What are your special back-to-school traditions?

I remember growing up that my mom would always take off from work on school registration day. We would register then she would take us out to lunch and then we would go pick out our school supplies. And even though it wasn’t anything fancy, it was a tradition that we looked forward to each year.

I don’t really think that I have developed a back-to-school or first-day-of-school tradition with my kids so I am looking for ideas of ways to make the first day back to school very special.

I am looking for ideas for a special breakfast. (but it’s always hectic and hard to get up the first morning so it would need to be easy).

Do you have a special lunch tradition — like going to school for lunch? Or do you send special food or notes in?

What about immediately after school? A special activity or treat?

Or how about dinner?

I am so sad about the summer ending and I do want to start their school year on a cheerful, happy note and make it special. I would appreciate any ideas you guys have and would love to hear about all of your traditions.

(Sorry I am so late posting. My dog is sick and we are having to take him to a special doggie eye doctor!!!)

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lwa

August 5th, 2010
11:26 am

My mom always took off of work the 1st day of school to make sure that everthing ran smoothly. I really looked forward to that time.

I always take off of work on meet-and-greet days. We then shop for school supplies. I drive everyone to school on the 1st day, walk into the classroom and take pictures. This year my Sr. only allowed me to drop her off. I was able to snap a picture of her getting out of the car.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 5th, 2010
11:33 am

MG is taking off on Monday which I thought was nice. I will be walking in taking photos as well!

A

August 5th, 2010
11:34 am

We drive our son to school the first day. I have a flexible schedule, so I’m able to be at the meet and greet the week before and for anything else where parents are invited. As for lunch, my husband or I will go to school to join our son on his birthday and for the Thanksgiving feast, but that’s pretty much it. I think he prefers eating with his friends, so we don’t want to cramp his style! He always gets a note or some small cute item from home in his lunchbox. I’m just looking forward to school starting. I think 13 weeks off for Fulton is just insane. And they wonder why test scores, etc. are so low.

Tina

August 5th, 2010
11:39 am

I’m looking forward to school starting so that I can finally have lunch somewhere that kids are not running around the restaurant like wild indians

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 5th, 2010
11:45 am

Tina — you’ve been to lunch with us! buying school supplies at the Target was just a nightmare!!!!! i hate taking all of them!!

Juanita

August 5th, 2010
11:57 am

I only one child at home now; the other 2 are adults. I always took off work on the first day of school. I would get up early and fix breakfast and take them to school. It was always exciting for me to hear about their first day when they returned home.

Becky

August 5th, 2010
12:05 pm

I went today (Cobb) for my twos first day of 2nd grade..Last year, I went about once a week and had lunch with them and went on all but one of their field trips..

This year, they have the classes as all boys and all girls, so not sure how it will work out..Not to mention that they go to lunch at 10:48 and 10:51..WTH?? Plus this year, they aren’t giving them an afternoon snack..

motherjanegoose

August 5th, 2010
12:10 pm

My husband used to eat lunch every Friday with my daughter when he worked four 10 hour days.

We would go to the grocery store or out to eat and all these women would know him.

I was like…what is up with that? Well, they were the women who also ate lunch with their kids. They all sat at the parent table together, with their children. It was funny and a special time for my daughter and her Dad. They would all say, “See you on Friday.”

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 5th, 2010
12:25 pm

becky – that’s a story for the paper– they are doing single education in cobb??? for what grades??? why?? what do you know???

JJ

August 5th, 2010
12:33 pm

The only tradition I partook of was NOT making my child carry all those damn supplies on the first day. Do you really need all 30 kids to bring in paper towels, kleenex, and all that other stuff, the very first day?

This will be the very first year I do not take my child to school. She has her own car now, and can drive herself back to Middle Georgia. Bittersweet for me. But I also know that she will be able to come home more often. She is looking forward to going back and seeing her friends again.

Bill Lumberg

August 5th, 2010
12:47 pm

My favorite first day of school tradition was starting school after Labor Day!

Which lame Cobb County school administrator’s idea was it to start school the first week of August? Sanderson’s?

What is the rationale behind this lame idea?

To add more teacher workdays to the calendar? So the kids can have a week-off in February?

Another perfect example of why Georgia ranks near the bottom in education!

Sk8ing Momma

August 5th, 2010
12:53 pm

I went to private school for K-12. There were no school buses and my mother usually drove me to school every year for grades K-8; however, the first day was always special. She’d drive me, come in (the elementary years) and make sure that I was “situated.” I even recall having her drive me to school in high school at my request ~ every day in 9th grade and on the first days in 10th and 11th grades. Otherwise, I caught the city bus. (I started driving to & from school second semester 11th grade.) I don’t know why, but I really enjoyed my mother driving me on the first day. :)

Jesse's Girl

August 5th, 2010
12:54 pm

I make brownies…….:)

Cammi317

August 5th, 2010
1:05 pm

I have driven my daughter to school for 99% of her school career thus far (she is going into 7th this year). That morning time in the car on the way to school is our tradition. When she was in Pre-K and Kindergarten I would go read to her class 1 or 2 mornings a week. I used to do the send the note in the lunch thing also until about 4th grade. I wonder how she would feel about it if I started back up this year. At this age, she may not like it as much.

I bit the bullet and registered her for private school on yesterday, where she will probably stay through 12 grade. No school buses so we have many more years of morning rides ahead for us.

JJ

August 5th, 2010
1:15 pm

Cammi, I drove my daughter to school every year, except for middle school. I had to be at work at 8 and school didn’t start until 9. I too LOVED the time in the car. Back in the Elementary school days, I used to drive a couple of kids in the neighborhood too, and we would get into the drop off lane a little early, and I would pull out a deck of Uno cards, and we would play a quick game before they got out of the car. Now the kids are in college, and one boy recently told me how much fun we had in those days, and how it helped him with his numbers……awwww….

Reality

August 5th, 2010
1:27 pm

Tell them that play time is over and to get in their rooms and start reading and studying. No more games, it’s time to work now.

jan

August 5th, 2010
1:31 pm

Homemade chocolate chip cookies on the first day of school and the last day of school. Had them waiting on my girls after school from k-12th. Miss those days

Becky

August 5th, 2010
1:41 pm

Theresa..I don’t know any details except that my two are in 2nd grade and this is what they are doing for them..Am I allowed to tell you the school name? If I can, I’ll be happy to give it to you or do you want me to call and find out if I can get more info?

Tina

August 5th, 2010
1:43 pm

Theresa, I’m sure your children arn’t that bad from what I’ve read about them on your blog. Just today a little boy was picking up and counting all the bread sticks on the buffet at Pizza Inn and started with the pizzas before someone finally stopped him. Needless to say, they did not dump the dirty breadsticks :(

JATL

August 5th, 2010
1:52 pm

This is our first year of going to a regular, public school! We’ve done 1/2 day private preschool several times a week for the last few years, so Monday is going to start the big changeover for my oldest. He’s entering PreK, and we’re all very excited. We picked out a Spiderman backpack, lunch box, thermos w/ a straw and Spiderman blanket for him to take. I’ve ordered his “uniforms” -khakis and navy w/ white or burgundy polos, and I’m trying to decide on something fun for Sunday night and breakfast Monday morning. We may do Carnation Instant Breakfast simply because a sample came in his new lunchbox, and he’s REALLY into trying it! I know I’m not going to have time to make his favorite pancakes. Maybe toaster waffles with blueberry and strawberry smiley faces? I think we’re going to watch E.T. on Sunday night before bedtime. I would like to start a tradition that each year, on the night before school, we all sit down and watch a “classic” that the kids have never seen before, but that we’ve been wanting to watch with them.

My baby is also going to have a big change. He’s headed to an all-day preschool for the first time on Monday as well. I’m going to be a mess by the time I get to work!

TechMom

August 5th, 2010
1:54 pm

The boy is in private school so I drive everyday except that he just got his learner’s permit this summer so he drove me on the first day! I’m guessing this was my last ‘first day’ of school taking him. After football practice on Monday, I picked him up and he looks at me and says, “you have homework tonight!” I had to sign acknowledgement on all his syllabi so it was ‘my’ homework.

I do have lunch with my son on occasion but I want to make the observation that I never knew parents did that until I lived in the south. I can’t ever remember seeing a parent come to lunch when I was growing up out west unless it was class party day (Christmas, Valentine’s, or field day) because they were coming to help or bring food. For my son’s birthday this year, I brought cupcakes to lunch for him and his friends. 24 cupcakes were gone in about half a minute!

b

August 5th, 2010
1:58 pm

I always take a picture on the first day of school!

TechMom

August 5th, 2010
1:59 pm

@A our county only gets 8 weeks off for summer break and our test scores still suck. I’d rather have a couple of weeks back in the summer quite frankly. Most northern states have 10-13 weeks of summer and rank way above GA in terms of test scores so I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that’s not the determining factor.

