Jax First Day of “School”

  
Here I am. Here we are. Your first day of school (daycare) is today. I’ve spent the past 20 months doing everything, but thinking about not having you in the care of your mom, myself or gram during the day. I took for granted the fact that you never had to leave our family ever. Until today…  

I spent forever worrying about you going to school and how to keep you safe when you weren’t with me and writing about that, that I didn’t see how fast the time was actually going!

When we started looking for daycare sites over the summer, I was a little nervous, but thought it would be good for both you, mom and I because, I figured it would make our hectic schedules a bit easier to navigate… you know get some errands done and even be able to stay a bit later at work some nights to get things finished up. As much as I’d like to relish in the free time I’ll now have since my little guy, wait, I mean, I guess I have to say my big boy, is headed to school– Its more so of feeling empty inside with a tinge of guilt.

Did I spend as much time as I wanted to with you?

Did I savor all the precious moments?

Will I regret wishing some of the days away?

Where did the time go?

Maybe I’m not ready to send you off into the world — just yet.

Wasn’t it just yesterday that I woke up on the most uncomfortable faux leather recliner ever constructed when I realized that my life would never be the same… in a good way? I sat, slightly scared, but mostly in awe of the most beautiful little boy I’d ever seen. I was looking into your eyes for the first time and making a promise that I’d always take care of you, and love you unconditionally. You squeezed my finger, just my pointer, with your entire tiny hand. You held it like it was the only thing holding you from floating away. I laughed like crazy when you would laugh, and helped you up each time you fell when learning to walk.

Now, here I am walking you into your first classroom. Saying hello to your first teacher, telling you I love you and That I would miss you all day. Has it really been almost two years since I told Uncle Dupree that Steph had a stomach ache and we were going to the walk-in clinic down the road (meaning you were about to be born)? How did this happen, already?

I tiptoed into your room early this morning and there were so many things I wanted to say to you. Things I know I’ve probably whispered to you a million times while I rocked you to sleep and  already covered in the many blogs I’ve written leading up to this day, but by this point you know me and you know there isn’t a chance I would let this moment go by with out telling you again.  Just incase you’re anything like me and need things repeated 15 times before you “really” hear them. 

1. It sucks being the new kid (even if you’re to young to care).  I know what it’s like trying to fit in… So don’t try to fit in.  Be you.  Be a leader NOT a follower. 

2.  You are going to struggle… A LOT! We’ve done everything for you. Sometimes to a fault. You are going to have to try to do things for yourself and it’s going to be hard.  You ARE going to fail. But when you do, pick yourself back up and try again. Don’t ever give up on yourself.  

3. This is all going to be new, and scary and unfamiliar. That’s normal. That’s the circle of life.  But each day you will become more comfortable in your surroundings. And when you are finally comfortable… look to help the next new person.  You have no idea how much a smile and helping hand means to someone.  

4. I want to tell you how torn I am between wanting to keep you close to me ⭐️⭐️⭐️ALWAYS⭐️⭐️⭐️. Torn between keeping you so close that I know you can never be hurt… and wanting you to have new experiences and see the diversity the world has to offer, because I can’t provide you with that by myself.

5. I want to tell you how I prayed last night that everyone who meets you, teachers, parents and peers will see you as your mother and I see you… Intelligent, caring, inquisitive, funny and creative.  I hope you always see yourself as I do too.  
Most importantly… I wanted to say: I love you… And… Please stop growing up so fast. 

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1st Day was a success!   
    
    

 
    

Daycare Don’t Care

  

Little man at his day care intake. (Anyone else get the feeling that this picture is previewing some Godfather type stuff!?!!  He looks like he’s checking in with his cappos.). #GrahamCrackersForDays #SnackTime #SnackTimeAllTheTime #DayCare​ #DaycareGodfather #JacksonSoprano

I guess it was inevitable… Day care starts in a few weeks.  Today was his “entrance interview.”  He had fun… The teachers were nice, and the graham crackers were tasty. Guess my little guy isn’t so little anymore.  

   
 

Home Bio-Contamination Unit 

Steph and I getting ready to enter Jax bedroom

 
So it’s that time of year again… That time that makes teachers and parents cringe… We’ve got lice going around lately at my school and It makes me want to barf.  

As a teacher I never really was worried about myself, but now as a parent it’s different.  Anytime I see my kid go near his head… It doesn’t even have to be to scratch it, even if he just touches his head I want to take him out in the front yard and shave his head. Just buzz it all off.

I feel like I need to be medically hosed off before I enter my own house these days like in ET. Maybe I can convince Steph to put a hold on the bathroom remodeling project and instal a bio-contamination unit in our garage… I think we’re going to need it.  

