Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kennedy's First Day of Second Grade

I really can't believe that this girl is in second grade already!

Because she had so much time to think about who her teacher would be this summer, she did some calculating. We were pretty sure that she would get one of our friends as her teacher this year, because in the past the school has matched staff kids with someone they already have a relationship with, or with the teacher the older sibling had (in Cade's case).

The week before school started, though, Kennedy started to think about why that might not be such a good idea. If we knew her teacher well, then we would hear a lot about what and how she was doing in the classroom. She also knew some of this teacher's reputation in terms of what rules she's serious about.

Last year, Kennedy's teacher was new to the staff, but we didn't really know any of the 1st grade teachers well, so it didn't make much difference. She was also older; both of her kids are in college, and Kennedy came to realize that she tended to be a bit lax about things. She fought the important battles, but not the small ones.

Kennedy knew that there would be a new second grade teacher this year, and she decided that she was going to be her best bet. If she got the new teacher, then she wouldn't know all of the rules yet. She wouldn't know us well, and we wouldn't hear about everything that went on in the classroom.

And that is exactly what she got! She was so excited! And she's even more excited now that she's spent a few days with her. She seems fairly certain that her teacher is the most fun and the "coolest" of all the second grade teachers, so it looks like she's going to have a good year!

She thought I should take this picture, and I'm glad she did. There will come a day when we don't remember what the entry way to our apartment looked like, but we'll have this picture.

I already admitted that we didn't these pictures on Kennedy's first day of school, but we'll try to pretend that isn't the case, okay?

She was relieved to find that for the second year in a row, the door to her classroom was open, but her teacher wasn't inside when we wanted to get some pictures. (Moms can be so embarrassing!)

It has already been so interesting hearing their stories of what goes on at school from the different perspectives of these two. On the first day of school, they both went to the same assembly, but they had different stories to tell about what happened at that assembly.

And today, I got to see them both in the cafeteria having lunch (at different times) while I was volunteering as part of my new "mom" status.

My own week has been quite different, as well. I haven't had nearly as much free time as I would have expected, and I'm suddenly understanding what those retirees mean when they say they're busier than they would have ever thought!

I spent two days taking new spouses around to do some shopping, then had lunch with a friend one day, and today spent a few hours working at the school before having lunch with some of the moms and their crazy kids! It's been pretty good, in spite of the fact that I don't actually have a baby to take care of yet, and I'm feeling a little purposeless. (This girl is going to be so embarrassed of this picture...apparently it's her excited face. I would have skipped it, but I always get a picture of her in front of the classroom door!)

We have been having some internet issues at home, in that our internet isn't working at all, and it's a holiday weekend, so it won't be getting fixed any time soon, either. In other words, don't be surprised when if it gets quiet around here again!

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