celticdragonfly: (Maggie Xmas 2006)
Maggie finally is back in school, not out sick anymore. And she has a pile of make up work.

One thing that came home is this Flat Stanley project. They read a book about a boy who was flattened by his bulletin board while he was asleep, and his family folded him up and mailed him to visit a friend.

So she has this flat paper doll person she's to send off. The letter with it says
"I chose to mail a flat version of myself to you. Please take "me" on an adventure with you and please write and tell me where I went. If you could please send pictures, postcards, or anything else that would help my friends and I learn more. You may send it back with a scrapbook, diary, maps or any kind of souvenirs. I will then take what you have sent back to my class and share this with my friends."
Hm. Her Nana and Granddad usually travel often, but aren't right now. So I'm not sure who to ask for this. Is there anyone she knows who would like to help her with this? Everything has to be back to school by March 2nd.
celticdragonfly: (Maggie Xmas 2006)

Maggie and I made a "Christmas tree" for her homework. It's cutouts of all of the family's hands in green paper, glued upside down into a triangular tree. 12 hands makes for a good tree. I have been helping her decorate - star stickers and heart stickers from my paper arts treasure box, and a little gold filligree thingy glued on as a tree-stand, and I glued on smarties candies as little ball ornaments.
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This is great! The carpet for the San Antonio classroom for autistic kids has been totally funded!

Somebody must have funded some of it outside the challenge, the numbers were a bit wonky, so I fixed that.

[livejournal.com profile] selenite, reminder, check with HR to see if your company will match donations we make. I want to see the rocking chair one get funded. The reading rods one is really close.
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This is exciting. We've raised $420 for this challenge so far!

I suppose a lot of people might say that's not much, or it's not a big difference. Just makes me think of the parable about the starfish, and "It makes a difference to this one"

So I'm sending [livejournal.com profile] selenite off to talk to his company's HR to see if they'll match donations we make on our own after all the SixApart certificates are in.
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I know some of those Donors Choose gift certificate emails from SixApart are still trickling in. If you're just getting yours, please consider donating to the projects in my challenge.

And of course, you're welcome to donate either in addition to the LJ gift certificates or on your own, if you so choose.

We've raised $240 for this challenge so far, I hope we can do more.

Autistic and other special ed children often have needs that are quite different from other children their age. As a mother of one autistic child and one speech delayed child, I've learned so much about how hard special ed teachers work for these kids. I've created a challenge - a group of proposals I'm asking people to help - with a few unusual projects that will help autistic kids here in Texas - little things that can make a huge difference for them. One in Arlington, three in a special needs classroom down in San Antonio.

Something as simple as a carpet or a rocking chair can make a big difference for these children!
celticdragonfly: (Maggie-Jamie-0307)
Ooh, look what came up on my flist: You can request a $30 gift certificate payable to Donors Choose from SixApart by 5 PM Pacific time on Monday, October 1. Donors Choose is a non-profit website where you search through proposed classroom projects and donate to them as you choose.

I think this is a marvelous idea. We get to help a good cause FOR FREE? Just for sending an email? JUMP on this, people!

I've been wandering the Donors Choose site a bit, to see what they have open. Nothing in my school district. Nothing in Brendan's current school district. However, I looked for proposals for autistic kids.

Autistic and other special ed children often have needs that are quite different from other children their age. As a mother of one autistic child and one speech delayed child, I've learned so much about how hard special ed teachers work for these kids. I've created a challenge - a group of proposals I'm asking people to help - with a few unusual projects that will help autistic kids here in Texas - little things that can make a huge difference for them. One in Arlington, three in a special needs classroom down in San Antonio.



I've gotten various people set up on LJ - yes, family, I'm looking at you specifically - and I want you all to go email them for this and donate to my challenge! And I hope a lot of the rest of my flist will, too. Go take a look and read about the 4 proposals on my challenge. And get that email off to SixApart RIGHT AWAY, even if you give it to a different proposal, just do it!
celticdragonfly: (Maggie Xmas 2006)
Whoops. Maggie's pink backpack, which she's had for quite some time and adores, is NOT big enough for a standard folder. So it's not going to cut it for school.

So I'm off to shop for another. Online, since I'm tired enough that I do not want to go into stores. Through Upromise, since I might as well get that tiny percentage for the kids' future college accounts while I'm at it.

Which reminds me, I need to add Alanna in to the Upromise accounts. Not that it makes much difference, but every cent helps, right? Someday we'll be out of debt and I can get a upromise credit card and that will help a lot.

EDIT: Found her a nice one at Lands' End. Should be good and sturdy. Pink rose color, and I'm having them embroider a butterfly on it. Because I love my little girl, and she will *adore* it.
celticdragonfly: (Maggie Xmas 2006)
Maggie started her first day of kindergarten today. I *hope* it goes okay. I still feel very uneasy about the whole thing. But hopefully my little social butterfly will enjoy it. Pics behind the cut.
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celticdragonfly: (Firefly - Wash - all gonna die)
Ow oh ow ow ow my feet HURT.

Been school supply shopping. Annoyed at the store. The whole school district has a bleeping list - you'd think their managers would order stuff according to the list. Tons of stuff we can't buy, run out of much of the stuff we must buy. Grrrrr.

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