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Hello to everyone!

Posted by Suzanne D on 7/30/02 at 19:48 (091041)

Dear Friends,

I am in the 'back-to-school' rush right now as school begins for us next Monday. I have been spending quite a bit of time readying my classroom. Since we are moving to a new building at the end of December, I have decorated my room with 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' with the theme 'Ready for a BIG year!' I think the children will like it.

Unfortunately, my feet don't like all the preparations as well as the dental, hair appointments, etc. that I have been trying to get done. Now to 'add insult to injury', I have poison ivy on my big toe and next toe to it on my 'worst' foot! How I got that while wearing SAS shoes and socks 90% of the time is a feat in itself! I've always been quite allergic to poison ivy, and it doesn't take much exposure for me to have quite a case.

I've been reading here quickly each day although I haven't posted as much lately in my busyness. I still am thinking of you all! Necee, glad you had such a good yard sale, Kathy, I'm happy you had a great vacation! Carole, so much to do - and yet, you will get it all done; you always meet your goals! Margie, I hope you see better days soon! Julie, it was nice to see your message! Tammie, I hope you feel better today, and for the rest of you, I hope you are doing well and staying as cool as possible in this heat. We'll remind ourselves of this next January! My mama used to say, 'If we could just bottle this heat and save it for next winter!' :-)

I wish for each of you good days and happy thoughts. You are all special to me.

Suzanne :-)

Re: P.S.

Suzanne D on 7/30/02 at 19:49 (091042)

...And Nancy, good luck with selling your car!

Suzanne :-)

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Nancy N on 7/30/02 at 22:28 (091060)

Suzanne--

Wow, your school year starts early! We don't go back till Labor Day. I'm worried about that enough as it is--I've become accustomed to this whole 'summer vacation' idea and am none too sure that I want to give it up!

Thanks for your wishes about the car. The ads hit the papers tomorrow, so hopefully the whole thing will be done soon. I'd really like to be able to enjoy the new one, especially since I'm driving to Lake George on Friday. I doubt that I could turn my old car around in time to get the new one before that trip, but you never know! If someone offers me cash for the car tomorrow, I'll take it. :)

Good luck with your preparations!

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Carole C in NOLA on 7/30/02 at 22:41 (091062)

Suzanne, you must be so excited to have school starting again on Monday! I didn't realize it was so soon. I know you love those kids, and it will be great to be back with a new group of children and starting a new year.

It's truly amazing that you got poison ivy on your toes! I would wonder suspiciously if you had been frolicking (sp?) barefoot in the forest, except that you don't go barefoot. It must have been one of those times when you were wearing your Birkenstocks, or maybe you got it on the outside of a sock and brushed it against your foot while taking it off. I hope it heals soon. My daughter got poison ivy when she was a young girl, and I remember she bitterly complained that the Calomine lotion didn't seem to do the trick. I hope you have found something to make it less itchy!

I just got home from another dinner date with Frank. He's such a sweet person, and so intelligent and good looking. Well, OK, he's also shorter than 5'2' and has a receding hairline, but so what. LOL Handsomeness is in the eye of the beholder. Anyway, after dinner he drove me around the French Quarter and the Faubourg Marigny, and we talked. What a pleasant summer's evening!

Carole C

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Necee on 7/31/02 at 00:03 (091071)

Hi Suzanne! It's good to hear from you, I know you must be quite busy, especially getting ready for the new school year.
Take care of that poison ivy, how on earth did you get that??
I'm getting ready to head back to work this Thurs night, I would really like to just continue staying home doing fun things, but....you know how that goes.
Happy trails......

Necee

Re: P.S.

Suzanne D on 7/31/02 at 06:23 (091088)

Yes, Nancy, we are on an 'alternative calendar' sometimes erroneously referred to as 'year-round school'. It's not that as we still go 175 days as we did before, but we start at the beginning of August and have breaks in October, December, and then March, and close our year either at the end of May or mid-June. Personally I am glad that while my own children were young, we had the longer summers to be together. Of course breaks any time are nice, especially if the entire family can get away together. By the time we started this calendar, my older daughter was in college, and of course she is never out the same times we are.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you to sell your car quickly! That would be really nice if you could take the new one on your trip. Perhaps college students may be looking for a car right about now, and that might mean a quick sale!

