Saturday, September 25, 2010

Shoe Box

I just decided to use an empty shoe box to store some extra school supplies in.  As I confirmed that it was long enough to hold a 12" ruler I realized "My babies would have fit in here when they were born!". 

Take a moment to take a good look at one of your shoe boxes.

My boys really are miracles.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Letter From Spencer's (Public) School

 Excerpts from a letter from Spencer's kindergarten teacher:
We continue to support and encourage independence and decision making. . . . Your child is beginning to independently select work that they have had lessons on.  Others are beginning to request lessons of interest and of course we will follow their lead.
When have you ever seen a letter like this home from a public school?  A school that wants to teach my child what he wants to learn in the way that he is best able to learn it?!  I love this school and I love his teacher.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

And so the struggle begins

Alex's new OT called me on Friday to tell me that he would be sending home an IEP modification form for me to sign.  He said, and I quote, "It's physically not possible for me to provide OT at the rate specified in his IEP.  I'm only in the building twice a week."  He wants to reduce Alex's OT to two groups and one consult per week: no 1-on-1!  No way I'm signing off on that.  The district might be able to pull that with some parents, unfortunately, but not with this one.  No way, buddy!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Not Planning on Sleeping Tonight

Tomorrow is Ally's first day of kindergarten.  New school and new teacher after 2 1/2 years with the wonderful Rita.  I'm so nervous and excited.  I know myself: I can't sleep when I feel this way.  So. . . I'm not even planning on trying.  At some point my body will give out and sleep will take over.  I'm not going to fight it the way I usually do.  Thank God I don't have to work tomorrow.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Alex's Toileting at School

It's quarter after five on Friday and I just got off the phone with the CSE chairperson.  She assured me that the staff at Alex's school can indeed take him into the boys' restroom.  She added his need for toileting supervision to his IEP while we were talking and said she would send me an updated copy.  One less thing to worry about.  Maybe I'll actually be able to sleep tonight!

Where's the School Bus?

It's Friday afternoon.  School starts Tuesday and Monday is a holiday.  I haven't heard from the bus company yet about when Alex is going to be picked up Tuesday morning!  So I finally get in touch with them only to find out that they want to pick him up at 7:30 AM every day!  I think I'll be driving him to school.  I don't even know what time the school day starts there; I'm assuming sometime between 8:45 and 9:00.  The school hasn't sent us anything.  I guess SE students often get left out of the loop in this district.  All these unknowns are driving me nuts.