Smart Hens Make Smart Chicks

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by TaterTot, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I hear that. Working for pre-k, which is publicly funded and available free to all reaidents of my city regardless of income, has me spending plenty of my own money on supplies. And, to be extra shitty, I dont even get to claim it as a tax write off since only K-12 teachers can do that, despite the fact that I must have the exact same credentials and license. Total BS. So I totally get that and have no problems with her asking parents. (Which, as a PreK teacher, Im not supposed to ask for supplies from parents either. Total, total BS).

    But yeah, the teacher uses classdojo, which is where I have been contacting her. I'm not sure this thing is worth bringing up since it has been a couple weeks and I'm not 100% certain that S is just relaying things differently than what was said? Idk. We'll see how it goes. I wish I knew more about the teacher. Like is this her first time teaching younger students, so maybe she doesn't understand that 5 and 6 year olds may not understand hyperbole? Oh well.

    I will say, the first time PTA did the bake sale this year, she gave all the kids who didnt bring in any money $.50 so they could buy something, which was super generous. Unfortunately, I DID give S money, but S/the teacher didnt check her folder to see it (S was asleep when I left so I didn't get to tell her it was in there).
     
  2. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Just got back from parent teacher conferences and the teacher had nothing but great things to say about S :loveu: Her reading level is amongst the highest in the class, she is in the highest math group who are trusted to work independently. On the "academic and personal behaviors" section of the report card (basically an "overall"), she got above standards in every category which her teacher said she very rarely gives that. And she said S was was "top tier." :loveu::loveu::loveu:

    Brag brag over. Now if only school could teach her to share with her little brother....
     
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  3. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    Must be nice!!!

    I forgot to update after our conferences that I hadn’t known at the time that our friend had gone scorched earth with the teacher an hour before our meeting. So we had a horrible time and couldn’t figure out why and then at the end of it she goes:

    “Look. I know you’re friends with the ______s. We just really need to approach this year with an attitude of positivity.”

    YEAH OKAY GET MY KID WHO’S DOING THIRD-GRADE WORD PROBLEMS OFF REVIEWING TALLY MARKS FOR THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF SCHOOL AND THEN WE WILL TALK POSITIVITY, YOU STUPID TWAT.
     
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  4. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    :eek: my lord. What had happened with your friend??
     
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  5. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Whoa! That was uncalled for and very unprofessional.
     
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  6. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    So much. She did have legitimate gripes, and the teacher came back with some pretty lame excuses for how and why she handled things the way she did.

    To hear my friend tell it, it was basically 30 minutes of her asking really pointed questions and closing it out with a scornful, "You're the adult in the classroom."
     
  7. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    LOL you should have closed with the same line, after she said that attitude of positivity thing to you.
     
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  8. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    That’s positively rude of her.
     
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  9. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Kids had a field trip to the Lincoln center today. They ate lunch outside on the ground :bored: Luckily the weather wasnt awful freezing cold, but the ground is going to be cold. Hopefully it was before it rained. But like, what would they have done if it was 20 degrees or the ground was wet?

    Eta and to clarify, by ground i mean cement sidewalks. Probably a plaza ish area, it looks like? Idk
     
  10. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Seems like poor planning for mid-December.
     
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  11. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Seriously. Like, if ground eating is the norm, then maybe skip Lincoln center in December... it was just some puppet show thing, not a seasonal specific thing like Nutcracker.
     
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  12. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Were they in front of the Vivian Beaumont? Sometimes there are tables and benches there (I used to wait there for my dad when we carpooled) and I wonder if the teachers assumed they would be and they weren't.
     
  13. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    J’s progressive school is being reconverted to a traditional model next year. LOL. Cool beans.
     
  14. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    That didn’t last long!
     
  15. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    LOL my neighbor whose kids go to our opt-out/safety school said she got an email from the school board strongly urging them to reconsider re-enrolling in their zoned school to balance the numbers ... and also to let them know that there will no longer be any bussing provided for the safety school -- zoned school bus or FFY.

    GL w/that, school board.
     
  16. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    NO bussing? WTF
     
  17. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    Sorry -- I mean for the kids who aren't zoned there. The safety school used to bus the kids from the progressive school. And you can pay extra to get your kid bussed to other intradistrict schools . . . not anymore. You can take a bus to your neighborhood school or you can not take a bus.
     
  18. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Ah. That makes more sense. But still.
     
  19. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Well that sucks :sad: is it because of low enrollment? Or they felt it wasnt working out?
     
  20. hellohelloagain

    hellohelloagain Chicken

    I went to an alternative high school (similar to a charter school) and it was the same about the buses. Had to ride the city bus and then finally got a car.

    They also tried to convince my mom to keep me in my zoned school even though I was on the brink of dropping out. She was told by the school I ended up going to that it was because each school gets funding from the state based on the number of kids enrolled there. Idk how true that is, but it made sense in regards to their push to keep kids in their zoned schools
     
  21. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    @Apples&Oranges Low enrollment. If they can’t fill this school from 60% capacity to 100%+, they’ll have to build another one. Quick.
     
  22. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Huh. AFAIK My district pretty much only busses kids if they have an IEP and don’t go to their home school.
     
  23. Rico Suave

    Rico Suave Chicken

    Yes, this is true. Enrollment and attendance affect funding.
     
  24. deet

    deet Chicken

    I am really shocked that Minnesota doesn't have parents chomping at the bit to get into a progressive school.
     
  25. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    This is true, at least in Boston. The per-pupil "cost" moves with the student. So if student X moves from Public School Y to Charter School Z, a significant amount of funding goes with them. The crappy thing is that even though Public School is getting less funding, they still have the same overhead in terms of teachers, facilities, etc.