Thursday, August 21, 2008

Let the 1st grade adventures begin!

So I spent all last year with the impression that it was the teacher. Now I'm beginning to think it's the whole school.

School starts Tuesday. As of today there are no teacher assignments mailed out...and no bus schedules posted or printed anywhere. It appears that communication is not this school's strong suit. We would most definitely change schools if this one weren't academically the best in our district (we can't afford private school).

So Steve called today and was informed that the teacher assignments "had just been made" and the bussing staff are having a meeting tomorrow (at which they will presumably finalize a schedule that will be posted online and printed in the paper). The school secretary very kindly looked up Sam's teacher assignment and told us that we could visit anytime with him in order to find his classroom, etc. She also "guessed" Sam's bus schedule "based on last year's bus schedule." Her "guess" leads us to believe he would be the first child picked up in the morning and would ride the school bus for almost an hour (to a school that is ten minutes away). A six-year-old on a bus for almost an hour sounds like a recipe for trouble to Steve and I. Looks like he's not riding the bus again this year.

Nice to know this stuff ahead of time. Did I mention that school starts Tuesday?


MB said...

Must be a school thing. G's new school has had similar weird issues. Good luck to ya.

Penultimatina said...

Kate, our school is private and it posts classroom assignments and bus routes tomorrow. School starts Tuesday for us, too.

I know what you mean, though. Communication isn't exactly what it should be...

Jelly-Filled said...

Yeah, I'm with you. I got a letter in the mail today telling me I am "required" to attend a kindergarten orientation with my child Tuesday morning. Nice notice.

Lori said...

Something in common -- my kid started 1st grade, too. But we started last week, and I've been getting notices all summer about it. Feast or famine, right?

I hope the transition goes more smoothly from her on out.

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