Luke starts kindergarten tomorrow. Well...sorta starts. I go with him for an hour to sign a bunch of papers and he will have a practice bus ride around the parking lot and then we will go home. The rest of the week, to ease the kids (and teacher) into the whole kindergarten scene, the class comes in 1/3 at a time. So he will go on Friday and then not go at all til next Wednesday. Then the Jewish holidays start and parent teacher conferences. All together there will be approximately nine days of kindergarten or something ridiculous this September.
But still, Luke is excited..sorta. He is my shy guy, but he DOES love to learn. Pencils, paint and big stacks of paper. These are a few of his favorite things.
Sam also starts kindergarten tomorrow. I requested the twins be in the same class this year. For my sanity and theirs, too. I wasn't sure if this was a nice thing to do to the teacher, but guess what?! We met her today and she is the mom of twin boys! This carries more weight than an Ivy League Master's Degree, in my humble opinion, and puts my mind happily at ease.
If kindergarten classes held student body elections, I am sure Sam would be voted President. He has politician written all over him. Charming, competitive, and loves to hear himself speak. Loudly. He is a winner.
Can she really be starting 3rd grade? I can't believe it. This girl owns the school and is delighted to show her two little bros the ropes. We met her teacher today and it was a perfect fit. Seriously. Mrs. S. has the same blonde hair, the same blue eyes and could probably share Emily's clothes. (Where ARE all the plus-sized, polyester-clad, moustache-growing lady teachers of my childhood? The teachers at our elementary school all look like contestants for Miss World.)
Emily's best friend is NOT in her class this year, but she has plenty other good buddies to choose from. I am happy that she is not interested in boys yet. Having three brothers, thankfully, takes the mystery and romance out of the male persuasion. I'm not worried at all about Miss Em this year. She is smart, helpful, athletic, motivated and super cute. Teacher's pet, for sure.
This year will be Jake's last in elementary school. That's right. Fifth graders are the big kids on campus. Jake will continue being bussed to a school at the opposite end of our district better suited to meet his needs. I hate having him so far away, but am happy with the programs there. This year, Jake will be in all-inclusion classes. This means he will be learning side-by-side with typical fifth-graders, but supervised by a Special Ed teacher. Jake does well academically, has beautiful penmanship and loves to read. His teachers continue to work with him on social skills and age-appropriate behavior.
Jake has come so far. I wish I could have looked into a crystal ball five years ago when kindergarten was such a nightmare. I always knew greatness was inside him, but I would have been greatly reassured to know just how quickly it would start to shine through.