JATL

August 5th, 2010
2:15 pm

@TechMom -amen to the fact that northern states have longer summer vacations, usually go back AFTER Labor Day, and still outperform southern states in test scores. Lack of summer vacation does not make for higher test scores!

I will join you, TechMom...

August 5th, 2010
2:15 pm

…out on that limb – as Tiger would say, it is the social strata that defines why the southern states are on the low end of the school rankings, not the length of the school year. And we all know that there are many other “qualities” that contribute to the socioeconomic -disadvantaged southern students. But that is all I will say on the reasons why southerners are considered redneck dumb—es…

Cheryl

August 5th, 2010
2:18 pm

We always go to lunch after meet the teacher day…kids pick. We just got back from Stevi B’s where there were lots of kids playing games and collecting tickets.
On the first day of school we take a picture next to the school sign and then walk to the classroom.

JJ

August 5th, 2010
2:23 pm

JALT cook the pancakes on Sunday. Wrap them up and put in the fridge, then you can zap them in the microwave for about 15 seconds. I use to make extra pancakes on Sundays. I would freeze them in stacks of 3, and on our way out the door my daughter would nuke ‘em and eat them in the car. She likes them plain with butter….no syrup in the car…..

JJ

August 5th, 2010
2:24 pm

JATL – I’m not suggesting you eat in the car. But it would save you some time in the mornings, and your child could enjoy pancakes in the morning.

JJ

August 5th, 2010
2:25 pm

THat didn’t come out right either. Sorry.

What I meant was, freeze pancakes on Sunday, so you don’t have to make them during the week. You can slap them on a plate, stick them in the microwave, then eat them….

Cammi317

August 5th, 2010
2:37 pm

JJ, we do that too with the pancakes! That is so funny I never imagined anyone elses child liked to eat plain pancakes in the car on the way to school.

lwa

August 5th, 2010
2:38 pm

I am not sure why the southern states don’t do as well as the northern states. There are a lot of factors/reasons. It is interesting that most of the top colleges in the country are also in the north. HMMMMM….

A

August 5th, 2010
2:50 pm

Forget test scores, then. I just think a 13-week break from school is way too much and wish all school systems would move to a year-around model that gives enough time off, just not in one huge chunk all at once. But I know that will never happen in GA where summer vacation seems to be sacred.

DigALittleDeeper

August 5th, 2010
3:00 pm

We picked up schedules and school supply list today and school starts Monday. So, this Saturday will be busy buying school supplies and a few items of clothing. This year my daughter has to take 4 different buses to school each day and I am concerned.

My suggestions is to have a special diner and you can discuss the “first day” of school events.

The first bus will arrive at 6:10am, so I know breakfast will be two Eggo and a cup of juice To Go

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JATL

August 5th, 2010
3:09 pm

@JJ -thanks for the tip! I know what you mean! Actually, my mother used to do that, now that I think about it. He would be SO excited with blueberry pancakes (that kid loves blueberries so much it’s almost weird -thank God they’re good for him). I’ll do it!

Joyce

August 5th, 2010
3:10 pm

We had the meet and greet today, and my boy woke up in a fairly foul mood, due to nerves about the new year, I guess! He was all better by the time we were on the way home. On the first day of school, I usually take his picture by our mailbox and then we (all 3 of us) walk to the bus stop together and see him off. I can’t believe it’ll be 3rd grade this year!!!

Joyce

August 5th, 2010
3:11 pm

JJ: Great idea about the pancakes!!

A

August 5th, 2010
3:20 pm

@DigALittleDeeper, 4 buses each day? Is this a private school?

JJ

August 5th, 2010
3:24 pm

Actually, I do it with all kinds of breakfast items, except eggs. I cook a huge breakfast saturday and sunday and we always have leftovers. Hash browns, bacon, sausage, pancakes, fruit. Anything left over gets wrapped up for later……

Pretty soon it’s just gonna be me in the house. Daughter is leaving next weekend, and the roommate found a job (YEA) and will be moving out end of September. I probaby won’t have as many leftovers, since I will be cooking for one…..

smh

August 5th, 2010
3:33 pm

JJ: I do basically the same thing with pancakes. I make huge batches and freeze them on squares of wax paper. Microwave or toaster works just fine and they eat at home. As for school traditions, I do take a picture in front of our house next to the mailbox. This is a transition year for us; one headed to middle school for the first time. Should be interesting.

