The First Week of School

Grandma Kc wrote this on August 28th, 2016 28 Replies

Amara’s first week of school is officially over and she absolutely loves it! Justin took her first day of school off so that he could go with Jenna to drop off and pick up. Jenna supplied us with lots of pictures of that day but for Grampy and I the best part was when she phoned us after school. The excitement in her voice was contagious.

Amara on the first day of OCSA

Amara has block schedule so she only had half of her classes that first day but so far Spanish was her favorite class. She had made new friends and they had lunch together. I asked her if they had eaten all of the gummies she had taken with her. Not all of them as no one was very hungry. She felt they had all over packed their lunches. I think it was just the excitement level. She told us about the little grocery store across the street where students go to purchase things. Remember how I told you that Amara had tested to get into Advanced Math? Well she is one of 2 or 3 7th graders and all the rest of the students in her class are 8th or 9th grade! She was very proud of this. She’d had a great first day at her new school.

I got to go with Jenna to drop Amara off and pick her up on her second day. The campus really is huge and there were so many students milling around. It reminded me of being on a college campus. This would be another day of all new classes. Today’s favorite class was Lit & Comp. We went and had yogurt after school and got to hear all about it. She told us about the different teachers. She has all female teachers except for her M/T Dance – Modern Theater Dance! I have to stay up on the lingo! I think that may be the most challenging class as her legs were really sore by the end of the week. Of course that might be from having to walk up 7 flights of stairs for one of her classes! She has one class that is a “tea class”. The teacher would like them to bring cups and tea to enjoy during class! She has another teacher that not only allows chewing gum but encourages it! So many details!

Friday was wonderful. To wrap up the first week they had a Welcome Week street fair. It was mostly for the students but parents were encouraged to come and that includes Grandmas! Fridays are early out for OCSA so the festivities started around 1:30. There were food trucks and each conservatory had a table. At those tables you could win raffles tickets to use either in the prize drawings or at the dunk tanks where teachers were scheduled to be. There was face painting and a DJ but the best part was the young dancer dressed all in red. He was so fun and entertaining and he got students all up and dancing including Amara!

It really is such an amazing school filled with so many talented students.
Amara is going to have a wonderful year.

28 thoughts on “The First Week of School

  1. Joyce

    I am so happy to hear this! I knew Amara would fit right in no matter where she went, but this is such a competitive process with such high standards and here she is, coming out at the top of the pile! Her happiness is infectious. She smiles right into my heart from the screen. I am so impressed with the OCSA program. They are developing children socially, academically, and physically. How wonderful to have a modern dance class and to attend on a block schedule. Those students will merge effortlessly into college after this experience.
    I’m so glad you are able to enjoy every part of this, too, Grandma Kc!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I feel like I am one of the luckiest Grandmas in the world! I have an amazing granddaughter and an even more amazing Mom and Dad and they are willing to share all of this with me! I know lots of other grandmothers who don’t have this kind of relationship with their kids.

      OCSA really is everything Amara had hoped it would be and she is loving it! Life doesn’t get much better than this!

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  2. Launna

    Kc, this place sounds incredibly beautiful… I am so happy to read that Amara had such a good first week and that she is making new friends. I am sure she will excel, she is super friendly. Valentina starts next week and she is excited since it is a new school to her… I hope it all goes well for her xox

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am so excited for Valentina! New schools are exciting but a little bit scary, too! She will do wonderful and I can’t wait to hear all about it! But until then I hope she enjoys the last moments of her summer vacation.

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  3. Rhonda Gales

    Wow, sounds like an exciting week. I love the pictures, she is all smiles. It does my heart good to see children who want to learn, and are up for the challenges of life. Keep us posted, I can’t wait to hear more.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara does love a good challenge! Every day is something new. I went with her Mom to drop off yesterday and Amara was really glad that it wasn’t one of the days where she has first period on that 7th floor. Mondays aren’t easy! Those stairs are a challenge!

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  4. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    She looks so happy that you can tell she is excited and thrilled to be learning and trying all these new courses. What a great adventure she is on, and it is so nice that she shares with you how things are going. You will be learning all sorts of new lingo this year as she progresses. Applause to that beautiful granddaughter of yours and may she have an absolutely wonderful school year. 🙂

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  5. Barb

    Is Amara’s new school fairly close to her home? I’m glad she had a great first week. It’s so important for kids to have a good start and make new friends. Her smile is contagious. The twins (8th grade) are going to be coming to CA in Oct – they were chosen to attend Sea Camp at UC San Diego. It will be the first time they fly without their parents.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara’s Dad graduated from UCSD – how incredible for your grandkids to get to go to Sea Camp! They are going to have the most amazing experience! Amara’s school is just over 2 miles from home. It is really to far for her to walk and even if she were willing to try I am not sure Mom and Dad would be up for it. It is working out great in a way. I go to their house in the AM and go with Jenna to drop off and then we hit the gym 3 days a week. So far the schedule is working out great. Can’t wait to hear more about Sea Camp.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Lux! She really did grow this summer. Not only is she taller she just looks older. How did we get to 7th grade?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Her enthusiasm just keeps growing! I can’t wait to hear how Kendie’s first day at her new school went.

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  6. Debby Ray

    So glad your sweet grand daughter had a great first week at school! I know you will miss being with her and the routine you once had doing what you did with her, but it’s going to be OK! They grow up so fast…my oldest grandson is a senior this year….WHAAAAT????? Take care, Kc 🙂

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  7. Christie Hawkes

    What a beautiful granddaughter! She’s lucky to have such great grandparents. We have two twelve-year-old grandsons who just started junior high. Such an important time in their lives.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I sure hope your grandsons enjoy school as much as Amara is. It is always scary to start a new school but what an exciting journey!

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  8. April

    The school sounds amazing! I am so glad that you get to share in all of Amara’s experiences. How wonderful for you both. I can’t believe how tall she is getting. Love to you all.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Maybe you and Michael will make a trip to California someday and I can show you the school — and the beach! I am so glad the Kids are close by and that we are all close. Love you!

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  9. Kimberly

    Seven Floors, she better overpack that lunch. My goodness. Sounds like is going to be busy. My kids love having tea and chewing gum as well. It’s the little things. So happy it was what she was expecting. That is a ton of kids.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I think it was everything she hoped for and then some. I went with her Mom to pick her up yesterday and she gets in the car and asks us how our day was. So we asked her how her day was. “Amazing! It was just an amazing day!” I’m so glad she loves it!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara really does enjoy math and she is very good at it — unlike her mother!!! Math was never Jenna’s strength!

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