Yes, it is the day we've all been waiting for. Morning went without a hitch. Packed kids up and dog and set off on our way. James took these pictures:
The school here does things differently than we've experienced in any of our other Provinces. The kids go to their old classroom (last years) for the week. They have a reunion with their teacher and classmates. Do activities. Then at the end of the week they are placed in their new class. This gives the teachers a chance to see how the dynamics are going to work out (there are two forms for each grade here). Also, it does wonders for first-week jitters (for the kids as well as the staff!) I really think it's an interesting way to do things, and as a teacher would love to see my old class that first week of school before sending them off to the next grade. (Pushing them out of the nest, so to speak.)
On another note, our snappy dog Charlie handled the morning hustle and bustle quite well. A lot of families take their dogs to the school during drop-off and pick-up, so I wasn't sure how he'd handle it. He tends to be agressive with other dogs at first - snaps, barks, snarls, growls. Not at all friendly like his lovely owners! But things are getting better I'm happy to say. We'll see how pick-up goes!
Have a great first week of school, Everyone!
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