Back to School

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The stores are filled with back to school supplies, the supply lists are out, the summer, though just begun, is quickly coming to an end.  The kids start school mid August.  Craziness.  I remember when the school year started after Labor Day.  Yeah, I guess I’m getting old.

One thing that has always irked me about the kids supply lists, is the insane specifications of exactly what color, what brand, etc that they have to have.  What annoys me further is when the teacher uses the all caps and bold fonts to really pound in the message that Roseart crayons are not good enough, they must be CRAYOLA!!!

Do you know what that does to a stubborn headed, childish, Latina mommy?  Well, if you guessed that I buy the Roseart crayons just because it’s the opposite of what the anal, OCD teacher wanted, then you are correct!  A crayon is a crayon.  A folder is a folder.  A notebook is a notebook.  I could go on and on.  I get everything on the list, I even send in extra Kleenex and hand sanitizer and anything else I think could be useful for the classroom.  But holyantiauthority Batman, let’s not get on a power trip about art supplies.

I was pleasantly surprised this year to see that the lists aren’t crazy specific as they usually are.  That makes the entire supply hunt so much less stressful.  And cheaper.  And less passive aggressive.

Summer School

Film poster for Summer School - Copyright 1987...

After an ever so brief week off from school, los ninos are returning today for Summer School.  Now, I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, summer school was for…well…the less than bright students.  It was for catching up and passing subjects that were failed during the school year, so you would be able to progress with your classmates to the next grade level.

Was that the way it was for everyone else?

Well now, Summer School is like summer camp!  The kids have classes with Legos and magic tricks and even an entire class dedicated to Dr Seuss.  There are daily prizes given out by random, and an attendance price for each child at the end of the roughly four week session.

The kids get paid.  They get a gift card with $60 a pop for perfect attendance.  It was $100 a kid a few years ago.  What the what?!

I am envious!  I would have loved this program when I was a kid!  My mom wouldn’t even let me join Girl Scouts, to say I was a bored child would be an understatement.

So, today it’s just me and the littles.  Matt and Bella are having awesome adventures at school and earning money while they’re at it.  Lucky little brats.


I can’t leave this post without adding that Summer School was an AWESOME 80’s movie!  Mark Harmon, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Kirstie Alley,  Chainsaw, omg, I love me some cheesy 80’s movies!