Monday, 08 November 2010
Well... me, being me... in typical me fashion... failed to note the day and time of the "Meet the Teacher" day for my kids' school.
This led to a very interesting first day of school.
First off, we got up early so we could get there early... because none of us had a clue. None of the kids knew who their teachers would be.
We got to the school about half an hour early and walked up to the aide outside who was helping with class assignments. All three of my kids stopped and just stared at her. Finally, she said, "Ok, we'll start with you," and looked at my youngest, "What grade are you in and what is your name?" "Second." (pause) "Ok, and your name?" "Julie." (longer pause) "I need your last name, Julie." Again, a one word answer. "Ok Julie, you're in Mrs. D's class, you're going to be in the yellow hallway. Next, " she said, looking at Kailey. "My name is Kailey and I'm in fourth grade." "Ok, Kailey, you'll be in Ms. Brown's class." ALL four of us stood there with our mouths open in utter shock and horror as we asked in unison, "WHICH ONE?"
Last year, Joshua was in Ms. Brown's class. Ms. Brown was a real piece of work and I specifically had requested that Kailey NOT be in her class this year. I personally could not fathom another year of dealing with this woman. All of us breathed a sigh of relief as the aide said, "Ms. B. Brown." (who is the OTHER Ms. Brown) and once again got looks of sheer horror as she said, "Ms. D. Brown has been moved to fifth grade this year." Josh was afraid to tell the aide what grade he was in... (he's in fifth) but was happy to find out that he's in another class. His best friend Michael got stuck with Ms. D. Brown again though. Josh is very sad that Michael is not in his class.
So, off the kids go to get breakfast as I go off to attempt to remember which teacher goes to which kid so that I could meet them and introduce myself. I went to Julie's class first... (thinking for some reason it was in the green hallway and having to ask directions twice.) I found it. I also found Julie, who had decided that she didn't want the school breakfast since she'd eaten at home. We walked into the classroom and I made a grand attempt to introduce myself and appologize for having missed the meet the teacher day... it came out something like this,
"I'm Carrie. Julie's mom. I'm sorry I missed the meep a peetcher... tme the meet... the thing the other day where I was supposed to come in." I did this at ALL THREE class rooms. I could not say, "Meet the Teacher" to save my life.... this is a great start... right...
So, I got to Joshua's class last. They were announcing that all the kids should now be in their classrooms. I was a little concerned because Josh was not in his... but not too concerned because half the class was actually missing. I took the opportunity to introduce myself... tripping over my introduction yet again. Asked if it was alright to stick around to take Josh's picture, since I'd already gotten the girls. She said it was fine and the other kids in the class were all like, "Yeah, my mom did that too." So, a little while goes by and still no Josh... no other class mates either, so I'm not yet concerned, but I must have looked a bit concerned because his teacher asked me, "Is there any reason that Josh wouldn't make it to class?" I kinda smiled and said, "Yeah... Josh is an interesting kid... you'll see. He's not very good with directions... neither am I. I can get lost on a one way street."
Josh did make it to class. He was lined up with the rest of the class in a different hallway. (The fifth graders have their own wing of the school where they kinda practice moving from class to class like in middle school.) It's going to be a fun year...