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    Sorry I am getting to your lodge so late. Our weddings were only a month apart and Evergreen was one of the colleges I applied to. That is great about the therapist. I think having that in place will be really helpful. I also had that leaking sensation and a lot of of wetness at the end of my pg.

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    I'm pretty sure it was just me peeing my pants again. I've been wearing a pad every day for quite some time now---after I ended up wetting through my jeans at work once.

    I teach middle school. The girl in question is a 13 year old 7th grader. Where are the parents? Well, that depends, many are immigrants and refugees from developing nations in Africa and Southeast Asia. The parents are clueless b/c they are focused on survival. Others are also fighters, gang members, etc so they are taught to behave this way and the parents reward them for it. Fighting is a huge deal here. At least they are not into shooting or stabbing each other yet. And yes, this is the environment and neighborhood where we are raising our family as well. A lot of people are shocked by that, but I think it's important to serve the community in which you live and honestly, being a teacher, I can't afford to live in a safer area. We could retreat to the suburbs, but that goes against everything we believe in.

    I'm still feeling exhausted and crummy. I did get 5 hours of sleep last night which is a big improvement. The weather is a real downer too--50 degrees and pouring....still. We haven't seen the sun or not needed a rain coat in nearly 3 weeks, and that was just a quick peek for a weekend. We are beginning to feel like summer will never come. We haven't bothered to pack up our winter clothes or dig into the spring/summer clothes we store in bins in the garage. Why bother?

    I have realized that I am in need of weather-appropriate newborn clothes for Liam. Since we have no relatives or close friends nearby, we don't get baby showers or anything and have to buy it all ourselves. I'm going to finish consigning Zoe's nicer clothes this weekend and get some warmer footed sleepers, long pants, and long-sleeved onesies for him. Right now, he has lots of short sleeved onesies and a couple cute summer outfits my friend in California sent us.

    I have also begun to prepare some materials for a sub in case I do end up not making it till the 16th. I have my lessons planned and written in my planner, but only I could understand them at this point. I made some copies of the handouts I use for the last 2 stories of the year.
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    Yikes, that's a hard situation to teach in. My husband has had to break up a few school fights too- usually between girls, and lets face it, girls fight dirty.
    Sorry about the lack of sunshine. If it makes you feel better, all my friends in Utah (the other place I've lived) are dealing with super late snow. Now THAT would tick me off.
    If we have a girl, we'll be in trouble for clothing. I do hope it is a girl, but... she may end up having a blue and brown nursery and a mostly blue wardrobe.
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    That's similar to the population my DH has been teaching, except it's high school and mostly Mexican kids, some in gangs (or wannabe gangs, which can almost be worse in school sometimes) a few with ankle monitors and probation officers, even. We don't live in the actual neighborhood his school draws from but a very similar one, and we totally share your philosophy about living in and serving the community--the two just haven't lined up for us yet. Now, though, he just got a job teaching 5th and 6th grade at a new branch of a really rigorous school out in the fancy suburbs, and it's going to be quite a difference for us--he's ONLY taught "at risk" populations thus far and now he's going to have an entirely different experience. We are not moving, though, and never would--even if we could afford it, that's not our style. I love our neighborhood, even with all its flaws, and I'm glad our kids will not grow up in a totally homogenous environment.

    It's admirable work but super difficult to deal with WHILE your body is rebelling all over the place! I know the end of the year can't come fast enough for you. At least you are getting closer and closer! Preparing materials for a sub is kind of exciting, in a this-might-really-happen-soon! kind of way
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    What a rough situation to teach in - I can't imagine doing that (although people say the same thing to me about the population I teach) and really admire that.

    I think preparing some plans for the sub is a great idea.

    The weather sould get to me too - the weather really impacts me too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuswren View Post
    That's similar to the population my DH has been teaching, except it's high school and mostly Mexican kids, some in gangs (or wannabe gangs, which can almost be worse in school sometimes) a few with ankle monitors and probation officers, even. We don't live in the actual neighborhood his school draws from but a very similar one, and we totally share your philosophy about living in and serving the community--the two just haven't lined up for us yet. Now, though, he just got a job teaching 5th and 6th grade at a new branch of a really rigorous school out in the fancy suburbs, and it's going to be quite a difference for us--he's ONLY taught "at risk" populations thus far and now he's going to have an entirely different experience. We are not moving, though, and never would--even if we could afford it, that's not our style. I love our neighborhood, even with all its flaws, and I'm glad our kids will not grow up in a totally homogenous environment.

