Last week I attended my very first "parent of a kindergartener" meeting. It was the official orientation for us first timers and a sprinkling of well seasoned parents chiming in with their "been through this" knowledge!
Yes, I was completely dumbstruck by the fact that my first born is actually going to kindergarten. Wasn't it just yesterday she would cry for me when I dropped her off for her big-girl-45-minute-all-by-herself "twoodles" class? My mind continually raced to wrap itself around the notion that Sj is going to school. Not touchy feely sing and play pre-k.
Sj is seriously going to "10 page orientation hand out" school. Kindergarten. Like go school shopping school. Buy school supplies from a long laundry list of specifics school. That would also remind me "please learn to wipe your own bottom after pooping by the time you start" school. My summer may be more intensive than I envisioned.
About mid-meeting, a friend points out to me a large piece of paper that has a perfectly hand written colorful list on the white board. I start to read it, "no side conversations", "respect everyone's ideas", and "no busy work or grading papers", with a few others to fill the page. The list begins to ring all too familiar to me and my former life. Hands down, I would bet it was the staff meeting rules. I would also bet it was created by the entire staff at the very first meeting, so everyone would feel ownership for the rules. That's how they get you in education, they reel you in hook, line, and sinker.
My friend and I both chuckled as for not too long ago, we were both teachers. It was a few years ago we were accustomed to giving the presentations to a room full of parents, not being the parents. Total and complete role reversal. Wow!
Aah life, I have to admit, it just grabs you by the seat of your pants sometimes. What an adventure!
***btw, for those of you wondering, Sj is going to kindergarten 2.1 miles from our home, in our hometown, which oddly enough is a neighboring school district. It's a wonderful neighborhood school! I am thrilled and feel silly that I was wrapped up in the whole open enrollment showdown in my school district. I called them, they said stop by, I dropped off a piece of paper and was in like that. So easy, so refreshing. My mind, stomach, and heart are at ease!***