Archive for October, 2011

What you talkin’ ’bout Willis?

The district in which I live has been embroiled in some….controversy as of late. Last year it was a strike.  It was hard to get any reliable information, because my only source of information was this website, which seems to consist of a handful of people who have nothing better to do than cause trouble. They claimed the teachers wanted more money and a shorter working day and did not want to pay more for health care and the mentality of  “how dare they want more money when the rest of us are struggling! Don’t they care about the kids?”  Half of them claimed to be friends with teachers and were providing first hand information. Others just wanted to fuel the fire with misinformation and everybody was so hateful. For a few months, I actually considered private school, because if these were the parents of the kids she would be with every day, no way did I want her exposed to that kind of negativity!! Good grief. But I relented and sent her to school anyway. It’s been almost 2 months, and while I’m not best friends (or even friends or even acquaintances with these women – heck, they don’t even speak to you as you walk past them in the hallway), the Child is happy enough and that’s all that matters to me. I’m doing my part by participating in some activities (OMG I’ve never counted so many stinkin’ box tops in my life!), volunteering for some class things (I’ m donating supplies for a Halloween party!), and attending all the necessary events (parent/teacher conference anyone?)

I really don’t know why I keep going back to this website time and again. It only serves to agitate me, but at least I can keep up with what’s going on and finding out my own information. Want to know what’s going on now? No? Too bad, I’m going to tell ya anyway 🙂 Apparently, the district in which I live has chosen to move 5th grade out of the elementary school and into the middle school. There was a meeting last night that was supposed to explain the changes to curriculum and stuff like that. I chose not to go, because well, it doesn’t really affect me. By the time the Child is in 5th grade, whatever changes they make now will either be changed again or will be so ingrained in everyone that it won’t be such a big deal. Plus, the parents getting all up-in-arms would just agitate me more.

From the information I gathered from a separate newspaper article, 5th & 6th graders would be confined to the 1st floor of the middle school while the 7th & 8th graders would be confined to the upper floor.  If you choose to check out the article and happen to peruse the comments below, you’ll see the variety of opinions. Thank goodness we’re all allowed to have our own opinions and thank goodness decisions are not based on one person’s opinion.

What I don’t understand is why this move is such a big deal? Is 5th grade still “elementary level?” Of course it is! What about 6th grade? I would consider 6th grade still elementary, and 7th/8th grade to me is junior high. Of course, when I was a kid all those years ago – grades K-6 were elementary, 7-8 was junior high and 9-12 was high school. But you know what? Grades 7-12 were housed in the same building!! OMG!! 7th grade was in the same building with seniors?? Yes, and we were confined to the upper floor. We had our own bathrooms, our own computer lab and never left the floor except for lunch – which we had to ourselves. No one died, no 7th grader learned bad behaviors from seniors (we did that all on our own!) This is the same proposal that’s going on here; 5th & 6th grade will be confined to the lower floor and 7th & 8th will be kept to the upper floor. Each will have their own bathrooms, computer labs etc and will eat lunch with their own grade.

There’s one mom (at least, I assume it’s a mom) that comments about her 4th grader being up til 10:30pm doing homework. I’m sorry, but that’s just poor time management. There’s no reason at all for this to happen. The kids get home at 4pm (at the latest) and it takes 6 hours to do homework?? I don’t think so. The Child has homework in kindergarten (gasp!) and when she comes home from school, I  check her folder. If there’s homework in there, she does it right now, no excuses get it done thank you very much. No tv, no computer, nothing until it’s done. If I’m in a good mood, I might let her have a snack before she starts.  If there are extracurricular things involved (soccer, football, cheerleading – whatever),  then that’s your choice and your  issue. When I was in grade school/high school, I was in band, choir and drama. I had something to do every single day after school and I STILL got my homework done with enough time to chill out and watch tv before bed. Why? Because my mom told me I had to get it done and there was no arguing.

