Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Well, it has been a busy month. I survived my first Book Fair, parent-teacher conferences for the Mayor and Computer Boy and Thanksgiving with my Mother-in-Law. But, now I'm sick, I'm fighting laryngitis. Just great for a professional singer...(she says sarcastically).

I can't complain about the Book Fair. Scholastic delivered everything as promised and the Friday prior to the event we set up the room. A fellow PTA member, Donna, helped out. Donna is very efficient and when she does a job, it is done well. Many people don't like her, because she is opinionated and while she is knowledgable, when she shares information she sounds as if it's her way or no way. Personally, I don't mind her. It might be due to the fact that she is so informed. She is truly a wealth of information. Or it may be because I only have had to directly deal with her this year.

Book Fair was held on three mornings the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving. Students only have half days that week due to the fact that parent-teacher conferences are held in the afternoon.

While I am on the subject...parent-teacher conferences. As expected the Mayor is doing very well in school. In fact, I would have been extremely surprised if she hadn't done well. My son's...let's just say...didn't go as smoothly. The classroom teacher offered CB's speech therapist the opportunity to speak first. She started by saying my son whines. Yes, you read that correctly. She would have been better off starting off on a positive note. How he's made progress with his language. I'll be honest with you, I know why he whines. He senses that she deson't like him. That's right. A boy with social difficulties, on the autistic spectrum, knows when someone doesn't like him. I digress, that comment made me feel as if a black cloud was hanging over the rest of the meeting. The classroom teacher offered her the opportunity to leave, but she said she would like to stay. I didn't think anything of it, but she probably was just being nosy. I will speak with her about this, I haven't decided if it will be face to face in a meeting or if it will be on the phone. Part of me, wants this to be over with and discuss this on the phone. However, the other part of me wants to look her in the eye and confront her on this (nicely, of course). Unlike her, I will start of a positive note and then get into the fact that her comment, while true, made me feel uncomfortable in an already "tense" situation. Any suggestions or comments on how to handle "her" are welcome.

After Book Fair and my parent-teacher conference, Thanksgiving was uneventful. Since I sang Wednesday night and Thursday morning, we went out to a restaurant for dinner. My meal was very nice, the children were behaved and best of all, I did not have to cook or clean afterward. :) An added bonus, my mother-in-law behaved herself. She didn't embarass anyone by screaming across the room for the server and made polite converation. It was a pleasant day.


Natalie said...

I could slap her! Makes your blood boil when a child is behind the eight ball to start with, and then POW!
ant me to come over there and get her? xx♥

LceeL said...

I would tell her, in no uncertain terms, why he whines - and then ask her why, WHY, a kid gets that kind of sense from someone who is PAID to help him.

And who the hell does she think she is?

Tara R. said...

I totally agree with Lou. This is her problem, not your son's. It is her job to help him, and her attitude needs to change in order for her to best serve him.

Cookie said...

Busy month!
How to handle "her"... a nice slap across the face???

Momisodes said...

I'm glad to hear you had a nice Thanksgiving holiday. As for the parent-teacher conference, I feel your pain. We are going through something VERY similar with our daughter in preschool. Her teachers are reporting similar behavior, and we are due to have a conference next week with her teachers about it.

I am SO dreading it.

I hope everything with your meeting goes smoothly.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Go you on the book fair! I loved our Scholastic book fair too.

I read your more recent post before this one, so I know how it turns out when you called the teacher. Good for you.

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