Wednesday, September 19, 2012

La Rentree Des Classes

Today was Hannah’s first day of school.
The signs all over Luxembourg didn’t let us forget it.


Because August in Europe is for leisure, most of Luxembourg closes shop and clears out as everyone returns to their native country or goes on holiday.

”Rentree des classes” signifies September and the return of kids to school, but it’s also common to hear someone say, “A la rentree!” which basically means hey it’s time to get back to the real world after our extended holiday.

I barely had to rouse her from her sleep this morning as she was so excited for school. 
She picked out her own outfit, special for la rentree: a new dress, polkadot tights with stripes on the feet and black Mary Janes.  
Oh, and a Tinkerbelle lunchbox.
A girl’s got to have just the right accessories, no?

first dayof school


Again this year, she’ll be attending the British International School in Luxembourg in the Reception class, which is pretty close to Pre-K in the US.  Shawn went to work late this morning so he could come with us to drop her off.  We toured the classroom and met her teacher.  Hannah was pleased to learn that her teacher is, in fact, British.  There may have been some concern over the summer that she might not be.

I picked her up this afternoon and she waved and smiled when she spotted me among the sea of moms.  She had an empty lunchbox and purple paint on her tights.
Both signs of a successful first day, no doubt.
(Here’s to 13 more years of successful school days.)


Oh, and this is totally unrelated to la rentree, buy my new friend Fiona wrote this lovely piece about being an expat and living in a foreign country. 
She has a blog called Far, Far Away where she writes about her life in Luxembourg.
Go visit her.  You won’t be disappointed.


  1. Yay for good first days! I love her outfit- she looks perfect for meeting the teacher and new classmates. And so happy to hear that her teacher is British. I would hate for her to lose her accent!

  2. Tina, I just saw the link. Thank's so much for linking to me! It makes me so giddy to hear people enjoy my writing :)