Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Tonight we were informed that Grace made TEAM gymnastics. That means many things......competing in meets (her first one is a state competition), choosing her own music, longer practices, WAY more money, boosters, and most importantly......(at least to her).......a locker!!! Woot! We couldn't be more proud of her! Great job Grace!!!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Grant was so excited yesterday when he came home with his first chapter book to read. He read with Grace last night, but this morning (since we had a "cold day" off from school) I had him sit on my lap and read to me. WOW!!! Was I impressed with how good of a reader he is. I mean, I knew he could read well, but to listen to him read this book was wild. He, apparently, really likes these "Freddy Fernortner, First Grader" books. Well, bring them on! YAY Grant!
Recently, I was accused of having a "violent altercation" with a student at school. Seriously? When I was told about it, I was really confused because 1) I didn't remember having a "violent altercation" with a student (and that would probably be something I would remember) and 2) when I saw a picture of the student (because his name was one I had never heard before) I still had no idea who he was. Apparently, his mother called the school and demanded to talk to me. Of course, the office handled the parent and the student, but it really rattled me. This kid said I grabbed him and shook him because he didn't have on a coat. Now, let me give some background. I work at the front door of the school in the mornings. And when it is 0 degrees and I see students walk in with just a hoodie on, I will step in front of them and joke around, asking if they realize it is cold out. Ask where their coat is. Absolutely, I do this!! Who in the heck would go out without a coat in freezing weather, and what the heck kind of parent would allow their kid to do this? But I digress...It appears that this student was one of these. But to accuse me of being violent? Really? Mean - YES. Violent - NO WAY! I am that sometimes mean, definitely stern but lots of fun lady. That is what I pride myself on being. I can be silly like them, but I don't take crap. Simple enough. But this messed me up. Why, you ask? Because I am a "hands on" kind of person. So many of these kids need physical touch. Not rough, mean touch. But a high five, a hug, a pat on the back. And I do this. A LOT!!! It is who I am. I am physical. Plain and simple. But this situation made me think. It made me think maybe I was doing something wrong. What I figured out was that I absolutely did nothing wrong and I was NOT going to stop what I was doing. The long and short of this was that, apparently, I stepped in front of this kid in November, he got in some kind of trouble, and pulled out the accusation against me to thwart his own getting in trouble. And THIS is why kids need "hands on" love. All of them. All the time.
This week Grant's first grade class was working on their "expert" writing. They had to write about something they were an expert on. Imagine my surprise when I received the followng text from his teacher:
Just thought you'd like to know that Grant wrote about the kkk today....He said Jacob taught him all about it. He was very proud. I told him to bring it home. We changed his expert topic to building snow forts ;)Well, isn't that just great. When did either of my sons become and expert on the kkk? After some digging, I found out that during MLK week, Jacob's class was talking about the kkk. That would also explain why he is afraid that the kkk will get him if he sleeps in the basement. Actually, is doesn't really explain it, but I see now why he thinks about the kkk. So, apparently Jacob thought it would be beneficial to share that information with his 6 year old brother. Still not making much sense. So, while the topic is not what I would prefer, I am very proud of Grant's writing. He is knowledgeable (not sure I'm entirely proud of that), and he presents his information well. And.....he also cites his research (Jacob). I am posting the paper below for you to read.