School started today - hopefully it will last and a (threatening) strike will be averted. My two oldest love their teachers. My daughter (and oldest) has some really good friends in her class. My middle son has wanted this teacher for second grade since last fall. My youngest started kindergarten today too. He is very excited to meet all of his new friends and go to real school just like his big brother and sister. It was a very poignant day and a major milestone - all of my kids are in school! It's also the only time all three will be in the same school together. It really doesn't seem like five years ago when my daughter started kindergarten and my youngest was just a newborn. It's a cliche, but so true that time flies. [I think it flew south along with most of my short-term memory. ;) ]
Update: Looks like the strike is a near certainty rather than just threatening. I have no idea yet what we'll do with the kids while my husband and I are at work. Given that our elementary school teachers are some of the highest - if not highest - paid in the state, I'm not too sympathetic to their demand for 10% increases each year. Who in the rest of world gets that? These days you're lucky to get 3% annual raise.
Update 9/6/05: So far a strike has been averted. Progress was made on Labor Day so school is back in session this week. The next meeting with the federal mediator is Friday 9/9.