Suzanne :-)

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Suzanne D on 7/31/02 at 06:52 (091089)

Yes, Carole, I am excited about school starting again! The new year rolls around quickly with this alternative calendar we are on. Yesterday I put names on name tags, etc. and am trying to get my new children's names in my head. Of course once I meet them all, that will help! I imagine right now they are getting new shoes and bookbags of which they will be immensely proud! I think a first grader's favorite things are new shoes and lost teeth.

Then there are those whose circumstances are so unfortunate who are alreaady 'behind' in so many things...I know of one such student who will be in my classroom. His parents were both on drugs before he was born, and he sees several 'specialists' at the school already. He has to sit on a special cushion which helps give him movement while still remaining in his seat. He becomes totally distraught at such things as not getting the color lunch tray he wanted, etc. Then he breaks out in screams. He improved so much last year in kindergarten, but toward the end of the year, the screaming got worse again. I had to wonder if he was dreading for school to be out. I already know HIS name...I hope I can help him!

Well, I didn't mean to get off on all that! Sorry! :-)

Dinner out is always nice and particularly so with a pleasant companion. Your evening sounded nice! You are right: handsomeness is in the eye of the beholder! As my grandma used to say, 'Pretty is as pretty does!'

Yes, the poison ivy is a mystery to me! I wore some open-toed SAS sandals Sunday to church and took them off as soon as I came home and put on the walking shoes. I only walked on the paved parking lot and in the building. Of course, once I got a bad case of poison ivy while out on the playground at school while someone burned a fence row across the road. I got it from the smoke. So, who knows! I'm using Cala-gel right now and hope it nips it in the bud so that I don't have to get a prescription cream again. It doesn't look any worse this morning.

You have a good day! Thanks for being interested in my school ramblings!

Suzanne :-)

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Suzanne D on 7/31/02 at 06:56 (091090)

Yes, Necee, I know what you mean about staying home and doing fun things! But maybe one reason they are fun is that they are special and not something you get to do all the time. That way they are always a 'treat' to get to do!

Is it still hot in Texas? It seems that every day here is hot with an ocassional thunderstorm which just makes the air more muggy. These days make us long for nice cool and crisp October days!

Take care, and thanks for your message!
Suzanne :-)

Re: P.S.

Nancy N on 7/31/02 at 07:14 (091094)

Oh, I've hard about that schedule and have actually thought that it would be great to have the breaks throughout the year, especially since it's tough for me to take vacations at an off-peak time/rate because of my current schedule. One of my fellow teachers told me that a friend of his teaches on a schedule like yours, and loves it because she can travel in October or March rather than waiting for the summer.

Thanks for the good wishes on the car. The ads should be in the papers today, so hopefully we'll get things moviing quickly! :)

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Carole C in NOLA on 7/31/02 at 07:58 (091104)

It's so sad that that little boy was born to parents who were both on drugs. Hearing stories like that makes me want to say to the parents, 'Just WHAT were you thinking of? Don't you realize that every child deserves a good start? What did that innocent little baby ever do to you?'

He may be very difficult but I know that you will help him if he can be helped. If he is too disruptive and impedes the learning of the other children, maybe there is a class for him and other children with special problems.

Many years ago my daughter hated her new shoes in first grade, because she had foot problems and had to wear special shoes. They were brown leather and a unisex style, and all the other little girls had cute little pink or rainbow colored sneakers, and so on. Luckily, she could wear 'normal shoes' by second grade and meanwhile I bought her some cute little pink lacy socks to help the situation.

I remember my own first grade experience as if it were yesterday. I was SO PROUD that my teacher, Mrs. Durning, remembered my name. When she called on me, she would always say it boldly and loud as though she were addressing the queen, and I felt so special. I was a very good little girl because I was scared to death of her, but I thought she was wonderful too.

