Friday, September 19, 2014

School Days: Kindergarten Weeks 1 and 2

Today marks the end of week #2 of kindergarten. There have been days we thought, "How the hell are we going to do this for the next 13 years?"  But we're all settling in now and it's not as daunting as it was at first.

He likes to bring along a friend or two for the ride to school.
I have to say that we have an absolutely amazing, supportive school community. The kids are so kind, and I think a big part of that is because of the tone set by Mrs. Aase and the principal. We were told the other kids were fighting over who got to hold Anthony's hand in line on Monday, and at pickup yesterday one little boy was so excited to tell me that he had helped Anthony put on his backpack. 

Some of Anthony's major accomplishments have been a 2-day stint as line leader and 4-day assignment as lunch bag monitor. The lunch bag monitors are in charge of carrying the bins holding everyone's lunch bags into the cafeteria. I'm not sure what a line leader does besides being first in line, but it sounds very important. 

It hasn't been all rainbows and unicorns, though. Although I have no complaints about the school itself, we had some big problems related to the after-school child care program and their expectations for Anthony. With some conversations and more support, things were much better this week.

Without invading Anthony's privacy and dignity too much, I'll just share that he has not quite mastered the potty completely, and last week the principal showed she is not above doing what needs to be done- if you know what I'm saying. She is my hero.

There are sure to be more challenges as the school year progresses, but we're feeling more and more confident we can meet them together!

At Back to School Night, parents got to write a note in their kids' journals.

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