Saturday, March 28, 2015

Y'all, It's Snowing

and Freaking COLD!  But thankfully it won't stick.  Funny, as a child we could count on at least 1 good snow in January.  Recently, it moved to February and March.  Hopefully, it won't move to March and April.  I am a bit over winter at this point.  I know I will wish it early when I am sweltering in the August Southern Heat.

G is attempting to earn money by picking up sticks and cleaning out the car.  Her nose and cheeks are bright red from the cold.  She won't be out there long and I will warm her up with some tom ka soup for lunch.  She is attempting to upload another video on you tube.  She thinks she will make a lot of money there and if she does, I will be quite fine with it as long as the videos are wholesome.

Spring break is over for G.  She did not have a calm one.  She spent Monday night at my parent's house.  Tuesday morning around 6:30am, my mom was attempting to go to the bathroom but her vertigo came back.  She fell and sprained her wrist and cut her arm.  G was asleep as was my dad in another room.  My mom screaming woke G up and when she figured out what happened she ran to get my dad.  At 12:30pm G texted me to say that her grammie fell and hurt her wrist so they were going for x-rays.  Dad knew it wasn't broken so he put mom back to bed to sleep off the vertigo.  The x-rays said there were no broken bones.

I managed to get G's best friend's mom to agree to keep G on Wednesday then they let her spend Wed night through Thursday too.  G had a great time.  Yesterday, she went back to my parent's.  She did get to swim one day, Monday, but after that not again.  Sadly, spring break is now over and she has to get back to the grind of school.

She has something to look forward to this month, however, her 11th birthday!  She wants the lego hogwarts castle set.  I may have been able to acquire one but this will be a surprise because I've told her we couldn't afford it.

This week we have a meet and greet for  families of her new school, she has a night time Easter egg hunt, and her BFF's mom and I are taking the girls to a civil war battle field on Good Friday.  What a fun weekend.

Friday, March 20, 2015

G's drawing

For her story for her class anthology.  She and one other received an A on their stories.  Seems she and the other were able to weave their stories into the historical facts better than the rest.  I have not read her story but I did advise her on the drawing.  My input was the outlining in black pen.

 Yep, she drew it from a stock photo off bing.  She looked at the picture on the computer and drew it free hand.  Her teacher asked if she traced it.  The original picture was horizontal but she had to draw it vertically.

She was chosen by her class with one other child to draw the picture for the front of the Book.  It truly is an honor for which both she and I were both proud.

The class read across five Aprils and studied the civil war in social studies too. The class book is about the civil war.

Tonight we are watching the Lord of the rings final movie.  It's really long.  I'm about over it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

PARCC Update

We did it with the help of Arkansas Against Common Core. G isn't taking the test. I have lost enough sleep on this. I am grateful for the school coming to their senses, but they did so only because I managed to get a quote from the AR Dept of Education testing coordinator who said that children who come to school must sit for the test but if the child refuses to take it then the PAN must be marked refused and the child is to be given reading material. Also, it does count against the 95% participation rate of the school for validation of the test and probably some other garbage related to both no child left behind (a Ted Kennedy invention) or Common Core (a wrong headed Dem initiative that included the Rino Jeb Bush).

I scheduled a dental cleaning for G at a dental hygiene school for this morning to intentionally miss PARCC for the day.  The last time I had her teeth cleaned there it took 3 hours so I assumed the same would be today. It wasn't, took only an hour.  We have time to kill.

I took a day PTO from work because this afternoon we also have an appointment to meet the headmistress of her new school.  I verified with dad about his not picking her up at the school, and I told him that I would hire a baby sitter/driver if the bus doesn't bring her back to our home town after school.   He will continue to pick her up from our home town if a bus will bring her back.  Though, I may still see if someone would be willing to drop her off at home for that length of time for me to get home from work.

I have my resume out at several different places in and around my home; hopefully, something will strike and I can quit driving to the big city to work.  Even though mileage wise my place of employment is 5 miles shorter from my home than the school is (in opposite directions of course); it sometimes takes over an hour to get to work or get home from work which is stressful.  In the afternoon it has taken up to an hour and half to get to my dad's to pick G up and in the worst case it was 6 hours just to get home.  I would really like to stop going across the bridge for work but I may take a hit in pay by working back over here.  It would be worth it though if I could be closer to G's school and closer to home.

Off to make lunch for my lego playing girl.  She rediscovered her love when she brought her legos home from my parents last night.  They had been put up and forgotten.  Just like Christmas again, she even asked to get up at 6am to play with them.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Close the Gap

Close the Gap school choice fundraising is up. I started a GoFundMe page to help families who wish to send their children to private or charter schools but can't afford the gap between scholarship and full tuition.  This is not for full tuition because I wish the money to be a non taxable gift so the amount should be under $10,000 I think.

