August 27, 2018 – There has been lots of first days of school so far for 2018 since Tracks 1, 2 and 3 got started on July 9th.
This morning, 160,000 Wake County, traditional-calendar students get started and we at RCAM would like to say to all our student-patients a heart-felt,
“Good Luck Today. Have a Great Year!”
Of course, many of our year-rounders have been in school for weeks to months. To you we add to the above, “Keep up the good work!”
One Reminder, Two Potentially Useful Links and a Video about a Fish’s First Day of Kindergarten:
- Reminder: If your child suddenly tells you that they wish to play a sport and need a form completed, if they’ve been in our office in the last year for a well visit, we can fill out that form based on that visit. If they haven’t, give us a call and let’s get that scheduled. More information about getting forms completed here.
- Useful Link #1: Last Monday, local affiliate ABC-11 compiled a county-by-county list of places offering FREE school supplies here.
- Useful Link #2: Our friends at the American Academy of Pediatrics website HealthyChildren.org have compiled MANY back-to-school tips here.
On to the Video…
[NOTE: information that could be considered practical or useful ended above]
There are lots of great first day of school videos out there (and by “video” I am talking about a scene from a movie the depicts the first day of school).
I first thought of “Welcome Back Kotter” – which on further thought is more of a song than a scene so I’ve gone off theme here – also, RCAM parents are likely too young to get that reference. Those that did get it – they would know that song is about a former student returning as a teacher which is definitely not applicable to any current RCAM patients so… we keep moving.
Most movies that include the first day of school typically present the outsider / new student awkwardly arriving for their first day. That can be a lot of fun on a movie screen but not in real life. We see that theme in scenes from some all-time favorites like Footloose, Mean Girls, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and – my personal favorite – Grease featuring the awkward Aussie, Sandy.
For our purposes here, I’d like to feature this scene from Finding Nemo.
You will find no cynicism whatsoever in this depiction of a Kindergartner’s unbridled enthusiasm.
And – how bout Marlin (Nemo’s Dad)? Who among us can’t identify with a parent’s unflinching anxiety when faced with the appropriate parental duties of letting go.
Been there myself – probably still am but we’ll keep in the past tense; don’t want to overthink…
But wait… On second thought – Marlin was kinda right, wasn’t he? His out-of-this-world fears were actually founded. The decision to start school was almost tragic for Nemo.
I’m going to rethink my decision to drop my kids off at school today. In the meantime, try to enjoy (don’t let me start a panic – keep in mind – everything does turn out just fine for young Nemo):