After nearly 7 months, I am apparently still "learning the ropes" as a parent of a kindergarten student.
Case in point:
Olivia did not go to school on Monday. She had spent most of Sunday night in our bed, coughing. She was exhausted. Sick. And so Kevin and I made the decision to keep her home.
He called the school to let someone (read: the voice automated system) know that she wouldn't be there. I stayed in bed with bronchitis.
Tuesday morning we sent Olivia to school.
I was still sick and not really 'with it'.
Wednesday morning we sent Olivia to school.
She came home from school on Wednesday with a yellow slip of paper that read:
"Dear Parent/Guardian: Your child was absent from school on March 1. As of today we have not received a note regarding this absence. Please send a note to the office explaining her absence so that our records are complete."
Today we sent Olivia to school with a note in her backpack explaining why she was absent on Monday.
To whom it may concern: Olivia C. was absent from school on March 1 due to illness.
I hope that is enough explanation so that their records are complete. And yes, I know that notes are required when a child misses school. I'm not that stupid. I just wasn't thinking about needing to send a note - I was busy trying to not cough up my lungs for the past few days. But boy did I feel stupid when I saw that note from school.
I doubt that I will forget anymore.