You Know It’s The First Day of School When…

First Day of School

Like the vibrant sights and sounds of any festive time of year, the telltale signs of the first day of school can be spotted from at least a mile away. Images come to mind of zombie-like children shuffling miserably to the bus stop while mom and dad follow gleefully behind, toasting with their coffee mugs like champagne flutes.

Sound familiar? Of course it does! Here are a few more ways to tell the first day of school is upon us once again.

1. Your social media networks are flooded with pictures of kids sporting a new book bags and a forced smiles.

2. Your trip to Staples was like Toys R Us on Christmas Eve.

3. Your teacher friends are all on suicide watch.

4. You made the face in the above picture trying to locate everything on your child’s lengthy supply list.

5. The line in the haircutting place was even worse than Staples.

6. You spent the majority of Labor Day Weekend completing two months worth of summer homework assignments.

7. You lost your toddler at least once amidst the chaos of first day dismissal.

8. So. Much. Contact. Paper.

9. You’ve mentally prepared a list of all the parents you hope to avoid running into (and inevitably end up seeing them all).

10. You forgot to set your alarm and almost missed morning drop off.

–or–

You pressed snooze so many times you almost missed morning drop off.

–or–

You missed morning drop off.

11. You’ve made a long list of things to do when the kids leave for school, but instead you spend the morning drinking coffee, watching TV, and liking everyone’s first day pics on Facebook and Instagram.

12. You have so many permission slips to sign that you stop reading them after a while and just start signing. You’re not sure, but you might have just accidentally nominated yourself for PTA president.

13. You haven’t heard the words “common core” or “standardized test” in over two months (but that will change very soon).

14. You spent a small fortune on brand new fall clothes for school and you’re dying to see how great the kids look in them. Too bad it’s 85 degrees and humid outside.

15. Your daughter tells you her best friend isn’t in her class, and it’s an actual crisis.

16. Your eyes sort of watered a bit when you dropped off your youngest, but you’re not entirely sure if they were tears of sadness or tears of joy. Probably both.

By Jeannine Cintron, a Staten Island mother of two and local mommy blogger. Read more of her humorous take on parenting at Highchairs and Headaches.



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  1. Stargazing in Great Kills

    April 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    April 21, 2018  |  8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Great Kills Park
    Spring Astronomy Day. Go stargazing with the S.I. Amateur Astronomer’s Association. Inclement weather will cancel this program.
  2. NYRR Open Run

    April 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    April 22, 2018  |  9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Conference House Park
    Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all
  3. St. George Day

    April 22 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tompkinsville Park
    Earth Day & Arts Festival celebrating community….and dragons! This free, North Shore event will include kids’ activities, family oriented fun, outdoor art installations, live music, street performance, crafts, and Earth Day demonstrations. Click here to learn more!
  4. Earth Day: Citizen Science Fair at Greenbelt Nature Center

    April 22 @ 11:00 am
    April 22, 2018  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Citizen Science projects are programs in which ordinary citizens volunteer to work to help scientists to answer real-world questions. Join us for an informative session to find out what projects are happening locally, and learn how you can become a
  5. Earth Day at the Zoo

    April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Staten Island Zoo
    Explore the different ecosystems that make up our amazing planet with hands-on education stations, eco-crafts throughout the zoo, and scheduled tours of our rainforest, African savannah, North American Aviary and desert habitats. Meet animals from all over the world and
  6. Weekend Art Studio

    April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
  7. Earth Day: Senses Walk

    April 22 @ 1:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex
    Discover nature by using your senses with the Rangers on this nature walk.
  8. Historic Richmond Town’s Sensory Sundays

    April 22 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Historic Richmond Town
    This new program broadens the site’s accessibility and enhances the visitor experience for people on the Autism Spectrum. The Grace Foundation is partnering with HRT’s historical interpreters as co-tour leaders for this special series of sensory tours.
  9. Joys of Composting

    April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Don’t toss out your old food scraps! Discover how our planet benefits from composting in this special Earth Day workshop. Sponsored by Con Edison At 2pm & 3pm
  10. Richmond County Orchestra Celebrates Motown

    April 22 @ 3:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    The Great Hall at Snug Harbor
    Richmond County Orchestra (RCO) is celebrating Motown music with a Side-By-Side production with Curtis High School band members on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. RCO, in collaboration