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MinnieM123

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Sounds like an adventure getting to work although the breakfast you had sounds good. I hope you reveled in your 13.3 inches. Did you make any snow angels or make any snowballs?
No, there was no time for snowmen, etc. On the way home, I did see a bunch of snowmen, though! All the schools were off today, so lots of kiddos were out playing and making snowmen (for me to enjoy)! ;)
 

SteveBrickNJ

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No, there was no time for snowmen, etc. On the way home, I did see a bunch of snowmen, though! All the schools were off today, so lots of kiddos were out playing and making snowmen (for me to enjoy)! ;)
Thinking back over this winter @MinnieM123, how many times was school closed for the entire day?
We've amazingly had only 1 full day closing this year! :happy:
 

21stamps

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So, the stats are in: officially 13.3 inches for my area. Nice. :)

After shovelling the front steps this morning, I then left after 6 AM, and it was still snowing heavily. Walking to the bus stop was a bit of a challenge, because the plows hadn't quite cleaned up the intersections of roads (I was walking in the streets--too early for any sidewalks to be cleared). That was a bit dicey in a few spots, because sometimes the plows would come around blind corners, and I had to bolt to the other side of the street. But what's life without a little excitement? :p:hilarious:

Took me about 25 minutes to walk to a bus stop, and then I waited about 15 minutes for the highway bus, at 6:40. There were only 5 people on the bus all the way into the city! :joyfull: Then I had a 25 minute walk to get to work from the financial district.

All in all, it was fun! :happy: I was hungry when I got to work, and detoured to the cafeteria and had scrambled eggs with melted cheese, and home fried potatoes, and orange juice. :hungry:
I admire you. I can hear the happiness in your voice...

...I would still be defrosting and cursing under my breath. 😂😂🤣

I am sooooo over the cold!!!
 

MinnieM123

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Thinking back over this winter @MinnieM123, how many times was school closed for the entire day?
We've amazingly had only 1 full day closing this year! :happy:
I think there were a few days, but more so out in the western part of the state. In the Boston metropolitan area, there were some late starts (like 2 hour delays) on some school days, but maybe just a very few all-day closures this winter. Odd, actually--we usually get more sizeable snowstorms.
 

21stamps

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My kid!!!!!!!

@SteveBrickNJ and @ajrwdwgirl - Please advise!!!

Long, but bear with me please...
I picked up T and we got home a little bit ago... he has a huge school project coming up at end of month. “Wax Museum.” We have to read a biography, build a booth with props, he has to be in costume and character.. he also has to make a button for people to press, and at that point he tells about “himself” (memorized oral presentation in character)

Originallly he wanted to be Walt Disney, apparently a kid was also prepared and had a book ready. Then T said LeBron James then Nelson Mandela. I urged him (due to current social climate) to pick someone who has an easier costume.

He chose Henry Flagler. Ok, fine.
Then last night he says “No, I want to be Beethoven” Ok, fine too.

I emailed his Language Arts teacher and told her that I ordered a book online from B&N and would pick up in the store today, I was worried that the school library would not have a book on either subject. I also printed out both orders of each subject - marked “1st choice” and “2nd choice”.

All good, right?

Nooo!!

He came home with this!!

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He already turned in the title as his project. (The subject/book was due today)

What should I do????

I don’t want T to end up on the internet as “white kid doing cultural appropriation”, especially not on the heels of CovCath.

This event is put on in the Auditorium during an evening for people to attend. Not just something in class.

I was Sacajawea for a similar project when I was kid..(not wax Museum, but in character).. that was fine back then.. but I don’t think it’s fine in today’s world. I’m so upset!!!! Should I email the teacher again??
 
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SteveBrickNJ

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My kid!!!!!!!

@SteveBrickNJ and @ajrwdwgirl - Please advise!!!

Long, but bear with me please...
I picked up T and we got home a little bit ago... he has a huge school project coming up at end of month. “Wax Museum.” We have to read a biography, build a booth with props, he has to be in costume and character.. he also has to make a button for people to press, and at that point he tells about “himself” (memorized oral presentation in character)

Originallly he wanted to be Walt Disney, apparently a kid was also prepared and had a book ready. Then T said LeBron James then Nelson Mandela. I urged him (due to current social climate) to pick someone who has an easier costume.

He chose Henry Flagler. Ok, fine.
Then last night he says “No, I want to be Beethoven” Ok, fine too.

