Back to School

September 4, 2008

Ahhhhh… The boys are all back to school.

I usually hate the first day back to school for the boys because the house seems somewhat lonely.  This year, I was happy to see them off!!  I think we have been cooped up together in the house because of the weather long enough!!  They are both in need of some routine & structure again, which is certainly in short supply around here during the summer.  Their needs get met when we can get to them and “guests”, in their mind I’m sure, always seem to come first.

This is the last year that the boys will be attending their neighbourhood school, population about 120.  (Gr. P-5).  The four schools in town are amalgamating and a brand new school is being been built for 600 kids.  This is the last year that they will walk back & forth since the school is on the other side of our block and they don’t even have to cross the street to get there; they come home for lunch every day.  As of next year, they will be bussed and stay for lunch.  The kids, of course, are thrilled, and Sarah seems to think that they are building this school just for her.  The official opening date is January 2009, but I heard through the grapevine today that the school is NOT going to be ready.  (Thank goodness!)  I just can’t imagine teaching kids to use the bus system in this climate in January!!

But I digress.  I will save “the super-school vs. the neighbourhood school” rant for another day.

School was by all accounts “awesome” today.  Evan & Alex are both happy in their classrooms and Alex is sitting in the front so he can see.  His vision is currently at about 20/60 (20/70 qualifies him for APSEA) so he needs to sit at the front to be able to see the board and his teachers have also agreed to use only black markers so that he can see.  (He is color blind on top of everything else.)  Instead of a conventional patch, we are putting atropene drops in the better eye to disable it, and he’s also had his perscription lens in that eye switched to a plain glass one.  This will encourage the other eye to take over (we hope!) and strengthen. 

When I look back, I think about how naive we were with the whole eye situation.  Perhaps it’s best we didn’t know how bad it was then or the journey we were in for.  I certainly didn’t ever imagine we would still be dealing with patches five years later!!  The end is in sight and if his vision doesn’t improve, we will consider it done by Christmas.  Mind you, we don’t know if that’s a good thing or not…

The boys are excited that after spending their whole schooling career with female teachers, the music teacher & phys. ed teacher are both male this year.  Evan has 16 kids in his class (2 girls) and Alex has 18.  Who could ask for more?

We are looking forward to a great year with awesome teachers!  Here are a few photos from this morning.  Olivia only cooperated for a short time and we had to cut the photo shoot short since D’Arcy left well before the guests were coming down for breakfast and we didn’t think they’d appreciate Olivia’s noise!!


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