The ABCs of Kindergarten

As an elementary school administrator a lot of people ask for advice related to school, especially on how to approach the first few years… I thought it would be helpful to put together a comprehensive list of what to expect/look for…

The’s  ABCs of Kindergarten

A

Allergies:  Always let your child’s teacher know about any allergies that your child may have and if he/she takes medication to treat those allergies.

Arrival:  The beginning of the day is so important, morning meetings and greetings take place and expectations are set make sure your child arrives on time each day.

Attendance:  Attendance is very important in Kindergarten.  Each day is essential to your child’s overall academic success and social development.  Please make every effort to have your child at school each day.

B

Birthdays:  Your child may celebrate his/her birthday with the class by having a “special snack”.  For health and safety reasons schools ask that anything shared at school be store-bought with the ingredients label still attached.

Book bags:  Your child will need to bring his/her book bag to school EVERYDAY.  Book bags help children stay organized.  Please check your child’s book bag nightly for important information and completed projects.

C

Change of Clothes: Please send a complete change of seasonal clothing for your child to leave at school should your child have a spill or an accident.

Cooking:  Occasionally we may complete a recipe as a class.  Donations of cooking items are always appreciated.

Conferences: Parent teacher conferences are vital to communicating about your child’s academic, social and behavioral progress.  Make every attempt to attend the conferences in person.

Contact Information: Always update all contact information for your child.  Please make us aware of any changes as soon as possible, including phone numbers, addresses or pick up and/or emergency pick ups.

D

Dismissal:  Dismissal for students can be hectic.  Make sure to let your child’s teacher know if you are picking up early.

E-F

Field Trips:  Let your child’s teacher know if you can chaperone field trips.

Folder:  Identify a folder for home school communication.  This is a folder that should be checked every day and will help you and your child stay organized.

G-H

Hand washing:   Please remind your child to wash his/her hand upon entering the classroom each day.

I-L

Independence: Independence is an important concept in K.  Help your child build his/her independence by having them practice the following skills:  buttoning and zipping clothing and outerwear; tying shoes; writing his/her name; blowing/wiping his/her nose; sneezing and coughing into their elbows.

Labels: Please label EVERYTHING your child wears to school. Many children have the same lunch bags, backpacks and sweaters. It is easier to identify your child’s belongings if they are labeled.

Lunch:  Your child may bring a lunchbox to school or sign up for a school lunch. All schools have a lunch program which also includes free and reduces lunch.  Check in with your child’s school to see if you qualify for any of these programs.  Please send in any lunch money in a sealed envelope labeled with your child’s name and how many lunches you will purchase.

M

Medication: The school nurse or designee will administer all medications. Please see the nurse if you have any questions.  DO NOT EVER send medication in with you child.

 

N-P

Newsletters:  Many teachers will send home a Class Newsletter; if they do not, check to see if the school sends out a Whole School Newsletter.  The newsletter informs you of what we are learning in our classroom, special events, volunteer opportunities and school news.

Parent Teacher Communication Log:  This is helpful to send in with your child, usually putting in the home school folder is a good idea.  The Communication Log will be used to send small notes to and from school.

Q-R

Rules:  Classroom rules are put in place to keep everyone safe. Please help your child understand these common kindergarten rules by reviewing them at home.

  • Raise your hand and wait for a teacher to call on you. This prevents everybody from talking at once and allows you to be heard.
  • Stay in your seat unless you have permission from a teacher. This keeps you safe and organized.
  • Keep your body parts to yourself. Even “play” touching can bother somebody.
  • You are in charge of your things! This will help you develop organizational skills and personal responsibility.

S-T

Snack:  Many schools are doing away with “unhealthy” snacks.  Healthy snacks include fruit, fruit snacks, graham crackers and animal crackers.  Please make sure the fruit is pre-peeled or sliced.  Allergies are much more common now than ever.  Please do not send in food with nuts of any kind or chocolate as some students may be allergic to them.

U-V

Volunteers: Classroom volunteers are always welcome in schools; however with schools focusing on safety more than ever, it is always necessary to contact the teacher and/or main office to arrange your visit.

W-Z

Website:  All schools will have some sort of website, whether it’s school or district based.  Use these sites to help familiarize yourself with the basics of the school.

Winter Gear:  Make sure your child to school with appropriate winter gear (hats, gloves, snow pants and boots). We will go outdoors daily – even in cold weather!

 

All schools and classrooms will differ, but this A-Z list of basics should help guide you and your child as you ready for the amazing adventure in front of you… Kindergarten!