Tag Archives: back to school

If I Could Hold Back Time

As the hours between three and six this afternoon ticked by, I felt more than a little empty.  For the first time since 1998, I did not attend an elementary school “Meet the Teacher” event on this Tuesday before the start of school.  With Soccer Boy’s official start of 7th-grade on Thursday, I will be the mother of three secondary school students!

Years ago, my mother made an annual pilgrimage to Suburbia just to help me with the start-of-school chaos.  The day camp program my kids attended took off the week before school started to do the changeover between summer programs and before/after school programs.  Add in the need to complete the registration process and haul school supplies to classrooms across multiple campuses while towing three children along, and I wasn’t too proud to call in reinforcements.  My mom, a former elementary school teacher, thought catching a glimpse of her precious grandchildren’s classrooms provided plenty of incentive for braving the August heat each year. 

If I could tell 2003 LSM–the one standing in line sweating through a perfectly good outfit–that she’d eventually find herself nostalgic about these events, I’m pretty sure she’d laugh out loud, likely with at least a little tinge of hysteria.

Fortunately, All-American Public Schools spreads the registration/back-to-school events for middle school and high school across a number of days.  DD1 took herself and a pile of signed documents (along, unfortunately, with an equal number of signed checks for various and sundry purchases and fees) to pick up her SENIOR year schedule last Wednesday.  Adventure Guy took Soccer Boy to the middle school that afternoon, where they arranged for his first school ID and delivered his supplies to his locker.  I checked in for duty on Friday since DD2 appeared less than thrilled about my suggestion that she take care of her registration without me.

DD2 likes to remind me that 9th-grade counts as high school.  However, I spent last year in full denial of this detail, since freshmen in our district attend a separate “freshman academy.” This year, there’s no way around the fact that I have two children in high school.  Two in high school, and one in middle school.  Where did the time go?  I think I’d be willing to sweat through a few more Meet The Teacher Days if doing so meant slowing things down just a little. 

Every year as my siblings and I started school, my mother told us she didn’t plan to let us move on to the new grade.  I wonder if I can make that technique  work any better for me than it did for her?



Filed under Kids

And We’re Off!

Though it seems impossible, today dawned bright and way, way, early for a certain group of children who’ve been staying up far too late all summer.  Yes, it’s the first day of school! 

DD1 started her sophomore year.  I can no longer live in denial regarding the fact that I am the parent of a high school student.  Last year’s stay at the freshman campus put off that inevitability for a bit, but that’s all over now.  Fortunately, she had several classes at the high school last year, so it wasn’t a completely new experience for her.  She reported no challenges in finding her classes.

DD2 returns to her middle school campus as one of the big kids.  Yes, 8th grade is upon us.  I am very fortunate to report that there has been only one year in my children’s school experiences that has been completely disappointing to me.  That year was DD1’s 8th grade year.  DD2 has a different set of teachers, and I am quite hopeful that history will not repeat itself.  However, though I can change teachers, I’m not sure I can change the hormonal mood swings that seem to come with the territory of 13-year-old girls.  Time will tell.

Soccer Boy also starts a new school this year.  Our district has intermediate schools for 5th and 6th graders, complete with a few more perks than he was used to at elementary school.  He gleefully reported that the school cafeteria now offers slushees and that they get to pick a la carte items as well as the school lunch.  I think I’ll hold off on cluing him in to the fact that those slushes are actually fruit juice and relatively good for him!  In addition to wider range in the cafeteria, 5th grade brings changing classes for the first time.  He’ll have two core teachers as well as the additional teachers for art, music, and P.E.

And I survived too.  The first day of any year always brings challenges along with the excitement.  Enrollment issues, transportation delays, increased parent drop-off and pick-up traffic are all a part of the first-day routine.  But in the midst of all that, I also made it to all five of the elementary schools I’m directly responsible for and a few of our secondary school sites as well. Seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces makes all the other things seem minor in comparison.

It’s going to be a good year.

1 Comment

Filed under Kids, Work