While we generally don;t get much of a say in this decision making process, I did let Holly's case worker know which teacher's she liked the best and which student's she mentioned playing with. One of the first three days she had a bad day and didn't really get along with the style of that teacher, so I did mention that was the bottom of the list. The teacher she initially liked the best made her laugh the entire day, which I think in the long run would have been very disruptive. Ms. Kai, the teacher she was assigned was actually a wonderful match. She is nurturing in a reserved way, and very calming, but open to the classroom exuberance. I think she is a calming and gentle influence on Holly and works well to balance out her hyperactivity.
Of the kids she most bonded with from the green group or any of the kids that she had summer play dates with, none were assigned with her to Ms. Kai's class. That made me very nervous for starting school the next week. But she had been a trouper, and was eager to return to school and meet all of her new friends. Since starting school we have had a few bumps but mostly ups and Holly loves school, her teacher, and her class.
Here is a video from her first day.
First Day in Ms Kai's Class
After gentle beginnings Holly is assigned to Ms. Kai's class. This is her first day in her new and official class.