I read with the children at school again this morning. This week I took control of their reading diaries. There was far too much faffing around and too much reading time lost last week while they looked through 30 books to find the one with their name on. It might be encouraging them to be independent but my method meant I had time to hear an extra 2 children read.
Thomas brought home this years Christmas card design so that I could order a pack of cards. £5.50 for 12. I haven't read the small print but I expect a percentage will go to the school.
I won the dragon for Thomas' project. There was no manic bidding war, as I was obviously the only one who wanted it. It cost me 99p + £2.80 p&p. Then I went into Middleton and guess what, within 10 minutes I'd stumbled across a dragon hidden in the corner of Wilko's near the Christmas decorations? Only half the price I'd paid on Ebay as well! Never mind, this 2 headed beauty should be with us by next week and then the project can be completed.
I also picked up a couple of Christmas gifts while I was out. The obligatory chocolate coins for Amy and Thomas' stockings and a body spray set and make up brushes for Amy. I'm hoping to get to Bury tomorrow so I'll be having a look in The Works for a book each for them.
I had a phone call from Thomas' teacher on Friday. There's a boy in his class who seems to be finding it funny to comment negatively on everything Thomas does and who can't seem to keep his hands to himself. Anyway, Thomas had a bit of a melt down at school on Friday, so much so that the teacher rang to see if I could go in and speak to her. Typically, the teacher hadn't actually seen anything, so after 30 minutes I basically came away with the promise that she would keep an eye on things.
Last night Mark went to see her. We're a good team when sorting things like this out, I get to be the good cop and Mark gets to be the bad cop, but a nice bad cop if you know what I mean.
For some reason the SEN teacher was also there and asked if we wanted Thomas referred to CAMHs because he can be quite sensitive. No, said Mark, but maybe you should ask the parents of the boy who's making Thomas' life a misery, if they'd like their child referred as he's obviously got a problem. Anyway, as I'd been called in, Mark asked that the boy's parents were also called in to make them aware of what a little **** he is. Last night they seemed happy to do this.
Today the teachers have changed their minds, (I sincerely hope it's not because the boy's Dad happens to be a governor). Mark told them that if they're not prepared to call the parents in, that he'll be upping the ante and speaking directly with the Head tomorrow and if the situation isn't resolved he'll be taking it further.
I do love it when he gets all masterful.