Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Back to school?


This is really weird, but it's the first year since our son entered early kindergarten that I've had to think about an actual "back to school" moment. The kids go back to public school on September 7th this year. Today our daughter got a tour of her new school, and she's both excited and nervous at the same time. The kids both received their teacher assignments this week, and are starting to hear from their friends about their teachers too. Tomorrow is our son's CSE meeting. And I've got a pair of school supplies lists - our daughter's is fairly modest, but our son will have a very heavy backpack on the first day of school.

So, am I looking forward to September 7th? Yes, mostly. The kids are as ready as they'll ever be for this (although our son has confessed to some nervousness, and he's likely to act out more over it as "the day" gets closer - I think I'm in his boat too). Their teachers both have good reputations, from what we've heard so far from other parents, which is good. (No one wants to tell someone their child's new teacher and hear, "Oh. I'm sorry.") Both kids have had tours of their new schools now, and will go to whatever open house they have before school starts. They've both got some new clothes, but they still need new sneakers, which is easy to deal with. Oddly enough, our son is more concerned with what he'll wear than our daughter is.

I need to sit down and make a list of questions to ask the CSE. I also want to make a "helpful hints for dealing with our son" list, of things that help him or things they might find useful to know. Heaven knows I could have used that with some of my students when I worked at BOCES. Hopefully the meeting will go smoothly, and we'll all agree on a plan of action for him. There are going to be issues along the way, I'm sure, but I'm hoping we all get off to a good start, for his sake.