The money collected will be set up in a trust but I have not yet named a financial adviser (though I have one in mind who my parents use) with the hopes that it can be earning interest that can be used to help students pay the rest of their tuition in the future.

I may not raise any money, but I can't believe I am the only parent who may not be able to send her child to a school of her choice due to the gap amount due between scholarship and full tuition.  Or that the gap amount will stretch the budget so thin that emergencies might throw someone into difficult times.  Plus, it won't be limited by number of children.  The only proof is the acceptance by the school and signed contract by the parents plus the proof of scholarship vs tuition to verify the amount to donate and it will be donated on behalf of the child so possibly the amount won't be a tax burden to the parents.  That last bit will have to be discussed with a financial/tax adviser.

Sometimes I have grand plans but no ability to execute.  I hope this will be what it takes to execute the plan.  I may rename the title to Close the Gap but that title is in the internet link anyway.  I also hope this won't be limited to just the US but will help families in Canada too.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

must post for pi

Since the snow melted it has been nothing but rain.  The temps have been cool but not cold.  Sine the moisture is in the air it feels cold and dreary though.

We have the basketball awards day today with a basketball Fox doing trick shots.  Then home for laundry, yea me!

Nothing else exciting is happening.  My mom is declining at a fairly quick pace.  I think my dad is more worried than he is letting on.  Actually he let me know that because of mom's declining health he can't allow G to homeschool at his house next year nor will he be able to pick G up from the private school since it would be an hour round trip.  It will be easier for me to afford to pay a babysitter to pick her up and bring her to him or home for that small length of time.

So that is where we stand.  We meet with the new headmistress on Tuesday and will find out about transportation. Also, since she is looking for an assistant, I sent her my resume.  She said she would look at it for consideration.  That would solve a multitude of problems.

G and a friend of hers have been asked to draw the picture for their class anthology book to be published soon. She brought it home to color but the girls already messed it up and she may not be able to fix it   It is due on Tuesday.

PARCC starts Monday.  The teacher undermined all of the parents who are against the test by claiming the parents don't know what we are talking about.  She didn't use the exact words but the meaning was there.  She is also putting a lot of pressure on them to do well.  The problem is that the test has set them up to fail.  They are being required to type sentence explanations on how they solved math problems.  It isn't just abc answers but actual typed answers and verbal typed explanations to explain the math solving process on a timed test. The math problems are generally 2 years ahead of their grade.

If the students fail it reflects badly on the teachers and they could be denied pay raises.  Also students who fail are required the next year to be placed in an academic improvement plan that may include remedial classes.  The students who are making straight A's in the gifted program could be removed from the program to remedial classes.  They can't fail the year but it would be detrimental to all the students.  Even the smart kids in the regular classes who don't test well will be held back the next year in remedial classes not doing the work the are capable of doing.

I have refused over and over but the school is completely ignoring me.  The will test her if she shows up on any day during the 5 weeks of testing.  Yes you read that right, 5 weeks of testing.  All the time prior is used to teach how to take the test.  So tax payer money is being spent to set up the kids for failure so teachers can get a raise.  I want to get the parents who have refused in a class action lawsuit but I am not sure how exactly to go about it.  I have g scheduled for a dental cleaning one day so she will miss that day.

On another point of the test the scoring is wonky.  If a child explains how the problem is solved but due to a math error picks the wrong answer they get 2 points.  If however they work the problem out and select the right answer but don't explain the process, they get 1 point.  What does that train a child to believe?  Now this group, learning that effort is what matters, decide to build a railroad and all the effort produces a wrong measurement, what then?  Praise them anyway, pay them anyway?  This whole common core and PARCC just teaches kids to be more narcissistic than they currently are.  Didn't get the right answer?  It's okay,  you still get full or better credit.

Socialism at its finest.  Okay so happy Pi day.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Good News

Just received word that G has been accepted at the new private school with a substantial scholarship.  One hurdle down, one to go.  I have to now worry about transportation there and back.  This maybe for only one or two years until she can stay home by herself in order to homeschool later.  May also give me time to find job closer to home.  I really wasn't worried about being accepted but more about the finances.  New school needs students so I thought they would not deny her.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Snow Day

We are both out on a real live snow day.  She is layered in 3 outfits and her jacket and my boots and socks.  She is very cold still.  We don't keep snow boots or snow clothes for a once in a lifetime snow like this.  

Thankfully, my work is also closed so we don't have to use PTO today.  Some kids ran through our pristine snow before I got up and before G could mess it up herself.  That is so disturbing. Please parents teach your children boundaries and not to run through people's yards.