We survived! Well, we survived our first “first day of school.” Jacob’s first day of school is today, but he has Caden’s preschool teacher from last year (who I love) so I feel like I’m leaving him with a friend. (Not that there won’t be pictures because there will, but I’m just less emotional about it. Middle child.)
Caden’s day went really well. He wasn’t nervous at all. He just kept saying that he was really excited. I got a little teary when his teacher took his line into his class, but I quickly recovered. Here’s some pictures from his first day.
Big Man with a backpack on and lunch inside. He said lunch was his favorite part of the day. Such a scholarly boy I have!
Brothers join him on the porch… I swear, someday Jacob will remember how to smile.
Walking up to school with Daddy.
Waiting on the playground with Mommy.
Time to line up! I’m nervous!!! He’s not.
I am having some small issues with his school though, and I need some outside perspective from people that are not related to Caden or I.
When we went to Jacob’s preschool orientation afterwards, Jacob’s preschool teacher was asking where Caden was going to school and when I told her, she said the ESL population there is one of the highest in the district. I immediately thought of the school that I used to teach at, that also had a high ESL population. The kids were great, but it felt like I spent a lot of time teaching English and giving kids that already knew how to speak English independent work. My thoughts were confirmed when Caden came home with a daily schedule of what would be taught in class and there was a half an hour of ELD instruction and next it it it said, “EO’s (which is English Only’s) Independent Work.” Imagining Caden doing a half an hour of independent classwork was kind of an impossibility in my mind.
So, I thought, “No biggie. Riverside is an open district. As long as there is a spot, I can transfer him to another school.” Wrong-o. Transfers are closed… unless you get the principal to pull for you.
So I called the principal (yes, I’m that parent) and she said the chances of a transfer and very, very slim. She understood my concern but said that Caden would grouped with other kids who speak English and those at the higher end of the spectrum during English Language Development time. She also said that towards the end of the week she would know the numbers in the classrooms better and may be able to move him to a teacher that has been teaching kinder for 20-something years and “tends to bring children up to a higher standard.” That sounded nice.
So, what do I do? I know, it’s just kindergarten. It’s not life or death. But kindergarten is a very formative year. Not only are they building a foundation for the rest of their school years, but as I was told when I first started teaching, kindergarten teachers shape children’s spirits for the rest of their school career.
I just want this to be a great year for Caden. Should I push for the transfer? Should I keep him where he is and push to move to the other teacher? Should I just leave it all alone?
Being a parent is full of too many tough decisions.
I tap out. Tap in, would ya?