My sister warned me that once you have kids at school, life becomes busier than you can imagine.
She wasn’t wrong. We are Week Four of Prep, and shit is getting real.
Reminders and information notices are coming at me left, right and centre.
There are hard copy newsletters and notices, electronic newsletters in PDF or online form, the parent portal, the student portal, several daily alerts via the school app, and last but not least, Facebook.
Monday is prayer, Tuesday is music, Wednesday is library and Japanese, Thursday is sports uniform day and Friday is Hot Dog Friday. Word to the wise – Hot Dog Friday is THE most important event of the week to remember. If you fail to enclose $4 in an envelope with your child’s name on it, said child will act as though her life, as we know it, is over.
Sounding full on? This is just the tip of the iceberg, my friends.
There seems to be a procedure, and a basket, for everything at school.
On arrival, bags must be hung on the wall hooks under your child’s name. Hats are to go in one basket, homework in another, Munch and Crunch is in yet another basket and the precious hot dog money is in, you guessed it, another basket.
As a newbie school mum, and perfectionist, I’m doing my best to keep on top of everything. I’ve been highlighting key info in the newsletters, writing notes on my hand and marking important dates on my calendar AND in my diary. I’m determined to not forget anything, like I did with the school uniform, and start our school journey on the right foot.
Thank goodness the Prep teachers at Miss Five’s school are absolutely amazing. They have everything running like a well-oiled machine. They have trained the kids beautifully and I think us parents are getting the hang of it too.
Surprisingly, homework started in week one and already Miss Five is complaining about it. I don’t blame her, I’ve had my fair share of homework already too.
Last week we were asked to complete a questionnaire about our child. I took forever and a day trying to think of ‘three to five words to describe your child’.
I really wanted to ace the questionnaire, you know. I wanted to show the Prep teachers just how creative I am with words and know how special Miss Five is. I wanted the Prep teachers to read a spectacularly written descriptor of my child and think ‘Oh my, this little girl simply must be the greatest angel-face to walk the land’.
After about half an hour staring at a blank page, I regretfully cut my losses and settled on– happy, playful, kind-hearted, imaginative and inquisitive. I’ve since made a note to myself that parents aren’t assessed on homework and I need to chill out a wee bit.
Seriously though, school life may be as busy as hell and there may be an incredible amount of information to remember, but I am loving my new role as school mum. Bring on the next 13 or so years of schooling, I say.
How’s the school year going for you so far? Are you suffering from information overload too?
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