Hey Icarus--what ever happened with that student that you were afraid was going to take you to court? That was awhile ago--maybe last spring--so I'm sure it was resolved, but I don't remember hearing the details.
Also, how are things going with Banana and Mango? I can't remember which one it was that was going to the alternative school, but the last thing I *can* remember about the situation was that it was improving. She was liking school much more, and her teachers were liking her. How's that going?
What ever happened with the hidiously expensive school play? I realize that that's more of a "Hey Bob" than a "Hey Icarus" topic, but you're still in the area and he isn't, so I thought you might have more information.
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You know Icarus, one of those clump Floridians. We put up a big fence to keep those Florida folks away from civilized society, but one escaped (with his lava lamp and poseable man) and moved to Texas.
I was afraid Icarus was digging his way out too, but apparently not.
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Icky didn't so much leave as decide Hatrack wasn't as important as keeping his job (bad desicion if you ask me ) and has been working hard (yah right). But now we all miss him and so we welcome him back via strategic use of the wave smilie.
He decided that Wisconsin really was the place to be and so we smuggled him out of FL.
Seriously, we've missed you! Hope finals are going well and that the coming holiday season is great! How about all them Melting Pot certificates? I didn't see one in my Christmas card!
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Cor, Banana and Mango are all doing well. Banana currently has a cold, and she's been giving a larger-than-customary amount of attitude lately, but these things seem to come and go in waves. Just at home, though. She's been pretty good at school, actually. I'm not sure how that should make me feel . . .
As with the prior times that family had harrassed me last year, things died down for a while. Then, on one of the last days of school, that student entered my class bragging about how she had made a teacher cry. She had had an assignment to summarize what she had learned in class, and apparently wrote a touching paper; her bragging struck me as rather cynical, and a rude way to repay a teacher she apparently liked--by laughing at her behind her back. I told the teacher, who confronted the student about it. I think I posted about this in very vague terms last spring . . . just a "would you want to know" type thing, but this is what I was referring to. Anyway, the kid went home and told her parents, only in her version it was not a class assignment, but a letter she wrote to her teacher out of the blue because she loved her so much. Her version must have also glossed over her publicly laughing at her teacher's sentimentality and focused instead on my maliciously seeking to destroy her relationship with her favorite teacher. So one day after school--after hours for me--I get a call from the front office saying that her parents are here to see me. I told her to set up an appointement; as she relayed the message, in the background I could hear dad saying, "no, I don't want an appointment. I want to talk to him RIGHT NOW." Based on how hostile all of my prior communications with mom had been, and how dishonest as well, I told the office that I would only meet with them if there was an administrator present to serve as a witness. The secretary, flustered, said that there was not. I told her that my work day was over and I was going home, so an appointment was all he could have, whether he liked it or not. I then asked several other teachers to walk me out to serve as witnesses. Apparently the beleaguered secretary finally did find the assistant principal. He told me later on that the father had vowed to "take this up with [me] on the street." The AP, whom I had already sent a memo detailing the incident to, and who had also spoken with the other teacher in question, had a long talk with mom and dad, and told me a few days later that it was all resolved. I don't know what all went on in the meeting, or what kind of resolution they achieved, but I'm still here, so apparently I didn't get fired. :-\
Mango is doing great at her school--I'm too lazy to dig up a link--but basically she has been fully mainstreamed over there. Educationally, she is even ahead of her sister, which is a first, so I'm very pleased with what they are doing over there. She is learning to write and she is getting ready to read--if you haven't seen this with your own kids, you probably don't know what I mean, but it's like, while she can't really read yet, she is starting to sound out letters and occasionally recognize simple words. All of this might sound mundane to someone else, but if you'd been through what we have with developmental delays, negative tests, etc., you would understand why having our daughter performing comparably to her age peers, and even starting to read and write . . . is more overwhelming than I can find words to express.
I don't know any more about Anniegate. Last we heard the debts were forgiven, but I have heard rumors that say they are not as forgiven as we've been lead to believe. That doesn't quite make sense, since it should be a matter of public record, but without Bob to fight the power, they seem to be able to sweep stuff under the rug. The guy who was in charge of the play is still in his job at the K-8 school, and he has started a non-profit (hah!) company to put on future productions. Oh, and the rest of us had to sit through ethics training during the inservice days at the beginning of the year so that they could make it perfectly clear to us that we can't make purchasing contracts with our spouses. Seems fair.
World domination is proving to be slower going than I had planned. I'm starting to wonder if I should rethink my policy of domination through nonviolence.
You know, I got so much grief over those gift certificates! It wasn't really that much money, and it went to a good cause!
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Ooh. I somehow forgot to mention that I got a part in a play. It's a small part in Barefoot in the Park, but given that there are only four male roles in it, and there were certainly a lot more than four guys auditioning, I feel outrageously pleased even to have a small part.
Today the telephone repair guy, tomorrow the world!
quote:Oh, and the rest of us had to sit through ethics training during the inservice days at the beginning of the year so that they could make it perfectly clear to us that we can't make purchasing contracts with our spouses.
Oh God, that's so funny I want to cry!
Congratulations on the part in the play! That's so cool!!!