So today is Sam's first full day of school. In Ontario, the school system is transitioning to full day, every day, Junior Kindergarten for all kids who turn four in that calendar year. Since Sam turned four this past March, off he goes. We went yesterday morning for about forty minutes and met his teacher and a few other assistants who will be in his classroom. Sam did fine and made a new friend. I cried my way through two Kleenexes.
Today he goes for a full day, including two "nutrition breaks." Yes, we also do two "nutrition breaks" instead of one lunch hour. (As far as I know the full day kindergarten and the two "nutrition breaks" are unique to Ontario and not necessarily a Canadian thing.) Sam will get to eat from 11:10-11:30 and then again from 1:50-2:10. So this means that I get to pack two lunches (without any peanut products*) instead of one. Pictured below is my first ever attempt at school lunches and Sam's two-sided lunch bag. For break one he gets leftover KD, tuna and peas and a homemade (not by me) chocolate chip cookie. For break two he gets a hard-boiled egg, a cucumber and a second cookie. I'm not going to post every lunch I make for him but this feels like a momentous occasion.
*Peanut products are banned in lunches in most of Canada. Some schools even ban "peanut butter substitutes" because they look too much like peanut butter. Have I mentioned before that Sam eats a peanut butter sandwich for lunch about four out of five days a week? It will be fun to try and pack healthy lunches for him when I can't send the one thing I know he will reliably eat. (And I know this is a problem many parents face.)