UPDATED: Just dropped my two off to middle school. Mine were frozen with fear, but were not crying. I saw two sixth graders in tears. Most others seemed tense, but not paralyzed. Hoping for happier scenes by week’s end. Teachers were doing their best to project cheeriness and excitement, but I think kids are naturally scared of the bigger school and the eighth graders who appear old enough to drive themselves to school. I found the staff very helpful and that reassured me, if not my twins.
Saw an endearing sight on the way; All the parents of kids in my neighborhood starting elementary school gathered them for a photo down the street. There were 22 or so young kids with their new backpacks and their back-to-school outfits and about 35 parents in front of them with cameras and video recorders. Lots of parents carrying paper towels and hand sanitizer, which is today’s version of an apple for the teacher. Off to cover HOPE. Talk to you all later.
I am not the only parent who apparently left back-t0-school shopping to the very last minute. Just came from a big box store where I was on a scavenger hunt for Mead five-subject notebooks, per the request of my twins’ social studies teacher. I joined dozens of other parents surveying the wreckage of the notebook aisle where single subject notebooks were in abundance, but five-subject were nowhere to be found.
After much rummaging through piles, I found two battered five-subject notebooks. And I found my two-pocket folders, my eight-pack dividers and my notebook paper. (I refuse to buy new pens and pencils every year, insisting my twins dig through drawers to fill their pencil boxes.)
I am still stunned that my kids go back tomorrow morning. Because we were away this final week on vacation, my kids missed the Thursday meet-and-greet so my husband and I are going to take them a few minutes early to help them find their homerooms and pay the lunch tab. (I always pay in advance for half the year so I avoid those warning notes that my kids will be relegated to P&J because they are late on lunch fees.)
At a weekend potluck with several out-of-towners, my announcement that my district resumed classes Aug. 2 stunned the visitors from the Midwest and the north. They could not fathom why any schools would start up at the hottest point in the summer and were dubious when I explained that my district adopted a shorter-summer-more-breaks-during-the-year-calendar as a teacher recruitment tool. Two teachers at the event told me that they much preferred the longer summer and traditional calendar so their own kids go visit cousins and go to camps.
Tomorrow is a busy news day as I plan to attend the four-hour legislative hearing on HOPE funding and then dash six blocks to the Atlanta Public Schools release of its cheating report.