Sienna has been enjoying choir this semester and has been looking forward to their performances and field trips. She has even happily attended the before-school rehearsals. It seems as though the other students in class enjoy her being in there, also.
When I received an e-mail from the teacher reminding parents that their students were sent home with their recital outfits, I was excited. I knew we were going to have to get it altered quite a bit, but had a feeling she was going to look super cute in the dress.
Upon her arrival from school that day, I asked her if she got her dress. She said she didn’t. I assumed maybe they had to order something different or there was something special I needed to do. I didn’t think too much of it. I figured I would just contact the teacher and get the outfit. No big deal, right?
The next morning, as she was getting ready for school, I reminded her that she needed to be at school early for rehearsal. She said, “No, I’m not in choir anymore. I’m in Art now.” “You are?” I responded.
She said she didn’t know why she was in Art, but that she and another special ed student were not going to be in choir anymore.
I emailed the choir teacher inquiring about Sienna’s comment. The teacher responded that it was her understanding that Sienna and the other student were going to be rotating among the electives.
Hmmm. That’s news to me.
I asked her who I needed to talk to about the scheduling. I didn’t receive a response.
I called the counselor/scheduler. It was news to her and she had no idea what I was talking about.
She transferred me to one of the Special Ed teachers. I had to leave a message. I was able to speak with her in person after school. She said she didn’t know why and that I would need to talk to the person who heads up the Special Ed department.
I requested a call from her. (I got an email from her this morning simply saying that I would be receiving a call from someone else regarding the change.)
Not long after my request, I received a phone call from the 7th grade Assistant Principal. She said she didn’t know I was not informed and said, “On behalf of the school, I apologize.” She said they are trying to give her a taste of the different electives to “see what she likes.” To which I responded,”I already know she likes choir.”
She tried to explain to me that it would give her an opportunity to see what the other classes were like. I discussed my concerns about singling her out, not allowing an opportunity for bonding with the students in her class, field trips…She said that she would be rotating 2 weeks at a time despite “every other day” like she insinuated I was implying.
This seems like an interesting idea…if it were a regular curriculum option that each student could do. However, I really thought it was weird when she told me one of the “electives” she would be trying out (remember this is supposedly to see what she likes) was learning how to re-shelf books in the library. Hmmmm. I’m pretty sure she’s not going to think that’s fun. Seems like they just want help in the library.
I asked if this was a regular program or if it was just something the Special Ed kids were doing. Silence. I don’t think her silence was a good thing. She carefully chose her words by replying that “the children involved in the core program” were participating. Interesting. What’s this Core Program? Why haven’t I heard of it?
I could be over reacting, but I do find it strange that I wasn’t consulted prior to this and that the teachers still aren’t/can’t talk to me about it. I’ve talked to them about everything else. Why is this different?
Regardless, why would you think it’s a good idea to take a special needs child from a class where they’re thriving and behaving well and bounce them from class to class?
I do know there are a few other factors that have recently happened and that are about to happen, that really raise some red flags for me.
I’ll keep you posted. I’m waiting on my phone call…