School good-byes

As the school year is winding down and we are wrapping up our IEPs and all happily awaiting a summer schedule without the stress of excessive homework (believe it or not my kids still get homework over the summer!), tears and arguing over not finishing a video before school, and the never ending hunt for the vanishing belt. I feel like it’s a wonderful time to reflect on this school year and truly how far Mateo has come.

We did have some struggles this year. His teacher left on Maternity leave and after a string of subs Mateo was beyond frustrated, well to be honest we all were. His life was in a state of flux. Never knowing who would be showing up to class and it left him with increased anxiety and of course behaviors in class. His grades slipped in some places and we all felt pretty miserable for a while.

But things made an amazing turn and there was some amazing progression. Mateo has always really struggled with writing. Hand-writing is difficult for him, it takes all of his concentration and his fine motor just never quite can catch up to his mind. So the task of writing a few simple sentences would take all of his energy and patience. But this year after we told them about how well he types on the computer, the school allowed him to begin doing his homework and story writing on the laptop.

His writing blossomed. His stories became detailed and amazing. He even earned a Writer’s Award. I couldn’t be more proud of him! Something he dreaded is now something he really enjoys.

Over the past two years Mateo has had an amazing team of incredible instructors who have helped him thrive and grow and be so successful. I adore his teacher, we have had four incredible years with her between both of my kids and I am going to miss her immensely. Her kindness and understanding always provided Mateo with a safe place and a school family that has helped him grow into the incredible kid he is.

And we don’t know what we would do without his amazing Special Education Specialist! This was her time with Mateo and she has brought out a lot in him. Her compassion for him shows so much in her decisions that she makes, she always has his best interest at heart.

His speech pathologist is also incredible and has been working with him for a long time. She even started a Lego Club to help the kids communicate and work together! I am truly blown away by my school and the real passion they have for helping our kids. They truly care about his success and are always available to answer my questions. We have emailed at midnight and at 6am before, so I know my kids are always on their minds.

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for all that you do for my kids! I just want you to know how much I appreciate it all and I know how hard you all work!

Mrs B- we are going to miss you sooooo much!!! You were such a gift to both of my children, and I will never forget all that you have done!

I am pretty nervous about 4th grade next year! It’s going to be a huge change, but knowing I have an amazing school does help alleviate a bit of the stress. We are definitely ready for long days by the pool and lots of summer adventures.

Our first day at the pool this season!

Our first day at the pool this season!

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