Thing1 got a letter from school the other day. It was his first semester grades. Six A's. Well two were A minuses. (We grounded him for that :-) )
The next day another letter from school shows up. It's the bill for the next semester... Nice setup.
Today we switch back to the good stuff. A letter from the school provost announcing that Thing1 was named to the Deans List. I know that all semesters won't be this good (then again Thing1 has been full of surprises his whole life) but it is a good start.