Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Central Elementary School

September is finally here, and you know what that means!  SCHOOL!  

Dylan started school about 2 weeks before Sydney.  Here he is waiting for the bus!

Sydney started school  soon after Dylan.
This had been a moment I have been anxious about all summer, and the day had finally come.  I walked Sydney in on her first day of school and she ran and sat down next to the boys playing with trains. Thats my girls! When it was time to leave she said, "mommy you have to stay here".  I told her that I needed to leave and though she was a bit sad, she didn't even cry! She was excited to be with her new teachers and friends.  She adjusted so quickly and I was so proud of her! I know it so cliche, but as I walked down that hallway after leaving her there, I about lost it.  The tears started streaming, and then I sat in my car in the parking lot sobbing like a baby.  What is wrong with me!?  I was teary eyed with Dylan, but sobbing?  Come on! 

Anyway, we have had the best experience thus far.  It was been about a month now and Sydney is doing great.  Most of my worries have been put to rest, mostly because she truly has the best teacher in the school.  I know many people might say that but really, I promise you, this teacher, Mrs Chadwick, is amazing and has really gone out of her way to help ease my worries and help Sydney adjust.  Let me just give you a quick rundown.  I had been in contact with Mrs Chadwick before school had started.  I had emailed her (longer than needed emails) about my concerns with Sydney and all about her developmental/learning problems.  I didn't want to bother her since it technically was still her summer, I just wanted her to be aware of Sydney. She was nothing but thankful for these emails, and was not bothered (or at least never let me know she was ;)) and was so kind to take to time to respond to each and every email.  After this,  for the first 4 days of school she called me or wrote me a long note to tell me about Sydney's day.  Every day for the first week!  Can you believe that!??  That is above and beyond the duties of an underpaid pre-k teacher.  But that is not all, she gave Sydney a class job within the first day that she is solely in charge of for the year: handing out lunchboxes.  Sydney quickly felt accepted, loved, and a sense of responsibility in the classroom, and all of this is because of her wonderful teacher.  Sydney was speaking so much earlier than I had expected because she is feeling loved and accepted.  Isn't that amazing!?  I am so grateful to Mrs Chadwick for all that she does and continues to do with Sydney.  She has made this transition so much easier than I could have even imagined and I will always be indebted to her for that.

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