Thursday, September 21, 2017

First Day Of School 2017!!!

This year our school's start time changed. Last year they had a lot of trouble with the buses being late so they moved the bell schedule around to accommodate that. Hopefully it won't be an issue this year. The best part about the school's time change is the kids gets to sleep another 40 minutes in the morning!!! They used to have to get up at 6:35am and now they get to sleep until 7:15! It's so nice for them! Since they start later that means they are out later, but it's not really all that bad. They used to get off the bus at 3:05pm, but now they are getting off at 3:30pm.




Ella Grace is a 1st Grader!!!!! 





She's so cute! I liked the outfit I bought for her in Cody so much I thought it would make a great first day at school outfit. She is as an old neighbor said "a little ray of sunshine!" 




Ella's backpack she used last year is still just fine, but I found this one at Value Village for $5 and it was 50% off day...and it's Jansport!!! Score!!!! The funny thing is the polka dots match her polka dot jacket that she has perfectly! 




Time for graduation shirts! 




Getting so big!!! 




This year instead of the big frame I decided it would be fun to do a chalkboard instead. I bought this chalkboard contact paper on Amazon and just stuck it on the glass that goes to this frame. I spray painted the frame itself a fun color to jazz it up. I also bought these colorful chalkboard markers on Amazon as well. It was really fun figuring out how I wanted the sign to look. I think it turned out super cute! 




My big 5th grader! His last year of Elementary school! That's nuts!!!! 




Ga-Ga bought Owen his Minecraft shirt in Cody when we went shopping! It's totally him!!!




Same backpack as last year...hopefully it will last another couple years! 






This used to look so huge on him! 






 Being so cool!!!! 






In just a few more years that shirt will fit him! 






I love that he still humors me with all these pictures! 






My handsome Jackson!!





A 4th grader!!! 






Jackson needed a new backpack SO badly....in fact on the last day of school he came home, we emptied his backpack and threw it away...it was awful! This year Ga-Ga bought him this one from Target. 






I love how on the part that is up against his back it says, "In case of an emergency I brought my supersuit"! And his first day of school shirt from Ga-Ga was a Spiderman shirt so that was pretty perfect!!!! 





I love how I made Jack's graduation shirt differently from the other kids. It's so him! 






It's not as big on him as it once was!!! 





I love that he wanted his faux hawk for the first day. He looks so cool!!!





All together now!!! 





Zeke's turn to get in on the pictures. He was feeling a bit left out, but he didn't start kindergarten until the following Monday....post coming up! 





 
I'm absolutely in love with this picture...it's the wallpaper on my phone!!! 






I think Ella is going to have so much fun with Zeke at school. She's going to get to show him all sorts of things since she already knows so much!!! 


When I was making the chalkboard frame I also put the contact paper on these little frames I had. The kids asked if they could each have one and I said yes. I had them write their names on them for fun! 
 



Ella so girly with hearts! 




This is totally Owen....he likes simple and didn't want to spend much time on it....very matter of fact that boy! 





So Jackson...lots of colors and lightning bolts! 





Zeke thought he should be a ninja in his picture! 





I love how his Z is backwards!!!! 





We did the same thing as we did the day before...parked in the neighborhood and walked to school.






Owen's classroom is in the portable on the left that's the closest. I was thinking they'd have the kids line up right out from the door, but they actually have wooden signs and then the kids line up behind the sign. I love how the kid in front of Owen smiled for the picture too! 





Jackson in line and ready to go! Sadly Jack's best friend Kimberly isn't in his class this year, but at least they get to see each other at recess! 





Ella had quite a few of her classmates from last year in her class. 






Ms. Sawyer came out and said, "Are you ready for 1st grade?!?!" 






After seeing the big kids off Zeke and I went to visit his teacher. He found his desk...it's so cute it's super low and his chair is actually a pillow. Some of the desk are high some have chairs without backs like the the table behind Zeke. I think it's great that they are trying out new things instead of just the standard seating. Zeke loves to be on the floor so I really think this is going to be good for him. 






