Last year Trysten attended a school called Lincoln Academy. We had transferred him there from Buffalo Elementary for a number of reasons but one of the main ones was because Lincoln had
But then we brought home our newest boys earlier than we thought we would so we had stuff to look into. Lincoln does not have an ESL (English as a second language) program, which troubled us seeings Tomas speaks no English. After much research, Zach found a school within our district that has both a full time ESL teacher and a speech and language therapist. This ESL teacher agreed to test Tomas to make sure he needed it. Since he clearly
After taking a tour through the building we remembered that one of Zach's very best friend's moms was the Kindergarten teacher and one of Zach's brother's friends was the principal. We also knew a handful of other teachers through the building as well. The principal was dynamic, and enthusiastic, we got to see the teachers interacting, it was all very good.
I told Trysten that if he had strong objections to transferring to Monroe than we would
So we signed them up. Tariku would be in our friend's mom's class (praise God!), Tomas would be in a 1st grade class that also has Vietnamese and Spanish speaking ESL kids, and Trysten was
Before they even started we toured the building one more time. This was just 2 days after our first meeting at Monroe and already Tariku and Tomas' teachers had their desks with their names on it, water bottles with their names on it and lockers with-you guessed it-their names on it. Tomas' teacher told us she had told the kids all about Tomas and had done a little research on Ethiopia. The kids were fighting over who got Tomas as their "school buddy", until one of the kids "claimed" his dad was from Africa so naturally, he won. How amazing is that?
Anyway, Tuesday they started. Trysten was visibly nervous, Tomas was jumping out of his skin excited and Tariku was a mix of both.
Tariku and his teacher (who we just love!)
Outside his class
I cried. Probably more so for Tariku than anyone else. Tariku is one of those who lacks a little self confidene. He is very sure of himself when he is
But they all did well. All of them have made new friends, Tomas was sad to hear he wouldn't be going to school today or tomorrow. Tomas' teacher is making next week "Ethiopia week". They will greet each other with "Selam" ("hello" in ET) and say good bye with "chao" ("good bye" in ET). The teacher is doing a presentation on Ethiopia and will ask Tomas the words for certain animals, etc. As she said, "Tomas will learn a lot from us this year but we might learn even more from him!" Seriously? Brings tears to my eyes thinking of God's abundance in this particular issue.
Tariku's teacher came up to me the second day, "So we have a little perfectionist on our hands, eh?" Yeah, pretty much. Turns out he started crying when he kept messing up the lowercase A. "From whom might he get that?" She asks. She's known Zach since he was just a wee one so she knew he wasn't one and since I
And Trysten, it turns out, has 3 other kids who have transferred in from different schools. He's made fast friends and even got invited to a birthday party already. Trysten told me yesterday that he wants to go back to Monroe next year so I think that's a good sign.
There you have it, first week of school summed up. "The littles" start preschool on Monday so be excited for a post on those 2 crazies on Monday. As for Monroe, it looks like we've