Well, it finally arrived, again. The 2nd first day of school. sorta. Today was the first day that everyone had school, meaning staggered entry for kindergarteners (aka extended vacation) is over and school is in session--for the next 13 years. Don't tell Cuyler that. He's already saying that they do the same thing everyday. I think he was really digging the "one day of school, five days off" schedule. Not to worry buddy, 3 day weekend ahead!
Anyway, everyone rode the bus today! Mommy, Daddy, and Jake all walked down to the bus stop to see the kids pile on and drive away. Without so much as a look back. But that's ok. And yes, I pinned an index card to each boy's backpack with their name, teacher, grade, bus # for am and pm, and my cell phone number on it. Just in case. I mean they ride 2 different buses each day, each has a 4 digit number. Not like the old days of "Bus 3" or "Bus 12" or 1-Adam-12 or whatever.
As I look at these pictures a few things come to mind...
Not so good things about the bus:
- I just noticed that the bus driver is wearing flip flops. Did she get the memo about proper footwear for DRIVING A BUS FULL OF CHILDREN?? Was there a memo?
- There aren't any seat belts on the school bus.
- We are the last stop to be picked up in the morning so the choice of seats isn't great. We saw that W,C, & E had to walk pretty far to the back of the bus.
Good things about the bus:
- We are the first stop to be dropped off in the afternoon so they don't spend too much time driving in the bus.
- All 3 of my children made it home on the bus today. Unfortunately our almost 6 year old neighbor, Gee Hoon, did not. My kids filed off the bus and we crossed the street to head up the hill home. Kept looking back to see if Gee Hoon emerged. When he didn't, his mom got on the bus to look for him. At this point the boys were practically home so I had to leave. Ebby and I went back to check a few minutes later and saw his mom pulling out of the driveway. Not sure if he was at school or on the wrong bus. Either thing is scary. I took the opportunity to reiterate to Ebby that if both of the boys weren't on the bus in the afternoon she is to speak up to an adult right away. They take care not to misplace any children, especially the little ones. Cuyler has a bus shaped necklace to wear with his name, teacher, and bus number on it. Will had a piece of wide masking tape across his chest with his bus number written in black marker. Minimalist but effective.
- Taking the bus saves Mommy's gas! After all, how wasteful is it to sit in a carpool line for 20+ minutes everyday, idling?!?
As for the actual day at school it seemed to go smoothly. Info trickles out from the boys but I do know that they ate lunch (the one I sent with them) and brought home folders with work from the day and notices. Will had homework in his backpack as well. It was a piece of construction paper with the words "Will likes..." written on the top. The assignment involved cutting pictures from magazines/catalogs and glueing them to the paper. Showing himself to be quite the diligent student, Will settled right down to work and did the whole thing with minimal assistance. And it's not even due until next Wednesday. Go Will!
One other note: Ebby and Daddy took a bike ride to the end of the Peninsula (or maybe the peninsula) and back tonight. That's a total distance of about 7.5 miles. And yes, we had been in the pool just before she went. She's obviously in training for a longer distance triathlon. Then she came home and told me she needed junk food to eat because Daddy told her she couldn't stay 65 pounds forever. Grasping the teachable moment, I told her about building muscle vs. fat and extoled the virtues of protein, fruit and vegetables. She then ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, carrots, applesauce and milk for dinner. Followed by a bowl of mint M&M ice cream for dessert. It's all about the balance, right...
And if this post is full of spellin' errs, I'm soggy!