I have so many things I want to say in response to that blog, but I just can’t. I don’t know why it infuriates me so much but it does.  So I just keep my mouth shut.

 

What do ya’ll think? Would it be a big deal for your 5th grader to be in a building with 6th, 7th & 8th graders if the 5th graders were kept separate from the older kids?

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When you let kids dress themselves

I woke up sick yesterday. I sneezed so much my chest and back feel like I did 874 push-ups. I went to bed early and was supposed to wake up at 6am to make it to work by 7. Somehow my alarm was set for 6:30, then rest for 7, then again for 7:15. I just didn’t want to get out of bed!! I contemplated staying home, but thought I had quite a few meetings to attend so I knew I shouldn’t blow them off. (side note: turns out there were NOT any meetings today so I could have stayed home). The Child heard me moving around and came into the bathroom to ‘wait’ while I got ready. I encouraged her to be a big girl and get herself dressed for school. I told her to surprise Daddy by getting ready and she happily complied. After I finished my routine and made my way to the kitchen for some OJ, I noticed the Child had an extra layer of clothing on. I asked her, and she lifted up her dress to show me her nightgown. That silly girl put her clothes on over top her nightgown!! She was adamant that she was not changing, and while normally I would have fought with her some, I was just too sick and too tired to care. So off to the bus she went with her nightgown under her pretty pink dress 🙂

Update on “The Story”

This is an update on this post from 3 days ago,

Daddy picked up the Child from school the next day, and the Child immediately said “You know that story I told mommy yesterday about Q? She told me she made it all up so T would stop talking to her.”  This was an unprompted comment, because while Daddy knew about it, he came home from work after the Child was already in bed, so the Child did not know that Daddy knew. Hence the unprompted-ness.

This to me means that someone either A) asked Q if something was going on and she then realized she made a mistake and took back the story, or B) someone had a chat with Q’s parents and they told her to come back to school and tell the Child that it was not true

I will never know the true story, because once I informed the school it was out of my hands. School personnel are mandated reporters in Pennsylvania, so they have to report what I told them.

Here’s the thing though: if it’s a true story, that’s devastating enough. If it’s a made up story, what in the world is Q being exposed to at home to know enough to tell a story like that?

Prayers for this little girl.

 

 

 

 

 

Funny Quote of the Day

While tucking in the Child and loving on her, I told her “you’re so adorable I could just eat you up!” She responds: “Mama, I am so not food!”

Like I need more reason to dislike public school

This is a very serious post, and I hesitate to publish it but I need to talk about it.

 

The Child came home from school today, and while having lunch she starts telling me a story about her friend, whom I’ll call Q. The Child told me that Q said Justin Bieber is her uncle!! “No way!” I say. The child then goes on to tell me that Q is Justin Bieber’s niece. “well yes, if JB is her uncle then Q is the niece.”

I’m only half listening at this point, because everybody loves JB and I just don’t get it. He’s a teen heartthrob. I’m an old fogey mom. Whatever.  So then the Child tells me that Q slept in bed with Justin Bieber naked! “what?!” The Child goes on: Q said Justin Bieber slept in bed with her naked; with no shirt, no pants and no underwear! And Q wasn’t wearing pants or underwear either.”  0_0   (<—- that’s my WTF face)

So I’m like, really paying attention now and I make her tell me the story again. The Child says she and Q were having snack together and Q told her about Justin Bieber (the uncle) sleeping in bed with Q, while naked. The Child then says “and her uncle makes her do stuff.”  As my stomach threatens to return my breakfast, I ask the Child what kind of stuff does the uncle make her do? She doesn’t know, Q didn’t offer up that part of the story. The Child then tells me she asked Q what Justin Bieber looked like in real life, and Q said “brown hair and green eyes.”

We talked about it a little more, til she got tired of me asking. But every time her story was the same. And yes, I’ve already called the school. But really?! 5 years old in kindergarten. I NEVER thought, nor expected to EVER hear something like this. E.V.E.R.