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Friday, September 18, 2009

Report Card

Today marks the end of the second week of school for the girls. So far, it seems that things are going swimmingly and they are really enjoying the school year.



Bria had a difficult first day. When I picked her up, she seemed in good spirits, but she told me that she just stood in a corner and looked at the ground all recess and that she only said 3 words all day, and those were to her teacher. And some boys called her "Burrito." Things didn't seem to bother her all that much, but I know my daughter and she tries very hard to remain stoic about things. My heart broke for her and I shed a quite a few tears over it after she went to bed.

However, the second day was much better for her. I had met my neighbor with the three daughters after the older girls were already in school, so when we went to catch the bus the next morning, all of the girls were excited to meet each other. Bria and Ann, who is in her class at school, have hit it off well and Ann has brought Bria into a cute little group of girls who have already had a great influence on her. They are involved in girl scouts, so we signed Bria up and she is very excited about that. Even more surprising, is that Bria went to choir with them.

In her elementary school, choir is only for the 4th and 5th graders, and they have to give up their lunch recess on Tuesday and Thursday in order to participate. I had asked Bria if she wanted to go, but she wasn't willing to make that kind of sacrifice, and plus there was the whole performance anxiety thing she has. Since she does play the violin, I decided not to push it. But she surprised me when she came home from school yesterday and said, "You might be proud of me.....I went to choir." She went because Ann and her other friends went and she would just be alone at recess, and guess what? She loved it! Of course, I knew she would if she just tried. And indeed I was proud.

Academically, things are getting harder for her this year, but she's doing well. She has to read a fantasy book and do a book report project for it and she has chosen to read the first Harry Potter book. It's been fun to watch her do it, as she is really surprised by how much extra detail is in the book vs. the movie.



Chloe is absolutely loving first grade. Apparently, the teacher she got is the best one in the whole school. At least, every time I tell someone who Chloe's teacher is, that is the reaction I get. All that matters to me is that Chloe absolutely adores her. Chloe, being the social butterfly that she is, had no trouble making friends (this is the child that invited 6 girls to her 6th birthday party and had 11 show up complete with gifts and everything...I still don't know how she managed that!), but she was extremely nervous to ride the bus.

The first day they rode the bus, the bus driver didn't know that they would be on the bus and didn't save seats for them. Since they have to ride for the first bit with high schoolers and middle schoolers, the driver tries to save seats up front for the younger kids. That first day they kind of had to just find somewhere to sit, and a very nice 5th grade girl asked Chloe to sit with her and they were best friends by the time they got to school.

Chloe also got to sign up for girl scouts, but I don't know anybody who will be in her troop yet. She is very excited, though. I never did girl scouts as a child, so I have no real idea what to expect (except cookies, of course!), but I'm glad that they're both looking forward to the meetings. She is also doing piano lessons and enjoying that.

So far, Chloe hasn't been challenged a ton at school. It seems like they are just doing a lot of review so that the teacher can really see where each student is. She doesn't like the easy books that get sent home with her, so she has raided Bria's Junie B. Jones stash and is really enjoying them. Her homework seems to be all based in reading as I haven't seen a single math problem yet.



Sophia is absolutely loving preschool. It is very upsetting to her that she only gets to go to her school twice a week, and I have to deal with much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth on the off days. She loves to dress up to go to school, and talks incessantly about all the friends she has there.

The first day, Joel and I went to pick her up together, since he wasn't teaching any classes that day and wanted to come with me. The kids are all out on the playground for the last part of class, and we found her in the sandbox playing with trucks. We stood and watched her for a minute and then called her to come with us. She started to cry, because we were the last people on earth she wanted to see. It wasn't until she realized that all of her friends were also having to go home with their parents that she finally let us take her out of the sand.

Yesterday I went to go help for the last 1/2 hour of her preschool, and when I got there they were doing circle time and singing songs. She didn't notice me at first, and it was really fun to watch her sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and do all the actions. She was loving it. But then she saw me, and yelled, "NO MOMMY! I don't want to go home!" She couldn't be consoled until I came and sat with her and assured her 300 times that I was just there to help for a little while. So maybe it isn't the best idea to go help at her school. I guess I'll just sign up to bring snack next time.

I am enjoying having the kids in school, simply because I am able to get so much more done. I'm still a bit overwhelmed with all there is to do, but little by little it's happening.