You DO catch poison ivy easily! That's great that it doesn't look worse this morning. Maybe it will go away soon. I have walked through poison by accident and have never got it, but I don't claim to be immune to it because I don't really know for sure. I don't want to tempt fate by ignoring it.

Carole C

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Suzanne D on 7/31/02 at 08:09 (091109)

Hi, Carole! The fact that most of us have quite vivid images of something from first grade makes me very aware of my behavior day in and day out! Of course one never knows what the children will remember! My most vivid memories are of disliking saying the letter sounds as the teacher pointed to them with a yardstick. I remember telling my mother that the boy behind me spit on me when he tried to say his b's and p's! :-) I also broke my thermos bottle which my mother had decorated with a pink elephant decal, and I cried, and the teacher had me go see my mother who taught down the hall. That mortified me as I thought it labeled me as a baby! I guess we remember the traumatic things. That's great that your teacher imparted to you the knowledge that you were special. That is something I want to do with each of my students.

You are right: sometimes special-needs students must go to a self-contained room where a specially trained teacher with fewer students can help them. Sometimes this doesn't happen until after it is proven that they cannot function in a regular setting. In the meantime, the other students (and teacher) suffer. I hope and pray that will not be the case with this little boy. He seems to have progressed very much last year, but who knows while being home all summer...I think he spends most of the time with his grandma who must be overworked by now as he has a younger sister with similar problems as well as another baby...

There is a picture of me at about age 4 wearing high-top brown corrective shoes although I don't remember wearing them. It's funny: the pair of shoes that stands out most in my mind was a pair of green, pointed toe Keds which I was so proud of! My, they must have been quite ugly :-), but at 7 years old, I thought they were beautiful!

You're lucky to have never had poison ivy. I hope you never do!

Suzanne :-)

Re: memories from first grade

Carole C in NOLA on 7/31/02 at 08:41 (091116)

I remember my favorite time of the day in first grade. I would race in from recess ahead of the others, because Mrs. Durning would write the new words for the day on her blackboard while we were out at recess. I would get back before the others and 'sound them out' and figure out what they were before the other children got to the room and only Mrs. Durning was there, at her desk. Mrs. Durning was very patient and instead of scolding me for being a 'goody-goody' and not waiting like I should, she praised me for wanting to learn the words and would compliment me for figuring them out on my own. That was so sweet and understanding of her.

I loved the part where she pointed to the letters with a yardstick and we sounded them out together. I felt like we were members of a secret club who knew the sounds of the letters. I was a little scared that she might hit one of us with the yardstick if we got the letters wrong, but she never did.

Her demeanor around the class was very stern and in those days corporal punishment was expected. My brothers told me she would spank a child half to death who didn't behave, which probably wasn't true but I was terrified of that so I was VERY good.

Carole C

Re: memories from first grade

Kathy G on 7/31/02 at 09:07 (091118)

Suzanne,

Best wishes for a happy first day! I can sure empathize with you about your Special Needs child since my sister-in-law is a first grade teacher and my best friend, who was a Readiness teacher, is going to teach first grade this year. The problem, in NH, is that since we don't have public kindergarten, many of these special children are not coded before they come to first grade and many haven't even gone to kindergarten. It often takes the whole year to get them the help they need. My sister-in-law had a child with unbelievable problems last year and got no help. She met the special-ed person in the supermarket the other day and she told her that this year, he would have a personal aide. That's great for the child, but not much help to her and the children in last year's class who were not able to enjoy an atmosphere conducive to learning because of this child's outbursts. It is very sad what some people do to their children. My father-in-law used to say it was too bad that often the people who don't know how to add still know how to multiply! That kind of says it all.

