Thursday, September 08, 2011

First Day of Kindergarten- Jack

He did it!  Jack went to his first day of kindergarten today.  He did awesome!

He was so excited he just wanted to act a little silly getting his picture taken outside of our building

Jack's been counting down the days leading to today.  He woke up this morning got dressed, ate breakfast, and sat with his back pack on till 10:15 a.m. when we could finally leave to go to school. It's been raining here for two days straight and calling for it again today.  I prayed this morning before I got out of bed that the sun would at least shine around 10 a.m and 11 a.m.  Around 8 a.m. this morning the clouds started breaking and the sun came out.  I was so grateful!  I hated to think our first walk ever to school was going to be in the rain.  At Jack's school they gradually ease the kids into a full day of school.  I say gradually, it's really only 3 days, but still they aren't thrown in immediately.  He went today from 10:50 to 12:30 and tomorrow he'll go from 8:20 to 10:30.  Monday will be a half day with his whole class and then Tuesday is the first full day.  
Walking to school.
Waiting to go inside.

When we arrived at the school we went inside and waited in a little foyer until we were released to go to Jack's class.  This past weekend we met a family on the playground who has a little boy, Ryan, starting kindergarten at PS 40 and we quickly found out that they had the same teacher and were in the same rotation for today and Friday.  Jack and Ryan played together for about an hour.  I know Jack was excited to know someone in his class and it helped me out as well!  While we were waiting Ryan and his family came in, so the boys got to hang out and walk to their classroom together.  Nicole, Ryan's mom, told me that Ms. Morris had to ask several times which one was Jack and which one was Ryan.  I think it might be the beginning of a special friendship.  
Jack and his buddy Ryan
Welcome back to school note from the principal.
Heading up to the second floor to find his class.

We are excited about Jack's teacher.  Her name is Ms. Morris and she is a veteran!  I'm not totally sure of her age or her experience, but I think she's been teaching at least 30 years.  She comes with a reputation of being tough and strict, but gets her job done, and kids seem to love her.  It's been told that at one of the big school events all the teachers have a jar with their name on it and kids can put their raffle tickets in the different jars to try for a chance to spend the afternoon with that teacher and do a fun activity of some kind.  While most teachers have a hand full of tickets, Ms. Morris' jar is crammed full of tickets, kids past and present want to spend the afternoon with her.  That speaks volumes to me.
The kids had to line up before they entered the room.  They all went in then parents followed.

Jack's name on the door.
We all made our way to PS 40 this morning.  Each morning for the first semester parents are encouraged to sit with their child for the first 15 minutes of school and read together.  Jack wanted us all to come to his class, but choose his daddy to stay and read.  I have to admit that was tough.  I'm really glad for Freddy T. and Jack to have that first opportunity together, but it left my heart tender.  I did fine with my emotions while we were at school.  I got a little teary eyed on our way to school and again on our way to pick him up.  I might have a good cry before bed tonight, but hopefully that will do it.  Get it all out of my system!
Getting settled in to start reading with Daddy.

When we went to get Jack, Freddy T. stayed outside with Lillie and Elliott (Elliott asked for Jack 20 times today in the hour he was away.  Poor guy, he's got some adjusting to do with the rest of us) and I went inside to wait for Jack outside of his classroom.  While all the parents were waiting the assistant principal came by and said "Something you need to know about Ms. Morris is that she is always 5 to 10 minutes late for dismissal which means your kids are always 5 to 10 minutes smarter than all the other classes."  When the door opened the kids were lined up and Ms. Morris called students to be dismissed as she saw the parents.  Jack was the second one out.  All the kids had to say "bye Jack!" and he had to shake the teachers hand.  Shaking the teachers hand is a school policy for all grades as the students are dismissed for the day.  Anyway, Jack was carrying a drawing he did in class and looked a little shell shocked.  I think it was more having to come out of the room to kids saying bye all in unison and a ton of parents watching from the hall.  Once we made eye contact he smiled big and practically skipped down the hall.  He was pretty pleased with his experience.
Jack and Ms. Morris leaving his first day of kindergarten!

For a first day of school treat we stopped at the little bakery between the school and our apartment and all had gelato.  We asked Jack what he learned today and he said "We didn't learn anything.  The teacher said a bunch of words then told us we could play with whatever we wanted to!"  Oh boy!  So, what we can gather from more conversation is that they sat down and talked about the calendar and weather and then got to have free play, to explore and see the fun stuff in the classroom, I assume.  I think that's a pretty good idea  except that it kind of sets the tone that that's what you do in kindergarten, free play!  I had to explain to Jack that that's not how it was going to be everyday, that they would have lots of fun, but they would have a good schedule and lots of learning.
Jack, Lillie, and Elliott enjoying vanilla chocolate chip gelato.

We are so proud of Jack!  We feel so good about the decision to let him go ahead and start kindergarten.  Keep praying for him and for us (me!).  We want our family to really have opportunities serve the faculty and staff at PS 40.  From what I understand a good bit of the families are pretty involved at school.  Pray we will be the Light of Christ to them.

Here's to a great year in kindergarten!


kathy said...

What a special day, so happy all went well. Jack looks so cute with his backpack.
I remember those emotions well, so I'll just cry with you! Love, Mom

B.J. Caulfield said...

Awesome! Looks like it will be an amazing experience for everyone all around! :)

Melcy said...

This post made me cry. I can understand why Jack's choosing Daddy to read to him would leave your heart tender. It left mine tender for you. <3 So glad that Jack had a good first day. I'm sure he'll be a great student for Ms Morris!

Kristi Cherry said...

Thanks for the great post. I'm so glad Jack got a good teacher and has a little buddy already. Doesn't it seem surreal? I had one good cry a few nights before Trevor started K, and got it all out of my system too.

P.S. I'll have to ask Jack how to pronounce his classmate's name whose star is right above his! That's a new one.

The Fitzgerald's said...

Yea! So exciting! Exactly how far of a walk is it to the school?

Lee Ann said...

I'll second Kathy's post and cry with you too! Thought about ya'll yesterday. Jack will do fine! He looks happy and the teacher sounds great! Tell Jack his classroom looks cool and that we're proud of him. Love you all - Lee Ann

Anonymous said...

I hope Jack will continue to be excicted about school. I,too, read the blog with tears in my eyes. I thought about him all day yesterday, it is so hard to realize he is in kindergarten. It was good to hear the excitement in his voice when he called me. Hugs to all of you, Great Gran

Susan Wyatt said...

Meghan, it's a .38 mile walk. we give ourselves about 20 minutes, although that's really to much time.

Gran said...

A wonderful post..After several tissues, I finally got thru the reading. Jack looks so big and excited. We are all excited for him. Love, Gran

Catrina said...

How exciting!! We will pray for you all and for an open door to minister to those families!! Love you all :)