    It's admirable work but super difficult to deal with WHILE your body is rebelling all over the place! I know the end of the year can't come fast enough for you. At least you are getting closer and closer! Preparing materials for a sub is kind of exciting, in a this-might-really-happen-soon! kind of way
    I'm curious to see how he likes the change. Is it another charter or a private school?

    I personally hated working with the rich kids. It was so not for me. As much as I get cranky over the crap at school, I do really love my job and have no desire to ever teach anywhere else. Most of the students are really nice kids who are just in difficult circumstances. Most do not act out that severely. I think we have about 8% of our students that fall into the "red zone" behaviorally. And we house the district's sped behavior program for grades 6-8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kvo View Post
    I'm curious to see how he likes the change. Is it another charter or a private school?

    I personally hated working with the rich kids. It was so not for me. As much as I get cranky over the crap at school, I do really love my job and have no desire to ever teach anywhere else. Most of the students are really nice kids who are just in difficult circumstances. Most do not act out that severely. I think we have about 8% of our students that fall into the "red zone" behaviorally. And we house the district's sped behavior program for grades 6-8.
    Yeah, my husband's problem with the, um, ghetto-ness of his current school isn't the kids at all. He actually really likes the kids, even if they are from a VERY different demographic than us. The problem has been 100% with the administration. No one knows what they are doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jooniper View Post
    Yeah, my husband's problem with the, um, ghetto-ness of his current school isn't the kids at all. He actually really likes the kids, even if they are from a VERY different demographic than us. The problem has been 100% with the administration. No one knows what they are doing.
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    Yeah, I agree it will be interesting to see how he likes it, especially since the kids are in many ways what he likes best about teaching. He really does have a knack for seeing through a lot of the garbage and finding things to connect to in even the most problematic among them.

    This is not private either, it's another charter school but one that comes with a reputation for academic rigor so they don't really get the "school hoppers" just looking for an easy place to grab credits and be done that plague a lot of the other charter schools in the area. (Yes the whole system needs serious reform but that is a whole topic!) At the main branch here, when he went in to do his lesson in a classroom for the interview, he said he was actually surprised by the diversity and the fact that the kids were definitely not all rich by any means--he said he saw more actual diversity there than he sees in his current school. However, this new branch is in an area that is much different from Tucson proper, so I'm guessing it's going to be a pretty different crowd. Only time will tell!

    Sorry, didn't mean to get your lodge off on a whole totally non-baby topic but it's hard for me to resist talking about education!
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    No worries---my work is a huge part of my life so I talk about it all the time. I am really on the fence about the whole charter thing. When I lived in Washington, they didn't exist--we voted against them. They do exist here and many teachers I work with will only send their kids to charters. Some even have gone so far as to pay for private kinder until a spot in a charter opens up.

    From the little exposure I've had to Arizona schools (job fairs mostly), they do some shady stuff like hire unlicensed teachers who are still in grad school b/c they can pay them less. They can circumvent the whole union that way too and require all kinds of extra duties and hours without compensation and get away with not giving health benefits too. One principal from an AZ charter that I met with said that their teachers get binuses by how quickly they move their students through a totally computer-based curriculum and a certain amount of $ for high scores. That just doesn't seem right. I'm not against having options for students who learn better outside the traditional system, but they still need to be held accountable for providing a decent education. All too often the accountability is not there.

    At this point, I think Zoe will just attend our neighborhood elementary school which is actually in a different district from where I teach (we are like 4 blocks from the boundary). We hope to move into a bigger house in about 5 years, so when she's in 2nd or 3rd grade. But we don't know where yet. Either into the district where I teach or to Portland Public Schools which is just a mile or two west of where we are now.

    So how is that for off-topic....lol.

    I got my FMLA paperwork all filed today. My leave begins on June 16th (only 3 days before then end of this school year) and resumes 8/31--11/15. A little less than half that is paid by my sick days, so I'm losing quite a chunk of pay, but we have accounted for most of it through my AFLAC policy. I also completed my little procedural cheat sheet for a sub should I need one in the next month. Now I just need to get some assignments graded and my online gradebook updated.
    *Kristen*
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    Checking things off your to-do list is a good thing! Hope you sleep well.
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