Hope your poison ivy is getting better. The Aveno products are helpful but it seems as though good old fashioned Calamine Lotion is the way to go. I once climbed a tree that unfortunately was being climbed by a poison ivy vine! My father just shook his head and wondered how I didn't even notice the vine with the shiny, green, three-clustered leaves! Man, was I covered! A funny/strange story about poison ivy that I have to share with you.... One year my mother and her friend went out into the woods about two weeks before Christmas to gather greenery for wreaths. This was back when we had woods in NH, before they paved everything in sight. Anyhow, Mum found some odd looking white berries that she'd never seen before. She made her wreath and it was lovely and the white berries added a pretty touch. Well, shortly thereafter, she started to itch all over and break out in a rash. You guessed it; they were poison ivy berries! The poor woman spent the entire Christmas season covered with the worst case of poison ivy I've ever seen! If you'd known my mother, you'd understand that this sort of thing could happen only to her! It was funny afterward but not so funny while it was happening because she was so miserable! She bought her Christmas wreaths each year from then on!

Re: memories from first grade

Suzanne D on 7/31/02 at 09:18 (091121)

Hi, Kathy! I enjoyed reading your post. I feel for your sister-in-law and what she went through last year; I imagine those problems can really be pronounced since your state does not have public kindergarten. That has to make her job harder. Last year was our school's first year of all-day kindergarten; up until then it was half day. I am looking forward to seeing what a difference this may make in the children's progress. The two kindergarten teachers in my school have told the other first grade teacher and I how much more advanced these students will be this year.

Your poor mother and her Christmas wreath! Bless her heart...That sounds like something that would happen to me! :-)

And your father-in-law's saying has a lot of truth to it. It is sad to see how 'messed up' a child can be by age 6. It's just one of those things in life that is 'not fair'. Hopefully, we can help make up the difference in some way.

Thanks for the good wishes for our new school year!

Suzanne :-)

Re: Poison ivy

BrianG on 7/31/02 at 12:36 (091147)

Hi Suzanne,

As you said, you don't have to touch poison ivy to catch it. Someone was probably burning that brush, with poison ivy mixed in. You can break out anywhere, if you happened to inhale it by accident. I use Benadryl 2% cream, which is what I also used for my bee sting therapy. Works really quickly for the itch.

BrianG

Re: Poison ivy

Suzanne D on 7/31/02 at 15:02 (091170)

Thank you, Brian! I will get some of that cream. Thankfully the poison ivy hasn't spread today, so I'm hoping this will be a small outbreak. Right now I'm 'recovering' from two fillings at the dentist earlier today. Isn't it fun taking care of our bodies?! :-)

Hope you're doing well. Caught any big fish lately? There's a river near where I live, and I'm not sure if many large fish are caught in it, but there always seems to be someone down there fishing. It looks relaxing to see them sitting in the shade (That is unless it's 90+ degrees like it has been a lot this summer!)

Take care,
Suzanne :-)

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margie p on 7/31/02 at 19:37 (091212)

Suzanne
I'm sure things will turn around. You sure go back to school early as ours doesn't start until after Labor Day. Staff returns the week before
Margie

Re: P.S.

Suzanne D on 7/30/02 at 19:49 (091042)

...And Nancy, good luck with selling your car!

Suzanne :-)

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Nancy N on 7/30/02 at 22:28 (091060)

Suzanne--

Wow, your school year starts early! We don't go back till Labor Day. I'm worried about that enough as it is--I've become accustomed to this whole 'summer vacation' idea and am none too sure that I want to give it up!

Thanks for your wishes about the car. The ads hit the papers tomorrow, so hopefully the whole thing will be done soon. I'd really like to be able to enjoy the new one, especially since I'm driving to Lake George on Friday. I doubt that I could turn my old car around in time to get the new one before that trip, but you never know! If someone offers me cash for the car tomorrow, I'll take it. :)

Good luck with your preparations!

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Carole C in NOLA on 7/30/02 at 22:41 (091062)

Suzanne, you must be so excited to have school starting again on Monday! I didn't realize it was so soon. I know you love those kids, and it will be great to be back with a new group of children and starting a new year.

It's truly amazing that you got poison ivy on your toes! I would wonder suspiciously if you had been frolicking (sp?) barefoot in the forest, except that you don't go barefoot. It must have been one of those times when you were wearing your Birkenstocks, or maybe you got it on the outside of a sock and brushed it against your foot while taking it off. I hope it heals soon. My daughter got poison ivy when she was a young girl, and I remember she bitterly complained that the Calomine lotion didn't seem to do the trick. I hope you have found something to make it less itchy!

