Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tre's Mom

After school, one of the 5th grade girls, Tyrea, was horsing around with Tre (3rd grade) and punched him in the stomach--a little too hard, he started crying. I got on to the 5th grader, checked out Tre, and sent them both home.

The next day, Tre's mom called to discuss the indecent.

MR. BOWERS: I'm sorry that this happened, I have talked Tyrea about this...
TRE'S MOM: Well, you talk to her again and tell her that I'M the only one allowed to hit my son!
MR. BOWERS: ...ok...

The Grumpiest 4th Grader

Jada (4th grade) was being her usual grumpy self, so I decided to do something about it.

I took her to see Elaje (3rd grade) Elaje is a very grumpy 3rd grader. I pulled her out of class for a second.

MR. BOWERS: Hey, Elaje, Jada here is having a bad day, could you tell her a joke or something to maybe entertain her or something?
ELAJE: (folding her arms and putting on a very grumpy face) I CAN'T ENTERTAIN ANYBODY! (she stomped back into class).

Jada's mouth dropped, she couldn't believe how grumpy that little girl was!

Next, I introduced Jada to Kheyana. Kheyana (5th grade) was the grumpiest 4th grader last year, but this year, she has been praised for her turnaround. She is usually smiling and gets along with everyone better.

I asked Kheyana to tell Jada what turned it around for her. She said her mom did it with this advice:

-What do you have to be GRUMPY about?!?
-You have wasted your whole 4th grade year being grumpy!
-Your face is gonna stick like that and you're gonna be an ugly adult!

Jada smiled immediately.