Friday, August 29, 2008

School starting

Marci and I went to Haley's new school orientation thing last night. It was important because the school is brand spankin' new from the ground up. They tore down the old school that was on the site (where Marci and I used to work about 100 years ago) and built a new one on top of it.

It was kind of cool to see this place, even though they aren't done with it yet. They're putting on finishing touches and, with any luck, school will start on 9/2 (and that's provided that the teachers don't go on strike).

As we're sitting there last night, the 1st grade and kindergarten teachers all introduced themselves. One of them was assigned to talk about how the parents should leave their kids at the classrooms. That was all well and good, since it's new to all of us.

She then went on about how she's going to leave her kindergartener and, evidently, has a script all set to go. I couldn't believe how contrived and silly it sounded.
"OK, [insert name here], Mommy's staying for 6 minutes. Now, I know you're going to have a great day and I can't wait to hear about it. Here's your desk and where you'll be sitting."

"Mommy has 1 minute left, then she's going to have to go, but you are going to do so well today and it's going to be fun!"
I paraphrased, but you get the picture. It was really lame. And this is her second child! I'd think that after sending one to K, that sending the second one wouldn't be so tricky.

Anyway, we'll see how the transitions go next week. If they're anything like they've been this week (Marci's been getting Haley up early to get ready), well, we're in for a long year.