Neither kid has been invited to any parties this year. The hazards of being new at the school, compounded by a high proportion of new immigrants (whose families either don’t follow the American practice of inviting friends, or who invite people the parents know).
So, after much thinking and rephrasing, I made a bunch of business cards with “Your classmate Rocket wants to play with you” and our number, and sent them to school to be given to each girl. The teacher put them in the communication bags (aka Bee bags), just like for birthday invites. Seems A had been begging her mother to invite Rocket over, she’d just gotten around to going through the bag. (Note to self: Go through Rocket’s bag before month is over!) Turns out they even have a cottage near ours, but the timing won’t work.