I’ve been out of it lately, plagued mostly by headaches and terrible side/stomach pains. Jim keeps urging me to see the doctor, but I know it’s stress. They always act up when I’m stressed.
Let’s see … where did I leave off last?
Dad spoke to me on my birthday, but I haven’t heard from him since. I’m not fooling myself here, I don’t expect a miracle, but the call was a good start in the right direction … let’s just hope I don’t go 6 months without hearing from him again.
Mom invited me over Saturday. Jim’s going to be working and Jess will be at her mother’s so I think I may go. I miss hanging around with my mom, and I know she’s got to miss having me around too. Besides, I need to clear up a few things … something tells me that she and Dad must have the wrong idea about *something* and that’s got to be what started this whole mess.
Jessie’s been acting out at school again. A lot of talking, not paying attention, kid stuff mostly … but she’s also acting out at home (my house AND her mother’s). She’s starting the pout and pity act again, and the smart mouth is only getting smarter.
I dread her teenage years …
She’s now convinced that one of the little girls in her class is trying to steal all of her friends from her. (This is the same little girl who was always getting into fights with Jessie and they were told to stay separated.) I think the little snotwad is a brat, but I highly doubt she’s doing what Jessie claims … she says that every time she plays with a kid, the little girl tries to be-friend them and get them away from Jessie. Of course, what she usually leaves out of the story is that she constantly plays near or with the same set of kids that the other little girl plays with, LOL.
Jessie’s amazed that they get along fine for one day, then the little girl’s a little potty-mouthed wench to her the next. I think they both are going through mood swings myself, heh.
Anyways, next year should be better. We are going to request that the girls be in separate rooms next year because they simply cannot get along well enough to be in the same class. Another thing that will help will be Jessie being in another teacher’s class. I am not at all pleased with her teacher this year, and the school WILL be hearing from me at year’s end. I’ve already prepared a statement with events that should not have happened in a competent teacher’s classroom along with a little piece of my mind. This woman is crazy and should not be teaching at all, much less in an elementary school.
One example would be where Jessie was in the girls’ bathroom with a classmate. I think the teacher was in there with them. Jessie has a tendency to be bossy, but doesn’t mean anything by it, she just hasn’t learned tact yet. That’s from her father, LOL. Anyways, Jessie tells the little girl that she needs to wash her hands. As I see it she was trying to be helpful. Jessie’s teacher goes off on her; she told Jessie that she was getting a note home for being bossy and that she is not that little girl’s mother and if she doesn’t want to wash her hands, she doesn’t have to and lectures her on being her own boss rather than worrying about anyone else.
Ok, I can understand that, and we get on to Jessie for things like that from time to time, but I thought the next step was taking it a bit too far.
The little girl Jessie had spoken to told the teacher that it was OK, that she had forgotten to wash her hands and that it was good of Jessie to remind her. (she and Jess are friends and she seems like such a sweet little girl) The teacher then tells the little girl that she chose not to wash her hands and must “deal with it” THEN refuses to let the girl wash her hands for the rest of the day!!!
I don’t understand this woman. Her methods of teaching the children are overall OK, but I do not like the way she handles children. She does not discipline her students other than the blank notes that she sends home. She leaves it up to the student to provide the explanation of what he/she did wrong … this has taught Jessie to lie to us about what happens at school — something that she has NEVER done until this year!
Also, we have sent several requests for more information about incidents and the woman almost never responds … the old bat will not return phone calls, and will only meet with parents during her lunch break at 1 in the afternoon. She does not get to school early or stay late, so us meeting with her has only happened when we take off work to go see her. I’ve often requested her to feel free to call us at home and gave her our work and home phone numbers but she will not make an attempt to contact us unless we complain to the school first. Even worse, when we *have* gone to the school to see her, she would interrupt our conversations to go talk to someone else. This has happened on three separate occasions and I told Jim after the last time that any further incidents I will handle through the principal because I was tired of dealing with that stupid woman.
What gets me is that this is the same woman who told us during orientation last August that she prefers “constant communication with parents” and will always call parents at home to discuss incidents with students “before they become a problem”. Yet she has not done that with us, and Jessie has been labeled “a problem” because she doesn’t pay attention enough in class, and talks in class. TALKS! Every kid talks. I did. Jim did. The woman is a pushover, and the kids in her class have literally “run all over her”. (a direct quote from the parent of one of Jessie’s classmates)
What I find amusing is that Jessie doesn’t much like this woman either, which doesn’t help her behavior any. LOL In fact, she rarely refers to her by name, she always calls her “Teacher”. I’ve never seen her do that with any of the other teachers or staff there at Gardendale. Apparently another kid (who’s been labeled a troublemaker) does that to get on the woman’s nerves and Jessie thought it was a good idea to do it too, LOL.
What happened to the really good teachers? I went to a back-woods small country school, a public school even, and I had great teachers. We never got out of hand. I talked a lot in class and day dreamed, but most of my teachers found ways to keep us entertained and made learning seem fun. I don’t think I started hating school until junior high, LOL.
Let’s see … what else?
This week I received the invitation to Matt and Kelly’s wedding, though I keep forgetting to mail off the RSVP.
Sorry guys! I’ll get it out to you soon, I promise! :oops:
Oh, any MACESS-ites still hanging around? I heard from Joe Pizzitola recently. We’ve chatted back and forth via email. He’d asked about Bob Burchett, whom I hadn’t heard from in what seems like decades, LOL. Bob, Ange …. call me you buttmonkeys! :)
Speaking of MACESS … anyone remember Tim Walter? I found him on Monster.com a while back. They have that networking thing where you look up people based on skills, job, or employers, and I looked up MACESS peeps. He’s listed as being in Atlanta, though I couldn’t email him. Monster charges you if you want to actually CONTACT anyone you find in their networking thing.
Those nudnicks. :evil:
I also saw Grady Dill on there, as well as the little VB coder who used to tease me about listening to old NIN rather than their new stuff. (I’ve already forgotten his name, but he had a hawt car!)
Anyways, so it was cool to see a few people I knew on there.
I think I’ll look up CDO next and see who shows up. :cool: