Tuesday, December 2

Too many titles to choose from.

As I was thinking about this blog post
and trying to come up with an appropriate title
these all came to mind.

1. WTF!
2. Too Many Cooks Spoil The Broth
3. Room Mom, Shroom Mom
4. Get A Hobby


5. This Is Third Grade, People!

Onto the post.

At the beginning of the school year, I volunteered to be the Room Mom
for Connor's third grade class. Apparently, I mistook what the actual
role a Room Mom played.

I thought, under the guidance of the teacher, the room mom
handled - scheduling parent helpers each month,
organizing parties or events the teacher could not handle
on her own, coordinating gift/ideas to recognize the hard work
of the teacher at various times throughout the year and whatever
other tasks the teacher needed help with.

So the first month was a breeze.
Not much goin' on in September.
2nd month of school -
they tracked out

Kids came back the beginning of November,
already a month behind.

So here comes Thanksgiving,
and look out,
here come the parents that think that
partying is far more important
than catching up on being out of school for a month,
with IDMS testing right around the corner.



When will it be time to CUT THE FRIGGIN CORD,
and let these children be third graders and not kindergartners?

And I am pretty sure that I'm the one that signed up to be the room mom.

Oh, that's right. I care that my kid gets an education,
not how many drumsticks he can eat for Thanksgiving,
and where cornbread comes from.


I cannot, however, teach the new math that the kids are
struggling with right now.
I cannot teach cursive.
I cannot teach science.
Can we let the kids learn for a bit before
we make partying a priority?

Have these same parents not been to a school board meeting
where it has been told that each and every school in the district
needs to cut $150,000 from our already
failing budget?

Do they not realize that just one hour of time to party
cuts into the already limited amount of time our teachers
have to do their job and get these kids ready for testing,
let alone moving on to the next grade,
let alone learning about what this country is going through
right now?????


So I am resigning my duties.

And what is sad is

1. I did this for Connor. Did this to show him he is special and that
I want to dedicate this time to just him.

2. I am quite sure that I may be in the minority over this.

So I will step away.

sound the trumpets


bring on the balloons

('cause that's what you wanna do, anyway)


Kim said...

I think you need to stay on and influence the situation.

Jason Roth said...

You are right on in your assessment. A little less fooling around and a little more focus on actually learning would be more appropriate. I understand your need to step away.

Carolyn said...

Amen, sistah!

Anonymous said...

step away... and show Connor that it is easier to step away from something rather then stand your ground.... I guess but this does not sound like you!

Allison said...

Sounds like it was stressful--I am sure that your decision is putting Connor first. Hey, what do they say? "Let them eat cake!"

Anonymous said...

chocolate cake, white frosting.. the cake just a little to warm to frost but you frost it anyway and the frosting melts into the cake... holy $hit.... this diet is killing me!!!

Jerolyn said...

Listen after 3 phone calls today you know where I stand on this issue and Conner isn't going to think ANYTHING of this so long as you continue to volunteer and be there at his special events yadda yadda yadda.

With that being said...if you do step away as room mom I would definately make it clear to ALL the other "Party Planning Chiefs" as to the WHY!

Oh and p.s.
I'd also tell the "P. P. Chiefs" to stop nickel and diming the parents to death...
We are in a recessION people, not at recess!

Jerolyn said...

p.s. I like title #1 and #5

Jerolyn said...

p.s.s. Bill you are killing me! haha

Chris said...

Good job practicing restraint, now what did you do with Gini?

LaAna said...

Holly Crap! Doesn't look like much has changed with the school. Now experiencing another way of "school" life I must say they do A LOT more there. I can totally see where you're coming from, it's just hard to find that reasonable balance, but you have to do what's best for you and Conner - as I'm sure you will.

Good Luck!

LaAna said...

PS - Oops for the "Holly" my brian is clearly still in Christmas mode

Allison said...

Bill, you are the only person I know who can lose 20 pounds faster than I can even EAT a slice of cake.

Unknown said...

Umm... I don't know you well enough to really let go here, and I shouldn't but I will. A little.
If you quit because you got pissed off in the third month of school, you may wind up feeling like a weenie.
I hope you didn't quit.

carissa... brown eyed fox said...

say it sista...

and to top it off... being room mom CAN BE like adding another doormat to your back... so been there!