Thursday, December 20, 2007

Go Joshua!

Joshua's dad and I were invited to a special recognition breakfast in honor of several kids, nominated by their teachers who: Made a significant contribution to their school. Joshua was nominated by his Algebra teacher, Mrs. Antoniolli, whom he adores. I was able to be there and SO glad I was too!

It was wonderful watching him (and other kids too, yeah there were others, right?!) accept this certificate. He's made tremendous progress this year and while I thought that the new trimester schedule would help Joshua with his learning issues, I had no idea what a huge opportunity for positive change this would bring. The consistency in his schedule is incredibly helpful.

So here he is being goofy (but proud)...

And here is the certificate...

which reads: "In recognition of valuable contributions and especially for his wonderful attitude and contributions in class. Josh never misses and answer or a homework assignment. His work ethic is admirable and he is a joy to have in class!"


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Tommie's Words

From Tommie, one of my AF "list kids". He may not be MY kid, but I feel like I know him well; from his myspace page to the picture album of the wedding. Bear in mind, this young man has just gotten married and seen his wife only 18 days from their wedding date when he was sent to Yakima, Washington to train for deployment to Iraq for 6 months, for which he leaves the end of this month.

He writes: "To make a long story short, I'm a smartass with high morals. My wife is everything to me, followed up by a sense of humour. I'm also very proud of my job. I know that being a member of the armed services is a thankless job, and I get a lot of shit for it. However without people like me, you wouldn't have the freedom to publicly express your opinion. When I'm not working or spending time with my wife, I can probably be found in a good book or a cold beer. It used to be both, but I got tired of spilling beer on my books."

Thanks, Tommie! I'm proud of your job and the person you are.
You have an awesome mom too. ;)