Saturday, May 31, 2008
Melissa Barton says Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo had her son's classmates say what they didn't like about 5-year-old Alex. She says the teacher then had the students vote, and voted Alex, who is being evaluated for Asperger's syndrome -- an autism spectrum disorder -- out of the class by a 14-2 margin.
Barton filed a complaint with Morningside's school resource officer. St. Lucie School spokeswoman Janice Karst said the district is investigating the incident, but could not make any further comment. The state attorney's office concluded the matter did not meet the criteria for emotional child abuse, so no criminal charges will be filed. Teacher Wendy Portillo was advised by the school board not to speak to the press so she declined our interview offer.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Waiting for the bus:
Graduation march:Flowers from Daddy:
Her BFF Olivia:
Then she stomps the ground to intimidate her opponent.
This is her Karate Kid "flying crane", combined with a high-pitched battle cry.
She lulls her opponent into complacency with a sweet smile. But don't be fooled...
High yah! A karate chop to the tummy for you!!!
Those hands are a lethal weapon. Let that be a warning to you!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Can you see the four leafed clover?
Saturday, May 24, 2008
The only problem here is that I have raised two other Entomophobic. It's midnight and there is not a bug killer in the house, so after a half an hour of panic and drama, the girls and I devised a plan. We would place a paint swatch card on the step below our unwelcome guest and I will throw water at him until he falls onto the card. Then, Kaelyn was to trap him with a glass and carry him outside. Unfortunately, all we did was drench (and I do mean drench) our stairway carpet. Time for plan B.
Enter the swiffer! We decided that it was better to put the glass on the step beneath this stubborn guy and knock him into the cup with the swiffer at a great distance. Only, the swiffer holder (Kaelyn) was unable to actually look at the bug so she was guided by voice commands. Then I am to covered over the glass with the paint swatch card and was to carry it outside. Sounds easy right?
The second Kaelyn was successful, I did as I promised and covered the glass. In a panic, Kaelyn managed to wedge the swiffer between the banister spindles which completely blocked my path. In her haste to free the swiffer, she smacked me with the handle T-H-R-E-E times!! I am so freaked out by the bug in my hands that I am shaking. I finally make my way past her and Ashlyn opens the front door so that I can get this awful troublemaker outside.
Mission accomplished. This offender is sentenced to life in a glass, on display to serve as a warning for all of his insect buddies who thought that perhaps I might be willing to share my home. How's that for "Girl Power"?
Kaedence loves stuffies. She was perfectly content to hug her new bear. Just don't take it away from her grasp to pay for it. There will be hell to pay!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
It's done. I am relieved. Next time, I have my ace in the hole.
He's getting steadier on those sensitive feet.
And then came the crack.
Darn that crack. LOL!