Friday, August 19, 2011

The New School!!!

Today was so awesome. We went to B's open house. And while that probably isn't so exciting to a lot of people I was thrilled. This will be her first year at Pepin. Pepin is a school for children with special needs. I have been excited for Bria to go there but after meeting her teachers today and talking to other parents I am on cloud nine.

The teachers took time to speak to every single parent and child. They were so kind and welcoming and seemed truly happy to be there. B got so excited at one point she actually cried, and the teacher was just so cool about it. She laughed and smiled and told her they always have lots of tissues. B didn't even get self conscious about it (which she normally does thus leading to more tears derived of embarrassment).

The students stopped her to ask her name and introduce themselves and showed her around. It's the first time in a long time that I haven't been worried about her being accepted.

I also got to meet other parents and volunteers and of course I signed up for several activities. The school requires each parent to volunteer 20 hours. I don't see this being a problem for me since I can't wait to get to know some of these people and help out with any and everything I can.

I have been wanting to be around parents that understand having a special needs child for so long and I feel like finally I may get that chance. I'm probably just as excited as B is. I mean, this kids schedule includes a period for TV Production and for Drama. I don't think she could have gotten better electives. And of course she signed up for cheerleading. I finally feel like we are at a school where we will fit. It's a nice feeling.

I don't have to give a hundred warnings and disclaimers about not letting her wander or her speech issues. They already are prepared and completely capable of dealing with it. I couldn't be happier and more importantly I don't think B could be either.

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