Here We Come Sokrates

What a day yesterday was!  Why?  School officially started for “A” & “E” who are going into 2nd and 4th grade.

This year once again they are going to Sokrates International Primary School here in Bydgoszcz.  We absolutely enjoyed last year and so we had no hesitation signing them up again this year.   I am excited to announce that 3 other friends of ours as well have moved their kids to this school that are from 3 different countries as they we that impressed with the school too!   It is going to be GREAT year as there have been lots of changes in the school over the summer with new staff, new classrooms and new classes!

The first day of school here in Poland is usually started with quick ceremony but this year’s ceremony was just a wee bit bigger compared to other years as they are officially opening the new school building (OK new to them as the building is 160 years old) and they are starting the Cambridge International School program for grade 1-12.  I am so excited for them and for my girls as this is going to open up so more opportunities for them.

What else made this ceremony special is that “A’s” class was in charge of skit for the program and “A” got asked to play the main part in the skit, Sokrates.  Over the summer we worked on memorizing her part to be spot on for this special day.  Yes, I am her mom and a bit biased but she ACED the part yesterday!  I think I might have a budding actress in my house.

"A" and a few of her friends practicing a few times last week for their parts during the opening ceremony.

“A” and a few of her friends practicing a few times last week for their parts during the opening ceremony.

First day of school and they were up early with plenty of time to eat breakfast.  Now here is hoping the rest of the year is this smooth.

First day of school and they were up early with plenty of time to eat breakfast. Now here is hoping the rest of the year is this smooth.

Oh, my girls are going to kill me later in life for this picture.  We always do the first day of school pictures including one crazy pose.

Oh, my girls are going to kill me later in life for this picture. We always do the first day of school pictures including one crazy pose.

There goes my babies for their first day.

There goes my babies for their first day.

Looked out "A's" classroom window and saw this. Looks like this could be a fun picnic in the afternoon!

Looked out “A’s” classroom window and saw this. Looks like this could be a fun picnic in the afternoon!

The staff doing one last quick rehearsal before the ceremony starts.

The staff doing one last quick rehearsal before the ceremony starts.

One of the things I love about this school is that they keep a scrapbook of the school year. It was fun to look through previous school years.

One of the things I love about this school is that they keep a scrapbook of the school year. It was fun to look through previous school years.

What girl wouldn't get excited when someone hands you 20 long stem roses?  I wish they were for me to keep but instead I got asked to present these to some city official(not sure who she was but that she was representing the city).  You should have seen how quickly I can put make-up on if need be.  I also said a quick prayer of thankfulness because I almost put on flip-flops when I walked out the door.  How embarrassing if I would have!

What girl wouldn’t get excited when someone hands you 20 long stem roses? I wish they were for me to keep but instead I got asked to present these to some city official(not sure who she was but that she was representing the city). You should have seen how quickly I can put make-up on if need be. I also said a quick prayer of thankfulness because I almost put on flip-flops when I walked out the door. How embarrassing if I would have!

Let the ceremony begin!

Let the ceremony begin!

And the ribbons are cut and the school is officially open.

And the ribbons are cut and the school is officially open.

I think the kids enjoyed this part the best I think, the

I think the kids enjoyed this part the best I think, watching the balloons go up.

Up and up and way!

Up and up and way!

Time to get the microphone on and get ready for the show.

Time to get the microphone on and get ready for the show in the school gym.

Welcoming speeches time.

Welcoming speeches time.

I think the stage

I think the stage fright is gone by that smile.

Just a few opening remarks by people I have no clue who they were but I know that they were important.

Just a few opening remarks by people I have no clue who they were but I know that they were important.

And the show begins!  "A" was the perfect Sokrates.

And the show begins! “A” was the perfect Sokrates.

They were AWESOME!!!

They were AWESOME!!!

TOTAL proud mom moment!!!

TOTAL proud mom moment!!!

Go to school, school is cool, say it's name and go to school...SOKRATES!

Go to school, school is cool, say it’s name and go to school…SOKRATES!

Time for the teacher portion of the show...cruising around the world.

Time for the teacher portion of the show…cruising around the world.

Each to of the kids got ticket to get on the cruise all with motivational words.

Each to of the kids got a ticket to get on the cruise all with motivational words.

The middle/high school headmaster made for an awesome Sokrates.  Not as cute as "A" but a close second.

The middle/high school headmaster made for an awesome Sokrates. Not as cute as “A” but a close second.

What made this fun when the boat landed on different countries a local dance studio did a dance from that country.   First us Brazil and salsa dancing.

What made this fun when the boat landed on different countries a local dance studio did a dance from that country. First up Brazil and salsa dancing.

"A" was one of the first to volunteer to learn how salsa.

“A” was one of the first to volunteer to learn how salsa.

The boat landed in the US and we are the landed in the country of hip-hop dancing.

The boat landed in the US and we are the country of hip-hop dancing.

"A" & "E" jumped at the dance to quick learn a move or two.

“A” & “E” jumped at the dance to quick learn a move or two.

When the finally landed in Poland it was time to head outside for the picnic part of the ceremony!  Each of the kids got a balloon on the way out and when everyone was out they did a countdown and they let them all go at the same time.  It a perfect way to start the school year!

When the finally landed in Poland it was time to head outside for the picnic part of the ceremony! Each of the kids got a balloon on the way out and when everyone was out they did a countdown and they let them all go at the same time. It a perfect way to start the school year!

I hope everyone was hungry as there was a ton of food representing some countries.  Italy had pasta of course.

I hope everyone was hungry as there was a ton of food representing some countries. Italy had pasta of course.

It looks like everyone is have a fun time.

It looks like everyone is have a fun time.

This was neat...dry ice to freeze pineapples and then dip them chocolate and freeze them again. Girls LOVED this!!

This was neat…dry ice to freeze pineapples and then dip them chocolate and freeze them again. Girls LOVED this!!

American bbq'd chicken!

American bbq’d chicken!

If the rest of the school year is as good as yesterday…..we are going to have one WONDERFUL, AMAZING, FANTASTIC and SUCCESSFUL year for the girls!

What tradition do you do on the first day of school?  Besides picture taking, we so do chocolate fondue for dinner.

love kelley
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