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#1 catalyst

Posted 10 December 2010 - 08:03 AM

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#2 xaylmz

Posted 10 December 2010 - 09:12 AM

GOLD!!!!
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C is supposed to find out today who his grade 1 teacher and classmates are for next year.  The weird thing is (and hope this makes sense), one of the parents told me the other day how they are dividing up the grades for next year.  There are currently 6 grade prep classes but next year there will be 5 grade 1 classes (larger class sizes).  4 of the grade prep classes will be split in half, and all the kids from the other two classes are getting randomly put in with the other classes though there will be groups of about 3-4 kids from these two classes going together.  I have been told that apparently this is because of the strong personalities in each of these two classes, and C is in one of these two classes!  Will be interesting to see if he is in a class with any of his friends next year, gosh I hope so!  As it's word of mouth from another parent I have no idea how true it is but will find out soon enough, will be interesting to see what happens!

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#3 helly

Posted 10 December 2010 - 09:48 AM


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Bec, hope C gets to be with several of his mates! We don't find out till next year what class they're in (3 classes at each year level)  The kids all pretty much know each other though as they had 2 preschool years together (2 larger preschool classes split into 3 this year)  

We fly out tomorrow - I'm taking A to Luna Park this arvo (he has a yearly pass) and then into town. Myer has 25% off Lego and he's wanted a particular big set for ages (even slept with the catalog turned to that page under his head  wub.gif )  This is the first thing he's really bought with his own money, only shame is we prob won't be able to get it done before leaving.

helly

#4 littlemumma

Posted 10 December 2010 - 12:59 PM

Hi guys  :D

Sorry I haven't been in touch, you know me..

Helly - wishing you a wonderful safe and happy trip, I'm sure the boys will have a ball. Fantastic news about N's hearing, I hope it continues to stay that way so it  makes things a little easier for you. You must be very proud of A and his report, he is doing super well isn't he. K saves his chatback for at home too!!!!!

Jayne - sorry to hear about the MC, not nice at all and I hope you are doing ok. Great to hear the chat with the principal went well and that C has started his extra activities. I have no idea about child support etc. Why doesn't DH see his daughters?

Michelle/Bec - I am a bit confused about all your talk with prep etc as we don't have that here...but our first year is called kinder and then they go to hear one. In K's school they have two kinder classes and next year we have been told they will be split up so may not be with some friends....we find out on Monday who their teacher will be and with what kids etc.

Michelle - yah to no morning sickness. I hope DH has calmed down now and is starting to feel ''more relaxed' about the new baby. It truly is a blessing and I know once bub is here you won't be able to imagine life without him/her. We have the same thoughts though, life is starting to get easier, what will another baby mean, future plans will need to be pushed back a few years...its ok, live for the now!!!! Let me know how Carli goes with the DS lite.

Bec - I know the guilt you are talking about...I missed K's trip to the reptile park as I was working...I try to go to all things when I am off but when I'm working its impossible. Its hard trying to juggle it all isn't it. Hope Q is sleeping well.

Bridget - well done to C with her report, I agree that you have and are doing a wonderful job with her. How is little N? It is hard finding that routine isn't it and hard when you have to get someone to school.

Sal - nice to hear from you. Its great they have found a school for that boy and I hope he gets alot out of it. Good to hear Liam's sleeping is improving. How is Owen?



All is well here...K's last day of school is Wednesday. His report card is coming home today....and he had his class party today which DH was able to go to which was great. We have a carols thing Wednesday night and Monday they find out their new classes for next year. M is great, I have just enrolled  him for daycare, he starts one day a week at the end of January...not sure how he'll go, I hope he doesn't get too upset, Lord help me. We have my family christmas this weekend, brother arrived for Perth yesterday and my other brother arrives from out west today with his family...hopefully he gets through with the floods. Christmas day is at our place with DH's family and we will go and see my M&D that night as well even though our christmas is this weekend. On the 19th I have Dad's 60th..its all happening...we also have a 30th on Sat night.

Work going well, still doing 3 days, but around the corner from home, all good.

take care and just incase I don't get back before christmas, I hope I do....MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone. xx


#5 xaylmz

Posted 10 December 2010 - 10:02 PM

Well C didn't find out his class or teacher for next year.  We have to wait till Monday now, which will also be the day we get his report.  They have a class xmas party on Tuesday and they finish school on Friday.

LM prep in VIC is the same as kinder in NSW.  Here is goes 3yo kinder (non compulsory), 4yo kinder (non compulsory but strongly recommended) then compulsory schooling which starts at prep, then next year is grade 1. Would be a whole lot easier if each State just called it the same thing!

Helly have a wonderful holiday original.gif

#6 RiverOfDreams

Posted 14 December 2010 - 08:08 AM

Good morning - a new thread!

