An Exhausting But Good First Day of School(s)
Quick one today, and late as you can tell, but we’ve all been stressed, busy & exhausted. Today was the first day of school for both Cecile & Joel. Cecile had been in to work for several days, but had her first classes today. I’ll let you read her blog to get all the details, but things seemed to go well.
Because she had two classes today, including a morning one, she was unable to join us for Joel’s first day of school, which was a half day. Our first challenge when we arrived was finding Joel’s classroom; but fortunate happenstance, when I was looking at a map posted on one of the buildings his homeroom teacher actually came up and asked if we needed help. (Understand this is all going on in Spanish, and my Spanish is nowhere near the level of Cecile’s.) So we figured out that he was Joel’s homeroom teacher and led us both up to his classroom. Sr. Tarcirio is very nice and was actually the teacher of the student who was here last semester from the U.S. with whom Joel has been e-mailing.
Then there was the all-school assembly, and there was a lot of stuff going on there:
- The Chilean & British anthems were played (it’s an Anglican school);
- the various school and division heads made speeches as did a student and the PTO (equivalent) head;
- the students entering their final year were all brought up to receive pins;
- and finally after about 40 minutes students went to their classes.
I have to admit to being concerned for Joel, who was standing there looking (and probably feeling) a bit lost. Finally I went back to our apartment for a couple of hours and collapsed. (I also haven’t been sleeping well for various reasons.) When I went back to pick him up and asked how his day was, he told me “It was AWESOME.” He’s made two friends, one of whom he was already talking to as they left the assembly (I thought I had seen him talking to someone but wasn’t sure). He seems very excited about school, and if I could just find out when it actually ends, I would be too. (There can be a surprising lack of basic information around here on websites. If he were in Pre-K or K, I’d know his schedule.)
After school, lunch and a quick check of e-mail, it was back upstairs (we may have internet tomorrow!) and time to get him started on his U.S. homework. And a good time for him to catch up on this work it is, as they’ve been doing/are doing test prep and then testing for the next week or two. We’re focusing especially on math, but want him to keep up with everything possible. So we’ve decided that ballet down here is out; he’s planning on doing fútbol while he’s here, and that combined with the other work he needs to do will, we think, keep him plenty busy.
OK, that wasn’t as quick as I thought, but it was a big day and I thought you’d want to know.