bad guy and easter chick

Aren’t they fabulous?

A gift from my friend G, the bad guy for kiddo.

Who was suspended from school yet again. Again for 10 days. Again with the suspension on either side of a school vacation.

This time for a smart-ass comment, intended much as a joke, and much as a smart-ass comment, to the teacher, which, if he’d used just about any other word, would’ve resulted in perhaps a detention.

You cannot say the B word at school.

And now he’s in a federal database of disruptive students. I can’t find any information about this thing, and only know that it’s a federal mandate that the states tell their school districts that they must comply or lose federal funding.

I have a query out to the state’s Dept of Education, and plan to follow up with our two senators.

Clearly the kid did a stupid thing, especially for such a bright boy, but also the teachers and administration know that he was looking for a reaction and had no intention of doing anything about a bomb.

What frustrates me is that I am just now hearing about how much trouble this teacher has managing this class, which I imagine can be challenging, and that there are two girls in particular that cause classroom disruptions. There’s a long story here, but these girls are verbally aggressive and know how to work the system. It was a day with these disruptions that kiddo made the stupid comment to his teacher. The teacher he thinks hates him.

This group of kids moves between two teachers. I’ve met with the other teacher, at the recent parent conference, thinking I would meet with them both because that’s what happened the first time, but no, just the one. Apparently I was to make an appointment with the other, who was gone by the time I finished with the first. But how was I supposed to know that? I told her at last week’s emergency meeting that kiddo’s grades in her class reflect in part how he thinks she feels about him. He is a very bright boy who is performing far below what he should in her classes. I know part of that is just his being a boy, and his not wanting to put out the effor, but I also know that he does much better in the other teacher’s classes. The teacher who does not have the classroom management problems. With the same group of kids. So what is different between the two?

Sorry, Venting…

So what would you do if it was Friday and you’d been at work too long, and your coworker figured out how to get the first of four EPA grants into the online submission site?

Go out for a drink! At Joyce’s, the bathroom and kitchen of which used to be the yarn shop. It was warm enough (for Maine, I think it was maybe 48 or so by then) that we could sit on the deck.

Here’s the old yarn shop porch,

And here are pics of the shop from when we packed it all up for a forcasted flood one April a few years back.

And when I went into work on Saturday morning to get grant #2 submitted, what did I see?


Which I only noticed because there was a tag stuck on it, from “night eyes”. Apparently capitol security goes around on the off hours. And they found our coffee pot still on.


We hardly ever use it. It was either me or S who left it on, we were the only two who had coffee… I wonder how they knew. I only know that we’re lucky it was only burnt coffee and not a burnt building.


Decided a change of scenery would be a good thing. Kiddo and I are going to visit my mom, over the April vacation, in Florida.

For 10 days (not the 10 suspension days!).

I’m bringing the maplewing shawl (not the shawl, but the yarn and pattern) with me. Since I’m nervous about getting the needles (which I haven’t yet bought) taken, I’ll pack this away and bring a sock on the plane.

Things are going to be a little hectic this week, but I’ll post from Florida.

And I’ll be sure to show you sunshine and water and who knows what all else.

13 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Carole said,

    April 13, 2009 @ 6:46 am

    I don’t have any real advice on what to do about your son’s situation other than maybe getting in touch with an education advocate for him.

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    Chris said,

    April 13, 2009 @ 7:40 am

    The smell of burning coffee is powerful – they probably tracked the scent.

    Bummer about the kiddo. :(

    Getting away for 10 days in the sun sounds like a really good plan.

  3. 3

    Julie said,

    April 13, 2009 @ 8:42 am

    A change in scenery sounds like a good idea, especially if that change involves sunshine and warmth!

    Good luck with the kiddo issues!

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    Emily said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 11:20 am

    Oh, the vacation sounds like a great idea.

    Best of luck with the bad teacher business.

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    Lucia said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

    Gargh. Best of luck with the kid thing — I fear I have no idea what I would do in your shoes. Leaving town sounds like an excellent idea. My daughter smarts off in class a bit, but not that way. (She tends more toward weird puns. You know her.)

    Lovely shawl! I have two shawl ideas I need to get to work on.

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    Molly Bee said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 3:59 pm

    OMG! The B word is a 10 day offense now!? Sheesh! What’s the F-Bomb penalty? Death? A friend’s son left bomb threat in the principal’s office recently. Actually it said “This is a bom treat” so they didn’t get it at first, but he just got detention.

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

    Am imagining this teacher’s classroom style, and not liking it. I wonder how much better he (and others) would be performing if she actually enjoyed kids and respected them? Perhaps I am making a leap here, but it doesn’t sound like it. My regrets to your boy…hope he knows that there are many teachers who actually care about the kids *and* the learning, and find out that the former often enhances the latter.

    Enjoy Fla! Can’t wait to see photos –

    P.S. Any chance he’s also not being challenged…?

  8. 8

    Blogless Carrie said,

    April 14, 2009 @ 8:10 pm

    P.S. Bad guy and Easter chick *are* fabulous!

  9. 9

    Cindy AKA Memere AKA Mom said,

    April 15, 2009 @ 6:14 pm


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    Cindy AKA Memere AKA Mom said,

    April 15, 2009 @ 8:02 pm


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    Tanya said,

    April 15, 2009 @ 10:42 pm

    ouch on the suspension. I taught for 12 years and never heard of a 10 day suspension due to one curse word, even the B word!!?? Yes, the stitched critters are cute

  12. 12

    knitnzu said,

    April 16, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

    What? She loves the kid more????

  13. 13

    Jennifer said,

    April 18, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

    There’s a federal database of disruptive students? *jaw dropping*

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