I have been gently reminded by a blogosphere friend that I have not reported about the kids’ first days of school. I could leave you hanging and not tell you anything, but I won’t.
The kids both gave their respective first days –
Rian loved the high school! She said she only got lost about eight times, but it was no big deal. She likes her English teacher; has finished her Math homework at school two days in a row and loves her Technology Class. They planted poppy seeds yesterday so the flowers will be ready for Remembrance Day (Veterans’ Day for my American readers). Rian’s continuing the French Immersion program at the high school level and has Grade 9 Geography, in French, this semester. Her teacher showed them the Yakko’s World video (see below – try it, you’ll like it) yesterday in class and Rian was the only one of her classmates who knew who the Animaniacs were! (*sniff, sniff* I’m so proud of my girl)
Alexi (who was so nervous about his first day of school he told me on Monday night that he wasn’t feeling well and may have to come home early on the first day of school) came home all happy and told me his new teacher, Mrs. P., likes to tell jokes. His best friend is in class. The boy who bullies him is not. He has not had homework yet, so he’s happy.
This is copy of the Homework Policy Mrs. P. sent home with the kids. I found it at The Funny Farm.
School Homework Policy
Here is an explanation of the school homework policy:Students should not spend more than 90 minutes per night. This time should
be budgeted in the following manner:
- 15 minutes looking for assignment
- 11 minutes calling a friend for the assignment
- 23 minutes explaining why the teacher is mean and just does not like children
- 8 minutes in the bathroom
- 10 minutes getting a snack
- 7 minutes checking the TV Guide
- 6 minutes telling parents that the teacher never explained the assignment
- 10 minutes sitting at the kitchen table waiting for Mom or Dad to do the assignment
LONG TERM ASSIGNMENTS
These are given the night before they are due. This explains the name “long
term”. It is a long term commitment to time that begins at 9:30PM and ends
at 11:50PM – or later. It is important that the whole family is involved in
the project. It is imperative that at least one family member races to
Walmart/KMart for posterboard, and that at least one family member ends up
in tears (does not have to be the student).
One parent needs to stay up and complete the project. The other parent
needs to call the school and leave a message that the student is out sick.
It is not necessary to have the student’s name on the assignment.
All said and done, I think this is setting up to be a great year! I can’t wait to meet the teachers.