Saturday, September 17, 2016

What Happened On The Playground On The First Day Of School

Hello future readers!

We started school this past Monday. It was great to see Miss LaSalle again. I've really missed seeing her and Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Taylor every day. I even missed doing homework! (well, a little). Anyway, I wanted to tell you what happened to my friend Susan on the first day of school.

We were all out on the playground before the line-up bell rang.

I was playing tether ball with Kim and Robyn.

Wendy and Jennifer were playing on the see-saw.

Crissy, Raychel and April were taking turns on the slide.

Cheryl was rapping with Crissy.

The boys were playing basketball.

Shante' and Melody were playing on the bars.

Stephanie and Lisa were playing hopscotch.

Sunny, Bridget and Susan were playing tag.

I was on my way to the water fountain, when I noticed Susan, (who was it), turn around and run back toward the basketball court.

Danny backed up to make his shot, only he didn't see Susan running behind him. He knocked her down and landed right on top of her!

When they both sat up, Danny was rubbing his head, and Susan had a cut chin and skinned knee.

Bridget and Sunny came running over and I came running over and pretty soon there was a big crowd around Susan to see if she was all right.

Jason sat down next to Danny to make sure he didn't have a knot on his head. He didn't.

I helped Susan stand up and offered to help take her to the Nurse's Office. Then I asked Cheryl if she would take my book bag to Miss LaSalle's class for me.

We got to the Nurse's Office just before the line-up bell rang. Mrs. Stern, the school nurse, had taken some papers to the main office, and told us she'd be right back. I didn't want Susan to wait all by herself, so I waited with her 'til Mrs. Stern got back.

"Does it hurt much?", I asked Susan.

"My chin hurts more than my knee", she told me.

"You're lucky you didn't knock out a tooth!", I said.

"You don't think Mrs. Stern will send me home, do you?", Susan asked me. "I don't wanna miss my first day of school."

"Nah, she'll probably squirt some Bactine on your cuts, put a couple of band-aids on them and send you back to class. It'll be OK."

Meanwhile, back in Miss LaSalle's class, everyone was in their seats, and Miss LaSalle was taking attendance.

When she called my name and I didn't answer. Kyle and Cheryl explained what happened. When I got back to class, Miss LaSalle was telling everyone about the Class Helpers.

"I'm sorry I'm late, Miss LaSalle", I said as I handed her the late slip from the main office..

"It's all right, Julie. The other children explained what happened. You were a very good friend to Susan to help her like that. You'll have a commendation card on the board before the end of the day. Now take your seat."

"Thanks, Miss LaSalle!", I said as I walked to my table.

Wow, a commendation card on the very first day of school! Outta site! This was gonna be the beginning of a very groovy school year. I could just feel it!

Until next time, future readers,
Your friend,
Julie Newman


  1. Poor Susan, that had to hurt! That was very nice of you to go to the nurse's office with her and stay. Good old Bactine, just reading that made me smell it in my head!

    1. Yeah, what a way to start off the school year! I know how much it hurts to walk around with a skinned knee. But at least Susan didn't have to go home. My mom always uses Bactine on my cuts and scrapes too. I like it much better than that red stuff that stings!

  2. You are such a great friend, Julie. I'm glad you were there for your friends.

    I would love it if you checked out my blog. One of my friends posted some her photography, and we got some new friends.


  3. I love how much work you put into your photo stories. Great job!

    1. *From Julie's doll mom:*

      I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. Please address all comments on this main board to Julie herself. You can click my link on "My Mom's Page" to e-mail me w/ any questions or comments.

  4. Hi Julie,
    My granddaughter and I read your story before bed on Saturday night. She could really relate. She has had her share of boo boos on the playground. Thanks for setting a fine example on how to be a good friend.
    Your future friend,

    1. *waves at Fawn's grand-daughter* I've fallen down on the playground too, but I never got mowed down on the first day of school! But Susan's OK. She didn't cry or anything. As Danny would say she "took it like a champ."

  5. We had to walk down a very steep hill to school every day up to third grade (so Mom walked with us). I once slipped on ice on the hill. My tooth sliced my lip open very badly. There was blood everywhere. The school nurse cleaned me up and sent me home telling my mom that I wouldn't concentrate if I was there anyway. I got to watch tv with an ice pack on my mouth all day. It's funny what we remember.

    1. Ouch! That sounds a lot worse than a skinned knee and a scraped chin! My mom used to live in NY where it snowed and she told me that one day after school when the ground was really icy, some mean boy pushed her down and made her chip her tooth on the ice. You can kinda still see it, if you look really hard.

  6. Good job Julie! I once got hurt really bad on the playground and had to go to the Emergency Room! My best friend sat with me in the office until my mom came. It helped me not to be too scared. It means a lot to have a friend at a time like that.

    1. Thanks Brenda. I remember when I twisted my ankle in gym class, and got hit with the tether ball out on the playground, someone was there to take me to the Nurse's Office. It felt good that someone cared enough to help me. I cared enough to help Susan. And I'm glad you had a friend who cared enough to help you.

  7. Oh no! A playground mash up on the first day of school! That really stinks! It was very nice of you to stay with Susan. How is she doing?

    1. She's feeling a lot better now. Susan's mom put cocoa butter on her scrapes after the scabs fell off to help the sun even out her skin. That's what my mom did for me when I fell off my bike this summer.