Tuesday, August 16

Back To School

The twinnies begin Grade One at the end of this month. I'm not looking forward to it. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the eight hours of QUIET, but I really do miss them when they are gone. But, let's be completely honest, I have difficulty in surrendering my children over to "the government" (aka "Big Brother", aka the local school).

Homeschooling is not an option. I can't even get the children to follow basic rules like Thou Shall Not Pummel My Sister, or (more seriously) Thou Shall Not Plaster The New Fancy Schmancy Couch With Silly Putty. There's absolutely no way I could get them to learn "I before E except after C". So, I'm kinda committed to sending them to school.

All I had to do today was to pick up their supply list (that in itself deserves a post!) and pay the required $200 so they can attend the free, publicly funded local school.

Easy peasy, right?

Nope.

I have greatly annoyed the receptionist (who said that she couldn't possibly deal with me until Monday), irritated the school principal, and totally pissed of some lady at the school board. Oh. I also embarrassed Dan, who had to ask me to lower my voice. I declined.

I can't wait to meet the teacher. Sigh.

10 comments:

Bibliomama said...

I just read a homeschooling post that has me practically ready to order up my own curriculum and bid our school adieu. Okay, not really, it just made me feel inferior to the homeschooling Mom. I'm really enjoying having my kids around too, and given that they did dick-all of any value for about the last month of school, I'm bitter that summer is ending so soon.

Lara said...

$200? really? aie

Gwen said...

Yup, and they haven't even set foot in the school yet (that's when the school unrelentlessly begs and pleads for money).

Yabut said...

I'm having to deal with a school board and a receptionist too (or more hopefully the principal, if I can get past the receptionist). And I don't even have kids in school! It's NOT fun.

Mum said...

It is said that in any new endeavour, you might as well start out as you intend to continue! Hit them hard and fast! Have a lovely school year!

Dad/Zaida said...

It is good to live in a country where your children's education is high quality. $200 is annoying but in Ontario, I am told, the average "back-to-school" costs os $300.

FamilyFoodFitnessandFun said...

Oh my Gawd...I couldn't imagine home schooling my kids! I would go insane...more insane than I am already.

Gwen said...

Mum: I have started as I will continue. Not because it is my "intention" but because it is my nature...

Dad: $200 is only the jumping off point. That's just to get my kids into the classroom. It gets much worse!

Jen: I'm with you...homeschool would KILL me!!!!

Eileen said...

I read your blog for the first time today. Your posts are delightful. I especially love the repartee between you and your Mom.

And your children? Absolutely gorgeous little charmers.

Gwen said...

Thanks. Mum doesn't enjoy the "repartee" though. She finds it "exasperating". :)