“The first days are the hardest days”

We try not to be the type of obnoxious parents that are always bragging about how great their kids are,  in this post however, we are throwing that rule right out the window.

Today was Kate’s first day at Belgrano Day School and the first day of school overall since the school year begins in February here in Buenos Aires.  The first day of school can be a tough day for lots of kids  and the first day at a new school can be particularly daunting.  Facing the first day at a new school in a new country where you really don’t speak the language, well that’s just a lot to ask from a 9 year old.  But that’s exactly what Kate did today.

The day started promptly at 8:00 am.  We walked with Kate through a large assembly, where parents and students were gathering to begin the new year. Kate lined up at the place assigned to her section with her brand new classmates and immediately began talking to someone.  “I’ve got a new friend,” she whispered to us discretely, before returning to her conversation.  When the assembly ended, Kate waived good bye to us and marched off with her classmates to begin the day.

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Kate in her uniform, ready to go!

By the time Michele picked her up at 4:00 pm Kate was pretty well tuckered out.  We’ve learned that the day wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns and that there were some difficult moments.  To be expected.  The important thing is that she got through it and we consider this to be a great start.

At the initial school assembly, the positively wonderful Headmistress of the Primary School, Andrea Pelliccia, told the kids,        “[t]he one thing we ask, is that you do your best.”  That’s what Kate did today and we could not be prouder.

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