Head of the Class
Ever since Little IT was in kindergarten, class assignments for the new year were given on the last day of school, on the report card. It meant that parents clogged the parking lot to pick up their kids that day, frantically scanning bags, ripping envelopes, and either shrieking with joy or cursing the fates that put their kids in “that class” – whatever it was. Our village holds an ice cream social that night, and it would be packed with kids and parents asking the same question over and over – “Who’d you get?” Even the parents who claimed to be above the process would walk around with a notebook, taking down who was where in the grade.
That all changed this year when the decision was made to send out the class assignments two weeks before the start of school. This was OK by me – I tend to get caught up in frenzies, and it was nice not to. Of course, that meant I didn’t know what school supplies she would need. The lists were on the web site, but by teacher, and if you didn’t know what class you were in, you might be 2 red pens and 1 green pen instead of 1 red pen and 2 green pens. Or worse! And there would be penalties if we got this wrong, I’m sure.
To prepare, I printed out all the lists from the web site, so when we did the assignment, I’d know immediately what stuff to keep and what to jettison. The lists were very similar, but there were some differences, perhaps telling ones. I don’t really know any of the teachers in 4th grade, save one, so this was my first impression of them. Some class lists came with a sweet note from the teacher saying how excited she was to meet the class and happy to start the school year. Nice, sweet. I liked that. One note came in a harsh font with no additional commentary. Hmmm. Not sure what to think there. One note came with commentary saying you should NOT buy anything NOT on the list, and if you weren’t sure DON’T buy as there would be samples in the classroom. Oh, and also do NOT bring anything not on the list into the classroom. I think she used cap NOTs as well. Hmmm. If this was reflective of the teacher’s personality, Little IT would NOT, repeat, NOT mesh with that personality. I wanted her to be in either harsh font-no nonsense class or one of the nice teachers, whatever that means.
Mind you, I am certainly not implying that you can judge a teacher by a supply list. Far from it. It was more of an amusement than anything else, as we bided our time waiting for the assignments to arrive. But what was amusing is when Little IT declared her favorite teachers, which happened to be the ones who wrote the nice notes. And she never even saw the lists, she was going on reputation, which was the same thing I had picked up from the lists. Ha! Supply lists as an indication of personality traits. Who knew?
In the end, she got the one teacher in 4th grade that I do know and Little IT wanted. She’s very nice and gives good supply list. We’re thrilled, but whatever way you could slice it, Little IT would have done fine with any teacher. We’re looking forward to a great year, which also happens to be her last in this year school. Little IT isn’t so little anymore. Sniff.