Jun 17, 2011
No more classes, no more books...
...you know the rest of the rhyme, but doesn't apply here!
These are the women that are responsible for raising my kids for the majority of their days. I appreciate them more than they will ever know. I could go on and on about the impact they have had on my kids, but I'm sure you all know from your own experiences with your childrens' teachers.
Mrs. D - I don't know how she does it, her entire class is comprised of kids just like Loch, never ending questions and a desire to learn that is never quenched, but she does it very well, and with a always with a smile, but I bet she rolls her eyes a lot on the inside :)
We have some "big news" that I kept putting off sharing, but I can't keep it to myself any longer - Loch was selected to attend the Math & Science Academy for the Gifted starting in the fall. We knew he was a little smarty-pants but what do we know, we're his parents - of course we think that! He was identified as gifted through district testing back in 1st grade, and attended the in-school gifted class in 2nd grade, but Mrs. D urged us to apply for one of the few spots available in the Math and Science Academy. With only 20 slots open and hundreds of kids district wide applying, I was cautiously optimistic, but we got the letter of acceptance over a month ago. He is already registered and ready to rock! The school isn't that much further away luckily, and they provide transportation to the students throughout the city so I don't have to worry about that either. I'm so incredibly excited for him - of course about the academics, but even more so about the social aspect of being around other kids that are much like him. I expect the bully/nerd thing he has been experiencing will ease up a bit for him. I'm so proud of Loch and so fortunate to have had Mrs. D urge us to apply and make sure Loch has been challenged and socially accepted within his classroom the past year, she's just awesome! :)
Mrs. P - the quintessential kindergarten teacher. Always smiling, greets each child with a hug or handshake, their preference LOL, each and every day. She's expecting her very first child of her own and I'm so excited for her. Finn was very sad to move on today and made me promise we'd go back to her class next year to visit so he can bring her a basket of garden goodies.
Proud Daddy - he missed Loch's events at school due to the past 2 deployments, but he was able to make it this time.
Finn's classroom. We are in the biggest elementary school in the district with 10 kindergarden classes alone, yet there are only 12 kids per class so I have been ecstatic about the quality time with the teacher he receives while he's learning.
Last but certainly not least - Ms. Angela! How the heck she does it with this smile on her face every day I'll never know. Bus full of screaming little kids, no A/C, 98 degree temps, always on time, yet she always looks as happy as this. Finn and Loch gave her a little patio tomato plant today to show our appreciation for all she does.
I feel fortunate to be so happy with our experiences with public school, in a city with a population of half a million people even! Not everyone is this lucky, and it is so important we change this, but I won't get started on the politics of education, it's just preaching to the choir. :)
Mrs. D, Mrs. P, Ms. Angela - thanks ladies, you rock!