I am a mother to three kids. A former art teacher. Sometimes artist. I like the outdoors. And animals. I live in the burbs and I'm happy, but I'm ready to get out of here. Good times.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Unsend? Is there an unsend?
Two days until Jamaica. Still nothing packed. Better get on that...
I finally got a response from B's teacher. Here is the gem:
I spoke with Mr. S [the school social worker] yesterday afternoon about your concerns. B has adjusted well to fifth grade inside the classroom. Unfortunately, outside of the classroom is where troubles sometimes arise. Here are some things that we'd like to try. If B feels comfortable coming to tell me about what happened, then that should be the first plan of action. He can also speak with Mr. S at any time if he desires. As it is only the first full week of school, we both understand that he may not feel comfortable doing so. Please keep us aware of any situations that he makes you aware of at home. [Is this not what I'm doing?] We have a "Zero Tolerance" policy for bullying here. However, our hands are tied if he's not sure who said these things to him. [Tied? Our hands are tied? My hands are tied, lady! Sending him to you. Protect him.] Please encourage him to let the nearest adult know. No child should be feeling this way.
In early October, Mr. S will be coming into 4th and 5th grade classrooms to discuss ways kids are bullied, how to prevent it, what to do if you're a bystander of bullying, cyberbullying, etc. in hopes to make students more aware of what role they play in the process. Let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.
Fifth Grade Teacher So, me being, well, me, I forwarded the email to my husband and added what I thought about it. I said that I thought her response was kind of lame. And he responded that he agreed it was kind of lame. And then, me being... you guessed it. Me... I proceeded (horror of horrors!!) to send the teacher a polite reply that included my husband's and my attached commentary about her lameness. ....click...
"your message has been sent"..... wait... waitwaiwaitwait......what? ...Oh...Oh, no... no... no noooooooo, NO! YES. Now. Who is bullying whom? Oops. Well. At least she'll know what I think about her now. She'll have to wait until the October talk about bullying to learn how she should proceed. I'm sorry. My hands are tied. If we ever get into this Diplomacy thing, I think I'll need serious help in not offending pretty much everybody.
**On Edit: Ok, not to make you question my intelligence too much here, but... it looks like I may not have made the gi-normous blunder that I mentioned above. But I can't be sure. I know, doofus-material. But can I just say that gmail is *very* difficult to tell who has been sent what in a long string of emails, when you start branching off and sending some things to some people and they reply and then there are forwards and deletes and cuts and pastes and replies and adds and responses and ... Well. I have learned my lesson. Which is, um... The lesson is: Be very careful. And then click send.