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2010/236: Back To School

Yesterday was the first day back to school for the girls.
Sara started second grade, and met her new teacher last Friday. At breakfast I asked her if she wanted me to walk in with her, but she said that she just wanted to get dropped off in the car lane (I’m so proud of her!). When I picked her up in the afternoon, she said that the day went well and that she had fun.
Melissa started highschool this year and was really nervous. We missed the schedule pick-up day because we were still on vacation, but we went last Thursday morning to pick up her schedule, along with a map of the school, and we went to find her locker and all her classrooms. Her school is huge and she’s getting quite a workout, walking back and forth to get to her classes.
This morning she was nervous that she would get lost, but it turned out that she never did, and she said that her day went pretty well.
Dropping her off and (especially!!!) picking her up was a nightmare!!! Good thing we left a little early in the morning, and she had plenty of time to pick up her “blue schedule”, although she didn’t have time to get her ID picture taken. No big deal, since she still has a few days to take care of that. Then picking her up was even worse. I was stuck in school traffic long before I even got to the school zone. I had sent Melissa a text, letting her know that I had left and to just look for the car. I get a text back from her while I was on my way to the school, letting me know that she had to get her picture taken and that it might be a while. No problem, I was stuck anyway. Then I thought about picking her up outside the auditorium, which is of the opposite side of the school, and sent her a text and asked her if she wanted to go over there, but I heard back from her too late (was already across the intersection and in the pick-up line with no way to turn around) so she had to walk all the way over to the other side of the school again. Then I had to deal with these idiot drivers! They leave two or three car lengths between themselves and the car in front of them, and if they would just move up, the back-up wouldn’t reach as far back. Ugh, I hate that!!! Seriously!! It took more than 30 minutes from the time I left home until we were out of the school parking lot! Starting today, the plan is to pick her up in the auditorium parking lot. She said it wasn’t busy at all, and she can stay inside the building (especially in this awful heat, and when it rains) and I can pull right up to the doors. I can take a different road to the school as well, and hopefully won’t get stuck at the stop sign for 15 minutes, waiting to cross the intersection into the school. Oh, and let’s not forget about the idiot who made a left turn out of the right-turn lane at the elementary school in morning, and cut me off (and got honked at!)!!
Then of course we got to go to Wal-Mart, school supply shopping. That was fun! (NOT!) but at least we were able to find almost everything she needed, just need to look for poster board somewhere else. Makes me even more thankful that we ordered Sara’s supplies from the PTA.

Today can only get better, right? But just in case I do disappear, never to be heard from again, you can find me in the rubber room of the local loony bin 😉

10 responses

  1. Geez what a first day! Do they not have school buses in your town or would it be one of those rides that would get her home crazy late?
    I loved the elementary school days where you could buy the school supplies from the PTA! So easy! Put in an order in June and pick up in August. Normally I’d have gotten a list of supplies for my middle-schooler by now, but we haven’t, and of course high school is totally different so we have to wait til the first day to find out about what she will need. Sorry, I just realized I’ve kind of rambled on in this comment! I guess the thought of back to school does that to us! 😉

    24. August, 2010 at 07:58

    • We do have school buses, but we live too close to the elementary school for Sara to take the bus. I think it’s about 3 miles to the highschool, and the bus stops right in front of our house, but Melissa doesn’t want to take the bus (would get her home around the same time we would have gotten home yesterday if we didn’t have to buy her school supplies).
      It’s even better here with elementary school supplies, you order at the end of the school year, and they’re waiting in the classroom at the beginning of the next school year. This year they made some changes to the attendance zones, so I had to pick up her supplies the last week of school, and bring them in on meet-the-teacher night.

      The stores around here (at least Wal-Mart and Target) have printed supply lists, but they’re also posted on the school district’s website. You may want to check there if you haven’t already, maybe it’s the same there? Still doesn’t include highschool lists, though.

      24. August, 2010 at 08:08

  2. doreen3boys

    oh. my. word. Mel would be getting on the bus every day, lol! We live right around the corner from the school but fortunately, we have buses. The boys beg me to pick them up b/c they are on the bus forever, I do once in awhile but not everyday for the exact reason you described!

    LOVE the idea of supplies from the PTA…….I’ve never heard of that before, I need to suggest that!

    24. August, 2010 at 09:06

    • What’s “right around the corner”? Mine would be walking if we lived that close. To the junior high was about 1/2 mile or so, and Melissa did walk home occasionally.
      As far as I know they don’t bus kids here unless they live at least 2 miles away from the school.

      Today was SO much better! There was no back-up anywhere, but we did leave about 15 min. earlier than yesterday so Melissa can get her ID pic taken before classes start. We’ll see what it’s like when I pick her up this afternoon.

      24. August, 2010 at 09:13

  3. I walked to all my schools up hills, both ways! It was only about a 10 minute walk in good weather. A bit longer when the lake effect snows showed from December to March. 😀

    Your girls are lucky to have you being able to drive them. Hope it was just the first day confusion and things won’t be so nutty the rest of the year.

    24. August, 2010 at 14:24

    • Yes, I’m very glad that I can drive them! Well, Melissa would be perfectly fine on the bus, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable letting Sara walk to and from school. There are no sidewalks in our neighborhood, and she would have to cross two busy streets. One of them used to have a crossing guard, not sure if it still does.

      24. August, 2010 at 18:18

  4. LOL… Oh I am soooooo glad that I get out of the whole school run thing, but then I guess it’s fortunate that mine still go to a school that’s quicker to walk to than it is to drive to… I’m with you though, and hate school traffic, especially when I’m trying to get to work.. lol..

    24. August, 2010 at 15:22

  5. Sorry for your stressed firs day, Michaela but knowing you, you’ll outsmart them all and find the perfect route! Isn’t it nice being smarter than the average bear? 🙂

    I took busses to school. Mom worked so no personal chauffer for me! 🙂

    24. August, 2010 at 17:39

    • Well, turns out that picking her up outside the auditorium was no better, so tomorrow we’re back at the regular drop off/pick up area.
      I used to walk to elementary school, and starting 5th grade take the bus (as in public transportation. There are no school buses in Germany), or sometimes I would walk.

      24. August, 2010 at 18:15

  6. dalia

    ugh how frustrating!! glad to hear they had good days, hopefully the driving situation will smooth out as people get the hang of it.

    25. August, 2010 at 20:51

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