narrated by Lucy
We are about to pass the torch of our large Grade 5 kids over to Bekah at the High School. These seven students are going to become the majority of the students in the building, and she has no idea what she’s in for. She thinks I’m a saint for being able to do these lower levels, and I feel the same for her with the hormone driven high schoolers.
As much as I enjoy Caitlyn and her brother Aidan, I won’t miss their family turmoil. It’s hard for me to disconnect and not bring this baggage home. They get dropped off late to school regularly this year, and it’s a hard situation.
I don’t want to punish an innocent child, but Caitlyn’s been sassy when I ask about her tardiness. It’s not her fault if her parents can’t get her to the bus on time, and I’m not punishing her for that. I just want her to know there is an adult she can talk to.
It will be hard saying goodbye to these students, they don’t always stay in their seat, but they are good students. They work hard, and pass their grades, and don’t run in the halls.
Miriam has been doing better since the birth of her twins, I don’t think that Asher and Shira are the reason for this change though.
I sent letters home with all the lower level students that we needed a parent volunteer for the year, and only had one response. Leah Millett was the only one that was available, thankfully she signed up for the whole year. Hazel McCarthy said she’d be game once her youngest Roman starts kindergarten, but that won’t be for a few more years.
It’s Leah that I give credit to when it comes to Miriam doing better with her students.
I also benefit from Leah’s presence, she’s another adult to help wrangle these students together during recess. The big kids know the rules, and while aren’t perfect, it’s more difficult with the littlest bunch. They are more impulsive, and lack the control that the big kids have. Alex Welsh and Ella Carver are two that butt heads.
To be fair, Ella isn’t starting any strife, I’m finding Alex is a very difficult child for anyone to get along with. I’m not sure if it’s because he has a new baby sister, or if this is just his personality. I hope Ella doesn’t take it personal.
Now it’s mostly playing with the kids, and being sympathetic when they hurt themselves going down the slide.
Scarlett has become much more chatty with the news that her parents are going to be adopting. She’s very excited to have a new little brother or sister, though they don’t have a prospective baby at this point in the game. So she usually wants Miriam or Leah to push her, and just be there to listen to her prattle on and on.
The worst part of the day lately has been lunch hour. I’ve allowed Miriam to lead the lower level students into cafeteria first, the preschoolers seemed to get overwhelmed with all the other students in the line first.
That doesn’t change the fact that we are over populated with students for our cafeteria though. Riley Gray got sick, and I had to call her Mom, Barbara in to pick her up, and I was actually a little glad.
It meant that we didn’t have to cram so badly to have our lunch. After my fifth graders move on, the teachers will be allowed to sit with the students again.
I just worry that Riley might have got other students sick with her cold too, that or Julius was wanting to skip out and go home too. It’s hard to tell with Julius. Ether way I wasn’t impressed that Linny kept laughing at him, made it hard to tell if he was coughing as a joke, or if she was being mean again.
Ella seems persistent in lunch to make a friendship with Alex, it’d be best for Alex if he’d make a friend, and I know Ella could use one too. Although Ella has been playing with Lily, and it doesn’t require anywhere near the amount of effort as Alex does.
After school, Miriam has been giving violin lessons to Lewis for a few years now, he’s doing quite well with it. Unfortunately we have no other students interested in taking music, and he’s leaving us this year. I have an inkling that Bea may want to test it out when she’s a little older, there is music in her house with Jude, and she already has an ear for it.
No doubt, next year will bring many changes, and as much as I look forward to sitting down for lunch hour, I’m really going to miss some of these kids.
I’ve wanted to use the “Playground Monitor” from the Education field to basically be parents that help out at the school. And with Danielle’s link to the Job Stopinator, I now can do that. I want it for stay at home moms or moms that own businesses, like Hazel.
There are so many students that I couldn’t possibly give them all a cameo. It will be much more manageable next update, they only gain Jake Grimsley, and while the high-school is only losing Meg and Peter, my high-school is significantly lacking in students, so it should be all good.
Thanks for reading!