I started back to school on August 7, and the kids all came back the following Monday! Emily is in 1st grade now(!). We had orientation during my work week, so I was able to take her up to school to meet her new teacher. Her teacher, Mrs. Parker, is the most enthusiastic and energetic woman I have ever met! Her room is decorated to the nines (seriously, "wild west" them everywhere) and so organized and fun! Mrs. Parker had cookies made for us and had cowboy hats, bandanas, and sheriff badges for each child. We also brought home our own copy of the "The Night Before 1st Grade" book and a baggie of "jitter glitter" to sprinkle under Emily's pillow so that she isn't nervous for her first day!
Jason is in the Pre-K program over at KGPS and was shocked to find out that he would have to attend school all five days of the week! His program last year was just 4 days (Fridays off) but I told Jason to get ready for the real world :) Garrett and Caroline weren't very excited for the first day because they have been back at school for the last three weeks with marching band. So after putting in 40+ hours a week with marching band, it wasn't any big deal to just show up for classes. Caroline is excited to take Art as an elective for the first time, and Garrett is taking the Teacher Cadet program (and hopes to do his student teaching with his fave World History teacher Mr. Shank).