Works hard at school

Melinda earned 100% on her last school assignment.

 It was About the Knossos in Greece. It had three parts she had to make a display, she had to right a paper about it and she had to do a verbal presentation about it. And she earned 100% on all three sections. She worked very hard on it and it paid off. Even my mother made some comment about how lucky it was that school was easy for Melinda. I am truly fed up with this attitude that she is lucky and was born reading. She works her tail off and when she gets a bad grade on a test she doesn’t try to hide and pretend like it didn’t happen – she asks her mother or me to help her understand what she did wrong.

Curriculum Night

Pattie truly likes Melinda’s new teacher.

 This teach actually has a plan for the year – one we are aloud to see. She even has contingency plans for kids that are a little faster or maybe having trouble keeping up. She even has the kids read – not to themselves – but out loud to help them with any words they might be having problems with. A teacher that is interacting with the kids. She even posts spelling words the web site weekly. She has a set time of day that she answers her emails – before and after class, not during class. She doesn’t want to be distracted from her students. I like her and I haven’t even met her yet. This teacher has a daily agenda that comes home every evening. Her discipline policy as well as the curriculum for the year is written out so we know and Melinda knows what to expect. What a concept?

first mornning of school

talking to mom about school

 

Alex’s first couple of day’s of online school did not go as well as I had hoped. But I think we are both on track now.

Locker Locker Locker

Melinda chose not to do the online schooling

due to the faced that this is the year she gets to have a locker. Today, the first day of sixth grade, and her locker is the most important thing to talk about when she gets home. She is already asking if she can get a couple of things to put in her locker like shelves and a white board. It is the little things in life!!!!!!

What is your stand on going to the bathroom?

Will you let our daughter use the restroom when she needs to??

How sad that this is the first question Panayota felt she had to ask the teacher was, are you going to tell our child she can not go to the restroom when she needs to.  This teacher said she could go when ever she needed (as long as it wasn’t 80 times a day). This seems to be such a ridiculous thing to be concerned about but the last two teachers would not let her go when she asked. Melinda’s fifth grade teacher told her she needed to plan better. She dint ask everyday or even once a week – just once during the year and she was made to feel that this was some terrible thing. She was very obviously not doing this to get out of class to cause trouble yet that is the attitude the teacher had. At any rate, that is one little thing that should not be a problem this year. It is seldom difficult to keep Melinda on task when it comes to her school work, so we are not too worried about that.

 This is Melinda the night before the 1st day of school. 

get some sleep

Our first dance.

Melinda’s school put on a father daughter dance – I was not overly happy about this at first as I saw this as one more money making ploy by the school. However I decided to trade out my ski school teaching day for another so that my lovely daughter and I could go to the dance. It was an incredibly “magical” night. Melinda seemed very pleased with the evening and I could not have been more proud to be their with my little (growing up to fast) girl. We do not know how to dance, so like most everyone else we faked it. I only stepped on her toes once or twice. I even bought her the wrist corsage that they were selling at the school. Before I bought it she asked me if those were keepsakes and followed up by saying that she didn’t really want one. So I knew she wanted one. She wore it to bed!!! So yes I am very happy to say we went and it was a great evening out with my sweet Melinda.