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Friday, August 26, 2011

Lessons from the lunchlady: giving it 212 degrees

School is back in session. The hairnets are open and the sneakers are on. Here's what I learned during the first three days of school.

Kindergartners don't know their names. I had one tell me repeatedly that his name was BUBBA. That is cute, but it isn't what we have in our point of sale system. Also not in our system--Hannah Bannana, middle names instead of actual first names, kids who have no idea what their last name is.

Why did the chicken cross the road? Obviously, he crossed the road to become lunch since that seems to be what's on the menu. At least twice a week...ugh.

Choices give me a headache. We have started the dreaded hot/cold veggie choice and have begun serving so many choices that even the grown ups in our building are confused.

The start of school can be a little higgledy-piggledy. We have a word-of-day calendar and the word on the first all student day was higgledy-piggledy. It means in a confused, disordered or random manner.

We are giving 212 degrees. As part of our lunch lady training, we were told to give 212 degrees. Apparently that is the temp water boils (one of those things I learned in school and forgot). At first I thought it meant, don't push me to my boiling point but what it meant was something a little different.

So how will you go the extra degree?

11 random thoughts:

Anonymous said...

I think when I was in when I first started school I may have told everyone my name was Roger. Because my mum would always tell me she loved me, I would respond I love you to, then she would say "Roger that" :)

BTW: Beth Parker just met Lily Swan today ;)

JULIANA said...

So many great first day funnies! I especially love higgledy-piggledy!
And we were shown that video at my work too! I guess we all need to turn it up!

DeepBlue said...

So we must have kindergarden kids wear name tags!!! :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

There are so many names children go by instead of their first names. I used to input all the children in the computer login system we used in computer lab. The first time they logged in many needed name tags to see how to spell their given first name.

Kristie Maynard said...

Very interesting video and concept.
Then there are the ones that can't say their name the right way. Like me, perhaps when I was little. My name was Kristie Backstrom and if you didn't listen carefully it sounded like Pissy Bathroom. So ya never know do ya? LOL.

becca said...

haha so my name wasn't "mouth of the south" i knew daddy was lying..hehe the joys of school

Katie @ Chicken Noodle Gravy said...

Ha! Love the irony of "higgledy-piggledy!" Great post!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Maybe that kid's name WAS Bubba? ;) Or that's what people call him outside of school? We nicknamed my baby that when she wasn't yet here and we didn't know if she was a he or she. So who knows, right?

Randi said...

Hee hee--I'm still laughing at Pissy Bathroom! I remember when I was seven and my little brother Scott started kindergarten. There was already another Scott in his class so my mom said to the teacher, "You can call him Robert if it will be less confusing." I wondered how my mom pulled the name Robert out of her butt. So I asked her. She said, "Your brother's name is Robert Scott." I was like, "WHAT?? You wait till I am SEVEN to tell me my brother is not who I think he is?" No wonder people at school get confused. Even your own family doesn't know you name sometimes.

Jenners said...

Yay … it is back. I love the first one especially! I can totally see that happening!

septembermom said...

I can sympathize with that "choices" headache. Last names and kindergarteners never seem to connect.

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