I just got home from another dinner date with Frank. He's such a sweet person, and so intelligent and good looking. Well, OK, he's also shorter than 5'2' and has a receding hairline, but so what. LOL Handsomeness is in the eye of the beholder. Anyway, after dinner he drove me around the French Quarter and the Faubourg Marigny, and we talked. What a pleasant summer's evening!

Carole C

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Necee on 7/31/02 at 00:03 (091071)

Hi Suzanne! It's good to hear from you, I know you must be quite busy, especially getting ready for the new school year.
Take care of that poison ivy, how on earth did you get that??
I'm getting ready to head back to work this Thurs night, I would really like to just continue staying home doing fun things, but....you know how that goes.
Happy trails......

Necee

Re: P.S.

Suzanne D on 7/31/02 at 06:23 (091088)

Yes, Nancy, we are on an 'alternative calendar' sometimes erroneously referred to as 'year-round school'. It's not that as we still go 175 days as we did before, but we start at the beginning of August and have breaks in October, December, and then March, and close our year either at the end of May or mid-June. Personally I am glad that while my own children were young, we had the longer summers to be together. Of course breaks any time are nice, especially if the entire family can get away together. By the time we started this calendar, my older daughter was in college, and of course she is never out the same times we are.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you to sell your car quickly! That would be really nice if you could take the new one on your trip. Perhaps college students may be looking for a car right about now, and that might mean a quick sale!

Suzanne :-)

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Suzanne D on 7/31/02 at 06:52 (091089)

Yes, Carole, I am excited about school starting again! The new year rolls around quickly with this alternative calendar we are on. Yesterday I put names on name tags, etc. and am trying to get my new children's names in my head. Of course once I meet them all, that will help! I imagine right now they are getting new shoes and bookbags of which they will be immensely proud! I think a first grader's favorite things are new shoes and lost teeth.

Then there are those whose circumstances are so unfortunate who are alreaady 'behind' in so many things...I know of one such student who will be in my classroom. His parents were both on drugs before he was born, and he sees several 'specialists' at the school already. He has to sit on a special cushion which helps give him movement while still remaining in his seat. He becomes totally distraught at such things as not getting the color lunch tray he wanted, etc. Then he breaks out in screams. He improved so much last year in kindergarten, but toward the end of the year, the screaming got worse again. I had to wonder if he was dreading for school to be out. I already know HIS name...I hope I can help him!

Well, I didn't mean to get off on all that! Sorry! :-)

Dinner out is always nice and particularly so with a pleasant companion. Your evening sounded nice! You are right: handsomeness is in the eye of the beholder! As my grandma used to say, 'Pretty is as pretty does!'

Yes, the poison ivy is a mystery to me! I wore some open-toed SAS sandals Sunday to church and took them off as soon as I came home and put on the walking shoes. I only walked on the paved parking lot and in the building. Of course, once I got a bad case of poison ivy while out on the playground at school while someone burned a fence row across the road. I got it from the smoke. So, who knows! I'm using Cala-gel right now and hope it nips it in the bud so that I don't have to get a prescription cream again. It doesn't look any worse this morning.

You have a good day! Thanks for being interested in my school ramblings!

Suzanne :-)

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Suzanne D on 7/31/02 at 06:56 (091090)

Yes, Necee, I know what you mean about staying home and doing fun things! But maybe one reason they are fun is that they are special and not something you get to do all the time. That way they are always a 'treat' to get to do!

Is it still hot in Texas? It seems that every day here is hot with an ocassional thunderstorm which just makes the air more muggy. These days make us long for nice cool and crisp October days!

Take care, and thanks for your message!
Suzanne :-)

Re: P.S.

Nancy N on 7/31/02 at 07:14 (091094)

Oh, I've hard about that schedule and have actually thought that it would be great to have the breaks throughout the year, especially since it's tough for me to take vacations at an off-peak time/rate because of my current schedule. One of my fellow teachers told me that a friend of his teaches on a schedule like yours, and loves it because she can travel in October or March rather than waiting for the summer.

