It's always nice during these Open Houses, to have the chance to say hello and get an impression of all the teachers, as they are all new to her for this year. Also important to find out what extra supplies each and every teacher requires as they all have different lists and demands.
After meeting all the teachers and also going back to say hi to her teachers from last year, (and receiving big hugs from everyone of her old ones) we also ran into one of her best friends. They hadn't seen each other since June, so they were very excited to see each other in person instead of online when they were Face-timing each other.
Later in the afternoon and the day after we had to do some more school supply shopping, as there were many additional items that different teachers wanted them to have that weren't on the list. It's always the same, every year. One teacher wants Composition Notebooks, another ONLY wants College Ruled Notebooks, another one ONLY wants loose papers...So much to carry around all day, every day, as they don't have any lockers.
Yes, all of the above will be put into the binder and backpack and hauled to school every day. It's heavy, and some teachers thankfully now after a few weeks, lets them leave some Composition Notebooks in the classrooms, but when they have homework, they have to bring them anyway (which is almost every day..) but still, better than no help at all.
Then on August 11th, it was time for her to get back into the routines of getting up at 6.45am. The bus leaves around the corner from our house at 7.40am. As always, I wanted to take some pictures before she left in the morning.
I couldn't wait to have her home in the afternoon to hear how her first day was, and I was very relieved to see her come home with her best friend Emma, and they were hanging out and having a great time all afternoon. They haven't been in so close contact over the summer, and Cassie was happy to see that they were still so close. Cassie has had so many disappointments when it comes to friends here in Yuma, so it's nice to see that she has a few really close ones. You never know if the best friends have been hanging out a lot with other friends over a long summer when we have been gone, and she could have been "forgotten". So, great to see that she had been missed!! The first day in school went wonderful too, all teachers seemed nice, and it was great to meet everyone again. We couldn't have asked for a better start of the school year!