Monday, August 30, 2010

Mommy Needs To Go Back To Kindergarten

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So Little Miss finally started kindergarten. After all the changes of last week, she finally got enrolled and met her teacher and we even (sort of) found out her bus schedule - for the afternoons at least.

Amazingly, she even let me choose her outfit today, although she rejected my first option. Note that I was smart enough not to try a skirt. (And so so weird not to see kids in uniforms! I got used to it so quickly after just a year.)

Once we got out the door, (late today and fines for both of them) I dropped off the carpool at Mister Man's school. Unlike Friday morning where the booster seats in the third row were so crammed together that the poor three kids back there were almost permanently living there (that's its own story), everyone comfortably fit in the car and we were able to use the drop off line to have my circus clown car act of four kids piling out of my car.

From there, I drove on to Little Miss's school. When I asked in the office for a map of the school, they didn't have one (note to people who work in schools: make a hand drawn map for families showing the important things in your school - front door, office, gym, parking lot(s), and so forth). I was told to park and then kids play in the playground until the bell rings and they line up with their teachers.

So I parked. And I walked to the playground. I saw lines of backpacks on the basketball court, but I couldn't decipher the codes written in chalk for which class was which. Once I figured out who the adult aides were supervising, I asked one. That's when I found out there are two playgrounds. And that kindergarteners meet at the other one. Located on the opposite side of the school.

Not wanting to be late on the first day, we hustled down the sidewalk. We heard the first bell ring as we passed in front of the school, and luckily we made it into line while it was still forming and before it started moving. Phew!

Who knew it was so hard to get someone to school? In previous years, either a bus has shown up to pick up a wee one (this year the bus arrives 15 minutes after I leave to drive carpool, boo!) or the school provided a map with good instructions on dropoff and pickup procedures. Apparently Mommy fails the first day.

Fingers crossed Little Miss doesn't!


Melisa with one S August 30, 2010 at 2:43 PM  

She is so cute.

You'll get the hang of it...I wouldn't call it a failure anyway, since you OBVIOUSLY didn't receive the proper tools. :)

Pat August 30, 2010 at 4:41 PM  

That backpack's almost as big as Little Miss is! She's so cute in pink. Glad you made it to the line in time! She looks perfectly confident in herself.

septembermom August 31, 2010 at 8:53 AM  

You had an interesting first day of school adventure. Jillian said that she likes Little Miss' outfit :) She's so cute. She looks just like you :)

Debbie August 31, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

I'm surprised they didn't make the first day easier for you guys! And she does look adorable!

Michelle August 31, 2010 at 10:47 PM  

Melisa - I've asked a few more people since then, and apparently I'm the only one who had issues and needs a map. Everyone else just looks at me like I'm nuts. Oh well :)

Pat - I know! Fortunately it isn't too heavy :) And confidence? She's never been lacking - she was SO ready to go.

Kelly - Awww, so glad Jillian likes it. And you should see pictures of me as a kid - SOOOO like her, it's scary!

Debbie - Ummm like I said, apparently this was a me issue. We did ok today though. And knock on wood the bus comes to get her tomorrow ;)

Hyacynth September 3, 2010 at 8:25 AM  

She won't! She's too smart. :) And you'll get the hang of it all, too.

Michelle September 3, 2010 at 2:45 PM  

Hyacynth - You have such faith in my children! And I think I've got the hang of it. My panic is just making sure I get everyone where they're supposed to be on time. Winter is not going to be my friend!

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