Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Blue Starts School!!!!

I am amazed my daughter Blue!  She started school on Monday in the village Issac, just down the road aways.......What a brave little girl, all excited about going to school, not at all nervous......and wanting to go back yesterday and today!!!  Not easy going into a French school with no French and not knowing anyone, but she is doing it all with a smile!  I am so proud of her!!!

The school has two classes......with 50 kids in total (including Blue!).  This is the schedule:
Monday Class:        8:45am - 11:45am   then lunch and class again 1:15pm-4pm
Tuesday Class:        8:45am - 11:45am   then lunch (and 1 hour sports) and class again 2:15pm-4pm
Wednesday Class:   8:45am - 11:45am   1/2 day - go home early
Thursday Class:       8:45am - 11:45am   then lunch and class again 1:15pm-4pm
Friday Class:            8:45am - 11:45am   then lunch and class again 1:15pm-3pm (sports till 4pm)

Lunch break is an hour and a half on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and two and a half hours on Tuesdays.  They only go to school on Wednesday mornings.  The school has a canteen and serves a 4 course lunch every day that costs 2 euro 15 cent.  You also have the option to pick your child up and take them home for lunch, which is what I did with Blue on Monday and Tuesday. The sports on Tuesday and Friday are optional so if she comes home for lunch on Tuesday, she doesn't have to go back till 2:15pm and she can come home at 3pm on a Friday.  She informed me yesterday that she didn't want to be picked up for lunch anymore.  She wants to stay in school with her class and have lunch there so I might let her do that tomorrow.  It will probably be easier for her to make friends if she is there for lunch and recess time, but picking her up for lunch also gives her a break from all French for a while!!!  She already has a friend named Maisy, a little English girl who has been at the school for two years.

The school has before school and after school care.  You can drop your child off at school from 7:30am onwards and it costs 1 euro.  You can leave your child in afterschool care until 6:30pm for 2 euro per day.  Tomorrow my daughter Jess has an assessment at the school she will be attending in the town of Mussidan at 8:30am so I will drop off Blue 1/2 hour early and she will be in her classroom with her teacher who is very kind and speaks a little English.

This is the school calendar for 2014 - 2015
School starts: September 1, 2014
Midterm break:  October 17 to November 3
Christmas break:  December 19 to January 5
Winter break:  February 13 to March 2
Spring break:  April 17 to May 4
School finishes:  July 3, 2015

                                               Blue getting dropped off at school the first day

                                                                       L'ecole d'Issac

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