Thanks for the good wishes on the car. The ads should be in the papers today, so hopefully we'll get things moviing quickly! :)

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Carole C in NOLA on 7/31/02 at 07:58 (091104)

It's so sad that that little boy was born to parents who were both on drugs. Hearing stories like that makes me want to say to the parents, 'Just WHAT were you thinking of? Don't you realize that every child deserves a good start? What did that innocent little baby ever do to you?'

He may be very difficult but I know that you will help him if he can be helped. If he is too disruptive and impedes the learning of the other children, maybe there is a class for him and other children with special problems.

Many years ago my daughter hated her new shoes in first grade, because she had foot problems and had to wear special shoes. They were brown leather and a unisex style, and all the other little girls had cute little pink or rainbow colored sneakers, and so on. Luckily, she could wear 'normal shoes' by second grade and meanwhile I bought her some cute little pink lacy socks to help the situation.

I remember my own first grade experience as if it were yesterday. I was SO PROUD that my teacher, Mrs. Durning, remembered my name. When she called on me, she would always say it boldly and loud as though she were addressing the queen, and I felt so special. I was a very good little girl because I was scared to death of her, but I thought she was wonderful too.

You DO catch poison ivy easily! That's great that it doesn't look worse this morning. Maybe it will go away soon. I have walked through poison by accident and have never got it, but I don't claim to be immune to it because I don't really know for sure. I don't want to tempt fate by ignoring it.

Carole C

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Suzanne D on 7/31/02 at 08:09 (091109)

Hi, Carole! The fact that most of us have quite vivid images of something from first grade makes me very aware of my behavior day in and day out! Of course one never knows what the children will remember! My most vivid memories are of disliking saying the letter sounds as the teacher pointed to them with a yardstick. I remember telling my mother that the boy behind me spit on me when he tried to say his b's and p's! :-) I also broke my thermos bottle which my mother had decorated with a pink elephant decal, and I cried, and the teacher had me go see my mother who taught down the hall. That mortified me as I thought it labeled me as a baby! I guess we remember the traumatic things. That's great that your teacher imparted to you the knowledge that you were special. That is something I want to do with each of my students.

You are right: sometimes special-needs students must go to a self-contained room where a specially trained teacher with fewer students can help them. Sometimes this doesn't happen until after it is proven that they cannot function in a regular setting. In the meantime, the other students (and teacher) suffer. I hope and pray that will not be the case with this little boy. He seems to have progressed very much last year, but who knows while being home all summer...I think he spends most of the time with his grandma who must be overworked by now as he has a younger sister with similar problems as well as another baby...

There is a picture of me at about age 4 wearing high-top brown corrective shoes although I don't remember wearing them. It's funny: the pair of shoes that stands out most in my mind was a pair of green, pointed toe Keds which I was so proud of! My, they must have been quite ugly :-), but at 7 years old, I thought they were beautiful!

You're lucky to have never had poison ivy. I hope you never do!

Suzanne :-)

Re: memories from first grade

Carole C in NOLA on 7/31/02 at 08:41 (091116)

I remember my favorite time of the day in first grade. I would race in from recess ahead of the others, because Mrs. Durning would write the new words for the day on her blackboard while we were out at recess. I would get back before the others and 'sound them out' and figure out what they were before the other children got to the room and only Mrs. Durning was there, at her desk. Mrs. Durning was very patient and instead of scolding me for being a 'goody-goody' and not waiting like I should, she praised me for wanting to learn the words and would compliment me for figuring them out on my own. That was so sweet and understanding of her.

I loved the part where she pointed to the letters with a yardstick and we sounded them out together. I felt like we were members of a secret club who knew the sounds of the letters. I was a little scared that she might hit one of us with the yardstick if we got the letters wrong, but she never did.

Her demeanor around the class was very stern and in those days corporal punishment was expected. My brothers told me she would spank a child half to death who didn't behave, which probably wasn't true but I was terrified of that so I was VERY good.

