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Old 09-06-2011, 08:03 PM
 
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Most schools in my area have orientation for the parents a week before school starts. They meet the teacher, learn the rules(treats for all or none, invitations for all or none), get a supply list, etc.

Most schools want children to ride the bus the first few days. The drivers have to know where to stop. Their routes do not have house numbers.

I don't know when it started that parents thought they should be at school for the first day. Maybe with the invention of video cameras.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:36 AM
 
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We did go to his orientation but it was in a different school so I did not get to see his classroom, bathroom etc...I didn't want to be there to record his first day, I wanted to be there because I am worried about English being his second language and he never attended a pre-school. He couldn't go to bathroom yesterday because he said he raised his hand but teacher wouldn't let him speak, so he held it until he came home. That is unacceptable to me and if it happens again I will have a word with her. Maybe she has some rules about bathrooms that my son didn't understand. I think in some cases, parents have no choice but to be there. Even during the orientation, there were kids clinging to their parents and refused getting on a practice bus ride. Some kids are just more clingy than others.
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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ladyvictoria, I found that a quick e-mail to the teacher about concerns like yours will likely solve the problem. I'm wondering if she has some bathroom rules/break times that your son may not have paid attention to. It's probably a bit overwhelming for all the students on their first day.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:17 PM
 
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We did go to his orientation but it was in a different school so I did not get to see his classroom, bathroom etc...I didn't want to be there to record his first day, I wanted to be there because I am worried about English being his second language and he never attended a pre-school. He couldn't go to bathroom yesterday because he said he raised his hand but teacher wouldn't let him speak, so he held it until he came home. That is unacceptable to me and if it happens again I will have a word with her. Maybe she has some rules about bathrooms that my son didn't understand. I think in some cases, parents have no choice but to be there. Even during the orientation, there were kids clinging to their parents and refused getting on a practice bus ride. Some kids are just more clingy than others.
He may have misunderstood something. In our schools kindergarten classes all had their own bathroom right off the room, so most K teachers let the kids go any time they need to go. In the older grades, teachers often have regular bathroom breaks when the kids are going to be in the hall anyway (going out to recess, going to and from lunch or PE, etc.)
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