Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Random....

Well, we learned that Son #1 did not get his first choice of electives for the upcoming school year. He switches to a new school for 7th grade (junior high = 7 & 8 grades). He wanted to take Spanish (click here to read the April 26th post). The deal was that if he allowed me to "homeschool" him in Study Skills - perhaps the most useful, but least fun elective - then I would allow him to sign up for Spanish. Unfortunately, the Spanish teacher only works part time and this year, there were simply too many kids requesting it. Perhaps next year....

In the meantime, Son #1 has asked me to homeschool him in Study Skills and Spanish (using my old college texts). We'll see how long that lasts. He wasn't placed in his second choice either. (I don't recall what it was.) Instead, he'll be taking Agricultural Science. When I initially read the description, I thought it sounded like something he'd really enjoy and was surprised that he didn't select it. I think he'll come around though, plus he has the entire summer to get used to the idea.

Unfortunately, we also learned that his schedule will be identical to that of his archnemesis (click here for a little background), same classes, same times. It makes sense because they're both in the inclusion program. While I don't want either kid "branded" as a problem, I do think it's important that the teahers and administrators are aware of the history so I've been asked to call back at the beginning of the school year to remind them that although they'll share the same classes, in no way should they be seated next to one another, etc.

In a few minutes I have to take our greyhound back to the vet. He hurt his paw a couple of weeks ago (he got it stuck between the pickets of our fence when we was trying to peek over. The cut didn't look very deep - very little blood, but it did get infected. We took him to the vet last week where they lanced the wound, put three staples (to somewhat close it, but still allow it to drain), and fitted him with the "lampshade" looking collars so he cannot continue to lick at it and chew at the staples. Well, the vet apparently underestimated Old Needle Nose. I noticed that he was still able to lick at the boo boo AND one of the staples is missing. Sigh.

After the vet, Son #2 has a baseball game. His team got off to a slow start, but has been playing well the past 5 games. Son #2 is the #2 pitcher. Son #1 has a Boy Scout meeting later this evening. Fortunately, Dear Hubby will take him.

Our lazy summer day has morphed into a busy summer evening.

8 comments:

Shionge said...

It sure is a busy busy time for you & hubby Elle :)

Lala's world said...

sounds crazy busy! we are trying to talk to one of our daughters teachers about placement for her next year too.....here's to hoping they actually listen! hopefully you will have some luck in Sept getting them to listen to you!

Tracey said...

That stinks about his schedule. The bully kid, I mean. I hope it works out for him...

Sue said...

Hopefully Son #1 will end up liking the elective he has, and the bully won't cause problems...

And it sounds like you're very busy! I hope you get some down time soon.

Elle*Bee said...

Yes, things are busy now, but they'll settle down in a few weeks (baseball season will end, camp will be over, etc.)

lala, usually the schools are pretty accommodating. You can't request specific teachers, but the schools usually encourage you to a write a note if there is anything you think they should take into consideration when they're determining placement. Unfortunately, Bully has some of the same issues (except he's a bully) as Son #1 so it makes sense that they'll have the same schedule. It's a bummer though.

Thanks shionge, tracey and sue

John said...

Sorry elle- will keep him prayed up and that big Angels will sit on his shoulder for protection! Let the Bully deal with them! Very sorry about the Spanish!
Be blessed and thanks for stopping by! I am going to stick with the christian format--send me some traffic!! LOL--shameless plug!!

Blessings,

J

John said...

Hiya elle- I finally got a chance to see that you have a Greyhound. My dad who's 78 in Fla. is feeding 15 puppies for racing!

I don't exactly agree with that but I have to say this owner always adopts them out. I still think it's a little cruel to make them run but I hear that is what they do best. Is yours a racer or did you get him as a puppy!
Hope all goes well- Meanwhile if he has that collar on- Put a record in front of him-take a pic and pretend you have an old RCA Victolla! Not laughing AT but With-everytime I see one of those collars my mind goes thaere!!

In Christ,

John

Elle*Bee said...

Thanks, John, for the good thoughts re: Son #1 and the upcoming school year.

My greyhound actually raced in Florida. The adoption group (there's a link on my blog) had trouble placing him and others locally - this was in '04, which was a busy storm year in Fla. - so they sent him to La. Echo (formerly Echols Guard) wasn't a very good racer, which is why we was retired at age 2.

They are bred for speed and have been racing for hundreds of years so I guess it is their nature. Most of the questionable practices seems to deal with their off-track treatment (cramped quarters w/ several other dogs, etc.). The better racers, of course, get the royal treatment. Most greyhound adoption groups, while hoping to raise awareness (and improve the dogs' lives), have forged a working relationship w/ the owners so that all the dogs not used for breeding purposes can be adopted out when their racing career is over.