This week we received notification that Grace has met all admissions requirements to start attending kindergarten at the International School of Tanganyika (IST) next year. She is NOT yet admitted because they won't know how many spaces are available until mid-April (after the pre-school kids at IST have to confirm that they are moving on to Kindergarten or not), but we should hear before the BBG is even born. We have every reason to hope and believe that she is at the top of the priority list since I work there part-time and since the World Bank is high on the list of diplomatic priority. So that's great - fingers crossed that she gets into this school because we have no back up for August if she doesn't. Now that she's 5, the whole Kindergarten thing seems so much more real! Big girl school for a big girl!
Two Saturdays ago (just after my baby shower!) Grace's friend Solveig and her mom took our little family on our first tour of the IST Primary campus (I work at the secondary campus which is in a different location). While the classrooms were locked up and we could only walk around peaking in windows, Grace was excited for her friend to show her the school and it was great for her to start getting a visual on life after the Nordic School next school year. Once she gets in, there will be more tours and orientations for all of us, but this was a great way to start the transition for Grace...who seemed totally non-plussed and talks about going to IST all the time. Noah, on the other hand, seems pretty bummed that he is not going with her. Sigh...we'll tackle that trauma when we get to it.
Here are just a few shots of Grace's tour! It's a beautiful campus with an incredible pool!