Happy Friday!

22 comments :

  1. It does sound like things are going well. How nice that the fifth grade girl was so sweet on the bus!

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  2. I'm so glad you are all settling in and adjusting. It tough to make such a huge move. I did it once but didn't have kids to distract me from missing everyone back home. Still, it sounds like you've made a good decision for your family and that the community you are in is fantastic.

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  3. Hooray for them that they're all enjoying their new school. What good adjusters:)

    I was in Brownies for a couple months when I was younger. It wasn't the best experience for me...but that's probly cuz a Catholic girl found out I was Mormon and refused to play with me and the rest of the girls followed suit. Hope they don't get any of that! Sign me up for buying some girl scout cookies!!!

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  4. Girl scouts is fun for sure. And the cookies... oh. Don't get me started on how much I love girl scout cookies.

    Your girls are adorable. I'm glad they are doing well in their new school.

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  5. Hello! Your girls are so cute! I am proud of Bria for joining the choir! It is tough being the new girl in such a tiny little town. I bet they will all fit in just nicely!

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  6. What a refreshing, important post. I should probably talk less about me and more about my kids. You'll be so glad in ten years that you've got this all documented.

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  7. Any idea where the burrito term came from? It makes no sense to me.

    Anyway, I'm so glad they're getting along well at school!

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  8. Your girls are getting so big! What a fun adventure for you to be in Michigan!! I bet the girls are loving it. I would be really sad too if one of my kids came home and told me that about their first day. :( But Bria makes friends really quickly and I am glad that she did and is a lot happier now!! The first day can always be rough! And how fun that she is in choir and girl scouts (along with Chloe)!! That is so cool!!
    You are so lucky to be able to experience so many wonderful things by living outside of Utah!
    I love your girls and I am glad that they are happy. And that you are enjoying your new home!

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  9. Yay! I'm glad to hear things are going well. Bria's friends sound like a nice group.

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  10. I am glad things are looking good. Those moments of staring at the ground and feeling isolated are really heartbreaking to hear about. Ugh. We hurt for your kids, huh?

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  11. I'm glad school is going well for your girls! I think it's a great idea to have them in Girl Scouts. I never did that as a kid either, but I think it would be a really great experience for them!

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  12. Sounds like you're settling into life out there and enjoying it. I must say I'm a little jealous of all the green and water surrounding you. We don't get much of that here in Vegas. I'm glad the girls are finding friends and enjoying school. That's always my biggest fear when we move. Let me know how you like the girl scout thing. I've thought of signing my girls up, but never have.

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  13. Excellent report! I'm glad to see all your darling girls are doing so well. Your pictures are still just so gorgeous.

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  14. I'd go chuck a burrito at the brat that said that.

    I hate it when kids are mean. Love you sweet Bria.

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  15. I am so glad Bria has made some friends! And Ethan has math homework every night - it's so interesting to see how differently schools look at learning.

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  16. I am so glad to hear everyone is adjusting well. I love your updates! Have a great weekend.

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  17. Moving can be so hard...I'm glad the girls seem to be handling it with such grace.

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  18. They are such cute girls. I loved going to my Dads office at the University of Alaska and doing homework after school until he was done lecturing and then heading home together. Some of my best memories in life took place during that time, so I am very happy for you and your family. Sounds like some really great memories and years are ahead of you all.

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  19. Wow, your girls are doing great !

    As for Girl Scouts, I was a brownie leader for 2 years and loved it but Girl Scouting can tend to go hand in hand with kind of a feminist movement outlook sometimes and can be confusing for some girls. Also, I had a real problem with Service Unit goals ( especially during cookie season ) to make bucks and pushing girls and troops to sell big bunches of cookies. It was not fun in the end for the parents or girls. Hope you all have a better experience.

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  20. I'm glad your girls are making friends and starting to adjust. Brody told me no one played with him on the playground either the first few days of school. He didn't seem too upset about it, but it really broke my heart too. I felt guilty for dragging my kids all over the country, while all the other kids seemed to know each other.

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  21. I am so happy that your girls are adjusting so well! And you!

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  22. Just catching up on some of your posts. Seems the girls are adjusting great! How is Chloe doing with Junie B. Jones? Are the words too hard for her or do you read them to her. I think Lael would really enjoy the series but don't want to push her too much.

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