Thursday, September 10, 2009

I'm FREE! (I mean, it's the first day of school!..)

So, today was the long awaited day that 'Shroom and Lolli would start school together. Lolli in kindergarten and 'Shroom in first grade. Both going to a new school.

Since the kids are still at school and I haven't had the chance to debrief with them, here are my initial thoughts on this first day of school:

- why so many Asians? Latinos? where are the White folks?!
- the pick-up process for kindergarteners is disturbingly lacking any security measures
- teaching in flip flops is okay (as modeled by 'Shroom's teacher)
- where are the White students?
- Lolli is being robbed of a true kindergarten experience as there are only 8 kindergarteners in her class of 24 (she's in a K1 combo class)
- parents have way more homework than kids these first few days with all the forms to fill out, supplies to purchase, earthquake packs to make, and committees on which to volunteer
- I couldn't seem to find the White students
- loud boisterous kids who scream and run around all summer long can be reduced immediately to quiet shy kids the moment their new teacher says "hi" to them
- regardless of all of the above, it's going to be a great school year!