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.