In Which We Finally Go Back To School.

The strike has ended here in Kent and tomorrow my boys both start at new schools. Chester moved into the “highly capable” program last year, which meant he was moved to a different school along with a few kids from several other schools. However, due to technical blahbedy-blah the kids from his home school (Park Orchard) will be feeding to a different school this year. So tomorrow he starts at his third school in three years.

If he hadn’t gotten so much out of the program last year, we wouldn’t even bother with it this year — he’s doesn’t do terribly well with change. But the folks I talked to at the district office didn’t really seem to care that we had any concerns about that or have any openness to suggestions. Probably the same folks that were handling the bargaining this year. Ba-dum ting! Thank you, kids, I’ll be here all week.

Tonight we got the boys to bed, and after Chester laid in bed for an hour or two talking about how he couldn’t go to sleep and was too nervous about tomorrow, both are finally out. The Wise One and I spent the last half-hour or so re-packing all of their school supplies and hiding notes in their pencil boxes, binders, etc.

Tomorrow, our baby starts Kindergarten. It’s been a tough decision for us — do we try to get the boys at the same school together, or keep Peanut at our home school, where we’ve stayed involved even after Chester moved on? Do we put him in half-day Kindergarten at the new school, or the free full-day program at Park Orchard? Eventually, we decided on keeping him at our home school, primarily because we know the school, but more importantly they know him and have known him for several years. He’s a much more social kid than Chester, and the thought of sending him to a new building with not one person that he knows was finally enough to tip our decision to the Park Orchard side of the equation.

To celebrate the beginning of a new year, I wrote eight rules for Chester and put them on post-its on the eight dividers in his new binder. The rules are:

1. Be good.
2. Do your best.
3. Raise your hand.
4. Eat all your lunch.
5. Invite the shy kid to play with you at recess.
6. Learn the names of six people you don’t know.
7. Learn your new school colors.
8. Have a blast on your first day at your new school.

And I’ll also be reading to Peanut the list I wrote last year when my nephew was starting Kindergarten.

Rules for the First Day of Kindergarten

1. Do not eat the soap.

2. Don’t toot in class. It’s okay to toot at recess, though. And when you’re
doing sit-ups in P.E.

3. Jesus will be with you, but he doesn’t need his own chair.

4. Be nice to the funny-looking girl with the glasses, because someday she’s
going to be hot.

5. No matter what the big kids say, dirt bombs are not edible.

6. If you start dotting your i’s with circles, they’ll make you talk to a
specialist and you’ll have to do a self-esteem deal where they take out this
box and tell you there’s something very, very special inside of it and when
you open it there’s just a mirror inside. You’re the something special
inside the box. Specialists can be pretty lame sometimes.

7. Poopypants is not a very good comeback when the playground bully is
bothering you. Actually, poopypants is a pretty funny comeback. Use that
one.

8. Crayons are not edible. (They do make you poop fun colors, though.)

9. Your teacher knows everything.

10. Your family loves you and is very proud of you. Have a fantastic day!

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