After kindergarten class my son started first grade this fall in a new class, which was a mixup of children from the previous kindergarten classes.
There are 15 boys and 10 girls in the class.
10 of the boys are heavily into soccer as are most of their parents. My wife and I as well as the parents of the other 4 boys were a bit worried about this when we started out, and we brought it up at the first parents meeting. There we agreed to make sure that everybody prioritized class events in order to do our best to get a good class.
It has not worked out completely without problems. In the fall, a previously arranged class-event was moved by a soccer-parent to avoid clashing with a soccer-arrangement (and then it clashed with our sons sport instead), but we did not make an issue out of it. Also, most of the conflict in the class is initiated by the "soccer-boys".
Now my sons 8 year birthday is coming up, and we just sent out invitations to the class. We agreed in the class, that birthdays can be for all the girls, all the boys or everybody, so we invited the boys.
Today we started to get messages from the "soccer-boys" parents that they could not come to the birthday. Some did not give a reason, but one explained that there was a soccer tournament this weekend.
We are now anticipating cancellations from 10 out of 14 of the invited boys.
So we are discussing whether we should just move the date or if we need to make an issue out of it now.
Our son is fairly popular in the class (despite not playing soccer), so it is not a popularity issue. But we are of course worried how this will affect him.
Do anyone have some good advice?