Is it just me, or is Twitter down? I mean, I don’t tweet, but I do follow. Except today my computer keeps telling me it can’t find the Twitter server. Ahhh, well, life goes on.
Speaking of real life, I met with the middle school principal the other day. That meeting went really, really well (though I don’t think she really understood my concern over the intrusive and open-ended forms, she did say she would discuss it with the central office) (I don’t actually believe she will remember to do it, or do it with much enthusiasm) (but at least she humored me).
Other than that, it went really, really well. A~ is going to be put into the seventh grade, no need to worry about the committee, and she will be put in the honors classes. That was the big hurdle.
The principal strongly encouraged me to bring the girls to the school sometime in the next few weeks so that they can take a tour before the big back to school bash the night before classes resume, so we’ll do that week after next. This week the floors were waxed and can’t be walked on. Next week the girls are gone to horse camp. So the week after that we shall all traipse up to the middle school for a look-see.
I think she said L~’s class has about 60 students, and A~’s class has about 70 students, but I could be remembering wrong. At any rate, small classes. There is only one middle school in the district, so, assuming we stay here for the rest of their school years, these will be the kids they will graduate with. The principal said A~’s class is a pretty good group of kids, and she has heard that L~’s class is as well (but hasn’t worked with them yet since this will be their first year in the middle school).
The fifth grade actually changes classes for each subject, just like the older kids, which is entirely new to me. I’ve never even seen a sixth grade that changed classes for all subjects. Not complaining at all, just surprised. But, the point is, the girls will have the opportunity to see each other in the halls between classes. That’s a good thing.
I was very frank with the principal and told her that we are not putting the kids into government schools because we think there is any academic advantage (with the notable exception of A~’s math, which was getting beyond my ability to remember) and the decision was based primarily on the fact that the girls are lonely and want to meet people and get involved. She was encouraged by the fact that they want to go to school. Quite frankly, so am I.
I would worry much, much more if they were quaking in their boots and begging to stay home, but they aren’t. They are nervous, of course, but they are resolute in their desire to go. I told the principal they are both rather shy at first, especially L~, but that I think their desire to make friends and have a real life will help them come out of their shells. She said she would watch out for them and try to help them feel like they are fitting in, and I really do believe her.
So I am greatly pleased with and comforted by the outcomes of that meeting.
Now, less than three weeks until I send my girls off for the first time. I have butterflies in my stomach already, but I also have a very good feeling about it. I think it is going to be a good thing.
Please Martha Stewart, don’t sue me for plagiarism.
And George, if you’re out there . . .