Ahh, the first day of school has arrived and gone. I have a first grader in my hands now. New building, new room, new teacher, new and old friends. He has been signed up for the after school program, chess and hip hop.
We also had a sad little girl who wishes she was going to school as well. We thought she was going to have a hard time letting him go, but she was a trooper. No tears. One more year and she will be off to pre-school. I’m excited for her.
I’m hoping a smooth year. Only 169 days left. 😛
Diego drew this wonderful picture at school today:
By far my favorite one yet. I love the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and the Bean. The Statue has boobs (I think) and the Bean has the city’s reflection with people under and around it. Someone suggested to frame it. I think I will.
Diego sent his first email to his teacher today. He had to type his four spelling words three times each and email it to his teacher.
And he got his first email back to him. His teacher reply what a good job he did. He was very proud of himself.
My favorite month of the year is here!!! Why do I love thee, let me count the ways: fall is here, Halloween, my birthday, weather is so nice and crisp, did I mention my birthday, the leaves are turning colors, etc.
Not much happened in September. Diego started school and I think there are a lot of learning pains for him. And for us as well because new experiences for him mean new parental learning for us. The hard part is knowing that there is a school Diego and a home Diego. And we are trying to get both Diegos to be the one and the same. We are working on it.
Anyhoo, enjoy October. Laters!
We how have a brand spankin’ new kindergardener!!!
We walked him to his school this morning. The playground was packed with kids and parents. It was so packed that the kids couldn’t even really play and meet up with their friends. We got there at 8:45 so the teachers were already out there looking for their kids. Our class finally got together and we all marched to the building and into the classroom.
The first thing in order was finding their name in their cubbies. Then they had to go find their name on the table where they will be sitting.
Not a problem for Diego. He knew one kid from his table since he was in the other pre-k class from last year. Otherwise, the other four kids were new to him.
I have to confess: I did cry. The funny thing is that I didn’t even feel like crying at all. It happened when his teacher said it was time for the parents to go home. Diego got up from his chair and gave us a big hug. That is when I lost it. I am such a sap. 😛
When I picked him up from afterschool care, he was very happy. He seemed to have had a great day. He was full of information and easily shared. Unlike last year which it felt like pulling teeth for him to tell us. I hope that continues for the rest of the year.
And as for Mia, she started crying when we all left. I felt so bad for her. She is going to miss her big brother for sure.
To see more of his morning, click on the bulletin board:
Until the first day of school! I still can’t believe Diego is going to kindergarden. It is what it is. *sigh*
We have pretty much bought all the school supplies from the list (just missing a pack of dry erase markers). We just need Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, tissues and paper towels.
I have ordered his uniforms and just waiting for them do be delivered. Not a big fan of him wearing a uniform to school but it does same me time and money on buying any other types of clothes. He has to mostly wear a white shirt and navy blue pants/shorts. What bums me out is that I can’t really buy him too much regular clothes. Oh well!
I think we are ready for kindergarden and I think Diego is too. Bring it!
Well it turns out that they take spring school pictures in the spring. Heh, go figure? 🙂 They don’t use these one in the yearbook or class picture so they are more for fun. He looks so cute. He even kept his glasses on. (I did tell him he can take them off if he wanted to but he didn’t.)
So I will probably order wallets or something. The pictures are too cute to pass. They sure know how to sucker parents. 😛
I know I hardly ever write about Diego and his school. Diego is progressing very nicely. He knows most of his site words (I, said, when, he, she, etc) and his writing is getting better every day. I just have to thank his teacher and her assistants. They are wonderful.
Any who, back to the title of this post. Eric received the following from Diego’s teacher who he was nice to forward to me:
Everything is really great in Room 105. I hear that you are going on the field trip with us. Diego is very excited. Today, L…, J…, and Diego built this wonderful space ship and spent most of the morning on Moon. So, he might be a bit tired this evening. (Smile) They were so detailed about this project in the block center. I took pictures, so I will share.
It just made me go awwwww. I can’t wait for his teacher to share pictures. 🙂
We got THE letter today. And Diego got accepted to the gifted program at his school. We are so flipping excited!!! We weren’t sure how well he did on his exam back in November but he did well enough that he got in. What a happy day!!!
I feel like I need to go out and buy him something to celebrate. 😛
Okay, I haven’t really been stressing about kindergarden but now I am. Diego was tested for the gifted/classical program back in November. Eric applied to 20 different schools back in October. Just this week the letters were sent out to see if Diego has been accepted in any of those schools. We have only gotten two letters as of yesterday and they were both telling us that Diego was waitlisted.
Now, we found out that the rest of the letters were mailed out yesterday. I need to go home and check the mail. I don’t know if I can wait until after work. 😯 Doesn’t he know that the weight of his sister’s education is on his shoulders??? Poor kid.