Thanks everyone for your support!
Some schools have meet & greets over the summer and this helps to make a few social connections with new and returning students - especially in regions where there are enough kids.
Do manage your expectations and your kids expectations. One of the things we were NOT prepared for was that first weekend after drop off. Kiddo let us know that many parents from the MA/CT/NY areas came back up after drop off to help with MORE room set up and bring MORE stuff. We live 2000 miles away - so we just went home after drop off. We saw on the school calendar that it was a “closed weekend”, so we figured that we were not allowed and that kids had to stay on campus. Nobody told us that some parents stick around, go shopping with their kids, or get to return back after a few days. Now, I know better and we take some vacation time to hang out - at least I do!
FWIW, I think it was hard coming from out of the NE “bubble” to school in the NE. It seems to be difficult in different ways for boys and girls. However, there are boys that have been to JBS together and/or know each other from club teams in NY/CT/MA/RI.
- Those of us who are “veterans” of rocky BS “launch” are here to support you and tell you all the stuff we wish we had known! I still remember the calm words of @MAandMEmom on the other end of the phone “Do you need me to talk you off the ledge?”