Becky

August 5th, 2010
3:34 pm

@DigALittleDeeper..Four buses each day? Why? How old is she? If you don’t mind me asking..That seems like a lot of work to ride 4 buses, especially if she’s real young..

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 5th, 2010
3:39 pm

Becky — email me the name of the school so people don’t know where your kids are — ajcmomania@gmail.com — and I will forward to Laura Diamond — that is fascinating!!!! thanks Theresa

DigALittleDeeper

August 5th, 2010
3:52 pm

It’s a charter highschool.

Becky

August 5th, 2010
3:56 pm

Theresa, you are more than welcome..

DigALittleDeeper

August 5th, 2010
3:56 pm

smh

August 5th, 2010
3:33 pm

Welcome to the “Who is this kid” group!!!! Because in six months you will be asking that question.

Becky

August 5th, 2010
3:57 pm

That still seems like a lot of work to get to school, hope all works out for her..

Mrs. G

August 5th, 2010
3:59 pm

The way I see it, the fact that students in the South don’t do as well in school has anything to do with the length of summer vacation. I honestly think that students aren’t challenged enough in the South; the standards just aren’t as high. When I was in high school, my family moved twice – I spent my freshman year in Seattle and my sophomore year in Chicago. Freshman year, I strugged academically – school was difficult. It was tough in Chicago, too. Then we moved to Georgia a month into my junior year and school was easy. I mean, it was a joke. I got straight As for the rest of high school. I had gone to school with a girl in Chicago who had moved from North Carolina and her experience was the opposite of mine; she had to work very hard and missed how easy school was in the South. IMO, if school is too easy, students aren’t learning what they need to be learning.

Mrs. G

August 5th, 2010
4:04 pm

Ooops. “…the fact that students in the South don’t do as well in school has anything to do with the length of summer vacation” SHOULD have been “…the fact that students in the South don’t do as well in school has NOTHING to do with the length of summer vacation.” And “strugged” actually means “struggled!” Embarrassing. Clearly I went to school in the South. ;) Or maybe I was just in a rush to post that since I’m at work and shouldn’t be on here. :)

BShepCarlin

August 5th, 2010
4:11 pm

I am interested in this boy/girl class thing. My oldest started 1st grade today in Cobb and I haven’t heard of his school doing this. I HATE that they started school today…way too early and way too HOT. We put a little temp. gauge on his backpack to see how hot the bus got…100 degrees. Also really really don’t like the new school schedule, but the school board was hell bent on doing it no matter what. I heard some Cobb schools did not have working A/C today. Medieval torture. But having said all that my little guy seemed to really enjoy being back! Of course his 3 yo brother couldn’t wait for him to get home…

Becky

August 5th, 2010
4:24 pm

@BShepCarlin..Not sure if they will keep it that way or not, but that is what they did today..I thought it was kinda strange, especially since the parents had not been given any notice of it prior to today..Maybe Theresa and Laura can find out more info..

One thing that did make the kids happy today, was that they were told at the end of school last year that the teachers they had for 1st grade wouldn’t be back this year, but they were..Thank goodness for that..They are both very young, bright ladies and I’m glad that they were able to keep their jobs..

irisheyes

August 5th, 2010
5:22 pm

I try to get a picture, but since I’m rushing around to get to my first day of school, it’s hard to do anything else. I may use the pancake idea so they can have pancakes on Monday morning.

JMO, but if you don’t send in all of the kleenex and paper towels on the first day, it’ll be OK. I was telling my parents today that the only thing on the list they ABSOLUTELY needed was the binder since we use it for agendas and homework. I spend a ton of money every summer buying class supplies so that they start the year with everything they need. Then, the supplies they bring in are used to replenish used supplies throughout the year.

motherjanegoose

August 5th, 2010
6:17 pm

I always told the teachers I would NOT be sending in the things on the first day but a few weeks later. They usually smile and thanked me. You could also e-mail them this news.

JATL….good luck! I remember that when my 23 year old ( whose occupation I will not share :0)
got on the bus for Kinder, I felt like my arm was wripped off. I wondered about him all day long.
Now, his sister will be leaving for college next week…it will be quiet at our house!

Mrs. G….we have lots of friends who moved to Gwinnett County from the north and their kids struggled with school here. We also had a friend ( college professor) who moved to Minneapolis and they asked their real estate agent to show them houses in the best school districts. Their son enrolled as a Senior in HS and the school told him that they did not have a clue where to put him in classes, as he was WAY ahead of anything they could offer them.

