right on the injection site. Oops!