The above is my Nick……this was taken in January…..doing his after school reading. I love this boy!
I want to thank all of you for your comments and support from yesterday. I am working on visiting the closest school to us. Our district allows some choice, but some schools are closed due to enrollment etc. The school close to us has good ratings, has local students, and I think it’s best to start there.
Last night as we attended the Evening of the Arts I observed many things and my emotions ran the gamut. I thought back on the numerous nights we’d been at the school to see the girls in performances, the feeling of a community and of shared warmth. I felt a tinge of guilt if I took this away from Nick. Now I know they have programs similar to this in the public schools, so I guess my guilt was just about what I know etc. I saw proud families, many we’ve known for years. I saw younger siblings of my kids friends and imagined them in these roles in years to come. Then I saw the Principal and the new one, and I didn’t feel like I needed to run and press their palms, that I needed to run and say hi, didn’t Nick do a great job, isn’t he cute, oh yes and here are Caitie and Adrienne, yes they are looking very grown up and yes high school is going very well. I wanted to keep my distance.
There was something else I didn’t see. Up until two years ago this event was a huge thing………..we also culminate the end of the Spring Fundraiser, a car drawing on this night. Every family in the school was encouraged to attend, and we all squeezed into our Parish Center and hushed and craned to hear the music and skits and it was so much fun! Crowded but fun. Last year it was decided that families of students participating would receive 4 tickets, that’s it. Big family, too bad, family with grandparents too bad. They do a morning performance for the school kids and anyone can go, but as we know many parents and extended family members work, and the timing makes it impossible. The feeling of inclusion is gone! For years we went to hear the kids that won speech and writing competitions. Younger families were able to see the opportunities for their children as they grew.
Ok, I know I’m going on and on, but this bothered me a great deal.
My mind or my husband’s mind is not 100% made up, we are weighing all options…….and many of you commented that I gave more negatives to the current school. I know more about it. It also has positives like smaller class size, Nick’s largest class has been 18. It’s a Catholic school, so they are permitted, encouraged to pray and discuss religion, and even diversity a bit within that as we have students of other faiths.
OK OK, I am thankful for so much, and today being Friday is just one thing!!!
1. My prayer group/bible study is going to do a book group this summer, just meeting once a month, but still getting together. We are thinking Flannery O’ Conner, any thoughts?
2. I have no huge plans for the weekend, so that means we can relax!
3. My sister, who calls me and gives me support and makes me laugh. She also gives so much to our parents.
4. Time–right now I’m lucky to have time to myself daily to read and pray and write and plan and make lists!!
5. My faith……….I’ve been relying on it much more……..and trusting what I hear.
Have a super weekend………..the drink of the day is a Mojito……….or iced tea!!
Oh and can someone help me to get my siggy permanently on my posts and not having to add it each time? I forgot most days!