Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Annde's First Day

Today, Annde started her new school, Stepanski Pre-Kindergarten School. She goes 4 afternoons to her actual class and "wraps around" in the morning in their child care program. She is super excited and had a great day, other than the whole eating thing. (explained later)

Here is dad explaining about a lunch box and showing her what was in it to eat... Mac -n-cheese, cheesy crackers, grapes, tortillas, and some oreos. She only ate about 1/2 of it... Here is her and Daddy posing for Mommy. Like the outfit? Annde picked it out, down to the socks!Annde and Mom, posing for the camera.

Here's Dad explaining about Milk Money... She actually bought milk for snack - which she used to dip her oreos in... That's so Daddy-like!!

Family shot... Can you tell Mom's holding the camera?

"I think I am ready to go!" Don't you just love the matching headband? Cutie Pie (the tiger) went with in the car but not inside. Annde was very sad about it but I think she understood why he needed to hang with Mom instead...

"Mom! Stop taking pictures!!" Annde coming down the stairs. I wanted a full picture of the outfit... she just didn't give me the smile to go with it...

Dad helping Annde put on her backpack at school. We were blessed that Steve got to stay home from DC this week and be there on her first day...

Here's Annde and Steve walking to her morning (Child Care) classroom. Aren't they just so cute together?
Annde barely waited for Mom to sign her in before she was off to play with the magnets. That's my girl! Go for the science stuff first!! :)
All in all, I would call it mostly successful. Annde had a "good time" at her afternoon class and her morning Child Care was "okay". She played with a little girl named Emily and somehow managed to soak her socks, but not her shoes... Hmmm.... She was still excited to go to class today, even if she "didn't learn anything new, Mom..." My little over-achiever!

Our only hiccup today involved food. This was a big deal for us because Lynne dealt with everything and now we have to provide or buy from the cafeteria. I decided to start with providing breakfast and lunch and buying the snack/milk. That would have worked well if she actually ate the breakfast. I walked in and the first words out of her mouth were: "Mom, they didn't let me eat breakfast!" Sure enough, her breakfast bag was still in her cubby. I asked and no one seemed to be able to tell me what happened. Then, on the way home, she told me she ate part of her lunch for snack with the milk. I asked her what the snack they gave her was (maybe she didn't like it) but she said that they didn't give her one. (They told her to get one out of her lunch.) Well, I paid for a snack and she's going to get that darn snack or I want my money back!

This morning, I had a talk with the main teacher. I had Annde sit down and eat first. The teacher said that yesterday she got so excited about playing that she didn't ask until it was too late to eat breakfast. I hated to be the bad guy on Day 2 but I let her know that I didn't approve. Annde needs to be told to eat, not to have to ask to do so. So, from now on, she's eating when she gets there and she's not waiting until the 8:30am "Let's eat together" because this way, I know she's eating her breakfast. Another parent agreed with me and put her kid at Annde's table to eat too. So, in the end, I hope this is solved. I did tell inform her teacher she was to get snack for the next 2 weeks since I paid for it (the teacher's excuse from yesterday was she didn't know Annde got snack... Isn't that why I have to turn in the schedule the month before (Sept was due mid-Aug) ... so they could inform the teachers? Apparently not!).

I can't wait to pick her up and see how today went!

I have some scrap stuff to post but I'll do that later... In the words of Annde, "Peace out!"


Stacy said...

Yay Annde is a big girl!! :-) And a DARLING big girl, too!!

(OMG Jana...you're going to have to beat the boys off with a stick!!)

It takes a while for the teachers to get in the groove too...we have the same issues at Ry's school. KEEP ON THEM! They will make sure they take care of A if they know you'll be holding them accountable! :-)

Stacey Kannenberg said...

I loved your post!! Note to teacher, she is the one in charge, not the child! Keep on keeping on! Ask if you can volunteer in class and make sure to join the PTA--it makes for a better school!
Happy Back-to-School!
Smiles -Stacey

Tara said...

She looks so sweet and innocent! She is going to be a tall girl too! :)

Heather said...

Just thought I'd check out your blog. I am an engineer by trade too (civil/environmental), but am "retired" right now. Love your post on Annde's first day. I would be irrated about the food issues too.

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Sophia said...

Hey Jana
can't help but feel proud along side of you at how our babies have all grown up and able to deal with their 1st day of school relatively well!

Just to let you know great job on Pink Sketches #6!!! Love your LOs!!!

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