Carli received her report yesterday - she's a star!  We're very proud.  She also found out which teacher she has next year.  She is in the Grade 1/2 class, which means she has a new teacher - both teachers are great, so it was a win-win, but I know Carli wanted to go in the grade 1/2 class.

We also had the big dance concert on Sunday.  Had a setback on Saturday morning at 2am when both girls call out because they had both been sick (at the same time!).  DH and I cleaned them up, Hannah went back to bed and was fine, Carli was sick for the next 12 hours and couldn't keep anything down.  Luckily she came good late Saturday afternoon so danced beautifully on Sunday.   We had made the decision that she wouldn't keep dancing next year, but when I went backstage the first thing she said was "I want to keep dancing next year" Of course I was a bit choked up at how wonderful the performance was, so we contacted the teacher and she's dancing again next year!!

Bec - what's the news with the grades next year?  Hopefully C is in with a few mates.

Helly - I know you're on holidays already, but have a great time!

LM - Hope your family Christmas party went off.  Sounds like you are all getting into the festive season (sprinkle some of that this way will you?!!)   If M is starting daycare in Jan, what does he do now while you're at work?

Bridget, Sal, Jayne -  waves.gif  (hope I haven't missed anyone!)

Have a great day - 11 days to Christmas !!  xx

#7 xaylmz

Posted 14 December 2010 - 07:41 PM

Michelle, glad both our girls recovered in time for their dance concert.

Well, C has two teachers next year, I think they are doing a job share.  I think it will be good for him, but of course will have to wait and see next year original.gif  Out of the 19 kids in his class there is only one other kid that will be in his class next year and the rest of their grade 1 class will be made up of kids from 2 other prep classes.  The other kid is a good friend of his so that is good.  He also knows a couple of the other kids from one of the other classes already as he went to kinder with them last year.  I don't know how many grade 1 classes there are as there is one grade 1/2 composite class as well.  It's a all a bit weird to me how they work it out!

#8 littlemumma

Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:11 AM

Morning,

Bec - at least C has one friend I suppose and I guess it is good for them to get out there and make new friends....I do also wonder how they work it out though. I'm sure he'll go fine having two teachers, pretty common thing these days. Right I think I have got the prep thing...prep is kinder, got it, lol.

Michelle - family christmas was great. Was so fantastic seeing my brothers again and my neices and nephews and of course the boys adored their cousins so it was lots of fun. Re M, DH has had a lot of time off this year, with holidays and also a whole term when he hurt his back. Also with his shift work it often works out he has Max at least one of the days. Usually it works out that my Mum has him one day and then sometimes my MIL will have him. Well done to C on her report. I think its great she is doing dancing again, I know if I had girls I would definitely be putting them in dancing as I did it as a child.

We got K's report on Friday and it was outstanding, it honestly could not have been better and the comments were just beautiful, I had a few tears as I was just so proud. He found out his year one teacher on Monday and he has a Mr...so it will be interesting to see how he goes with a man teacher but I have heard good things about him so hopefully he reponds well to him...and best of all he is with his best buddy so all good.

We have Dad's 60th this weekend, its a surprise lunch at a nice restaurant, should be good.





#9 sallan

Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:08 PM

Hi All,
I am sooooo looking forward to Friday. We finish at 1.30pm which is lunchtime. My boys are going to their dads shop then as the school staff are having their Xmas lunch then.
The kids are just about over school this time of year. It can be the hardest time of the year with lots of kids being tired and so bad behaviour raises its head.
The boys got their reports today. I was sooo proud of them, they both did so well.
Liams teacher for next year, 3/4, is a Graduate teacher, which isnt a bad thing as his teacher this year was one.
She is actually moving to the Prep/1s and is teaching Owen next year.
He is ecstatic as he LOVES her and she has a prize box.!!!
I still dont know if there is a position for me. Our casual girl has been advised to look for another job but nothing has been said to me and the other aide whose contract ends at Xmas.
Three other aides are on long term contracts so their jobs are safe.
I guess Ill just have to wait and see.
Dont remember if I told you guys that the autistic boy I have been working with, has at last got a position at a Specialised Autistic school, which is just fantastic.
It does put my job in question, though, but I do know that at least 2 more funded kids are beginning Prep next year, so there may be a job for me.
I can honestly say that working at the school this year, has been such an eye opener into how a school is run and how they cope with challenging students.
The teachers have alot on their plate and I have a new found respect for them. Believe me they are all doing the best job they can. biggrin.gif

Holidays this year will be at home. We may go away for a long weekend in February. My DHs business is very busy at the mo which is a godsend, as of course I dont get Summer holiday pay, as my contract ends on the last day of school. It means that we have to survive until Feb, when I could possibly have a position. Even though Dh is working long hours and is busy we still arent able to take alot of money from the business, so I have had to budget to make sure theres extra to cover January.

