The day before school

At the end of a bike ride today, I stopped at my daughters’ elementary school to check out the new traffic pattern for pick up and drop off in anticipation of Wednesday (Aug. 22) the first day of school in Lincoln Unified School District. Lincoln is the last in the area to begin the new school year.

The new signage at Colonial Heights School was not quite right in directing traffic, proven by an arriving teacher who blew right through two DO NOT ENTER signs when she arrived. But all of that is another story.

It just happened that my wife and daughters had also stopped at the school so my 9 year old could see her fourth grade classroom. She didn’t get a chance to do that during the school’s welcome back event on Friday because my wife was busy recruiting for the Parent-Teacher-Student Association and my girls were too busy playing with their friends.

Meeting with a teacher the day before classes begin in a student-less classroom provides a great opportunity for a relaxed and quiet conversation.

Come Wednesday the school grounds will be anything but quiet. There are 32 students in my daughter’s fourth grade class, 23 of them are boys. My youngest daughter’s second grade class has 31 students, at least 11 of them are boys.

And all of them will be on their way to another year of learning.


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