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Just one more week...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Boy has it been a long week. I've been sub-ing a lot lately. I subed 2 and a half days last week (pre-K and 3rd), and so far 3 days this week (pre-K and 4th). I'm slotted for 4th grade tomorrow, Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday (my birthday), I'm back in court for more jury duty.

I'm sub-ing so much because our pre-K teachers have had required classes that they have been attending. Then, one of our fouth grade teacher's husband is really sick. He had surgery about three months or so ago to replace some old slings in his abdomen, and recovery from the surgery has not gone well. She has the rest of the year off school.

The summer probably will be almost as busy with VBS, a week of theater camp for my little one, and two weeks of theater camp (plus show dates and extra rehearsals) for my older one. Plus, the girls will be getting all their entries for the fair ready. And, summer is only 8 and a half weeks long. Then, we are back to school.

Yawn, I get tired just thinking about it.

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MOMFAN 5/22/2010 9:59PM

    Don't borrow tomorrows troubles, God only gives grace for today!

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    You are going to be a very busy lady! Have fun!

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MIKESRATT 5/19/2010 11:25PM

    the summer will go by so fast you will be wondering where it went. but a least you won't be bored. lol

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Older daughter in Alice in Wonderland, Jr.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Well, I've been waiting for the call; and after calling and leaving a message, I finally got that call. My older daughter was "promised" a major part in Alice in Wonderland, Jr. Well, I wouldn't call what she got a major part, but I would call it a major job.

She got the part of Matilda, Alice's sister, who is trying to teach Alice a history lesson. I know she has one of the very first songs in the show. Then, she has a costume change. She becomes the Petunia who sings during the garden scene. After that... yes, one more... she becomes one of two Rock Lobsters who has a song, as well. I know the Petunia has to be on stage at least twice, once in the garden and once during Alice's "trial." So, that is at least 4 costume changes.

I'll blog more about it once I get the script. That will be tomorrow.

I was disappointed that she didn't get the Queen of Hearts, but she's happy so that's what matters.

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    emoticon I know you are proud.

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BO42SOX 5/15/2010 11:20AM

    wow! thats so,so cool!!!!! She at least got a part, and it sounds pretty terrific!!

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MIKESRATT 5/15/2010 11:03AM

    emoticon you sound like such a proud moma! tell your daughter congrats. will be thiking and prayering for her. emoticon

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DIGBOI 5/14/2010 11:34PM

    emoticon emoticon To your daughter. I am so happy for both of you. emoticon

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Hope I did the right thing!

Monday, May 10, 2010

I've mentioned on my feed about my little one's playground accident. She fell and ripped her upper lip away from her top gum. The teacher called me, and I went to the school and took her to the doctor. She had to have three stitches to reattach it. I thought that was it, until....

I was sub-teaching last week when I overheard a few teachers complaining about the school nurse. One of them said that she had sent a child back to the classroom even when she needed stitches. I chimed in that the child they were talking about was mine, but I had not been told that she had been sent back to class by the nurse.

So, this morning I went and talked to my daughter's teacher and the EA in that class who was with my daughter when she was taken to the nurse. I was told that the nurse took a look at her, announced that she busted her lip, gave her a bag of ice, and sent her back to class. She didn't even touch her; even though she was bleeding "a lot." I went to the principal with this information. He told me that I would have to file a complaint with the director of schools if I wanted anything to be done about it.

I didn't even talk to the nurse. I don't think it would have done any good. I was sub-teaching one day and had a student who was throwing up. I sent him to her with a note that he was vomiting. She sent him back to class with a note that he didn't have a fever. I called her to ask if his parents had been called, and she informed me that it was her decision who to send home and that he wasn't going anywhere. It took him throwing up in the hallway and another teacher bringing him to the office for the boy to go home.

I hope that I did the right thing. I don't want anyone to get in trouble, but she didn't do right by my daughter. If they had waited for my daughter to come home by bus, it would have been nearly 6 hours before she would have been seen by a doctor since the accident. I don't even know if they'd been able to stitch it back in place by then.

Thanks for listening to the gripes!

