Saturday, May 22, 2010
Yesterday was LES Field Day at Aidan's school. All kids in K-2 participated in this event, held on the school track. They went from one event to the next, all morning long. There was an egg-and-spoon race, a three-legged race, a bouncy castle climb, bean-bag toss, hurdles (on special little-kid-sized hurdles), a relay race, Drip-Drip-Drop (a version of Duck-Duck-Goose played with cups of water) and more I can't recall.
The biggest perk to this FS lifestyle is the access we gain to international schools. If we were paying for this school out-of-pocket, we'd have to come up with 25K per kid, per year. But when we're overseas, the State Department provides schooling for all K-12 kids. And in bigger places like Beijing, the schools can be amazing, with everything from smart boards to swimming classes. They also have a great mix of students: Aidan's classmates (only about 16 total) are German, British, Swedish, Swiss, Chinese, Korean and American.
The school in Amman will be quite different - they don't have the massive student body (it's just one-quarter the size) or the extensive quarter-mile-long facility. I doubt they'll have Field Day. I know it will be another quality school, with a diverse group of students and parents. I imagine the smaller size could even be a benefit - after all, our current school can be intimidating just because it is so darn big. It took me awhile to feel comfortable walking these halls. But after three years worth of field days, I've really grown attached to this place.
As I get close to the end of this tour, people keep asking what I'll miss about China. There are so, so many things I'll miss. But near the top of the list is the school. I'll really miss this place.