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Today was our first day for the 2008-2009 school year.  Last year we had a dozen or so cryers (some of them were parents).  This year our little Kindergarteners couldn't wait to get to their new classrooms.  We let the parents walk them down the first day. The end of the day was the usual first day insanity with getting 600 plus students on the correct buses.  All in all a very good start- no one left behind - only one kid on the wrong bus (Mom forgot to send in a note). 

I'm exhausted and looking forward to the week-end - hoping I won't have to pump out rain from Hanna.

Hope all in the path of Gustav are safe and those looking at Hanna stay safe.
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High school students on the first day are just as excited and scared.  They just try to hide it!  The freshmen are slightly out of breath from looking for rooms and the seniors have that great feeling like they own the world - it is their year. 

I always liked that Staples commercial with the father skipping down the aisles singing, "It's the most wonderful time of the year...."  I once saw a bumper sticker, "School's open; drive carefully.  Parents are dancing in the streets."
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Today was our first day for the 2008-2009 school year.  Last year we had a dozen or so cryers (some of them were parents). 

How many were grandparents? 


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High school students on the first day are just as excited and scared.  They just try to hide it!  The freshmen are slightly out of breath from looking for rooms and the seniors have that great feeling like they own the world - it is their year. 


And parents (and their parents) are reliving their youth.



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I'm not sure if the folks at St Francis are unique in this but ... The freshman class reported yesterday got their books , program cards and homeroom ( core) assignments. Then they have an abbreviated schedule day ( approx 15 minutes a period) and they walk through their schedule. This allows them to familiarize themselves with the layout of the building and how to get from class to class , side to side and floor to floor without the entire population clogging the halls. Today sophs , juniors , seniors for books and schedules and a similar walk through ... tomorrow throw them all in their and a full day of regular business. Of course football started on august 18th and we open up this Saturday.


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This week is orientation week at school.
Monday is the first full day of normal classes and hours.

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Dave Letterman talked last nite about his son's first day of school.... something like: "....it was sort of bittersweet... sending him off... watching him take off his tiny little sneakers... walking thru the metal detector...."!!!

Not how I remember any first day, at Our Lady of Grace, St. Catherine of Sienna, Mater Christi, or Fordham (Intown School of Business, @ 302 Broadway)!  Metal detectors!!

Like Kathy, I always get a good laugh out of that Staples commercial, tho my "baby boy" graduated from Fairfield all the way back in 1994, I do still remember all of his and his older sister's "first days".....





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Back about this time in 1989, my wife took off from work to bring our younger daughter to 1st Grade for the 1st time. I was working nights at the time and I was running late. At 2:30 PM after taking a nap,  I walked over to school to pick her up. Standing by the school gate I watched all the students coming out into the school yard wearing their new freshly pressed uniforms. I noticed they all looked alike. I was wondering if I'd be able to recognize her as she came out the school door.

I did. About 2 seconds before she kicked me in the shins.

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   Out here in Colorado we have been back almost three weeks. Kids were excited and we share the same experiences as you folks. Now comes the hard part, keeping them interested and motivated for the rest of the year. Best job in the world! 


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Back in 1996 my brother and I and our families went to Florida (a/k/a Disney) for a week. We went the week after the 4th of July.

BUSIEST TIME OF THE YEAR!!!!

While shopping at a local department store we couldn't help but notice

BACK TO SCHOOL SALES!!!!!

Needless to say we never asked when the school year starts down there.

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Now comes the hard part, keeping them interested and motivated for the rest of the year. Best job in the world! 
 

The rest of the year?
How about until they graduate from school?

Life time job with job security.

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hi, last year a few tampa area school districts went back to school on 31 july. the state pushed back the dates for mandatory statewide tests forcing the schools to start later. my school district started 18 aug this school year. two years ago school started on 7 august. 

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Russell - Very few grandparents for drop offs - most of them pick up the little ones at 3p.m.

Afternoon buses are a nightmare -this year I insisted that I sit with the bus company's manager and go over our kids one by one.  Admin was not happy - wasting time - we have a registrar who has a transportation program that puts kids on the right buses - well boo hiss to them.  She had 115 differences and I had every kid on the right bus and not one was brought back because no one was home.  It pays to be the anal retentive office manager.

Today I had 6 new students register - 2 of them for Kindergarten - and they live a 2 minute walk from school and got 3 letters about registering for kindergarten but decided that they'd come in today and expect their kids to start - and no shot records - oh preserve me .  I am sure the other ladies who work in the office know exactly how that is.

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Russell - Very few grandparents for drop offs - most of them pick up the little ones at 3p.m.

If I was still working, I'd be happy to dropoff my grandchildren at school.
I'd even work the night shift again to do so.
One of the advantages of living in a house a block away from school.

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