Today was the third day of first grade for our little guy.
We promised him, after walking him into his class EVERYDAY last year, that we would walk him into class for the first week and after that we would only walk him to the door.
Today, the THIRD DAY Of SCHOOL,we only got to walk him to the door.
The new principal was blocking the doorway through to his hallway and only letting students through. Now, I am all for keeping strange adults out and keeping our kids safe, but this was ridiculous. Especially since there was no notice to those of us who take the time and effort to walk or drive our kids to school AND get them safely to their classroom.
And, they are in FIRST GRADE, for goodness sake!
If he wants the 3-5 graders to walk to class without parents, I am all for it. Get them ready for middle school.
But, my first grader, who still holds my hand as we walk into school?! Who still gives me kisses and hugs in front of his classmates?!
He doesn’t need to learn his independence on the THIRD DAY OF SCHOOL!
Luckily, Ryan was there with me. I was livid. I didn’t even get to say goodbye to Reece as he was ushered through the door…tears falling.
I looked at Ryan and said, “I need to know why this is happening.”
He went right over to the new principal, introduced himself, and asked.
I won’t go into detail, but the new principal said that it was to help the kids gain their independence.
I wanted to help my guy get through the first week before we worked on independence.
While he had the chance, Ryan also asked the new principal about the email that I sent to him almost 10 days ago questioning a decision they made about informing incoming first graders about their teachers. The new principal claimed that there was a lot going on and that he thought he replied, and it’s been busy…yada yada yada.
I still haven’t received a reply to my e-mail, which he said he would look for and reply to today.
The bad news: I am not a fan of the new principal…and we aren’t even a week into the school year.
The good news: I don’t have to be the bad guy about not walking Reece into to his classroom.
home is…growing pains.
*To top it all off, Reece’s class was somehow dismissed almost 10 minutes early and he was left to walk away without the teacher even acknowledging that a parent was there to pick him up! I guess that’s how they teach them to be independent.