Back to School: How did it all go?

We got up early enough that Walsh had time to relax on the floor watching a little TV. We'll see how long that lasts. Notice the Minion T-shirt. I had a big debate on Facebook last night about whether to let him wear the T-shirt or a more dressed up shirt for the first day (just one with a collar). Everyone voted T-shirt. I am working on releasing!

We got up early enough that Walsh had time to relax on the floor watching a little TV. We'll see how long that lasts. Notice the Minion T-shirt. I had a big debate on Facebook last night about whether to let him wear the T-shirt or a more dressed up shirt for the first day (just one with a collar). Everyone voted T-shirt. I am working on releasing!

That's a mighty big backpack you've got there Rose. The school just outlawed rolling back packs due to foot injuries. But what about back injuries?

That's a mighty big backpack you've got there Rose. The school just outlawed rolling back packs due to foot injuries. But what about back injuries?

Lilina went right to work in her 4-year-old class. She seemed very comfortable. Mom just had a little bit of a hard time leaving.

Lilina went right to work in her 4-year-old class. She seemed very comfortable. Mom just had a little bit of a hard time leaving.

So apparently every mom in Atlanta is making these cookies for back-to-school snack for this afternoon. I posted a photo and everyone chimed in "Me too!" Mine spread a litle too much and I didn't quite get 24 -- I need to not nibble while I bake.

So apparently every mom in Atlanta is making these cookies for back-to-school snack for this afternoon. I posted a photo and everyone chimed in "Me too!" Mine spread a litle too much and I didn't quite get 24 -- I need to not nibble while I bake.

So, how did it all go? How did they do on their first day back at school?

(Submit your back-to-school photos here!)

We actually got up on time – 6:30 a.m. We moved up our wake up time so they could move more slowly in the morning.

Everyone was dressed and ready to go on time too – shocking for us! We did the first drop off for Rose and then went to Walsh’s new school about a mile away. He immediately started chatting with some little guys on the playground. (They drop off to the playground out here so they can play about 40 minutes before school starts depending on what time you get there. Gwinnett always had morning work. What do you like better? Getting some energy out or some extra math in?)

After chatting with some neighbors I headed back home to get Lilina to take her to her first day of 4-year-old preschool! She’s going three days a week for five hours. (It was sort of compromise to get her ready for long kindergarten days next year. I didn’t want her to go five days but three hours didn’t seem like quite enough.)

She walked right in and was ready to work. Picked a cubby, made a picture, wrote her name and then made gingerbread men out of cinnamon-scented play dough. That was all in the first 10 minutes. I only teared up a little bit when I left. She seemed in good hands.

I headed to the gym alone and then home to work alone!! Shocking development!  I also made some Funfetti Lollipop cookies for after school that apparently every other mother also made today! (Lots of Facebook comments on it!)

Hope everything goes well, and everyone is happy! Submit your photos and also let us know how everything went!

– Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, Momania on ajc.com

22 comments Add your comment

Father Jane Goose

August 8th, 2011
3:45 pm

Nice life… enjoy it while it lasts.

Techmom

August 8th, 2011
4:12 pm

Been back at school for a week; so far so good. No phone calls about missing uniform pieces (though the boy already managed to lose his belt in the locker room last week) and so far only 100s for grades (it’s hard to screw up a signature on a syllabus).

Football mom

August 8th, 2011
4:25 pm

We do not start till the 19th up here in Habersham! Still a little summer left!

catlady

August 8th, 2011
4:35 pm

OMG, Theresa, don’t fire up the TV before they go to school!

Lori

August 8th, 2011
4:53 pm

So far so good for me in the morning. My son never has TV time. It takes him way to long to eat his breakfast (always been a slow eater) to have the tv as a distraction. My boy is just not a morning person!! As for school, we’ve got a kid who picked on him last year that has already started in again this year, but at least they aren’t in the same class. But I think I’m eventually going to end up in the principals office, because it just isn’t stopping, so clearly they aren’t doing enough. Last year it was mostly name calling, although he did steal some items from my son (which he eventually was busted for), but this year, he tried to slap the lunch tray out of my sons hand and tried to hit him in line. Any suggestions on dealing with bullies? Not sure the kid is doing it to be mean, but definitely he’s misguided. He wanted my son to be his friend last year, which he was, but then he got jealous and didn’t want my son to be friends with anyone else, only him. So that’s when my son said goodbye to their friendship and that’s when the aggravation began. Only it’s private school, so they don’t want to lose out on their tuition money, so I’m not sure how to deal with the administration not putting a stop to this. Anyone ever dealt with this before?

justmy2cents

August 8th, 2011
5:05 pm

Mine don’t start again til Monday. They’ve been getting up early the last two weeks to get their schedule adjusted. The youngest has to get up at 5:45. Yuck!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 8th, 2011
5:12 pm

How do they make up the time from this week — did you go longer into May or June??

