Report card day was great. The kids were super excited and we went to the store and loaded up on desserts for dinner...plus chicken for mommy and daddy because we do not have cast iron stomachs like our children. They sent the reports over email, which in hindsight was maybe not the best way. I understand they were trying to conserve on paper, but as parents must sign and hand back the report, it doesn't actually conserve paper. And the poor woman tasked with sending out all 246 (I think that's what she said) emails was SWAMPED. I was at the school decorating for the Carnaval party along with some other moms. I had already gotten the reports at lunch time and 2 of the moms were complaining that they hadn't gotten reports and if they are going to send them over email, they need to do it during school hours, etc. I said they ARE sending them during school hours...I already got my kids'. So they accosted the woman when she was going between classes to ask teachers questions about the reports she was sending and she was visibly flustered and she said it was alphabetical order, she was working as fast as she could and it might be 4:00 before she was done, which didn't sit well with the one mother because the grandparents were waiting for that report. But then, I've never heard this particular mother say a nice thing about anything or anyone. She wants things done her way and on her time schedule or it's not right. Her son was invited to MM's b-day party and the invitation said to RSVP and she never did and the kid didn't come, which did NOT upset me because the kid is a little brat and I don't know why MM wanted to invite him anyway. So anyway, the reports came and they were different than last year's. They had 2 sections on them. One for the grades they got from their classroom teacher, which went on a scale of 4-8 (what kind of a scale is that??) with 4 being weak and 8 being above average. Bug had nothing lower than a 7 (for gym), she had a 7.7 for music, 7.5 for...I don't remember, and 8s for reading, spelling, math, etc...mostly 8s across the board. Then the second section was for the testing they do where they compare them to other kids throughout the nation in that grade. That scale goes from I - V with I being an "outstanding" score (0-20% scored higher), III being average and V being "weak" (80-100% scored higher) For Bug's grade they test DMT (3 Minute test) which is a reading test of some sort, Reading comprehension, Math, Spelling, and Vocabulary. Bug scored I on everything. She really could not have had a better report card. She's above average - outstanding on everything and her reading level is about 2 grade levels ahead. MM got 8s from his teacher on math and reading and got satisfactory (his lowest was 6.5) on everything else. And he got a I on the Math and DMT. They don't test reading comprehension at his age because they are just learning to read single words instead of stories. He got a III on spelling and a V on vocabulary, which I'm not worried about. For one, he could have had a bad day the day they did that test. Two, he's almost a year younger than most of the kids taking the test in his grade level. Three, he has 2 sets of vocabulary because he's bilingual and only the Dutch one is tested. Four, Bug had the exact same thing at his age and now she scored outstanding. I'm confident he'll catch up IF there's actually a problem. Five, he got 8s on reading and language from his teacher...that seems like a pretty big discrepancy to be one of the best readers but have the poorest vocabulary. I'm not sure it's accurate. But if you compare a kid with kids who are almost a year older and who only speak one language, he's going to score lower...and despite being younger, he still scored higher than at LEAST 80% of kids in Math and the reading speed test (DMT) and he scored 8 from his teacher on reading and all other "related" subjects. If his vocabulary is the only thing he didn't do well in, I think he did great. And I remember from when Bug had the same problem, the test questions were things like...they show a cow with some grass at his feet and they ask "The cow is standing where?" and they are supposed to come up with the word "Pasture" and most kids say "Grass", which is considered incorrect. Maybe if the picture showed more than one cow and there was some sense of depth to it that it was an actual pasture, it might be a fairer test. But with questions like that, it's not surprising that kids have problems with it. I'm curious what the teacher has to say about it though...when Bug scored so low on the vocab, her teacher said she didn't understand because it didn't seem to match with what she saw in her in the classroom. So it will be interesting when we have parent teacher conferences in a week. If THEY don't see a problem, then I don't think there is one. And I would hope that if there WAS a problem that they noticed, I'd have heard about it by now. They are pretty good about that...they asked me to get his motor skills tested again because his handwriting is still poor. I think they would have asked me to come in if there really were a big problem. Overall AWESOME report cards. I'm a proud mama!
Lynne, I sympathize! I hate the days when hubs is late coming home. It makes the day seem so much longer, doesn't it?
I will definitely check out the recipe! Thank you!
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