Todays post starts off where Wednesday’s ended… Ed and I headed to The Kids “potential” school to speak with the Director.
As luck would have it, the District Superintendent was there. Likely totally unrelated to our request. She immediately took the piñata by the rope and got to business. She started calling in teachers, asking for their classroom sizes and if they would take on two new kids. Within 15 minutes, she had two spots for The Kids.
But there was a catch.
One, they couldn’t be in the same classroom. There just wasn’t room. Not only from a teaching point of view but also from the physical size of the class (the rooms are physically too small).
Two, there was only room for one kid in “grade 4” with four year olds. The other spot was in “grade 5” with 5 and 6 year olds.
What does a Parent do?
Since The Kids were so excited to go to school, we decided to put Max in with kids his own age and Artemis with the older kids. I ran back to the house, got The Kids ready and snapped this picture for prosperity. Meanwhile, Ed went to the local photocopy shop to get copies of The Kids passports and vaccination records. And that was that. No fees. No hassles. No contact information. Nothing.
And so began The Kids first day of school.
When I picked them up three hours later school runs from 9am to Noon, they had a bag full of candy. Well, they had all the candy that they hadn’t already eaten. There were treats with peanut butter, nuts and above all else sugar. Fortunately, The Kids don’t have any special food needs because “allergies” is not a word that translates in Spanish. At all.
Artemis’ teacher gave me a list of 12 items that she would require. Everything from thick crayons to scissors, pencil sharpeners and paint smocks. Max’s teacher required nothing, Not even a crayon!? but I bought him one of everything anyways.
That night, I had the pleasure of staying up until 1am writing their names on everything. E.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Even the last item… two rolls of toilet paper.
Yes, The Kids have to bring their own toilet paper. I’m not sure exactly how it works but I think that when they ask to go to the washroom the teacher gives them some paper. Except that The Kids have been many times and have never taken toilet paper.
As for what they do in class. I have no idea. Asking them doesn’t result in any definitive answers. I can’t even figure out if they went to the bathroom. I do know that when I picked up Max outside his room, his teacher was reading the kids a book. Artemis must have done some colouring because she had a drawing in her bgd. Unless she picked up the kids beside her.
Segway. I took another video and I wanted to post it here but it’s too large to upload to YouTube. So, I spent three hours trying to find a free video editor that works with Windows 7 and can be trusted. To no avail.
In a nutshell, the video would have shown that The Kids enjoyed their first day of school. Kind of. Maybe. Not.
P.S. We figure that at some point, we should tell the school what our names are, where we live and provide them with a phone number to get in touch with us.