The first day of school was here before we knew it. The kids were up and ready early that morning and excited to start their first day. It's amazing how much they change in a year, or even over the summer. They are looking so big and grown up -- too much for this mama!
This was a big day for them. We made a very last minute decision to change school with just 2 weeks left in the summer. One of the school in our district is changing over to a continuous learning calendar in a year. At the same time they will become an open enrollment school, meaning that anyone in the district can go there and they will potentially fill up faster. This school is an elementary/middle school in one building (kept in 2 very separate areas, but in under the same roof). Well, when they announced that they are going to be a CLC school next year, we decided that we wanted the kids to go there. Matt is a big supporter of this type of school calendar -- it's not that different from a traditional calendar. They will have 3 weeks less summer and get a week off in October, February and April. It helps fight the "summer slide" and provides them the opportunity to do fun/enrichment activities in those weeks off if they want. Or we can go to Disneyworld (hint, hint).
So we decided to go ahead and make the switch now. It will allow the kids one more year to get plugged in at this school. Eventually, it will mean one less school to run through at carpool -- eliminating the 3 kids/3 different schools down the road. Charlotte will go to kindergarten in the same building that Madeleine will start middle school. Awesome!
As an added bonus, Matt will be in their building one-ish day per week. I've learned that we should never set matt's job in stone until the school year actually starts. :) This year, he had the opportunity to change and become the middle/junior high math coach for the district. It all happened the week before inservice started and was quite a whirlwind. But, it's turned out to be the biggest blessing! This is a job that Matt is so well suited for -- he's passionate about math teaching, and more than qualified since he almost has a Ph.D. in this. This job puts him in all the middle/junior high school during the week and he'll be a the kids school some! He won't be in the elementary area, but he can pop over and have lunch with them and take them and bring them home from school. It's perfect!
Also, Madeleine's teacher this year lives across the street from us which is great! And, her oldest is in Harrison's first grade class & they sit together.
All that to say that this was a big, exciting first day!