narrated by: Lucy London
After years of having a large influx of students, we now are leveling out at a more reasonable rate. It’s made it possible to offer more opportunities for parents to be involved during the school day, especially now that we can host them in the cafeteria for lunch. Oliver held a Parents Day, most parents still work during the day so it doesn’t have a giant turn out, but it was still good fun for the kids.
Miriam’s twins finally joined our classes this year in the third grade. They had previously been in a private school until Miriam’s divorce from Marcus, he had insisted they receive the highest education, so they could be doctors when they grew up. But now that the divorce is over, the twins are in Oliver’s class and having difficulty fitting in.
Asher is a bit snobby, and his deskmate Kai gets the most of it.
He may get his attitude from his Father though, as he was a bit obnoxious at the lunch table.
Erin was able to get Marcus to warm up to the parents, mostly Marcus was being condescending, assuming that they were all raising mediocre children who were only good for construction and middle class careers. I’m sure most of it was directed toward the Russo-Traver girls, since their Mom “stole” Chief of Staff from him. He’d intended to tuck tail and run, but has decided to stick around.
Mostly Miriam is disappointed in this, as she was excited to raise the kids primarily on her own. But they seem to be managing co-parenting better than they did when they were married.
Oliver has a large class this year, and is struggling with some bulling behavior, especially awkward since it’s his niece, Isla that is at the bottom of it.
For unknown reasons, she has picked Manny as her victim, and chases him around the playground tormenting him.
No matter his response, she never lets up.
Even with three teachers on the playground, we don’t always catch it immediately ether. We usually divide up nicely too, and Oliver is wonderful at interacting with the children, while I usually hang back and just keep an eye out. Lunch recess is one of the most tiresome hours of my day.
Then we have fourth grader, Gemma Pacelli who likes to steal the swing from little kids, in this particular instance, it was kindergartner Dahlia Prince.
I usually notice this quicker because it’s my corner of the playground, and then it’s Dahlia pushing Tillie on the swings. They’re both in Miriam’s class, and seem to be on their way to fast friends, which is always sweet to see.
Her students are all positively adorable, I never wanted to teach the younger kids as they lack all sorts of control, but I do enjoy watching them filter back to their classes after recess.
And they always come with their own mini-forms of drama, which humors me. Poor Rita Popper got the cold-shoulder from Toby Welsh, and I can only chuckle as I remember his older brother was quite the same when he attended Longfellow.
They also have an annoying Gerbil for a class pet, which isn’t really my cup of tea. I find the noise they make on their wheel to be distracting, but Miriam’s kids barely do seatwork anyway, and it seems to teach them responsibility.
My upper-grade kids have fish. The kids enjoy feeding them, and I think they are calming which is the effect I want in my classroom.
I will be relieved next year when the Russo-Traver twins move onto Jefferson High, as they seem to have fallen into the roll of class clowns with quite a bit of glee.
I took my class down to Prince Alfred Aquarium right before Christmas break, and my only concern had been Vivienne and Cicely and what mischief they might find. Hazel volunteered to be parent chaperone. All of my students have working parents, but it worked out that Hazel could make it.
The girls were infatuated though, and I didn’t have any reason to be concerned. All of the kids were enthralled with the fish.
I expected to nag the students to read the information provided, but they seemed to do so without any nudging from me.
Eden’s Mom, Avery is head of the Aquarium, so Eden was thrilled when her Mom came to do one part of the tour for us.
Roman was bouncing off the furniture at that point, which made me fear that my good luck had run out. But thankfully it was his very own Mother that was chaperoning, and she handled him quickly.
They have a children’s play area, and the kids really enjoyed that freedom to pretend to dive for treasure or be on a pirate ship.
Vivienne and Cicely didn’t play at all, just stood in the corner gossiping about the boys in their class, mostly Holden and Roman.
For the final tour, former student Lainey Grimsley was assigned to us. I’ve known her since she was in diapers, and it’s overwhelming to see her in a career, and teaching my students. Makes me feel that I’m nearing my own retirement, ready to hand the reigns over to the next generation, the ones with all the energy to expend.
In the middle of that, Vivienne ended up feeling unwell, and nearly lost her lunch right in the middle of the aquarium.
Hazel is best friends with their Mom, Morgan, and I allowed her to handle it since she seemed eager to help.
She waited with her outside while Vivienne’s Dad left work to come and get her. She was very disappointed to miss the final part of the visit.
Otherwise the aquarium was a great success, and all the students really enjoyed the break from the classroom. I’d be happy to take the kids again in a few years, if I haven’t retired before that point. I don’t think anyone is especially eager for that announcement, but it has me wondering who should be principal after I do retire, and who really qualifies for the position.
Notes: Lucy becomes elder in a year, she often looks just plain tired from all her students, and with all their money, I don’t see her working for very long once she’s able to retire. I don’t think it’d be instantaneous ether. None of my teachers have a masters degree, so none really qualify. I’d like to stick with ether Miriam or Oliver, she has more experience, but I don’t know if she has the drive to get her masters, especially being a single Mom now.
Dahlia was queued to go on the swing, when Gemma took it over, and just smiled all snotty like to Dahlia. Isla kept tormenting Manny, goodness knows why, so she’s being a bit of terror at home and at school, I’m sure her parents are thrilled.
They lose four students in the fall, and only gain one. The next “boom” will be with Mavis, Dax, and Evan, which is a mighty three students. I only have five toddlers at the moment, I think my sims needs to settle down and start having babies again.