June 30, 2010
Happy Summer! I haven’t written in such a very long time, but things have been busy as always. We’re really enjoying the new pace of summer – taking things slower and having time to just smell the flowers.
Spring was really wonderful this year. It got warm in March and April was really fabulous. As soon as May hit and the first day of soccer was here, the weather turned rainy. How typical. This year John was on Team Galaxy which had an orange and black striped uniform. They should have called the team the ADD Galaxy because most of the kids were very hyper. They also could have called the team Grade 2F because it was composed for the large part of kids from John’s class. He loved this, but I felt sorry for coach Cam and coach Sarah who tried really hard to keep them focused. All this said, the team was pretty much unbeatable. John loves to play goalie the most and he’s becoming more focused than least year. At least he somewhat watches the game now. Because the offence was so good, John never had to work too hard as goalie anyhow.
We also put John in baseball this year, but the baseball organization was horrible. They had assured me the two sports wouldn’t conflict, but they did. This meant that John only got to go to half of his games. He has a wicked throw and a hit though! His coach was trying to get credits for high school and if she bothered to show up, she was busy looking like a fashion model or texting her boyfriend! Seriously! Another dad had to step up to the plate and coach most of the games, because she wouldn’t even show up. She didn’t even bother to tell us that there was a tournament and I only found out because another kid told me at school!
This year, John got some cognitive/behavioral testing because of his quirkiness. Dr. Jennifer Sullivan came and administered like a 5000 dollar test paid for by the school! His IQ came up very high and we learned that his processing speed is the 99.6th percentile…which blew the tester off the planet. The formal report will come in the fall, but basically, he’s gifted in some areas…mainly math sorts of things and memory. I swear he has a photographic memory sometimes. The downside is that he is a perfectionist and has higher than normal anxiety (sounds like his mom). We will have to work to help him overcome these hurdles. Next year John starts half immersion and half English. I don’t like that and wish that this board offered complete immersion up to grade 8. I hope that his French continues to improve!
Our other big event this spring was the new bedroom furniture for John. Thank you Grandma Lorraine for the bunk-bed and new dresser. John wanted to have an NHL inspired room, so it is! He’s looking forward to having sleepovers when his buddy Alex comes later this week. Jane and Dennis are looking after their grandchildren for three weeks this summer, so John gets to see Alex..his best buddy from Best Start and JK/SK. He also has a new friend, Chaise, Paul’s son. They enjoyed each other’s company yesterday!
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