Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Young and the Uneducated

When we last left off, The May Queen's teacher had suggested that perhaps Painted Maypole and The Big Guy take MQ out of her private school and put her back into Kindergarten at a public school... not because she's not smart, but because she plays with the younger children. After much sighing, staring off into space, advice from the internets (you!!) and heated discussion with badly written dialogue, PM and The Big Guy decided to forge ahead with First Grade as planned. Ashley and Victor were remarried on a tropical island... wait... wrong soap opera....

In the most recent episode The Big Guy raised the question of would the small church school still be open next year. With dwindling enrollment, the decision not to open a 4th grade classroom as planned, and cuts all over the church staff, this was a legitimate question. The Big Guy put forth the theory that there was a hidden message in the teacher's suggestion: that the school may not be around next year. Public school is not an option because of The May Queen's status of being born THREE MEASLY DAYS AFTER THE CUTOFF, so The Big Guy and Painted Maypole set off on a quest to research other private schools in the area, sneaking behind the back of their current school, and their daughter. The first school they look into has no art or music classes, or recess. Painted Maypole is appalled, and goes into several rants about the importance of art in education, different learning styles, and creating well rounded individuals. It was love at first sight at the second school, however, her dance card was full, and PM and the Big Guy kept looking. At school number three they were entranced by the bright artwork in the hallway, the welcoming and encouraging staff, the friendliness and comfort level of the students, and many recommendations of friends and acquaintances. The school is closer to home, but more expensive. They decide it is worth it. A testing time is set up.

Painted Maypole and The Big Guy explain to The May Queen that she will be going to a different school for some "learning games" to figure out how best to teach her next year. Since The May Queen did a similar thing last year this does not strike her as odd. She happily goes. Meanwhile, The May Queen's current principal receives a request for The May Queen's records and confronts The Painted Maypole about her cheating ways. PM stammers something about checking out her other options, but please keep us enrolled.

The Big Guy and Painted Maypole wait anxiously for a week and a half for the phone call. Will their love be returned? Is this the start of a new educational partnership? There is much nail biting, reassuring of each other, and exclamations that elementary education should not be so stressful.

Finally, the phone call comes and The May Queen has been offered a spot in their first grade. Painted Maypole and the Big Guy celebrate by flying off for the weekend to an exotic island oops... wrong soap opera... PM and the Big Guy give each other a high five.

Join us next week as Painted Maypole and the Big Guy explain to The May Queen that she will be switching schools, and break the news to the current principal.

*****This has been another edition of Monday Mission. This week's mission is to write a post in the style of a soap opera update, starting with the words "When we last left off..." (idea thanks to No Mother Earth) Write your own post and leave a link in the comments, and I'll get it into the post as I am able (I still have not resolved the Mr. Linky problem)

other soap opera updates:
-Helen's Lawn Saga includes lying, sneaking around, broken property and an overgrown yard
-Melissa is on the verge of homeland warfare in The Lives of the Bold, Restless Children in the Hospital have the Light of the World
-Dragonfly emerges from the edge of death (or a really bad flu) to let us know that The World Still Turns
-De gives us a final update in When We Last Left Off.... (stop by her place and bid her a fond farewell, will you?)

upcoming missions, should you choose to accept them, are to write posts in the style of:
5/12: a personality test (idea thanks to Emily, inspired by Alpha Dogma)
5/19: a list of rules
5/26: a warning label

17 comments:

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

This must be so stressful for all of you. It sounds like this school may have a much better fit for MQ, though. I'm still appalled at that teacher's conference. And congrats to MQ for her acceptance! ;-)

Angela said...

Ooooooh! Exciting news... here's to new beginnings and *hopefully* a much less stressful new year!

the dragonfly said...

No art or music??! I would have ranted right along with you. Ugh!

I hope the "breaking the news" stuff goes well, and that the new school is great!

(You have, by the way, made me very thankful for my June baby...I won't have to worry about "three days past the cutoff date". Of course, there are 1,000,000 other things to worry about....)

;)

womaninawindow said...

Just what I was thinking...too much stress for primary school. But it is so important, these choices we make for our children.

Luisa Perkins said...

Yay! It sounds like it will be great for her. Now, about that exotic island....

Hey Teach! said...

I cannot believe schools without art and music. What happened to well rounded education? I hope all goes well breaking the news to the May Queen andd the principal. My Monday Mission is up at
http://hhg1216.blogspot.com/2008/05/lawn-saga-continues.html.

Melissa said...

Good luck with the school. We're about to embark on a similar quest for the Things. Sigh...

My MM turned into a scene rather than an update. Please forgive me. :)

http://takkingwhatisleft.blogspot.com

Karen said...

high fives for all of you! high fives for art and music!!

Sober Briquette said...

great treatment of the mission.

these school updates always make me shudder because we're stuck on the private school merry-go-round, too.

I don't want Fiona to have as many Elementary Schools as Reva Shayne had husbands.

the dragonfly said...

It's been awhile...but I wrote a post for the Monday Mission this week. :) It's up now..

http://ondragonflywings.blogspot.com/2008/05/world-still-turns.html

blooming desertpea said...

LOL @ wrong soap opera. If you really stop and think, our lives do sometimes really look like soap operas, don't they ...

but I'm very glad for MQ happy ending in terms of school. Putting her back into kindergarten because she plays with the younger children - Go figure!

Amy Y said...

It sounds just perfect, Mama! I hope MQ and your family will be very happy there! :)

Good luck breaking the news to current principal... I'm sure they get it all the time ~ don't stress!

Julie Pippert said...

So glad to hear that she got the spot! I hope it exceeds your expectations!!

Beck said...

that's GREAT that she got the spot!
My Boy is three weeks younger than his friend H, in grade one, while he's by FAR the oldest kid in kindergarten. It's worked out okay for him, but I still often wish he'd made the grade one cut-off.

jen said...

this is very exciting news, babe. I am so happy for you both.

Angeline said...

Wow! This is exciting, great that she got the spot. Its new beginnings for everything again...lets hope that its less stressful now...

seriously I pity kids nowadays, its so tough to be just kid! Where has the joy of childhood gone to?

JCK said...

I always love your Monday Missions. It must feel good to have made the decision and to be moving on.