Last night was the 6th Grade Open House. I had a moment of my own middle school deja vu when I heard someone behind me after I walked in the door saying, "Deana Newsom! Deana Newsom!" It's not every day that I'm called by my maiden name, so it took me a moment to turn around. Turns out a girl I went to high school with also has a 6th grader at Bryn's school. Small world!
Anyway, it was a parents-only event where we got to go to each classroom of our child's schedule... starting with 1st hour.... ending with 6th hour. We had 7 minutes per class & then the bell would ring, just like being in school. And the hallways were PACKED in between classes. We had 3 minutes to get to our next class. Evidently the kids have 5 minutes in between, which is good since it was like herding cattle & impossible to walk quickly. Bryn would later tell me that she's figured out to stay to the side when she's walking through the hall & push people to get through. I said, "Ummm... you shouldn't be pushing people." She said, "I don't push them hard. I just have to get through all the people."
At one point walking through the maze of people last night, I overheard a dad behind me say, "I hated middle school."
Well, thank you for letting us all know. We're so impressed.
Middle school seems to be going well for Bryn, so far, and yesterday she "bought" her lunch at school for the first time EVER. She said she was going to pick a burger (plus 2 sides, which I would later find out was a bag a chips & "she lost her bowl of pineapple"... WTH?). We went online the night before to check ingredients to make sure she could eat what was being served & not be allergic to any of it (no dairy, eggs, peanuts, treenuts). I also made her PROMISE me that she would go immediately to the nurse if she felt any kind of reaction & we also made a deal that this would be OCCASIONAL that she bought... so I wasn't worried about it every time it happened.
That's a SMASH journal pocket calendar on there, purchased from Target. And gotta love googly eyes... :-)
By 8:20am this morning, I had already done a 6:30 Spin class, rushed home to drive Bryn to school by 8:00, drove to Starbucks, then to the gas station when Bryn called me to say she forgot her binder & "could I get it & bring it to her?" At least I got half the tank filled before I had to leave.
The rest of the day should be a piece of cake after all that.
And one more quickie...
My Navy Pier page that I posted the other day is featured today on the Craft Gossip site as their Inspiration du Jour...