Not sure how long ago you went to school but things are pretty competitive in our county. When my daughter went to college orientation, there were kids from all over the country who had not taken near the academic rigor of classes she had taken. Not sure how they got in except I KNOW they try to fill quotas from states where not many kids apply.

Exaxmple, you may have a 3.6 GPA from Cobb County but if someone has a 3.25 from say from Nevada, that will bump that kid ahead of you if he/she is the only child from Nevada with the same major. This happens at lots of colleges.

JATL

August 5th, 2010
10:37 pm

@MJG -it’s hard to believe we’re already at this point with one of them! Maybe it was on here, but someone told me or I read a week or so ago that raising children made for the longest days and shortest years you will ever spend! I couldn’t agree more. Whenever I get frustrated, I really try to remind myself that we’ll be packing a car for UGA or who-knows-where in 14 years. WOW-only 14 years? That suddenly seems like a very short time! Good luck to your daughter!

DB

August 6th, 2010
2:02 am

First day was always exciting for my kids — even though they went to the same school for 13 years, there was always wondering about schedule, who would be in what class, etc. I’d always make “short order breakfast” — take orders the night before, and it was usually either omelets, muffins and bacon, or homemade waffles (NO Eggos), etc. I’d cook while they dressed, they’d eat, I’d snap a few pics, and off we’d go. (I never permitted TV in the mornings, so that was never a distraction, etc.)

This year, I’m driving my son up to school out-of-state for a couple of reasons — one, he has a new (to him) car with somewhat limited cargo capacity, and two, he’s moving from one place to another, and wanted some help with his new place. My daughter has to go back to UGA on Sunday early because of work, and can’t move into her new dorm until Monday, so she’s taking a load of stuff in her small car, and I’m bringing the heavy stuff in the van on Monday afternoon.

In other words, it’s still back-to-school time . . . the execution is just a little different! I’m out of the school supply business — they do their own books and supplies, etc.

@MJG: Good luck with the move-in! I’ll give you a call next week when we’re back in town.

Re: Same-sex grades. Our (private) school switched to same-sex classes for middle school English and Math classes, the classes where it seemed to make the most difference. It made a huge difference in terms of attention, behavior, and ability for the teachers to shape lesson plans to a specific group. Most families and kids seemed to really like it.

smh

August 6th, 2010
5:57 am

@ digalittledeeper – thanks o’ so much for the words of encouragement! LOL It is a big club I know.

PhotoMomof4

August 6th, 2010
9:09 am

I always buy school supplies when they are on clearance the year before or at other times of the year when there’s a deal. So, the kids do their shopping for school supplies in “Mom’s store”. Each one brings their shopping list and gets to shop without the craziness at the retail store. I save money and my sanity.

For the first day, they always get their picture made before they leave the house to get on the bus.

TinaTeach

August 6th, 2010
9:37 am

My grandmother would always take us to buy a new outfit for the first day of school. Then we’d go to the Dixie Diner in Choctaw, Oklahoma for lunch. She did that every year until we hit middle school. It’s one of my fondest memories of her. I look forward to doing something similar with my son and eventual grandkids!

JJ

August 6th, 2010
10:01 am

Publix has a bunch of 2 for 1, and 50% off school supplies. Not much of a selection, but fiskar scissors, notebook paper, pens, pencils, highlighters, sharpies, etc.

Mrs. G

August 6th, 2010
11:50 am

motherjanegoose – Makes me wish I’d gone to school in Gwinnett because I was a little bored (I went to school in Cobb (Harrison) and graduated in ‘01)! ;)

When we moved to GA, the school looked at my transcript and had me re-take certain classes (for example, I had taken world history in ninth grade, but they wanted me to take THEIR world history class; they wanted to make sure that I took their English sequence, so I was put in tenth grade English in eleventh grade and, therefore, never made it to AP English, which, having taken all honors English throughout high school, I had been on track to take). Maybe they wanted to make sure that I was well-rounded (by their standards), but I felt that making me re-take those classes (which I had passed! It would be different had I failed!) was redundant and kind of defeated the purpose.

What you said (about Gwinnett) makes sense, I suppose – a close friend went to school in Gwinnett and he seemed to be more challenged when it came to academics than I was (I always liked to pretend that it was just because I was smarter, haha, just joking).

