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Monday, September 10, 2012

~ Traditional First Days ~

It's here
For the past 10 years we have traditionally started our school year on (or very near to) the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - September 8th.  This year, Our Lady's birthday landed on a Saturday...so TODAY is the official start date for us.

For the past several years, we've started a newer tradition, to take a field-trip on our First Day of School.

Model version of our mystery field-trip
So, after Mass, we drove to our destination...
I didn't tell the kids until that morning, what we were doing or where we were going.  Boy, did that make for a very happy and cheerful rise-n-shine! lol.

We had the traditional  "Schultüte" or School Cone that the kids, no matter how old they are getting, look forward to. 

Little Lamb thanked me with a big hug and said, "Momma, I love how you give us lots of fun things to eat, but then give us the tools to take care of our teeth...it's like giving a party, and then giving a dust pan".  LOL
Their Easter baskets are pretty similar; tools and all.  lol. 

I didn't have a chance to give our regular Standardized Tests at the end of our school year - which ran until almost the end of July; so I will be giving them their tests this week.  We are trying something new this year.  Conductor & Butterfly will take both Math & Language Arts tests.  They actually like to take the CAT/5 and look forward to their testing. 

Let the fun begin...!