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SOPHIEGM 5/25/2010 11:03AM

    wow.... and she still has a job? sounds like she needs an attitude adjustment or to find a different vocation.

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MCJULIEO 5/11/2010 9:52AM

    Sending a vomiting child, even without a fever, back into a classroom full of healthy children is NOT a good idea.... and a healthcare provider who is too squeamish to touch a bleeding patient to examine them should be looking at another career path.

You did right. That nurse needs to reconsider her care giving.

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JENEAL1 5/10/2010 4:50PM

    Lonken, I don't disagree with you at all. You are just trying to protect children. I don't believe God will hold that against you. emoticon

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MIKESRATT 5/10/2010 4:23PM

    i would have been fired. well actually i was fired for going off on my sons teacher at a daycare where i worked. you were right. that "nurse" needs to go back to school and learn what her job is. a sick or injured child does not need to stay in school. i don't care how badly they are, or aren't, if a teacher sends them to the nurse then they need to go home and get moma's love to make it better. why do we have more "bad" people working in our schools than we have good? i'm sorry, but i have had bad experiences in the school system. my two are now home schooled.
hope your little one is doing ok and she won't have a scar.

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CATREBEL 5/10/2010 4:08PM

    I believe you definitely did the right thing. Stand your ground.

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    She needs to get a different job. Not all bumps and bruises can be cured by an ice bag and being sent back to class. I hope your daughter is ok now.

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GIRLHALFFULL 5/10/2010 2:40PM

    You followed your heart and gut on this... and that is the right thing to do.

Stay strong!

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NANCYMT6151 5/10/2010 2:12PM

Sounds to me like that is one school nurse who needs to get a different job! Yes, I believe you did right to complain. Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease!!

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Updates... 4-H / Facebook Video Contest & my friend

Monday, May 03, 2010

Thanks to all you who voted for our 4-H club's video on Facebook. We finally got official word today that our county won the contest. Yeah! Thanks!

An update on my friend Brad....

He is holding his own, but he is still not feeling very well. The chemo is making him really tired. He sleeps for days at a time. He is in a lot of pain. We pray that the treatments will start working and start easing his pain.

The benefit we had for him went really well and we continue to have people donate to his medical fund. The night of the event we counted $2887. Since then, I've had $150 given to me personally. We've heard from classmates who couldn't make it to the event. Of those who told us how much they would donate, there was another $300. Some just said they would send checks. So, we are pretty sure that over $3400 has been donated just because of the spaghetti benefit that we had. The weekend before our event a "biker poker run and auction" was held. They raised over $4000. We have such a giving community and friends... even spark friends. Thanks again.

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MIKESRATT 5/4/2010 11:59AM

    wow that's great! about your friend and the 4-H contest.!

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AZAPPED 5/4/2010 10:01AM

    It's wonderful that you did that for your friend and I'm glad it turned out well.

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My little girl is Baby Bear

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Masquerade Theater here has been having a theater workshop for elementary kids for the last several years. My older daughter has been active in that. The first year she was Mrs. Hood... Little Red Riding Hood's mother. The second year she was the cook and one of Charlie's friends in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Last year, she was Babette (the French maid) in Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Every year, my little one has mimicked her sister. She learned many of her lines and ALL of her songs. This year the theater added a workshop for my little one's age group. They are doing the same play that my older one did her first year. It is called Storybook Summer. It is a "rewrite" of three classics: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood. Auditions were yesterday afternoon and this afternoon. My daughter tried out yesterday. Part of the audition was to improvise the family of the three bears. My little one was given the part of baby bear. They were so impressed at her rendition they gave her the part in the play.

So, my little one is now Baby Bear... daughter to Papa and Moma Bear who live in New York City. It's going to be a good one. The workshop will be held during summer vacation.

I'm such a proud Moma. Now I have 2 theater girls.

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MIKESRATT 4/27/2010 11:37AM

    that is awesome! i know you must be busting with pride!

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SOPHIEGM 4/27/2010 6:37AM

    that is so cool. I would be excited as well.

emoticon Congrats to the little one

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RHALES199 4/26/2010 11:03PM

    That is awesome! I'm sure she'll do an excellent job!!

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