I am in USA and just talked to Husband in Mexico.
Husband went to Private School to just pick up the supplies we had pre-ordered for $250 pesos per child. Well - a few surprises and challenges:
Crowd - Lots and lots of parents doing what you do to get kids started in school next Monday. They are everywhere and they are only speaking Spanish.
Supplies - $250 pesos was just a deposit - we owed a bit more - about $140 pesos per child.
Books - We have to buy books - who knew? Appears to be about $1,000 pesos per child. The Spanish discussion on this topic was not completely clear to Husband. He put down a deposit so kids can have books next Monday. Other American Family arrived in Mexico yesterday (they have 3 boys going to same school and we know them from USA home.) Husband will get Other Mommy who speaks great Spanish to help at school tomorrow.
Uniforms - We have been to Lans department store twice to get uniforms but each time they have been out of little kid shirts and no pants for Youngest Son. Apparently, Private School has a "shop" open this week to get uniforms. The shopkeeper ONLY speaks Spanish. Husband also does not have enough money left with him to get uniforms today.
Husband speaks pretty decent Spanish but he said "I reached my limit." I think the surprises and chaos just got to be overwhelming. So he is getting money and going back up to Private School to try for the uniforms again.
I am just a bit nervous about kids starting Private School next week. With over half their day in Spanish (other half English) and most kids and teachers speaking Spanish - I hope they do not get too overwhelmed. I know ultimately they will be fine and their life will be enriched but I have parental jitters.
5 months ago