We do plan to have lots of fun with friends over the holiday period though. I have missed out on Mothers group this last few months, and hope to spend some day trips with them. We are having out Xmas party next week which is always fun.


LM- Have a great time at the 60th. So glad to hear K did so well with his report. Its great isnt it?

well Ill try to get in here more often in the future.
Take care all
Sal

#10 bearboy01

Posted 20 December 2010 - 06:18 AM

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Carli received her report yesterday - she's a star! We're very proud. She also found out which teacher she has next year. She is in the Grade 1/2 class, which means she has a new teacher - both teachers are great, so it was a win-win, but I know Carli wanted to go in the grade 1/2 class.
  thats so wonderful & I think that is TOPS that you already know who the teacher is for next year -
well done all the kids for top reports !

we have NO Idea who caleb will have next year - no idea who he will be with none - its exhausting to say the very least sad.gif

Caleb didnt do so well in the report card - it was to be expected - on the last day WED i went & hugged his teacher & said goodbye etc & she told me that he kicked a*se in maths that day - I laughed and said " well god love him for kicking butt on the freaking last day !!!" what a kack !
i wish very much that we knew who he was even going 2 be with as in kids - mates etc - i feel that is very sad for the kids sad.gif

i looked after a mates daughter thurs & FRI Last week - she is 12 so she was awesome with the kids - Caleb was upset when she went home - today Caleb does SURF SCHOOL with a mate Mia - kack - how im gonna keep any out he water I DONT KNOW!

sally
what an interesting post - how busy you have been - sounds amazing though -
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I can honestly say that working at the school this year, has been such an eye opener into how a school is run and how they cope with challenging students.
The teachers have alot on their plate and I have a new found respect for them. Believe me they are all doing the best job they can.
im usre that this is true for all teachers in all schools - it would be a hard job -
I just didnt want Calebs teacher to make me cry !!  LOL!

we are not going away - too much on the weekends in Jan - Amys 3rd bday is the 7th Jan - THREE OMG !

DH & I were struck with gastro FRI last week - i feel better now & I didnt get it as bad as DH - the kids seem fine ?? thank goodness -

i hope that you are all well

BRIDG   love you XX

back later XXXXX

#11 xaylmz

Posted 21 December 2010 - 09:49 PM

Hey girls, just popping in to wish you all a merry Christmas as it's unlikely that I will get back on here in the next few days.  We head to Perth on Friday to stay with FIL over xmas so we will have a nice break original.gif
Enjoy.
Luv Bec xox

#12 sallan

Posted 25 December 2010 - 07:45 AM

Merry Christmas to all:D
Hope you all have a good one.
Liam first up at 6am and took 5 mins to wake Owen LOL
Went out looking at lights last night, until midnight. Think Im gonna have some tearful kids later
Sal x

#13 bearboy01

Posted 01 January 2011 - 08:48 AM

HAPPY NEW YEAR XX X X X X X   HOPE XMAS WAS SO AWESOME ALSO xxxxxx biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif  biggrin.gif

#14 sallan

Posted 01 January 2011 - 08:50 AM

Happy New Year all. Hope you all had fun last night.
Heres to another year of the Sept 04 group friendship biggrin.gif
Stay happy, healthy and safe in 2011.
Sal xx

#15 RiverOfDreams

Posted 04 January 2011 - 06:11 AM

Happy New Year.

Well I'm back at work after a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  We stayed at home and caught up with lots of friends and family which is what I love.

Girls were extremely excited about all their presents so Santa got it right this year!  

We told C & H about our baby news on New Year's Day and quickly realised it was too big a secret for two little girls to keep so we also told our immediate family over the last couple of days.  Everyone is surprised.  

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Heres to another year of the Sept 04 group friendship

I'll drink to that!!

Talk soon
MJ x


#16 littlemumma

Posted 04 January 2011 - 12:57 PM

Happy New Year Ladies,

Back to work for me today also but I have to say that I had an awsome christmas and New Year and really made the most of the time with the boys while I was off, we had a great time. At work for a couple of weeks and then we go away to QLD for 10 days.

Michelle - yah for starting to spread the good news, I bet the girls were excited???? How many weeks are you now?

#17 RiverOfDreams

Posted 04 January 2011 - 01:14 PM

Hi LM - I'm 10wks and 5 days!  Appointment with ob is next Wednesday, so looking forward to everything being confirmed.     Hiding at my desk today as feel it looks so obvious (although know it probably doesn't!), my plan is to hold off telling work for a while because don't want it to affect bonuses and promotions (either consciously or not) that come out in Feb / March... need to find out when those numbers are reported up the line... if it's too long to wait then I'll rethink my plan.

