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Kayla, my oldest. She is 4 1/2 and is a sweet, loving and silly little girl. She took us 2 ½ years and 3 IVF’s to conceive. Kayla is allergic to dairy. We manage her allergy and work to balance her safety with giving her a normal childhood. Kayla loves to read books and play games - she amazes me every day.

Alysa, my youngest. She is 3 years old and is a silly little spitfire. She’s our monkey and loves to climb on everything. She was a “natural” baby, but it was only b/c of my wonderful doctors that we were able to stop an impending miscarriage. Alysa suffers from Acid Reflux Disease and sleep apnea. She may be little, but she has a big personality. She adores her big sister and is so much fun to be around. She keeps me laughing every day.

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Friday, August 29, 2008
Meet & Greet
On Wednesday we met with Kayla’s new teacher. Coming on the heals of the Director retiring I had called back to ask if the new Director could join us for the meeting. But…the old director answered and to be honest, I just did not want to deal with her. So I asked her to contact the Teacher Assistant to let her know of Kayla’s appointment time so if she was available she could join us. She had told me she would be willing to do this at the end of last school year. I figured I’d seek out the new Director when I got there.

Apparently, I now have the reputation of “Difficult Parent” because without even asking, the new Director did join the meeting. Nothing they did or said told me they found me to be difficult, but us Mommy’s just know these things. And I figured I’d better get used to it because it will only get more difficult when she leaves private school for public school (*shudder*).

The meeting went really well. Her new teacher is very nice. She is not new to teaching, but is new to Montessori and is in the process of getting certified. She has a daughter who is attending the school as well. She said she has dealt with food allergies before, and she seemed very open and understanding to the whole thing. Both her and the Director had general questions for me about Kayla – when was she diagnosed, what happens, etc. All things that I think are good for them to know. Her TA (teacher’s assistant) was great in helping to get across all they’d done last year. I made sure to tell them how well things went last year and that I was very pleased with how things were handled in the classroom. They will continue not serving blatant dairy in her class – cheese, yogurt, cheese-its, gold fish, etc, etc. Again, this was a voluntary move on their part which makes me very happy. The teacher asked how they handled situations where parents brought in cupcakes, etc. She had also already been given a copy of the instructions I had given them last year.

I also found out (which I didn’t know last year) that they had sent a notice home to the other parents. The new Director told me that all the other parents know about Kayla (I gathered this from some conversations with other Moms) and that even during the favorite snack month (where the kids get a day to bring in a snack), no one brought in cheese or yogurt. It’s always nice to hear when other parents pitch in to keep your child safe.

Kayla also really liked her new teacher and she’s excited to go back. I can tell though this year will be hard on Alysa. On the way to the school, she told me, “Mommy, but I can’t got to school without my backpack.” I explained to here that Kayla wasn’t staying at school and that she will not be going to school with Kayla this year. She broke into tears and said, “I want to go to school.” It’s going to be a looong year.

posted at 1:03 PM  

At 4:35 PM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

Glad all went well!
I have my meeting on Tuesday. We have a new director too. The director is a "mom" at the school and she and I butted heads last year over something else (she organized the art lesson and had me teach Kandinsky to a bunch of 3 year olds - OY!). But she seems like she'll work with us when I talked to her so I'm going in with a new attitude and an open mind. The teacher for Jason is the same one he had for Mom and Tots (NOT his teacher from last year) so I'm actually excited about that. And she has diabetes (poor lady - she weighs all of 85 pounds so go figure) so she's well versed in giving injections. I'm comfortable with the teacher but we have new rules this year (no fruit from outside of home - it made them too lax last year) so I still need to meet with her too. I'm sure I'm labeled difficult mom too. I'm ok with that =)

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Christine@AreWeThereYetMom said...

I am so glad to hear that the meeting went very well, and that the other parents are aware too.

That's great news, and I don't think you are being "Difficult, at all". I think, it's a sign of caring when a parent truly wants to make sure their child is SAFE!!

At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Kathy said...


You're in good company. When you & your sister were in elementary school, the principal referred to me as "that Montessori mother" to the teachers. I found this out because I got along really well with the teachers & one of them told me that I was nothing like any of them expected me to be. I obviously was a pleasant surprise.

You are doing a fabulous job of keeping Kayla safe...you're doing all that you can and I'm very proud of you.

Love you,


PS: I feel so bad for Alysious. She will so miss Kayla.

At 5:48 AM, OpenID pinkexplosion said...

So good to hear that things went well.

As a fellow "difficult parent," we understand the unspoken as well.

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

sounds like it was a good meeting and the teacher is already familiar with food allergies in general. That sounds like a good idea to send a note home to parents at least letting them know about the food allgery. I know because of you and Janeen I am a lot more aware! Kayla has to bring a snack for herself every day and I asked the teacher if there were any food allergies in the class so I would know what not to pack. She said not that she knew of, if there was the nurse, or parents, haven't told her. I thought that strange and just took it to mean there weren't - I would guess if there then the parents would make sure the teacher knew! Anyway, thanks to you both for continuing to educate me :)


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