Friday, August 11, 2017

School Days

School starts Monday for our kids, so today we wrapped up school visits.  First we stopped at Arlington's school to drop off her school records.  She was able to get a second tour and she asked a lot of great questions.  She found where her locker is, and where new students will meet the first day.  They also told her that in the mornings croissants and juice will be available for students before they start class.  Sounds like a win.

We next picked up Cainan's PE kit - he has to wear a certain pair of shorts and shirt for gym each week at his school.  (not free - $30 Francs).  We also found out that he has a backpack provided by his school, so he won't need the one we brought for him.  (bummer).

Then we went to Cainan's meet and greet at his school.  We were able to meet his teacher (who is a guy this year - Cainan is very excited), and get a tour of the school.  Because we decided on this school AFTER our visit in June, we didn't have a chance to take a tour.  The school is beautiful.  It is much bigger inside than it looks on the outside.  We got to meet his German teacher, French teacher, music teacher, and art teacher.  We got to see the music room, cafeteria, and meeting hall.  We learned they have gym outside while the weather is nice and then they go to an indoor sports arena for gym in the winter months.  They have swimming every Wednesday as part of their day.  Lunch is included in Cainan's tuition, so he will be eating good hot food every day.  It was a great visit, and I know Cainan feels better about starting school Monday.

After this visit, we practiced Cainan's route.  I did it one more time with him, and then he went on his own - from the apartment all the way to school and back.  He did a great job - no problems.  He was pretty proud of himself, and I breathed a little that he might just be fine doing this every day.

That is where the fun ended today because it is rainy and cold.  We have spent the rest of the day getting things ready for school and singing up for German classes.  This weekend is supposed to be nice, so I hope we can get to the zoo and explore.

Two random pictures

This is the largest post office in Basel.  It is open on Sundays and holidays
 The World Bank

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