Lori– that is shocking to me. i can’t believe the school isn’t slamming down on that one. our school definitely would . You need to be vocal and say it can’t go on.

5:45 is a terrible time — why so early???

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 8th, 2011
5:14 pm

Catlady – Mg turned on after he made them breakfast. we tag teamed this morning. he was vegging out with Lilina cause she had another 1.5 hour before her school started and the others just sat for a few mins before we headed out the door.

justmy2cents

August 8th, 2011
5:19 pm

Because her bus comes at 6:50 and she is a slowpoke in the morning.

mom2alex&max

August 8th, 2011
5:51 pm

I don’t start till next week. I’m SOOOO happy about that!!!!!

catlady

August 8th, 2011
6:00 pm

Theresa, just my opinion, but TV should not be on before school–sets the brain waves in the wrong frequency for the day. Maybe other teachers have opinions?

catlady

August 8th, 2011
6:27 pm

BTW, what does ROSE have in her backpack before going to school!? Surely that isn’t all the pre-enrollment papers and tissue?

MomsRule

August 8th, 2011
6:37 pm

We started a week ago Monday. No issues. The week before school started the boys had to get up to their alarms at 7 in preparation for school starting.

We are in full on homework mode now.

Re TV in the mornings, I have one that watches a little and one that doesn’t. I don’t have an issue with it as long as everyone is doing what they need to be doing without Mom nagging and they make it out the door on time. I have a very strict morning routine and we’ve never had any issues.

Meme

August 8th, 2011
7:09 pm

The grandson started second grade this morning. I was concerned because last year started off with some bullying. Our little guy is small for his age and that was probably the reason. We scheduled a meeting with the teacher and things got better. She even made sure that the two were not in the same class this year and he said that today went great. As a retired teacher, it really saddened me to see that he was fighting going to school. He was so happy when he came home today.

Alto2

August 8th, 2011
7:49 pm

I don’t care what anyone says, school should not start before September. After 35 years in Atlanta, I still haven’t changed my opinion on this one. Why don’t we hear about the air conditioning extravagance in the dog days???? Ridiculous.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 8th, 2011
9:07 pm

they are all soo tired. Walsh is giving me a hard time about doing homework but it’s due Wednesday so we’ll cut him some slack. Rose did her’s fast. Lilina napped in the car picking up the kids so she’s feeling good.

Rose had all her school supplies in the that backpack. Actually not all just for the one teacher — not for the gifted one. lots of stuff!!

JJ

August 9th, 2011
9:56 am

I like dropping the kids off on the playground first. They can see their friends, and let loose with a little energy before having to sit still for 6 hours…..I think that’s a great idea.

And Theresa, how nice is it to go home to an empty house for a few hours? I loved it when my daughter went off to college and I had the whole place to myself!!!!!!

motherjanegoose

August 9th, 2011
10:11 am

@ JJ…one down and one to go, this weekend…..aaahhh quiet! I am kinda sad though because my daughter has a 12 month lease on her apt. and will most likely stay in Athens all year as she has her job there. I enjoy doing things with both of mine but the house is kinda small for 4 adults, on a long term basis.

a_mom

August 9th, 2011
11:37 am

I love the idea of the playground before school. When I was a kid, we could play outside until the bell rang to come in. It really helps to get that excess energy out & socialize before having to sit still for hours. Unfortunately, my children’s school in Cherokee never allows the kids outside except for about 20 minutes of recess, and even that gets cancelled when the weather is hot because of orange alerts. If they get to school early, they go to a room labeled as “bus duty” where they have to sit quietly (no talking allowed) and watch T.V. I think it’s pretty tough on the really young kids to never get their wiggles out during the school day!

joey

August 9th, 2011
7:53 pm

joey

August 9th, 2011
7:53 pm

Kat

August 10th, 2011
10:34 am

If everyone sends in a donation, can we get a new picture of the “kids?” Perhaps we can PhotoShop them into a picture with you by cropping out everything behind these pictures? Of course, we’d get the back of the head of Rose, but this is war and there are casualties.