The transition to full day school was made less difficult by Robby's wonderful classroom teacher. Robby and I both instantly felt a connection to her. She has been able to strike the precarious balance between being kind and patient while still maintaining high expectations for her students. She makes learning fun, and Robby loves nothing more than earning her accolades.
She has demonstrated that
her skills are not limited to her students. I fully admit that I was as
nervous, if not more so, on Robby's first day of school. Within the
first few minutes she managed to calm my fears about the transition.
Let's face it, dealing with my worrying ways is no easy feat!
the year has progressed, my positive feelings about his teacher have
continued to grow. When Robby was ill with Dengue Fever and couldn't
receive visitors, she stopped by in the evening and left a package of
letters from his classmates, a gift, and a balloon by the front door. I
didn't even know that she had been to the house until she phoned on her
way out of the development to tell me about the delivery. She emailed
daily to check on his progress and, yet again, proved her stripes by
keeping my worries about his academics in check.
Robby returned to school he has been "invited" to stay inside his
classroom during his second recess. While his classmates are running
around on the playground, Robby quietly reads with his teacher,
practices his arithmetic and finishes worksheets.The quiet time has been
a godsend as a means both to reserve his strength and to allow him to
catch up academically.
I never imagined that Robby
staying inside with his teacher would be the source of controversy.
Unfortunately I consistently underestimate the petty nature of some
individuals! Yesterday morning I dropped Robby off at school and
inadvertently stepped into a meeting between the school administrators
and Robby's teacher. I was surprised when I learned that Robby staying
inside during recess was the topic.
classmate complained to her father that Robby was receiving preferential
treatment from the teacher. Rather than ask the teacher, the parent
took it upon himself to skip protocol and called the administrators to
file a complaint. Keep in mind, this whole controversy could have been
avoided if common sense had been employed. After all, in an effort to
avoid miscommunication and rumors, all the parents of Robby's classmates
were informed when Robby was diagnosed with Dengue Fever. This parent
knew how ill Robby was and that he had missed a lot of school. It
certainly wouldn't be hard to conclude that he was staying inside to
catch up on school work? Rather than ask and learn, the adult whined and
the Administrators were reminded of Robby's absences and his stamina
issues, they agreed that our recess decision was appropriate. In the
same breath, his teacher was also forbidden to keep him inside during
this time for fear of "hurting" the other students' feelings. Only in a
school could this logic be used to make opposite decisions during one
I do not want to jeopardize his teacher's
standing at her school, so I am begrudgingly going to abide by the
dictate. I will go to his school every afternoon and work with him
myself. It is a mixed blessing that the whiner parent is uninvolved in
While I feel badly for his child, I know that my only interaction will
occur when we happen to pass in the hall as he drops off his child in