Katya, Amina and I headed to the opening ceremony at Katya's school soon after Chris and Natalia had left to go to Natalia's new school. Katya had been counting down the days until the first day of school for weeks now; that's surely a sign of how much she loves her school!
The children in Katya's school stay together as a group with their two homeroom teachers for four years; as a result, there was no anxiety at all as the big day approached. The kids all ran to greet each other after the long summer apart and the parents were happy to already know each other, too. We feel so lucky that both of Katya's teachers are true gems and that the children all get along so well!
Two of Katya's friends from her former kindergarten are in the first grade this year; they were so apprehensive and cute... They were the quintessential first graders, wearing their new book bags, carrying bright bouquets and sporting huge white bows in their hair.
I wasn't able to stay very long at the ceremony because I had to get to my own first day of school--but not to worry, I got to watch the highlights of it on the evening news! They were filmed and featured on the national news! September 1st is a national holiday here, "The Day of Knowledge," and all schools start on the date with much fanfare. It was quite fun to all plop onto pillows and the couch while we waited for the broadcast that night!
If you'd like to read more about the ceremony in general, you can read what I wrote last year after Katya's first day of school.