Thursday, 6 September 2012

First Day Back at PaceKids

Today was Finley’s unofficial first day back at Pacekids.  I say unofficial because officially school does not start until Wednesday, September 12.  Today, Friday and Monday are basically just for the kids to get reacquainted with their aids although every aide except for one is new to the afternoon program.  
She picked out yet another purple dress to wear today.  If you haven’t noticed, purple is one of her favorite colours thanks to Rapunzel.  If you ask her, pink and purple are tied for her favorite.
Because it was a full afternoon, she got to bring her lunch kit.  She really does not need to use both but she insists.  I am hoping the novelty wears off – especially since there is nothing to put in her backpack most days!!
Penelope was again excited to be “going to school”.  She took her backpack full of her diapers and milk over to her bff’s place so they could watch her as we had our first center visit this afternoon.
She insisted on the purple Gap hoodie after we lost her pink one in the US somewhere.  It is probably a size or 2 too big but she loved it – because it was purple :).  As long as we don’t lose it, it should last a few years!
Heading to the car.  She was so excited to see her old buddies from last year.  She was sad when I told her that 3 of them “graduated” and would not be back this time around.
Heading into the building….
So we got into the school and was introduced to Finley’s new aide.  She seemed quite nice and led Finley to the where all the classrooms were.  I was surprised when she told Finley that they would be in the ocean room this year.  This probably means nothing to most people so I will explain.  There are three classrooms at PK.  The Arctic Room, The Jungle Room and The Ocean Room.  Last year, Finley was in the Jungle Room and I assumed she would be again this year.  The Ocean Room is used primarily for the younger kids in the class with more developmental delays than just speech.  The Arctic room wasn’t used last year in the afternoons but I hear it will be this year.  I assume it is similar to the Ocean Room although I could be wrong. The Jungle Room is usually for the older kids who have basically just have speech delays. Most are in their kindergarten year.  
With exception of one aide, all of the aides are new for this school year.  Last year it was a revolving door with them so hopefully things will be better this year.  I spoke to the one that I knew and chatted with her. She told me that Finley was in the ocean room with a bunch of kids – some i knew, some i didn’t.  The kids I did know about are super cute and loveable but they don’t speak very well and rely heavily on sign language.  Finley knows enough sign language as it is and I was thinking that this was going to be a step backwards.  I asked her why Finley wasn’t in the same class as her two other friends and she was surprised as well but didn’t know.  I soon left Finley at school and headed to the mall to kill time before coming back at 3pm for her IPP.  
I immediately called Greg and told me what was going on and that we would have to pull Finley out if they kept her in the ocean room and put her in at another local school near our house.  I was so upset I was in tears.  This was not how this was supposed to go. We decided that we ask why Finley wasn’t in the same class and could we change it when I got to the meeting.  If they didn’t switch her, she was leaving.  Simple as that.
A couple hours later, I am back for the IPP.  Both the speech pathologist and the physiologist saw me and told me that there was a HUGE misunderstanding and that she would be in the same room with her bff’s and some new kids too.  Apparently with the massive turnover, things got all messed up and she was definitely in the Jungle Room.  HUGE RELIEF.  MASSIVE.  Apparently, one of the aides sensed that I was upset so mentioned it to them and they were like – woah no way, Finley is in the Jungle Room.  They apologized numerous times for the mix up and any stress it may have caused.
The IPP went well – I met with the new occupational therapist and new teachers.  They seem really great and I look forward to a great year with them!! 
 The only downside is that they still DON’T know if we have funding for the school year.  This really surprised me because they told me a few weeks ago when they called to confirm Finley was coming back that she had indeed received funding.  OMG – are you kidding me?!?!  My stress and blood pressure levels were again through the roof!!!!!!  Thankfully, I am still registered at another school until it starts on Sept 14 so I told them that I would need to know by then.  They told me not to worry because they were confident that she would be ok.  
Anyways, that was my afternoon.  And to top it all off, Greg is working late and Penelope cried and wouldn’t get off of me for the first hour that we were home.  It was not fun.  Seriously debating putting these kids to bed early as I have SO much to do before Kristen arrives tomorrow night!!!!

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