If you expect a charming post with cute pictures of our little girls walking their graduation… think again. After all, this is the German American School of Portland. The incarnation of clueless, incompetent with a sprinkling of uncaring. We are happy this episode is behind us. We are sad about the money wasted. We are glad that the girls’ German has improved.
So what happened?
School planned an evening event on Wednesday. With the Pre-K and Kindergartners singing. They didn’t bother to tell us about it. We actually heard from our 6 year olds about it and asked the teachers and then Tuesday morning they finally sent out an email. Yeah, planning is for others.
In the email we were told that graduation for the Kindergartners would be Thursday morning – without parents present.
The printed program for Wednesday evening actually mentioned a graduation ceremony.
And then as a throw away remark after the first few songs the girls’ teacher mentioned that “oh, we did graduation already this morning”.
Yes, they sent us pictures in email. Low resolution. And one of them is even in focus.
Yes, to Germans this might not mean much. There is no graduation anywhere, any school, maybe with the exception of high school in Germany. But here in the US it’s a big deal. All the other kids in our neighborhood going to American schools had a little ceremony. With parents present. With a chance to take some pictures and celebrate the end of a phase of growing up.
I hope that looking back in a few weeks I’ll just shake my head and sigh. As I do about so many things related to the GSP. But right now I’ll admit that I’m still rather frustrated.
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