Some rambling and a Friday Five.

May 1, 2009 friday five 11

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!

11 Responses to “Some rambling and a Friday Five.”

  1. Terra

    I would love to help you with your siggy – but I need access to your code unless you feel comfy modifying the code yourself? You know where to find me – shoot me an email and we can talk!


  2. Terra

    Got a little send happy there..sorry – now you get 2 from me. It is SO true that we can easilly all the problems at our current school and a new one might have just as many they may just be different.I can say that it is sometimes easier to stay with what you know then venturing into the unknown – however I always think a mom should trust her gut. Not sure that helped at all.

  3. Pam

    Love to see a picture of a kid reading! yay! Enjoy your relaxing weekend and I hope you are able to make peace with this important decision soon!

  4. Casey

    I don’t have much to say in regards to the school situation just that I can only imagine how hard it is and I am praying for you! I hope you have a wonderful weekend

  5. Brittany

    I love to see kiddos reading!
    I’m happy to hear that you are being proactive in Nick’s education and school. πŸ™‚

    Also, I have instructions that I used to add my signature to my posts.
    Blogger won’t let me add it to the comments because it contains HTML code.

    If you email me, I’ll send it to you!

  6. Brittany

    Thanks for adding my button! You are the first!!! Woo-Hoo! πŸ™‚
    Can ya tell I am excited?!

    Keep me posted about your signature, and shoot me an email if you need help!

  7. My name is PJ.

    Hi Anita, Talk with your husband, listen to your gut and trust your God. I have this theory – if you pray fervently, do whatever you’re able, and then give it to God, you’re good to go. Things generally work out well. Look backwards and tell me when you’ve been forsaken. Yup. That’s what I thought! πŸ™‚

  8. Casey

    I forgot to say that I did Friday Five again on my blog, I hope that is ok and you don’t mind me stealing your idea! I must say it is a wonderful idea

  9. Crazy Mom of Three

    And do a pros and cons list too. When I did mine, I could not believe how long my pros list was for making a change. Also, principals really do make or break a school in so many ways. I have observed this first hand over the years (I have observed several schools over the years for reasons of considering them for my children, etc. But, I am also fasicinated by how schools work and love to check them out.)

  10. Lorisa

    It was soooo good to see 4/5 of your family +1 tonight!
    I struggled with whether to leave my boys in St. Mary’s this past year, and after substituting for 3 years in government schools, I decided to keep them in. Originally they went to private school because I had been teaching in a government school before Coleman was born, and my principal at the time said of the FCAT “we are in a long tunnel with a train at one end and a bear at the other.” We were FCAT refugees. Now it is more than that. In spite of its MANY flaws, it is “home” for my guys and it is where they will stay through 8th grade. I am so fervently against the insanity of government schools in Florida. So the final question was “God or government?” My answer was “Duh! God!”
    I love you!!!!

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