I emailed his Language Arts teacher and told her that I ordered a book online from B&N and would pick up in the store today, I was worried that the school library would not have a book on either subject. I also printed out both orders of each subject - marked “1st choice” and “2nd choice”.

All good, right?

Nooo!!

He came home with this!!

View attachment 354338

He already turned in the title as his project. (The subject/book was due today)

What should I do????

I don’t want T to end up on the internet as “white kid doing cultural appropriation”, especially not on the heels of CovCath.

This event is put on in the Auditorium during an evening for people to attend. Not just something in class.

I was Sacajawea for a similar project when I was kid..(not wax Museum, but in character).. that was fine back then.. but I don’t think it’s fine in today’s world. I’m so upset!!!! Should I email the teacher again??
Yes. E mail her with a brief explanation and ask for a phone conversation on her prep time or her lunch time. She will be impressed when she hears your voice explain your feelings on the matter. E mails have no vocal inflection and that's why I suggest the phone call.....but it needs to be done tomorrow or the teacher will claim it's too late to change. Good luck composing the e mail to pull off my suggestion. Report back tomorrow. I care 😊
 

SteveBrickNJ

Well-Known Member
Yes. E mail her with a brief explanation and ask for a phone conversation on her prep time or her lunch time. She will be impressed when she hears your voice explain your feelings on the matter. E mails have no vocal inflection and that's why I suggest the phone call.....but it needs to be done tomorrow or the teacher will claim it's too late to change. Good luck composing the e mail to pull off my suggestion. Report back tomorrow. I care 😊
You know what @21stamps ......not every teacher looks at their e-mail as often as I do.
To be on the safe side, write the teacher a note tonight and ask your son to walk up to the teacher first thing tomorrow morning....look her in the eye and say: "Ms. so & so, my mom wrote you an important note....thanks"..T smiles warmly :happy:
This will get your phone call appointment set up and underway hopefully by 12:30pm at the latest.
I hope this helps.;)
 

21stamps

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Yes. E mail her with a brief explanation and ask for a phone conversation on her prep time or her lunch time. She will be impressed when she hears your voice explain your feelings on the matter. E mails have no vocal inflection and that's why I suggest the phone call.....but it needs to be done tomorrow or the teacher will claim it's too late to change. Good luck composing the e mail to pull off my suggestion. Report back tomorrow. I care 😊
Thank you, I will do that right now.

I’m so upset, and now he’s upset. He thinks I’m forcing him to do a subject and doesn’t understand “why can’t you let me do what I want! It’s MY project!”

How do I explain this to an 8 year old?? This project has been giving me grief since it was announced, for exactly this reason. He keeps picking people who he shouldn’t be and I don’t want to tell him that. I just don’t want to have that conversation.

Worse, Iowa Testing starts tomorrow (a standardized test which takes up the bulk of the school day).. kids are supposed to be “stress free, plenty of sleep, good healthy breakfast”.

My kid is in bed crying after slamming his door.

I thought we had this sorted out!!

I. Am. Failing.
 

ajrwdwgirl

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What happens to make up all those days? Teach until June 30th?
Oh my gosh. Is the school year being extended as a result?

I feel like that happened to me once when I was a child.
So far the students only have to make up three full days and two of those were done last week. The kids were scheduled to have Thursday and Friday off due to conferences and an inservice day for teachers. So the only other make up day is Easter Monday. Our state goes by minutes now instead of days so an extra 5 minutes was added to the school day at the start. But if we have another snow day we start tacking on time at the end of the school year. If we hadn't had any snow days our kids would have been over the minute limit for the state so a little is forgiven that way too. As staff we have about 24 hours of time to make up on our own that we have to report on, one of the days off were "forgiven" by our superintendent, we are normally not required to make up our time for 2 days.
 

ajrwdwgirl

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Yes. E mail her with a brief explanation and ask for a phone conversation on her prep time or her lunch time. She will be impressed when she hears your voice explain your feelings on the matter. E mails have no vocal inflection and that's why I suggest the phone call.....but it needs to be done tomorrow or the teacher will claim it's too late to change. Good luck composing the e mail to pull off my suggestion. Report back tomorrow. I care 😊
@21stamps I agree with this. I would also explain your concerns with T as well.
 

Rista1313

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How do I explain this to an 8 year old?? This project has been giving me grief since it was announced, for exactly this reason. He keeps picking people who he shouldn’t be and I don’t want to tell him that. I just don’t want to have that conversation.
It's important to have this conversation though! He needs to know WHY you are making him change.
 
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