I am pleased to announce that both our private school and our local public school district (Broward – it has been in the news for this) are requiring masks for the start of this school year. So, other than a significantly higher community burden of COVID-19 (and Delta), this school year will look a lot like last year.
I expect quarantines. I expect that we all may get COVID-19 again. However, I feel these risks are worth the benefits for our family. So, as noted previously, I will try to focus on the positive.
I attended 2 Zoom orientations yesterday, and have 1 today. (Note: Zoom orientations are quite convenient and lend themselves to screen shots which is great for reference of schedules etc. HOWEVER, some people seem to have trouble following basic social cues on the format. What can I say . . . I tried to find it more amusing than annoying. Tried.)
AND, Annabel starts school today! They are all attending the same school but since she is both new to the school and to the grade level, she goes to an orientation this morning from 8:30 – 11:30. Aside from not knowing where her classroom actually is, I think it will go well. (The campus is not that big . . . I will figure it out!).
Genevieve will be going back to the same classroom she was in spring of last year with the same teachers, which is how the Montessori system works. In fact, she’ll likely be there for the next THREE years which is fairly mind-boggling — the Early Childhood group goes from ages 3 through K. Luckily we love her teachers and she is very comfortable there. My most important mission is to convince them that she belongs in the BIG KID NO NAP group. I have already sent in my request noting that she’ll be 4 in December . . .
Cameron will also be returning to his same teacher, but his class is merging with another one (so the class is larger and there are 2 teachers). He is in what is called Lower Elementary, which groups grades 1-3. It will be interesting to see how he handles not being the youngest group in the class. According to our orientation he will have ~20 min homework daily + reading. We will see how that goes . . .
Annabel as I mentioned is new to the school. Truthfully I mostly moved her for logistic purposes. The educational experience she was getting at the public school was excellent and worked very well for her. BUT, it didn’t for C, and I hated having 2 separate drop-offs, 2 calendars, 2 sets of notices, etc. The current school goes to 8th grade, so if it remains a good fit for us we could be there for the next 5 years with a very convenient routine of one dropoff and pickup.
Back tomorrow with a new planner layout I am playing with because BACK TO SCHOOL.
Brief BLP Note:
If anyone is looking to shop some of the lesser-known planner brands mentioned in yesterday’s BLP ep, I have now added some of Amanda’s links + coupon codes to the show notes. Happy shopping :)(