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Teacher Appreciation Day

Normally we don’t get a lot of action on Teacher Appreciation Day, at least not from our parents.  However, the PTA and our school administration always does something to show their gratitude!  This year our P and VP gave us lunch out on our patio on Wednesday, with the food from some taco truck.  It was great!  We also got an hour long lunch, so it was nice to sit out in the sunlight, and have plenty of time to eat and chat.

Our PTA gave us a breakfast on Friday.  We had donuts, bagels, fruit, coffee, and juice.  It was very nice.

Picking up the students that morning, there were a lot of students with flowers and other gifts for their teachers.  It was nice.  I received about 8 flowers, and about 4 gifts, not including the 2 gifts I got Wednesday from students.  Apparently, the Auto-Call called the parents Thursday night and let them know it was Teacher Appreciation Day.  That was nice.

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A New Kid

First day back, I get a call from my principal.  She wants to tell me about a new kid I’m getting.  Apparently his dad asked the district to be moved to our school because he liked the way our principal handled students.

This kid – I mean student – has evidently been suspended at least 3 times THIS SCHOOL YEAR, for things like throwing his backpack at someone.  And I get him in my class.

Oh good.

But the principal and behavioral specialist, a very well-liked-by-the-students Mr. Farell, have already met with him and his dad, and he’s going to start out on a behavior contract.  And he’s NOT going to have any of these problems here at Westmont.  Well, we’ll see.

Turns out he’s a nice enough kid.  I’ll call him “C.”  Very well spoken, polite, good looking.

We’ll see.

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Johnny, His Mom, and the Principal

Here’s the deal.  Johnny’s not doing wonderfully great in our class.  He has trouble interacting with a group.  So at recess he is alone a lot.  But he does have friends, and when he sits at his desk, he does talk from time to time with his neighbors.

Mom’s worried that he is depressed.  I know he misses his dad a lot.  So mom wanted to bring cupcakes to class to help him celebrate his birthday, and make is special.  But the principal says no.  So to keep mom happy, the principal agrees to go to our room and sing happy birthday with the class.  That is absurd!  No one else gets a visit from the principal.  I talk her out of it, and assure her that we will sing to him as a class – although we have never done that for other students.  (I even make him stand on his chair – he liked it.)

Why, oh why, couldn’t mom just bring the cupcakes?  Tell her to bring them for the last 15 minutes of class.  It would have been fun, and he would have gotten a lot of, “Thanks, Johnny!”‘s.  It is so lame that a parent can’t do that for their kid on their birthday.  And if you don’t want cupcakes, how about cookies, or twinkies, or whatever?

It’s a left over from our last principal.  She was a bit obsessed with not getting the carpets dirty.  Please!

I think I’m going to tell my parents next year at Back to School Night that they can bring cupcakes on their child’s birthday, as long as they talk with ME before hand and let me know.

That’s right.  Fight the system!

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