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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

transitions


This is the time of year that my kids teachers are thinking/talking/planning for next year.  As in transitions.  I guess maybe all teachers all doing the same thing.  So far, I've only been working with my kids teachers.  Perhaps this is going on all over the school?

Meetings meetings meetings!  Placement, therapy hours, summer school, papers, papers, papers...  I had to smile during Garret's IEP meeting on Tuesday when the teachers were comparing the glitter, markers, or tie-dye stains on their hands.  These are cool people.

So Garret is going into sixth grade.  SIXTH grade.  Monday was the first visit (for me) to his new middle school.  ...Guys?  There are girls there.  As in physically-mature girls.  Yeah.  And tall kids.  Tall kids running around like they own the place.  Lots of 'em! 

Where are they sending my baby boy?

There is a good side here.  Well actually, there are two good sides.  One- Garret and his old buddy, Jordan, will be reunited into the same class.  Hey Kerry!  Our boys are destined to be besties!  Two- Brenda needs more assistance in the SLC (special learning center) and has always just associated that classroom as Garret's space.  And, as we all know how Brenda values her own space, having her be part of the SLC hasn't been an option.  Luckily, up until now that hasn't been a concern as she has been in a regular class with an assistant.  Unfortunately, as Brenda excels beautifully, her rate of learning is slow and the gap of academics is presenting a need for a classroom that can provide a custom curriculum.  So we're giving her the best of both worlds.  An assigned, regular classroom where Brenda will enjoy some group activities and projects.  And a custom program in the SLC that will push her academically at a Brenda-friendly pace.  This is good guys.  Real good. 

I'm going to be such a snobby mom when Suzie starts in 2014.  I'll be expecting IEP meetings and personal phone numbers to her team of teachers.  I'll be like So. What changes are you making this year to put my daughter's education at the top of the priority list?  hmmm??

One thing is for sure.  Suzie has some big shoes to fill when she gets there.  My kids are leaving legacies of sweetness, cuteness, humor and amazement.

Did I mention that Brenda has become obsessed with barbies?  Whenever she leaves them, they tend to be in some death-defying situation.



-No mention of boyfriends, balls or princess songs yet.  It's all about the thrill of the wild.

5 comments:

Sue O said...

Remember when Annie and Tyler used to play He-Man and Barbie? Or did you know that they did that? I wish I could recall the plot lines.

Lindsay Z said...

I DO remember! With me it was ninja turtles and barbies. I remember being sure that those two were meant for each other. (Tyler and Annie, not barbie and the turtles...)

Brenda said...

I well remember the trepidation of sending my boys off into a world of girls with adult bodies and little brains. Remember how I wanted to plead with them to COVER UP. At least Garret is protected from all that. And at least those Barbies are modest as they cling to that fence. That'll keep your Dad from bemoaning naked adult-like dolls, like he used to. Your kids get to hang onto their innocence and we most certainly should see that as a blessing. Now WHAT will we do with Suzie? When she hits 6th grade, I may be there with a sweater.

Sara Walker said...

Girls! ahhhh! I am sure that very soon we will be expeiencing that problem as well! your kids imaginations crack me up!

Kerry B said...

Oh Lindsay,
I am soo excited and our boys will be together again!! I absolutely love the staff in Mrs Conway's class, we are blessed. Devyn will be next door in Mrs Holstrom's class so it is a mini reunion :)

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