This is Leanna ready to go to orientation. I thought she should dress up for the first time meeting her teacher. Can't hurt right? Tom made fun of the dress, but it's one I wore as a girl myself.
She was the only one dressed nice, lol. I don't care, she looked adorable. It turns out that her teacher is sick, and may not even be there for the first day, so we met the substitute. She gave a very short speach. Man, welcome to 2006-a new district policy prevents schools from giving the kids snacks. No bringing in birthday food either. I immediately thought of Jaime and that maybe it had to do with allergies. But no, because of district test scores not being high enough, they decided that things like snacks are taking time away from education. So the kindergartners have to go from say10:30-11 am, whenever they leave their house, about 5 hours or more to 3:00 without a snack. That's a long time for a kid that age. The teacher said, give them a really big lunch! She also suggested we complain to the school board.
We were also warned to be on time with picking up the children-or they will call children & youth services! As the teacher said, you don't want that! There are 28 kids in EACH morning and afternoon kindergarten! Wow! Less than half showed up for our orientation. Other than that it was boring stuff, they'll teach them letters and numbers and how to write their names. They need a bookbag big enough to hold a folder but not the kind with wheels because space is limmited for hanging them. (Which is ok Nanny Sue because I had bought another smaller bookbag-Princess!-because the one with wheels seemed too akward and heavy for her little body. We can save the bigger one for another year.)
All the other kids were quiet and almost invisible. Leanna was her usual self-little miss curiosity. She kept whispering questions to me. We did a full circle around the classroom twice afterwards so she could look at everything. I'm not sure if that's good-she's curious and eager to learn and observe her surroundings-or bad-she was the only one not just sitting there listening to the teacher! I choose to remain guardly optimistic!