Sunday, September 30, 2012

We're kindergarteners now!

I plan to wrap up my Disney trip report this week but seeing as today is the last day of September, I thought I should post these pictures from the girls' first day of school.  Well, these were actually from orientation, which was the day before the first day of school.  Close enough.




The girls are still very shy at school but we haven't had any tears or incidents.  Based upon discussions and recommendations from their preschool teachers, we decided to keep them in separate classrooms.  So far, I'm impressed with the organization and planning of the school system.  Emily and Allie are in rooms right next to each other and Anna's room is right around the corner.  Orientation appointments were assigned to us at different times and one right after the other without me having to ask.  This meant that Rich and I were both able to attend all three orientations and meet all of the teachers.  When we all walked into Anna's room, her new teacher looked directly at her and said, "Hi, Anna."  I was a bit baffled and couldn't figure out how she was able to identify Anna.  Turns out that she had helped out in Anna's preschool classroom last year.

The kindergarten program in our school district is half a day.  They do offer a full day program but the curriculum is exactly the same.  The full day program also comes with a fee ($3,000+ per child for the year) and if our situation were different and the girls were in daycare, I would have enrolled them in full day kindergarten instead.  Because the curriculum is the same, we didn't feel it necessary for them to be at school all day.  I think half a day at school, five days a week is a good transition for them seeing as they are used to being at home.

We live too close to the school for the girls to qualify for bus services.  For a fee, we could have them ride the bus but I don't feel that this is a necessary expensive for our family right now.





Anonymous said...

They look so similar in that first picture! LOL @ sweet little Anna's face. Was she in a bad mood that morning?

Sarah said...

Anna was being a fake grump. If she was in a bad mood, I wouldn't have any pictures - lol.

Lily said...

I was wondering when we'd get to see these! I can't believe they're in kindergarten! I started reading before their third birthday :)

Siné said...

I love Anna's facial expressions in these photos! She seriously had me giggling over here. On another note, all three of their outfits are really pretty.

Anonymous said...

OMG I love love love Anna's shoes. They are adorable.

Just the Tip said...

I always find it interesting to hear how the school system works in other states. For example here, even headstart/virginia preschool initiative is full day. And even if you lived right next to the school you would get free bus service.

Glad the school was helpful and hopefully it will be a great year for you all!

Anonymous said...

So cute! Also, I wish I had Anna's shoes!

Sarah said...

I Loved your review of Disney!

I also love the very last picture you posted in this post. Too funny. She is ridiculously cute (all your girls really are ridiculously cute).

Love following your family's story, thanks for sharing it with us all!

BreezieGirl said...

So exciting and so cute!

Is Em in the green?

Sarah said...

Em is in the green dress. Those are Anna's Twinkle Toes from last spring. The girls feet haven't really grown much at all the past 6-9 months.

Anna cracks me up too.

Michelle said...

My oldest started school as well this year. No half day option. Poor thing went from going to Preschool 3 mornings a week (3 hrs a morning) to getting on the bus at 9am and not getting home until 4pm. Such a LONG day for her!! She loves school though.

pyjammy pam said...

so glad they're doing well in separate classes. tonight we have curriculum meetings and i have to somehow be in all three classes at once. hmm.

Angela Bailey said...

I've never heard of excluding kids from riding the bus based on their proximity to the school! I also can't believe they'd charge for it! Such an odd concept to me! I went to half day kindergarten in Fulton, NY and my mom and sister walked me the two blocks to school, rain, snow up to my waist, or shine! Super fond memories 20 years later, even!



Sarah said...

Pam - only 1 of us was able to go to curriculum night but it's exactly the same for all the classes so it wasn't a big deal. They bring home the same worksheets each week.

Angela - I wonder if it is in all of Mass. Where I grew up (in Mass), if you lived within a mile of the school, no bus. You couldn't pay for it either. In our district now, if it is more than a mile, which is ridiculous, no bus. I suppose it's a way to generate revenue. I wish we lived within walking distance - we could just load them up in the triple jogger. lol

Stacey L. said...

About the buses, I don't even think we have school buses here in Los Angeles, unless you go to a magnet school or you have special needs. My kids have never ridden a bus, unless they were going on a field trip.`