We toured the kids’ schools. Everyone’s excited for classes to begin next week. The twins’ is a few blocks from the flat, but Thom and Vinnie will have a longer trek. We hope to have them riding their bikes eventually; but, to begin with, they’ll need to take the tram and budget 40 minutes of transit time.
We have almost all of the supplies. A big item on the list was footwear. Each kid needs sport shoes, rain boots, and hausschuhe (slippers for indoors). They are also required to have full-body rain gear.
Vinnie will start first grade, and it's a big deal here. First graders have their own start date and are given a giant cone filled with gifts and candy on their first day of school. The cone is called a Schultüte. There's one in the picture above, but Vin is more interested in the microscope.