Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dispatches from Kindergarten (and a blatant fundraising appeal)

A few weeks ago, Ben started Kindergarten in a big public school. It's the kind of school where there are bells for each period, and students line up on the blacktop before school starts, and everyone has an assigned desk with his or her name on it, and the hallways have shiny linoleum floors.

At Ben's new school, the students call the teachers "Ms." or "Mr." rather than by their first names, and the principal comes to work in a neatly tailored suit every day, even when the temperatures climb into the 80s. Families are encouraged - but not required - to send their children to school in a uniform.

And there's homework.

Toto, I don't think we're in preschool anymore.

I was nervous about the transition into a much more formal, traditional school environment where expectations would be higher and routines would be more rigid.

But Ben is doing great, possibly because of that high degree of structure and predictability.

His teacher and the whole team of professionals that support full inclusion and his IEP goals - with things like a social skills group and extra help with fine motor skills - are excellent.

And like most schools, a parent organization works to raise extra money to pay for things that public funding no longer can: a library and a librarian, a computer lab, and enrichment activities from local arts organizations.

So here's where you come in. You knew this was coming, didn't you?

Ben's first fundraising activity is a walk-a-thon on October 24th. Students will walk laps around the school campus (ten laps for Kindergartners) and donations will go to the school PTA to support a variety of programs and services for the students.

So if you like the blog, if you support public education, and if you're not also shaking down your friends and family to support your kids' school, click on that Donate button over in the right margin and put a couple bucks in our PayPal account that we can pass along to the PTA on behalf of Ben.




Heather said...

argh...the button didn't work for me. Can you email me your paypal address and I can do it that way?
heatherkblog at gmail

We are ditching our walk-a-thon in favor of just sending a check. ;-)

Christa said...

Thanks for pointing out that the link isn't working. In the meantime, you can use cjereneta@mac.com as the paypal address.

pixiemama said...

Glad Ben's doing well. Our own school squeezed my wallet dry with a similar walk-a-thon, but I think they raised about $16,000, which is A LOT of money for this area. I always donate big to this one in hopes they'll skip the magazine or wrapping paper sale. I'm just not a PTA mom.

Anonymous said...

I am happy that Ben is making the adjustment to his new school environment. There is just so much pressure on these little ones to accomplish so much these days. My calling to respond to overloaded Kinder kids means that I get to go with the kid's flow and get real creative. So far, the work at my school has been rewarding. Christa, what an advocate you are for causes!Hugs, Julie