Tuesday, September 1, 2009

B2S '09

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.

Photos by Christie the Talented! Book her for your back-to-school shots, soon!

16 comments:

♥Shally said...

Oh! If only I could find a kindergarten teacher that is the mother of twins for my girls!!

It's 2 years away, but still...

I will start praying NOW. :)

marta said...

they are growing up so cute and so fast. loved these sweet bio's. you must keep this as a scrapbook.

p.s.i really love the look of your blog; like a clean slate!

Heather said...

Same class definitely! I've tried separate classes and it's so hard! I'm sure it's easier on teachers but I just couldn't keep up.

Marci said...

Your kids are so dang adorable. I love the photos and the interesting little tidbits about them at this stage. They are so lucky to have a mom that is recording all the precious moments of their childhood.

Travelin'Oma said...

Perfect 1st page for the yearbook. You are voted their most valuable teacher.

Ilene said...

I am liking this B2S preview.

Nothing like a few brothers to keep a girl grounded.

I'm so glad Laura has two. Both to gross her out and to chase any boys away.

Amanda D said...

I was starting to think that my kids were the last school in the world to start.

Your kids are beautiful. Good luck to them for a great school year!

diane said...

Don't you love watching your kids personalities emerge. It gives a glimpse into the people they will become.

Now, what will you do with yourself? Nap and lunch I hope.

Jessica said...

LOVE those pictures. Christie does such a great job.

So looking forward to seeing you in October...I always have so many follow up questions to ask. Like: what happened in kindergarten??

calibosmom said...

SUPER CUTE!!! Think of all the blogging you can do while they are ALL in school. YEAH!!! Live it up!

Cathy said...

So sweet, I always love your comments especially about your kids!

Christie said...

I, for one, CANNOT believe those twinks are starting kindergarten! It seems like just yesterday we were visiting and they were a few months old. Makes me super excited for Thanksgiving when we get to see you guys again!

Karen & Joe said...

I don't know what I loved more - your comments or the photos! Both were just awesome. Keep up the blogging - we're all glad you're back :)

the wrath of khandrea said...

good stuff, good stuff. this is a happy post.

Lauren in GA said...

I teared up when I read, "I always knew greatness was inside him." You are such a great Mom, Gabi.

That is so wonderful that the boys' teacher is a mom of twin boys, herself. So perfect.

This was such a lovely post, Gabi. It is going to be a great year.

Jenibelle said...

Those kids are just adorable!! Very sweet and real post.

(and I agree, Sam would be President of the school, the city, the world!!)

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