Bak to Skool

My son starts first grade next week. Finally, an end to crippling daycare fees after nearly six years of them …

… but wait, what’s this? School Supplies! Ka-Ching!

Now the school supply list includes the following curious entries:

GIRLS ONLY: 1 box Quart Size Ziploc Bags
BOYS ONLY: 1 Box Gallon size Ziploc Bags and Antibacterial Wet Wipes

I’ve been staring at these entries, hoping that the letters would reform themselves to something that I could understand … nothing yet though. I’ll give it another hour then give up.

Update: Doh, it is because they need both quart and gallon sized bags of course, and half the kids will bring one and half will bring the other.

Also I was reading the wrong section, and spent fifteen minutes collecting kindergarten supplies by mistake. Number One Son was triumphant (for over an hour) when he heard that he really did need a nice new pair of scissors, and that Daddy was wrong about that. But he was still wrong about needing rainbow-coloured pencils, and he’s definitely not getting glue with glitter in it.

On a completely different subject, at what age of child is it appropriate to start worrying about your chances of getting grandchildren?

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8 thoughts on “Bak to Skool

  1. When I met the principle a months or two ago she explained to me that they run “the modified school year”, or some similar combination of words. As I continued to cast my disfocussed gaze on the point between her eyes she went on to explain what that meant, exactly … which I forgot within seconds.

    But long story short they seem to have lots of very small terms/semesters and vacations, which seems like a good idea.

    Now what irritates me is that we live in a fast growing part of town with a school district under tremendous financial pressure, yet the locals continually reject additional school tax levies. Some of the local schools are on a two-track schedule with Juniors from 7am to 2pm and Seniors from 9:10am to 4:10pm. and yes, buses now run four times a day.

    I’m sure that it’s doing wonders for house prices locally :(

    Still, at least they’re turning out to vote so that the “sanctity of marriage” can be preserved — the big dummies. I roll my eyes at them.

  2. On a completely different subject, at what age of child is it appropriate to start worrying about your chances of getting grandchildren?
    As soon as they are born !

  3. Pete_S said…
    On a completely different subject, at what age of child is it appropriate to start worrying about your chances of getting grandchildren?
    As soon as they are born !

    But sleepless nights start about age 13…

    I’m told not to worry though… They start to come back when they are out of college and married…

  4. David said:

    Now what irritates me is that we live in a fast growing part of town with a school district under tremendous financial pressure, yet the locals continually reject additional school tax levies. […]

    What community in Colorado doesn’t face this situation? I think this whole country has education so screwed up it will take a whole three to four more generations to figure it out then another two or three to straighten it out. If that ever happens.

    As far as property values go, as the job market falls in Colorado and major corporations (HP for one in Fort Collins/Loveland) starts laying off workers, these communities will face hardships and falling property values due to people leaving and no one moving in to replace them. (Can anyone say 1980’s Colorado?)

    I only hope my decision to start commuting down to Denver pays off in the long run.

    My son faces some of these similar things in about 7+ years. I only hope it turns around for him before then. Until that time, he has to deal with the pressures of peers and teachers that “are stupid idiots” as he puts it. But that’s a teenager… they know it aaaallll….

    As for the previous comment: Just wait until they want to drive… Grandchildren are the cake, the driving issue it the icing…

  5. Jeff Hunter said…
    Next week? Holy cow they send ’em back early there. The kids here have been out of school for 5 weeks and go back after labor day.

    I thought most of our schools were done at the same time, but up until the week after the 4th of July, we had a school in session (at least that I could tell). I’m not sure WHEN they will be going back. Must be another brilliant idea to keep people employed longer, i.e. bus drivers.

  6. Um – nope. My spouse having been a preschool teacher for a number of years I can safely say: it is because 1st grade boys are more like to have an accident (of a certain type) than girls. The gallon bags are for the clothes; the wet wipes are for cleaning up.

  7. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, I see. Well it’s been a while since we had an accident of that type. I usually have to hold him down and tickle him for about ten minutes … just as he starts gasping and turning purple from laughing too hard , that’s about the right time to stop.

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