Thursday, August 08, 2013

5th and 8th grades starting soon

Hard to believe that I have a 10 year old and a 13 1/2 year old. Rhys will be starting 5th grade on Monday and Irene will be starting 8th grade. Both kids are nervous, and I *think* both kids are excited.

It feels like the summer went too quickly, which is funny, given that Rhys had the longest summer he's had since beginning elementary school. Our district has gone to this new "balanced" calendar. No more full months off during random months, but also, a little longer summer and BOTH kids are in and out of school at the same time.

We begin school 8/12. We get a week off in October (10/12 - 10/20 - I've included weekends). For Winter Break we get Friday 12/20 through Sunday 1/12. Spring break is 3/29 - 4/13, and the last day of school is Friday, June 13th (heh, they finish on Friday the 13th!).

It will be a change. Rhys' school is also going from multitrack to single track. I am looking forward to seeing how the classes got divided. Rhys was with the same group of kids from first through fourth wasn't really a good thing. While Irene had a great class all the years she was tracked with the same group of kids, Rhys' was not so much great. There were definite issues there. I am delighted that he got the teacher we really wanted.

Went to Target yesterday and spent a small fortune on school supplies. We will go to Office Depot on Saturday morning and hopefully spend less of a fortune there for the rest of the things we need.

Irene has most everything she needs, but I'm going to get her some cool colored lined paper. More spendy, yes, but she likes it and anything that will help with note taking and homework, I'm willing to do. Especially when it is as easy as bright lined paper.

meh - been a long time since I last blogged. I'm out of the habit.