Mae and Oliver are officially students. We spent this week standing in line (short lines), writing checks (some bigger than others), taking pictures (they look adorable, as always) and checking bus schedules (7 a.m.?!?). Whew!
I'm so confident that this will be a great year for them in every way. We walked into the counselor's office to ask about volunteer forms and the lady behind the desk lit up when she saw Mae. They had a very animated conversation about Mae's summer volunteering at the library, and this woman just seemed to adore my daughter. She's the school counselor and was Mae's homeroom teacher at orientation (I find out later). Evidently she was fascinated with Mae from the time she discovered Mae had homeschooled her entire life and was entering public school in eighth grade. Mae already has an ally. Yay!
The day before, getting Oliver signed up, cute girls recognized him and said hi. It didn't seem to phase him, but it makes me a little nervous. Outside of that, both of my teenagers (ack! I have teenagers!) led me all over the buildings, showing me everything important (library and cafeteria). Everyone we met was very friendly and helpful. It was a relief to see boys at the 7th grade sign up who are taller than Oliver (at 5'9" he was nervous about being a giant in 7th grade).
So far I've not had one bad impression of anyone I've met or spoken with who's connected with the Jenks Public School system. I worked in schools long enough to know that there's going to be a mess at some point, especially with "virgin" school children, but I'm very excited for all of my kids. God is good all the time.
Until I write again ...