Sunday, August 31, 2008

Dear Parents,

We've had a wonderful first few weeks of school. Your children are enjoying our special math projects (particularly m&m math!), learning about the 7 continents (ask them to sing you the song!) and our reading groups. The enrichment classes are all a big hit, particularly swimming in P.E.

Most of your children are just a delight to have in class! Unfortunately, we have been having problems with one of them. We just can't get Gustav to behave! Therefore, we have unfortunately had to suspend school for a few days to assess how to deal with him. School will be cancelled at least Tuesday and Wednesday this week (and, of course, we were already off on Monday for the holiday) and we'll keep you posted as to whether we will be able to return on Thursday or not. Hopefully by then we will have found a way to handle Gustav. There is a possibility of him being sent to another district. While we pray for their safety (and sanity!) we know that we just cannot continue to deal with him in our school.

Once Gustav has moved on we look forward to picking up where we left off and continuing on with a great school year. Next up, our unit on the arctic!

Please try your best to enjoy these few unexpected days off of school, and we hope to see everyone back in our hallowed halls soon.


Mrs. X and your school staff

This post has been a Monday Mission! This Monday's Mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a post in the form of a letter home from a teacher. If you play along please LEAVE A LINK IN THE COMMENTS (Sorry I didn't get a chance to fix the Mr. Linky problem as I was busy packing all my treasured possessions into the back of my minivan). I MAY be able to get the links into the post, but I am evacuated and staying with family and I can't get the wifi to work and I just don't know how often I'll be able to get in and update participants. so PLEASE, dear readers, check out the comments and read the other posts (as a favor to a displaced blogger who drove for 8 hours yesterday, whose husband has stubbornly stayed behind in the mandatory evacuation zone, and whose child now has a cold) so that we can get Monday Missions off to a good start! Thanks.

(here are some links... check the comments to see if more have been added...)
Sober Briquette
Louise at Potted Frog is a FIRST TIME Monday Mission participant! Go say hi!
I'm being held hostage
Melissa, whose letter regarding Gustav was actually much more clever than mine

The latest news on Gustav is that he is looking to make landfall further west than predictions yesterday, and every inch further west he goes the better things look for us. Right now, The Big Guy is feeling pretty good about our chances of being back in school on Thursday. We'll see. of course, the lovely folks in Texas are surely starting to get nervous now. I hate when good news for us means bad news for other people.


Chaotic Joy said...

This is an awesome Monday Mission. I am so happy to see you are keeping your wonderful spirit during this mess. I hope Gustav will trouble you no more!

imbeingheldhostage said...

What a creative way to keep us updated! I had decided I would be skipping this MM while watching out for you (I guess that wasn't your car I saw stuck in traffic on the highway);-) But here you are-- I'd better get cracking and come up with a MM now!

Here's hoping for school as normal on Thursday!

imbeingheldhostage said...

ok, I'm on.

the dragonfly said...

Oh yes, I hope you can send Gustav to another district! (somewhere with no land would be best...*sigh*)

I'm glad you're safe. Still praying..

Melissa said...

Glad things are ok so far. Here's mine:

And there's also something for you on my blog. :)

Chrissy said...

Hope you are home safely and soon.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I'm hoping the Big Guy remains safe and that somehow, through the landfall, the impact is minimal throughout.

I'm so delighted that Gustav's been downgraded.

Candygirlflies said...

We've been watching the tv, and thinking good thoughts for your family's safety!

Glad to read your update, PM. Keep us posted!

xoxo CGF

Jennifer said...

I've been thinking of you. I hope all is well -- for everyone, of course.

Kyla said...

That Gustav. He needs to see the principal already!

Louise said...

Such a creative letter. I'm Being Held Hostage sent me here. I may join this meme. (I'm writing, but do not know if I'm posting.)

Good wishes to you!

Louise said...

OK. I'm obviously avoiding the other things I should be doing. I wrote it and (bravely) decided to post it, though it's much more cynical than yours. Here it is:

Anonymous said...

Here is mine.

Signing off to check the weather channel.

Beck said...

It sounds like Gustav has just turned into a big wet temper tantrum. I hope it stays that way and everyone stays safe.

Beck said...

It sounds like Gustav has just turned into a big wet temper tantrum. I hope it stays that way and everyone stays safe.

womaninawindow said...

Ha, M&M math! That's all that's funny. Gustav is much too naughty to be considered funny. Clever though, yes, very clever.

best to you all

Mary Beth said...

Dear Mrs. PM - I'm sorry my entry is late but the dog ate my homework:( So glad to see that Gustav's losing his will for destruction and hope you get home safely soon. Here's my (late) entry -

Very glad to have the Monday Mission back in action:D

nomotherearth said...

I don't know, your letter was pretty darn clever, if you ask me. Hope all is going ok now.