I live in upstate NY now (yet I can’t stay away from AJC.com, haha); my husband is a teacher and the standards for teachers seem to be much higher here. All teachers have to get their masters within a certain amount of time in order to continue teaching (is that the case in GA?). My husband and our teacher friends have told me that teachers with NYS certification have a very easy time getting jobs in other states. I’m not sure how much of a difference the standards here make, though, as I’m not sure where NY ranks (say, relative to GA).

JATL

August 6th, 2010
12:36 pm

@Mrs. G -you’re correct about higher standards for teachers in many northern states than in southern states! NO, you do not have to get your master’s -ever -with the state of GA. Part of the problem is that teachers are often paid far more in northern states than here (I’m not saying they’re paid a lot, but more), and that automatically attracts an overall higher quality of job-seeker. I’m also not saying that we don’t have extremely intelligent, qualified and highly educated teachers here, because we do and I know many of them, but overall there is a big disparity.

JJ

August 6th, 2010
12:40 pm

As for Gwinnett schools, some of my daughter’s professors down at Middle Georgia College are VERY excited to see a Gwinnett student in their classes.

party

August 6th, 2010
1:36 pm

Well, once we drop the little monsters off at school, we usually pop open a couple bottles of champagne! Then we wallow around in a drunken orgy of sweat and fornication. We eat a light lunch. Then we hit up the strip club and try to pick up a third party for our afternoon delight session. The school bus drops the kids back home around 4. We introduce them to Aunt “Diamond” as she leaves, then we make dinner.

I guess as far as traditions go, its rather quaint, but it makes us happy, so…

LM

August 6th, 2010
2:11 pm

We moved here from Michigan in the early 80’s. Several of the classes I took before moving to Georgia would not make the cross over. I had a Physical Science class and a english class on minority lit and neigher were creditited at Wheeler. It was not until my senior year that the school (I went to 5 high schools) figured out I never took US history or World History. My world history teacher was the coach and didn’t know the diffeence between Prussia and Persia or Austria and Australia. What a joke of a class.

LM

August 6th, 2010
2:16 pm

oops, sorry for typos, didn’t have a chance to look over before posting.

motherjanegoose

August 6th, 2010
10:12 pm

Mrs. G …your blog name cracks me up….I am 50 and never sign my name Mrs. anything. You are 4 years older than my son, if you graduated in 01 from HS. Interesting. To each his/her own.

Mary

August 7th, 2010
7:20 am

@motherjanegoose: all the moms at my son’s school know my husband, too. It’s almost like he has a harem….lol. He has a very flexible schedule, so is able to volunteer at school quite a bit (one of the only dads who is able to do this). He knows everyone, including the kids, and they all know him. The principal even refers to him as an honorary staff member….perhaps because he’s not too proud to practice sight words with kindergarteners!

It makes me a little sad, because as a teacher myself, I don’t have the opportunity to be there doing those things myself. On the other hand, I love that these kids are seeing a dad volunteer at school.

motherjanegoose

August 8th, 2010
7:45 am

@ Mary…that is so lucky for you and your son will be close to him and remember all the times they spent together, My husband was home with my son from 0-2, as he worked midnights and when he came home, I left to teach Kinder. They had a special bond! He also made time to get to school and help out several times per year and that was something I was quite proud of.

If you are the same Mary as August 3 at 2:00, thanks for a nicer tone on the blog…I appreciate it!

Mary

August 8th, 2010
1:01 pm

@mjg: that wasn’t me. This is my second time responding to this blog. Haven’t read that post. I have seen another Mary on here a time or two.

motherjanegoose

August 8th, 2010
5:54 pm

@ Mary…good to have you…I especially enjoy comments from those who are teachers. We tend to look at things a bit differently than those who do not work with dozens of children each day.

catlady and I are meeting for lunch in a few weeks to trade stories….should be fun! We are both teachers!

My daughter’s elementary school called my husband in to do a blurb on the morning announcements on Veteran’s Day, as he was Navy. You would have thought he was going to be on GOOD MORNING AMERICA…it was a hoot! He loved it.

Mrs. G

August 9th, 2010
8:10 am

motherjanegoose – I’m a newlywed and I’m having a blast flaunting it, LOL! :)

www.honeyfern.org

August 9th, 2010
9:13 pm

We are homeschooling, so we went Not-Back-to-School jammie shopping and have planned breakfast at the Biscuit House on Stilesboro the Friday of th efirst week so we can talk about the week and make suggestions for any changes.