Connecting moms in Polk County, Fla.
So how was everyone's day at orientation day today? I know many mom's were pulled to several schools today. I am lucky and just had one school to deal with. Was great to see a bunch of familiar faces. Jesse's 5th grade teacher came over to LGMS from WWE. Just wish he did have her, but he doesn't. Got a few more things to pick up as almost everyone wanted 1 inch 3 ring binders. No biggie though. I do got to call back to the ESE coordinator at LGMS tomorrow though. I signed a PE opt out form August 2nd, handed it right back and it was not given to the right department. He had PE on his schedule and they pushed out the 9 week wheel for a reading class. It was suppose to be reading instead of PE and get the 9 week wheel. A bit frustrating since I took time and gas to go fill out the form for basically no reason. It'll get straightened out though. I did forget to go back to the lunchroom to fill out the form for lunch. I got so caught up in the wave of stuff and wanted to leave after being there about 2 hours. Luckily they will bring home the forms on the first day of school to fill out. The office lady did say if they were reduced or free last year, that is how it will be now till the new forms get processed. Just signed into the Parent Portal and he's got just over $9 in his lunch account anyways.
Glad the day is done and could use a stiff drink, to bad I don't drink anymore. LOL Hope everyone had a great day at orientation. Looking forward to sending him off to school Monday, but scared as well. Big school, lots of kids, and hoping he'll do okay. I know I'm going to cry once it all hits. My baby is growing up ;O(
This is my first year sending a child off to school and I am certain it is harder on me than my sweet 5yo. Orientation today was a tad overwhelming, but I don't think that is the school's fault, just me trying to process that my constant companion for the last 5 years is moving on.
I totally understand where you are coming from. When Jesse was almost 3 yrs old we were in Playgroup at Achievement Academy. Once he turned 3 yrs old he went into pre-k there. Was a little tough on me, but I knew everyone from playgroup and I knew it was going to be okay. When he started kindergarten I cried after I got to the car. I think it was harder for me because he was in a bigger school with more kids. Now that he's moved on to Middle School, I am going nuts!! Now he's mixed in with just over 1200 kids. I am so worried and I know I'll cry after I get him inside school Monday. Very emotional.
My girl has always had separation anxiety issues. She has been in day care/pre-k since she was one. We started with just a few hours a day, a few days a week and built her up to pretty much full days, all week, just like regular school. She has been to several schools and it always takes her a while to warm up...weeks...even months! Just when I start looking into making a psych appointment, she starts to snap out of it. Then something will happen and trigger it again, like a change in routine at school. They switched classrooms once and she lost it. It was cute, and expected at age one and two, but now it gets violent sometimes! She will kick the door and scream so loud....She will run after me...refuse to look at the teacher. So...fast forward to orientation today. She was acting really shy when people tried to talk to her and hiding behind me, but I wasn't concerned because at least she wasn't making a scene. Then it started when we got to the door of her classroom. She didn't want to go in. Her brother was trying to help, but he was actually making it worse at times. She didn't get too loud and obnoxious...but she did yell "NO!" a couple of times and say "I don't want to go to kindergarten!". She did cry. She screamed and shook her head when the teacher tried to talk to her. This is going to be interesting. I am trying a reward system. She seems somewhat interested in it, but I know when the anxiety takes over she won't care about it...and when it's time to get out of the car on Monday, I am going to need a few people to help me get her off of me! I know many have dealt with this, but it really seems excessive to me and I am worried about it. She is so smart and wants to learn so bad. She is learning times tables because of her older brother and everyone says how mature she is for her age...but she really seems to have an issue with anxiety. Anyone else have this problem and when does it finally stop...it's been 5 years!
I am EXHAUSTED as are the kiddo's! We left the house at 11:30 and did back to back to back orientations then football practice, we got home a little after 9 tonight!
With 1 going into high school, one going into middle and 3 in elementary we had a total of 18 classes to go to and teachers to meet!!
Jesse had the separation anxiety as well and it finally was over with a few months into 2nd grade. Each kid is different and some kids have no problems at all. It is frustrating I know. I hope your daughter has a fun year and the anxiety eases a bit more.
