The first day of school at DGF is QUITE a big deal!
The Friday before school began, they posted the class assignments on the board outside of the library at the school; so we knew Reese was in Ms. Boswell's class...we just didn't have a clue who Ms. Boswell was. So we were very excited to meet her on the 1st day of school.
Daddy was in the states for a class and visiting Nana and the Detroit family, so the girls and I got up bright and early and after breakfast, headed off to the base.
We all met in the Multipurpose room where all of the teachers held signs with their name and the children hugged and giggled and stood with the rest of their new classmates. (Here is Ms. Boswell greeting her students.)
Thankfully, the PTA (God bless them) provided coffee, fruit and pastries and we all awaited the arrival of the Commanding Officer of the base to kick off the beginning of the year. (Here's Ray waiting patiently with her CHOCOLATE donut)...
The Principal, Mrs. Simmons began welcoming the returning and new families and then turned the mic over to the CO who also gave a welcome and led the Pledge of Allegiance. (The CO is below in the Khakis, the XO is in the middle and the CMC is on the far right end).
The teachers then took the students to their classrooms while the parents (and younger siblings) were offered seminars such as, "Talking so your child will listen" and "Raising a reader".
Open Houses was held hourly depending on the grade level and Rayna and I attended Reese's Open House at 10:30am. Ms. Boswell is lovely...this is her 16th year teaching at DGF Rota Elementary school... and gave a nice presentation about her expectations for the class, and an overview of the curriculum they would cover this year.
2nd Grade is on the 2nd floor of the elementary school and everything looks so grown up...no more ABC's covering the wall or bright colorful Spelling Word charts...
In 2nd Grade, there were MATH charts and SCIENCE posters...and replacing the little desks with the opening were BIG KID tables and you had to take your stuff to the LOCKERS....(here's Reese showing Rayna around her new domain.)
It's all VERY exciting!
After Open House, families were invited to stick around for a picnic lunch..... and then the children were whisked back to their class for closing remarks, supply lists, and then walked out to the buses/parent pick up area for the end of the day! (Here's Reese RUNNING to her SISSY after school!) Sisters are awesome! And so is 2nd Grade!