my kids are alive and kickin' today. i'm busy trying to get their reading levels re leveled for the end of the school year. i'm happy to report that all children are moving up in the world, even the ones that really have no hope. haha. i hate to be the one to say it, but that's just true. some kids really make me feel hopeless. and then some knock my socks off. i'm happy to be back with them though. we've only got 3 weeks left. we've got lots of stuff to do though. i'm sure at times i'll be overly stressed. my goal next year: to be nice. to be more accepting of the kids that never bring in their homework, that can't get to school on time & that will never earn our school's above and beyond award, the Distinguished Cub Award. Here's what I do have to celebrate: a little girl in my class, is currently in foster care. she suffered some serious abuse as a very young child. was later adopted by a family, but in the last year, started exhibiting very foul behavior. including wiping poop all over the bathroom at her old school. she was placed in foster care, in my school boundaries. since she's been in my classroom, she's been nothing but an angel. i don't think its all me (haha. don't worry, i don't think any of it is me) but credit her successes with the foster family who has basically a group home for troubled kids. they're neat people. well, my little girl, she's leaving foster care to go back with her adopted parents at the end of the year. her adoptive parents have told me themselves that my student just loves me and that they're so thankful i've been able to be fair to her. that girl has hope in life. she's got challenges, but she's smart & if she can just hang on to positive behaviors, she'll go far. i'll miss her. As i look out at my kids as they work, they're an interesting crew. no less than 3 are picking their noses right now. 2 are probably infested with lice (twins) and one has absolutely no clue what we're doing, as he stares out the window. oh well. i've enjoyed them.