All three are currently taking some classes at the public school now, as homeschoolers. All are in honors choir after school, DD1 and DS are in music/drama, and DD1 in is art. So they've met some future schoolmates and teachers already.
The school they will be attending is tiny--60 some kids in grades preK through 12. For example, there are 3 first graders, 13 third graders, and 4 fifth graders this year (and these are the grade peers my kids will be joining). Up through 5th grade, the kids have one homeroom teacher per grade for academic subjects, and then grades 1 & 2, and 4 & 5 pair up for gym, music, art, etc. (3rd is big enough to be on its own.) I imagine the pairing of grades will adjust accordingly when the 3rd graders move up.
In 6th grade (which my oldest will be starting in), they move to a middle school schedule and change classes throughout the day and have no homeroom. I'm not sure if they are paired with other grades at all but will find out more soon.
Any tips for moving into these grades are much appreciated. Anyone have any? All will do fine with the academics, but DS especially is concerned about the social component. There appears to be a pretty good anti-bullying policy (posters on the walls, no signs of bullies so far, etc) but he tends to be the odd one out, even in homeschooling circles. He has bright red curly hair, food allergies, unusual interests, etc. He tends to be rejected by boys, but has a couple of friends who are girls. Any tips for me to help him out?
Also, my youngest two have Celiac disease--DS cannot have gluten, dairy, or soy, and DD2 cannot have gluten or dairy. I'll be packing lunches and snacks for them, and will talk to their teachers... Does anyone have some positive experiences with food issues and schools? (I've heard plenty of negative ones already.)