It was good to get back to the teaching routine this week. Don and I have fifty-four students this year, half of whom were with us last year. It's nice to have all the fifth graders used to the routines and able to help the fourth graders adjust to their unfamiliar new setting. We know that there is a purpose that each child is in our class, and we have the opportuntiy to help shape their life for two years. The school year started with an open house the night before classes started. About two-thirds of the parents showed up, which is much better than typical open houses. It seems that every year some parent is uncomfortable with this 'multiage thing' and pulls their child. This year it has not happened, though a couple of new parents were a bit skeptical at first. We look forward to a great year!