Carole C

Re: memories from first grade

Kathy G on 7/31/02 at 09:07 (091118)

Suzanne,

Best wishes for a happy first day! I can sure empathize with you about your Special Needs child since my sister-in-law is a first grade teacher and my best friend, who was a Readiness teacher, is going to teach first grade this year. The problem, in NH, is that since we don't have public kindergarten, many of these special children are not coded before they come to first grade and many haven't even gone to kindergarten. It often takes the whole year to get them the help they need. My sister-in-law had a child with unbelievable problems last year and got no help. She met the special-ed person in the supermarket the other day and she told her that this year, he would have a personal aide. That's great for the child, but not much help to her and the children in last year's class who were not able to enjoy an atmosphere conducive to learning because of this child's outbursts. It is very sad what some people do to their children. My father-in-law used to say it was too bad that often the people who don't know how to add still know how to multiply! That kind of says it all.

Hope your poison ivy is getting better. The Aveno products are helpful but it seems as though good old fashioned Calamine Lotion is the way to go. I once climbed a tree that unfortunately was being climbed by a poison ivy vine! My father just shook his head and wondered how I didn't even notice the vine with the shiny, green, three-clustered leaves! Man, was I covered! A funny/strange story about poison ivy that I have to share with you.... One year my mother and her friend went out into the woods about two weeks before Christmas to gather greenery for wreaths. This was back when we had woods in NH, before they paved everything in sight. Anyhow, Mum found some odd looking white berries that she'd never seen before. She made her wreath and it was lovely and the white berries added a pretty touch. Well, shortly thereafter, she started to itch all over and break out in a rash. You guessed it; they were poison ivy berries! The poor woman spent the entire Christmas season covered with the worst case of poison ivy I've ever seen! If you'd known my mother, you'd understand that this sort of thing could happen only to her! It was funny afterward but not so funny while it was happening because she was so miserable! She bought her Christmas wreaths each year from then on!

Re: memories from first grade

Suzanne D on 7/31/02 at 09:18 (091121)

Hi, Kathy! I enjoyed reading your post. I feel for your sister-in-law and what she went through last year; I imagine those problems can really be pronounced since your state does not have public kindergarten. That has to make her job harder. Last year was our school's first year of all-day kindergarten; up until then it was half day. I am looking forward to seeing what a difference this may make in the children's progress. The two kindergarten teachers in my school have told the other first grade teacher and I how much more advanced these students will be this year.

Your poor mother and her Christmas wreath! Bless her heart...That sounds like something that would happen to me! :-)

And your father-in-law's saying has a lot of truth to it. It is sad to see how 'messed up' a child can be by age 6. It's just one of those things in life that is 'not fair'. Hopefully, we can help make up the difference in some way.

Thanks for the good wishes for our new school year!

Suzanne :-)

Re: Poison ivy

BrianG on 7/31/02 at 12:36 (091147)

Hi Suzanne,

As you said, you don't have to touch poison ivy to catch it. Someone was probably burning that brush, with poison ivy mixed in. You can break out anywhere, if you happened to inhale it by accident. I use Benadryl 2% cream, which is what I also used for my bee sting therapy. Works really quickly for the itch.

BrianG

Re: Poison ivy

Suzanne D on 7/31/02 at 15:02 (091170)

Thank you, Brian! I will get some of that cream. Thankfully the poison ivy hasn't spread today, so I'm hoping this will be a small outbreak. Right now I'm 'recovering' from two fillings at the dentist earlier today. Isn't it fun taking care of our bodies?! :-)

Hope you're doing well. Caught any big fish lately? There's a river near where I live, and I'm not sure if many large fish are caught in it, but there always seems to be someone down there fishing. It looks relaxing to see them sitting in the shade (That is unless it's 90+ degrees like it has been a lot this summer!)

Take care,
Suzanne :-)

Re: Hello to everyone!

margie p on 7/31/02 at 19:37 (091212)

Suzanne
I'm sure things will turn around. You sure go back to school early as ours doesn't start until after Labor Day. Staff returns the week before
Margie