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I write to serve, to unite, to educate. I write to share literature and flesh out ideas that may be of interest to others. I write to document an emotion, experience, or a blip in time. My mission is to write in such a way that the reader is reminded that we can find humor in all situations. It's one of the great blessings of life.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Frustrating last days

My kids have had a great year at school, good teachers, good grades, discovered great new books, etc. So I hate for the end of school to be like this for my middle schoolers, but it is. AARRGGHH.

So my middle schoolers did well on their EOGs two weeks ago, and I guess for everyone else, that was the end of school. Because guess what their teachers are telling them now? Don't come to school. I'm so frustrated about this. How are we, as parents, supposed to support the school environment, attendance and a commitment to excellence, when teachers are telling the kids, "Don't bother to come to school"? And when I call the office, guess what they say? School is in session for another week and a half. Well, no kidding. Can someone PLEASE tell the teachers? Because apparently they don't know. Why not just end school after EOGs? Or send home a note that the kids who fared well don't have to come back, but we need a united front of some kind. Not the office telling us one thing, and teachers telling us differently. And some teachers say one thing, others say other things. How do we know what's the right thing to do? So after a teacher told my husband, point blank last night, to keep the girls home today, we did. But ONLY TODAY. Even though, clearly, some of the teachers would like for them to completely fade away, they have awards day, etc. still to go. Ironically, the teacher who's telling them to stay home the most is the one who yells at the kids for going to the orthodontist and leaving school 20 minutes early. Can you tell this is making me crazy??

So I'm a homeschooling mom today. We've been working on math extra credit projects (instead of choosing one we're doing them ALL), reading and ordering our summer books.

Okay, deep breaths. Deep cleansing breaths. My friend is writing this amazing book, and I'm so jealous. Plus, I'm dying to know what's happening next and SHE'S NOT WRITING FAST ENOUGH! Hear me, Jody??? It's the best thing I've read in a long time, and YOU GUYS KNOW I read a lot.

I'm leaving town tonight to be gone until Sunday, so you may or may not hear from me until I get back. Don't know if I'll have internet or not....hmmmm....I kind of hope not because we need some quiet time, but...well, you know it's hard to disconnect.

My precious kindergartner has just recently figured out that he won't be with his kindergarten teacher for his entire school career. He's devastated because he LOVES Mrs. Proctor. But I'm sure he'll fall right in love with his 1st grade teacher, too. Surely she won't tell him not to come to school, right?

Oh, well. Have a good day. Let me know if any of you are experiencing similar end of year frustrations or if this is something freaky here in ol' Chowan County. Or maybe it's just a middle school thing. Don't know. Have a great day.


alison said...

How rude to ask the kids not to come to school after EOG's. That was never an acceptable behavior at the schools in which I taught. I'm sure it's an isolated situation.

Hope you have a great time on your birthday trip!! Stay safe!

Anonymous said...

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