Girls were very excited - even at the idea of sharing a room!

Cheers
MJ x

#18 bearboy01

Posted 04 January 2011 - 01:24 PM

michelle  
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Girls were very excited - even at the idea of sharing a room!
     thats so lovely XXXXX

well done original.gif

hope that all are very well X much love to you all XX

#19 RiverOfDreams

Posted 11 January 2011 - 06:05 AM

Good morning ladies, just been on facebook to catch on photos and stuff!

Jayne - a belated happy birthday to Amy, her birthday pics look ace.

Bec - love the pics of your holiday, did you have to take extra luggage to ship all the presents over?!!  There was a pic with your DH, his dad and the boys.  Your FIL looked very proud!

Sal aka Painting Queen!  You've been very busy, was this planned?  Good on you!

Bridget - I take it your family in QLD are in the flood affected areas.  I hope they are all safe, and if you're mum's on her way you have a great time togehter.  

I can't believe the scenes in Toowoomba yesterday, after everything going on in Rockhampton I wasn't expecting more...

Al - when are you heading up north, is that next week?  Fingers crossed the mad weather doesn't hit SP when you're there.

Helly - just checking in to see if you're back, hope the NZ trip was a hit.

Talk soon
MJ x

#20 bearboy01

Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:07 AM

michelle thanks love - we had a top time at the party - everyone was so lovely - weather was tops - couldnt have had a better day XX Amy was GORG - xxx

as for QLD - this is DREADFUL - happy to hear that Australians have donated 11 millions for these poor affected people - cripey they are doing it so tough sad.gif
my best mate & her partner & kids are in qld now - for 2 weeks holidays & the weather is dreadful they drove up yest  - dont think I would have gone ?

Bec your pics are so GORG - the boys are so beautiful XX love the pic of Pa meeting the latest son - thats a keeper

i gotta dash - the holidays are starting to wear on me now ....................doing my head in a bit .....

my day yest ......................

first cup of coffee .....................5am .....................get to the bottom WOPPING MASSIVE cockroach in the bottom of my mug? how does that happen ???? sad.gif

10mns later - Miss Amy does a poop - on some wipes in the loungeroom & carries it into me in the office - covered in poop her arms etc ............


after the Gym im in coles ........at the check out - Kids bumbling around - all is well - with NO warning at all - I POOP myself - I aint kidding - and lets just say that it was very lucky for me that i had my gym towel around my neck as I had to wrap it around my waist - OMG sad.gif
Caleb is yelling out " mum!!!! MUM ! why are u putting that around bum???? " OMG sad.gif

how awful ....DH had the same thing so much have been something that we ate ??
how awful - U gotta laugh ? X



#21 RiverOfDreams

Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:53 AM

Jayne - oh no! (ok I admit I did giggle at your retelling!)  Hope you're all on the mend.

#22 xaylmz

Posted 11 January 2011 - 10:32 PM

oh crap Jayne (no pun intended) laughing2.gif yes gave me a giggle too but embarrassing for you I bet!  and a cockroach sick.gif you poor thing.

I've had a hellish day too, DS2 constipated, he's been going a day with the runs then a day constipated for the last few days so not sure what's going on there.  DS2 also knocked over my bedside lamp this morning accidently and it smashed to pieces.  DS1 peed on the carpet in the playroom as he was too lazy to go to the toilet this arvo when friends were over  mad.gif .  DS1 & DS2 have bickered most of the day.  DS3 just wont sleep for more than 5mins at a time unless I'm holding him and even then it's only for 20mins so I'm knackered!

MJ we took some small xmas pressies with us that were also light weight (books, hotwheels cars, crayons, stocking fillers really) and new clothes, kids came home to 3 bigger pressies (2 x lego sets & the starwars helmet) each and a share pressie (fire station) for the three of them.  no way was I carting a heap more junk across the country  wink.gif

#23 RiverOfDreams

Posted 13 January 2011 - 12:03 PM

Hi Guys, quick post by me.

Had 12 wk scan yesterday but not to be.  Baby didn't have a heartbeat and was only measuring to 8 weeks.  Heading into the hospital this afternoon.

Been lots of tears, you don't realise how quickly you become attached and how the little one becomes part of your future dreams.  I think we're all in shock, today's better than yesterday.  I know we'll be ok.

Take care
Michelle x

#24 bearboy01

Posted 13 January 2011 - 12:05 PM

Michelle     sad.gif

So sorry sad.gif

so sorry sad.gif

sending you love & strength at this time angel x

#25 xaylmz

Posted 13 January 2011 - 12:45 PM

oh sh*t Michelle I too am so sorry, I know how it feels unfortunately.  Hoping you are ok today xo




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