I haven't written much about Mister Man's school change. I'm still frustrated about a number of things at the old school, but I'm so glad we moved him before the end of the year last year. He's now at the same school as Little Miss (whoo hoo, first time ever they've been in the same school at the same time and they get to ride the bus!), and it's been good so far.
The "so far" is what I'm worried about, of course. It's so easy for the early part of school to work because everyone gives the kids a little leeway. The things that grate on nerves aren't yet grating on nerves. And Mister Man isn't fully comfortable, so he's on his very best behavior.
I wrote earlier this week about the special needs introduction letter "Mister Man" wrote to his teacher explaining his strengths and weaknesses and sharing strategies that we know work well for him. It was sprinkled with pictures, and the hope is to have them understand him better so that the year is smoother for everyone.
The first day, I picked the wee ones up from school because Mister Man had tae kwon do. His teacher stopped me in the hall and told me he had a wonderful day. She said he was "the sweetest kid, and he got along so well with all the other students, too." Phew. Those are the things that ease a little of the weight from my shoulders.
Yesterday afternoon, I received an email from the art teacher. Apparently the social worker shared the letter I had prepared with the specials teachers, as well - something I appreciate. I read it while sitting in the car in a parking lot while running errands. Whenever I see an email from the school, I always have to read it immediately so that I can fully process it before the wee ones get home.
Dear Michelle,Now that? That brings tears to my eyes. Completely unsolicited. She had to go look up my contact information to send this. They care. And they get my kid here. No wonder the end of the year for him was so smooth and peaceful and trouble free.
A copy of Mister Man's letter was in my mailbox. You are a wonderful Mommy to help Mister Man learn to advocate for himself and know that although he doesn't look exactly like the other kids in the crowd, he is the beautiful person that God made him to be. I have a son like that too.
You can rest assured that here, at New School, we will love your babies no matter what. They will be taken care of with love and respect and dignity. In fact, we often love the quirky ones best.
I know that Mister Man had a hard time in my overfull summer school class a few years back, although he did make strides just during that short time. I have been working to make sure he knows that I think he is awesome just as he is. I try to let all my students know that the art studio is a safe place where they will be listened to any time.
Thank You, and I am completely psyched for a GREAT year!
Mrs. Art Teacher
I heaved another sigh of relief, called my mom to read this to her, and then I finished my errands for the day with a smile on my face.