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Today was Kindergarten Orientation for Macy.  It was great for us to visit Macy's classroom, meet her teacher etc.  I don't know if we had expectations about what this would be, but it was very casual-the teacher didn't address the group with specifics, and there were no handouts.  I asked a couple of questions but clearly the orientation was simply an opportunity for the kids to get comfortable with the room and their environment.  Let me be clear...that's perfect and it's so important for our little student to get this time so we set her up for success tomorrow. 

I guess I was hoping for a little bit more information we can do our part and make sure we've talked with our children about the "big stuff" and also so we're following school policies...like what to expect if our kids are riding the bus; what does she prefer as far as pick-up and drop off; should we notify her/the school if our kids will be out sick? if they miss a day of school do we send a note?  You know, the in's and out's for all of us rookies.  I view this as a partnership...we trust them with our children and I would guess they're expecting us to follow some basic policies and procedures so the school year goes smoothly.  I noticed a few other parents around the room asking one-another some of the same questions I was wondering so it was nice to know we 're not alone. 

It was a quick 30 minutes from 2:15-2:45 and we were out the door.  The orientation went well.  Macy was a little hesitant about interacting with other kids, which is very normal. There were about 15 kids there and they had full rein of the room to play with toys, blocks, color, etc. but I noticed most of them were staying pretty close to their mom or dad.  Macy showed mild signs of anxiety but nothing major, so that makes me feel like she's ready-and I didn't realize until we left that I was carrying some anxiety myself.  I let out a big breath.  Whew.  Our job was to get her ready and I think she's there.

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