Wednesday, May 20, 2015
It's an End-of-School-Year Wrap
I didn't grab a picture of Miles - but he earned some award from the P.E. teacher (maybe something like, "Safety first.") I'll try not to go in to a hugely long story about Miles' "perfect attendance" award. He should have been awarded it at the assembly, but wasn't even given an "outstanding attendance" (missed 2 or less days) award until after the fact. He told his teacher and she passed it on to the principal who then announced it and had Miles stand. Still, it wasn't right and so I emailed the secretary and principal and explained a whole bunch of stuff (like how Miles wouldn't go skiing, wouldn't let us drive home on a Monday, etc., etc. because he wanted to earn this award). I asked the secretary to double-check his attendance record. She did and he had not missed any days of school. (He had checked out 4 times - only one of those times were before noon. And, Miles made us check with the school to make sure he wouldn't be counted as absent if he checked out early. We were told he wouldn't.) He got his certificate right before school was let out. (Sorry, that was a bit longer. But it could have been longer!)
It was silly, but this really affected me for many reasons. I was sad for my child who had worked hard for something and wasn't appropriately recognized. I was worried about being an annoying parent, but instead the secretary told me to never be sorry for advocating for my child. I was grateful for her support. I was frustrated at Miles' teacher who seemed to just want to brush this off and didn't encourage Miles to talk to the office about his attendance (I would have, but I didn't get a chance to speak with him before they left the gym.) Okay, that's enough.
It's been a crazy afternoon with lots of highs and lots of lows. The ice cream man came and Ben gave Jonas $10 to buy all 8 kids some ice cream. Does that sound like a summer day or what?!