Today, the students left after "religious activity" time, which has become a school-wide break from instruction on Friday for the time period that the boys head to the mosque - an action that levels the playing field and provides consistency and parameters for this time period. Each week I've helped out with the Christian meeting, looking to support the leaders and listen to the students. It's interesting that when they want to know what denomination you are, they ask if you're "Christian or Catholic" as though those are mutually exclusive.
Anyway, the students left early so that their parents could come for the school Open House. Essentially it was a curriculum night, but it took place during the day. There were about 30-35 parents present and it was great to be able to interact with students' parents. Additionally, I heard from parents in attendance as well as leaders of the Yayasan (the "governing" body for Mentari) that parents were pleased with what they were hearing about what was taking place in my classroom. I guess it's good to know that I learned a thing or two over my TFA experience :) However, when talking with Ibu Elena and Matt about class trips, Ibu Risa (one of the five heads of the Yayasan) came in and mentioned she heard good things and was hoping that I would be able to stay for at least a second year, if not more. I deflected giving a specific answer by saying that things were up in the air, that I was pleased with how the year had been starting off, and then changing the subject. We'll see how this works in the long-run :)
Interesting tid-bit from the day: Kirk Herbstreit picked Stanford to win the Pac-10. (I'm very excited for College Football starting in less than a week!) I hope everyone is well!