Schedule, What Schedule?
Well, we had heard about this, but to truly understand it, you must experience it. Through three days of school, Joel has yet to have the same schedule/release time.
Backstory: We Had Been Warned
I’m sure I’ve mentioned that Cecile was in touch with someone who was down here last semester in a similar situation, who also had an 11 year old son. That was partly how we chose Joel’s school, the great experience his son had. But he also had told Cecile that he never seemed to know when school got out. The day ended at around 1:30, but then there was lunch and then, sometimes, extracurricular activities. And the school’s website is little help. While they list starting times, and ending times for Pre-K & K, no end times for older kids.
And So It Begins: Days 1 & 2
So forewarned is forearmed, right? We asked, repeatedly, what the schedule was. Well we did find out that Monday was 9-noon, no problem. Then yesterday, which was a “normal” schedule, we all three went up and after sending Joel off to his class, we talked to two different people to try and get a time. What we came away with was that classes ended at around 1:30 and lunch was about an hour, so around 2:25 or so.
So I walked up, a little early just in case, and found very little activity. No problem, I knew I was early, so I decided to keep going up the hill a ways just to see what I could see. (There will be a separate post about this hill up which we walk to school, and down isn’t any better.) Saw a couple of interesting buildings but wasn’t in a picture taking mood, maybe later, and not much else of interest. So I started heading back down. Got back and there were some kids heading out, but younger. Waited awhile to see, and when it seemed to be over and still no sing of Joel, went and talked to the person at the gatehouse. Determined, I thought, that he would in fact be getting out at 3:15 (my Spanish is bad enough without trying to interpret the different ways of listing times), so I decided to go back down the hill to try and complete an errand from earlier in the day (failed).
Hiked back up the hill and got back a little before 3:15. Things looked good, student coming out, this time older, but I figured Joel’s group would be out soon. … I was wrong. OK, now here I suspected I knew the mistake I had made. Just like in English you can say quarter after and fifteen minutes before the hour, and after about 15 minutes, I figured that was the mistake I had made. And sure enough, around 3:45, here came Joel. So no harm, no foul, all it cost me was a little time and exercise. (Had I mentioned that I had already walked to and from the supermarket, the big one that’s about 15/20 minutes away? I hadn’t? Well I had done.)
All Set Now, Right?
So, great, we know the schedule, this first week they’re done at 3:45. The schedule even said Tuesday – Friday was on the same/regular schedule (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what it says). So today I’m out running shorter errands (the Express Lider, which is about 5 minutes away instead of the Hiper Lider I was at yesterday). On my way home my phone rings, but as I had bags in both hands and was almost back anyway, I didn’t answer it. Got back to our place and checked it, even compared it to the numbers we have for school, and there were no matches so I figured it was another junk call, as I’ve gotten before on this phone (shocking, I know). A few minutes later, however, I get a call from Cecile and sure enough it was a call from school, they’re out (this is at 1:40) and Joel’s waiting for me.
So back on go the shoes and I hoof it up this monstrous hill to pick up Joel in what I’m sure was and will remain record time. He was fine, there were a few other kids there, and we came home, stopping at the panaderia on the way for tonight and tomorrow morning’s bread and an Orange Crush for him.
The Rest of the Story
OK, so Joel had actually told us he thought the schedule said they were done at 1:30 today, but he wasn’t sure and it didn’t seem to make sense or jibe with what the school schedule indicated. But he also thinks that’s when they get out tomorrow & Friday, and we’re going to assume that’s the case.
Stay tuned …