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

What to do next???

 Another rough day at school for Alex.

 Its bad enough that he is struggling with his school work but now he is having serious social problems. Much like myself at his age, he is just not one of the popular kids. He is feeling completely alone and there is not a lot I can do for him in this area. Add to that the extra hormones that 14 year old kids have to deal with and you have some very interesting mood swings.

After his walk about last month where he just ran away because he did not want to go back to school. Yes its true he took off with absolutely no plan. We had the whole neighborhood looking and as night fell I tried hard not to panic. Pattie ran in to a sheriff and told him about it. The sheriff was nice about it and said he would check out the mall. I doubted that he would be there, I knew it was more likely he was headed to the mountains and it was getting cold. So I took off to Bear Creek to see if I could find him. About that time I got a call that someone found him at the “Fort” restaurant. They were nice enough to feed him (a meal that I could not have afforded). When we got there a large officer was sitting with him and talking about alternatives to running away. I try not to worry every time he is not home but there is always that little voice now.

Last week he got into a fight with his sister and left a note for us that he had gone to the lake to do his home work – I left to make sure. To his credit that is what he had done.

But with his never ending troubles at school I am contemplating trying to school him at home through one of those online schools. He has a friend in the neighborhood that is home schooled and done by noon so Alex would have a good goal to finish by noon. Even Melinda is thinking about trying it.

After tonight I am surprised that she would want to work with me because she cries almost every time I try to help her. Tonight is no exception I helped her with her math and she started crying. I don’t think I am being mean but she must feel differently. At any rate we will see what this next year brings. Change is good – right?

Sales – Sales – Sales ?

The never ending push to get our kids to sell for the school.

Where do the tax dollars go? We are given a supply list at the beginning of the year that costs us a couple hundred dollars and then we receive a bill for fees for the kids – then we are suppose to put in “volunteer “ hours or pay more fees. And it seems that the kids bring home something to sell every week. Melinda is going to be participating (with the rest of her class) in something called Young Ameritowne..

A great idea, as it teaches the kids a little bit about business and community – but why is it separated out from regular school – as we have to sell a set amount of candy bars or we have to come up with more money. What appens to the taxes they collect? Where does the millions of dollars go? At any rate Melinda brought home some coffee to sell this week and Pattie has decided enough is enough and we are not going to be pushing their coffee. I would like to see the break down of where all this money is going.

Parent / Teacher conference

Alex is dong better this year –

 all of his teachers seem to think he is putting in a little more effort. I have found that he tries to do some school work every night (without me pushing him). He is not missing any assignments whereas last year by this time he was already missing a number of assignments. We are all looking forward to this being his best year .

We were told that Melinda’s teacher would be very tough

 and big on rules. Meeting her for the first time (and from what Melinda has told us) she does have high expectations. Pattie and I like this and Melinda seems to do fine with her. Melinda at this time has a “C” in Math. Melinda is a bit worried about this because she has never gotten a grade lower than a “B”. Her teacher told her that a “C” means she is doing what she is suppose to be doing. A teacher that does not give out good grades – the kids must earn good grades. “EXCELENT” I will help Melinda a little bit and I am sure she will get her Math grade up to where she wants it (an A).

At the rate both kids are going I will not be able to help them for to many more years.

Last day of school

  School out for the summer

Melinda is very excited about spending a day at school not doing any school work. I am not sure how I feel about another day of school without doing any studying. I don’t think it would bother me if it was just one day but the reality is that the whole last week is blown off. At any rate today was pirate day and Panayota put together a very fun outfit for her.

As for Alex he asked to stay home the last day as it was not going to be fun for him. His class is not going to be dong any studying to day ether but playing games. Most of the kids will be playing dodge ball an some how Alex did not get picked for any of the teams. Feeling a bit dejected he was not in the mood to go and watch the other kids he knew play while he was left out. I decided to let him off the hook and let him play hooky