I am SO over the moon excited that he got Ms. Davidson!!! All of my kids have gotten to be in her class and it just brings me so much joy! She's such an amazing teacher and Zeke is going to have so much fun in her classroom! Exciting stuff for sure!!! 

 



Even though I take them to school on their first day I always have them ride the bus home. This year the bus was a bit of a mess. They changed everything up due to the time changes at school so now the kids are riding route 2. They've been on route 1 for as long as they've gone to Woodmont so that's new. The biggest mess though was the discrepancies with paperwork and online information. The online info said route 2, but the paperwork said route 1. Online it said the bus was coming at 8:13am and then dropping off at 3:30pm, but on paper it said the bus was coming at 8:00am and dropping off at 3:12pm. A different paper said that the buses were arriving at school at 8:10! But how can that be if online it said the kids weren't even getting picked up until 8:13am???? A mess I tell you! Thankfully it's gotten all straightened out now!!! 





Jackson had a great first day even though he didn't get to see any of his friends from the other classrooms. The smoke from the forest fires was so bad the school kept all the kids inside for recess.  







Owen had an amazing first day! He loves his teacher....they have so many things in common like, "She's always wanted a cat since she was a kid and she doesn't like dogs!" 






Ella Bean loved her new teacher as well and she's made a new friend....she just can't remember her name!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Meet The Teachers & Back To School Bash!

This year it took forever for the school district to finally tell us parents who our kids teachers were going to be. Finally 5 days before school started the info was uploaded to the kids student page on the website. This year I wanted to do something different in regards to their school supplies. I went ahead and emailed each of the teachers asking them what they needed. To me most of the time the school supply lists are just so redundant and the teachers end up with a ton of stuff, but some of it they still have a ton of from the year before that and the year before that. Once when I was volunteering in Owen's 3rd grade classroom I had to go through 9 glue sticks before I got to one that wasn't dried out. I thought this might be a good opportunity for the teachers to get something they would normal go out and buy themselves.


September 5th was meet the teacher night at school. Our schools parking lot is super small so we just avoid it all together and park in the neighbor and walk instead. 



Ella's teacher ended up being the new 1st grade teacher so she really did need the supplies that were listed on the supply list. Jackson needed some of the regular supplies and then I bought extras of colored pencils and scissors. I also picked up some fun foam balls that his teacher wanted to use for brain breaks. 




Owen's teacher only asked me to get 3 notebooks for him and then things that she runs out of like glue sticks, post-it-notes and Clorox wipes. 




Jackson is in Ms. East's class this year!!!! I am so excited! She was awesome for Owen and I know she's going to be great for Jackson. 




Owen's teacher is Mrs. Tushar!!!! I've worked with her before when I volunteered for track. She is great! Since Owen is in 5th grade he's now out in a portable. It was actually so nice out because they have their very own air conditioner!!! The only bummer part is there are no bathrooms so Owen has to go into the main school building when he needs to use the bathroom.



Ella's teacher is Ms. Sawyer! She is so sweet and I know that her and Ella are going to have so much fun this year!!! 



Per tradition after the meet and greet we headed to Red Robin to celebrate our Back To School Bash! 



They had just sat a big group prior to us getting there and not all the servers had started work yet so we had to wait about 10 minutes for our table. 




The kids don't mind though since they have this fun floor to ceiling chalkboard in the lobby! 




Ella and her Daddy! 




Zeke with his Ga-Ga! 




Even though they some times drive each other crazy they do actually really enjoy each other at times as well! 




Pa & Daddy! 




My Owen being a silly boy!!! 

We had a great dinner and it wasn't even all that expensive since I had my free birthday burger!!! Love that! It's funny how the summer seems SO long and then at the same time it always amazes me that another school year is here already! Crazy how that works!