Sunday, August 25, 2013

First Week of School

We are officially done with the first week of school in the Garcia household... true to form, it was a busy one! :) The theme of this year is going to be "Independence". For the first time EVER I have a kiddo on a bus. Kameron is riding the bus to school every morning since his middle school starts at the same time as Kennedy and Keeghan's school and is all the way across town. We've had some stress with the bus figuring out pick up location and times and it's STILL getting him to school half an hour late each morning prompting emails to teachers, passes to class and phone calls to transportation. Thankfully his teachers are understanding and the transportation office is "working on it". Kameron says he doesn't mind the bus ride too much, except for the fact that it takes him ALL over town before he gets to school. He just hates being late! On the way home he is part of an awesome carpool with some of his good friends and that's working out great! :) Besides the bus, he is loving middle school so far and is SO glad that he chose this school! It sounds like he has some fun teachers and fun classes, and one of his teachers has appropriately nicknamed him, "Bacon-man". ;) He is taking Accelerated Language Arts, Pre-Algebra 7, Science, Social Studies, Choir and Spanish. Here are a couple pictures from his first day. 
6th Grader!!!

Kennedy and Keeghan are now at elementary school without Kam, so this has been a big switch for them too. Last year, Kam would kind of hang out and make sure the other two got to my car in the car circle every day. This year, they're on their own... AND Kennedy's 3rd grade classroom is on the complete opposite side of the school. So for right now she has a para kind of shadowing her, making sure she makes it from her classroom to my car in the afternoons. We're not worried that she can't find my car or that she'll wander off, because she's not a wanderer. We're more worried that she'll stop and talk to everyone she meets along the way and NEVER make it to my car! HA! She gets out of school around 3:30 and has to be to dance by 4:15 or 4:30 three days a week. We have places to be! ;) So far she's done great in the mornings and has gone straight to class and she's done pretty good in the afternoons... we'll get there. They only had 3 days of school this week anyway because of Elementary testing, so they're not REALLY in a routine yet. All in good time. ;) Keeghan is giving his teacher a run for her money as he settles back into routine for the year... he has a GREAT teacher though and I have no doubt they will settle in and it will be a good year!! They both have lots of friends in their class this year which is exciting and Keeghan will be joining the school's running club in a couple weeks which should be lots of fun! :) Here are a couple pics from their first day! 

3rd Grader!!!

1st Grader!!!

Kassidy started school a day after the other kids... the joys of being an 8th grader, she gets an extra day of summer! ;) We spent the day getting her hair done, going to lunch and hanging out. It was a lot of fun! She is walking to school again this year which worked out nicely last year. Thankfully her middle school is really close by so it works out! She has several friends in all her classes this year which made her happy. She wasn't thrilled to find out she had PE first thing in the morning, but she just decided to wear her PE clothes to school and it's working out for her. She's also getting a chance to volunteer in the resource room this semester with students with Special Needs which she was really excited about, so she's looking forward to that adventure! I'm sure she will love it! Beyond that she is taking Algebra I, Social Studies, Language Arts and Science. She's also going to volunteer in Keeghan's running club and continue with her sign language classes. She loves working with kids, so I'm excited to see if she chooses to turn that into a career someday. I can't believe that in a few months we'll be touring high schools for her! CRAZY! Here's my sweet girl on her first day of school. 

8th Grader!!!

Anyway, we had an incredibly busy weekend but that is another post with A LOT more pictures so I will do that soon!! :) Bring on a new week!! :)


Angel The Alien said...

Sounds like a really great first week of school! It is interesting that they (or you) get to pick a school... when I was a kid we just had to go to whichever school was closest, which was really unfortunate for me. Your kids are all beautiful by the way!

Lynn said...

Great photos!!!!
The Lord is always with you! Praying!
Psalms 62:5-8 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Anne B. said...

So glad things are (mostly) off to a great start! I'm sure that the school staff love Kennedy and Keeghan....who wouldn't? They will soon have everything down to a science! Kameron has such a wonderful opportunity to shine at his new school. I pray it is all he and you hoped it would be! Great pics....beautiful Special K's!!!