Wow!!! 18 classes...I about died just going to the 3 classes with Jesse. Since middle school is split with odd/even days, I only had to meet 3 teachers. He has his 1st period teacher for 3 different classes between the two days. On odd days he has her once and on even he has her twice back to back. I did not meet his reading teacher (which is out in the portable) because on his schedule it said to be announced and plus I forgot all about it. Wasn't till I got home that I realized it was out in a portable. I'll ask Mrs. Leslie when I call her after. I am going to call at 8am and see if she's in.
I just ran all of Jesse's uniforms through the wash and have them hanging up outside to dry. Not sure if I am going to like the khaki's as they seem to wrinkle easy. May put them on hangers and hang them on the closet door with the school tees. He's dresser is packed with clothes now as it is and this way he can easily grab what he needs. I used to keep all his school stuff in 1 drawer, but that is packed with denim and over flow of tees.
Later tonight I'll start to separate his backpack into blue and gold days. I did forget to write down which was the odd color and which was even color. Does anyone know which is which?? They almost weren't allowed to carry backpacks this year but they decided to allow it. I know there is no way he's going to remember a locker number and combination for 7th & 8th grade so I am going to have to put a backpack into his IEP for those years.
I am a bundle of nerves still with all this. I worry that he'll be okay for lunch since there are no adults in there. I've tried not to really dwell on it and now it's catching up to me. So many emotions. I just want to pull him out and home school him so I know he's safe, but I have to let go and hope for the best.
All I can say is WOW...not what I expected at all. Last year little man went to private school and orientation was individually scheduled and Dylan and I had 1 hour of undivided attention. It was calm, peaceful and great. What a mad house yesterday. We were the first to arrive but within minutes there were 6 other families and that poor teacher was pulled in 6 different directions. She was very positive and spoke highly about other teachers that Dylan would have for like music and PE. I know the first day is going to be hard on me.
On a side note, Tabby I notice you posted something about checking his lunch account on-line. How do you do that? Can you add money on-line. I just don't think little man will remeber that he has to go the cafeteria in the am to put money in for lunch later. The majority of the time he will take his lunch, but I would like to have some in there for those oh my gosh I'm running behind mornings when I can't quite get it all done.
Thanks Alicia. The portal sounds pretty cool. His going in kindergarten so I'm new to learning the ropes. (but we have very praticed parents such as you to guide us our fledlings)
Alicia (Alsan) said:
This year is the first year you can add money online. I am SO EXCITED for this feature!! You go through the parent portal to do that. You have to get a password or pin from your child's school to set up parent portal the first time. Not only can you access lunch information, but depending on the grade of the child you can pull up grades as well. For my older ones I use the portal all the time, I even set it up to email me when their grades get to 79 so I can nip any problems in the bud (or try to)
Tabby - This Monday will be a blue day which is periods 1, 3, 5 and 7. Tues is Gold which is even numbers. The days will alternate from there so if Fri is a blue day then the next Mon is a gold - that's the part I think will throw me off, remembering over the weekend.
Here's the link to the portal
Alicia, the science teacher said in their agenda it will tell you what color each day is because generally over the weekend most will forget. I am glad for that. I am a bit upset for the fact that he is stuck in PE for now. You know you purposely go fill out the form early enough to opt out and they never handed it in. Why did I bother wasting my time and gas then for it. I never went to meet the coach since I knew he wouldn't be in and they would get it straightened out. Well that period is either PE, Chorus, or Band. Hubby is NOT going to be happy. Luckily I know the coach's wife and I just emailed her. She is the guidance counselor at WWE. Plus Mrs Leslie will talk to him about Jesse.
Now on 7th and 8th periods he is to have ESE Reading and they have no regular teachers yet for those classes. For now they will do a sub, but if no one applies or gets hired then they got to redo all the kids schedules to see what they can do with them. I was happy to find out the his World Culture class and Science class will have an extra teacher the periods he's in there.
Going to be interesting. We had major issues when he started WWE as well. Seems to follow us.
Oh good, thanks for the info on the agendas Tabby! Was I supposed to buy one Thurs?? I never thought to ask since WWE has always provided them but now that I'm thinking about it I had to buy the one my son used at Lawton Chiles...
For some reason, too, our son was provided with his agenda in elementary school and then in middle school we had to start buying them... it seems like a bit of a waste as our son hardly writes anything in his (even though, I know he is supposed to).