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2009/45: Happy Valentine’s Day

This is the card, that Sara got to hand out to her classmates yesterday. Sadly, they didn’t have a Valentine’s Party. I thought it was district wide, but then I found out from Amber that her daughter’s school is doing Valentine’s parties.
I e-mailed Sara’s teacher to ask why, and told her that Sara was really looking forward to exchanging valentines with her classmates. She wrote back, saying it was a decision made by the PTA and the principal, and that they had opted for an end of year party instead.
I’m sorry, but what is so special about an end of year party? The whole last week of school is pretty much a party… no one does anymore learning, the report cards are already printed, they have field day, and everyone is excited about summer break.
The next day, Sara’s teacher came up to me at the end of the school day to tell me that she talked to the room mom, and the students would be allowed to exchange cards during social studies time on February 13th. Yay! That’s all I wanted. I’m OK with not passing out candy, etc. but to not even let them exchange cards just didn’t seem right. I guess more parents complained, because just a few days later, another note was sent home (with ALL the students), saying that there would not be any Valentine’s parties, but the students would be allowed to exchange cards if they chose to. But, the kicker was that the PTA was asking the parents to help bake or donate cookies for all the teachers as some kind of Valentine’s appreciation thing (I forget the wording). What is wrong with that picture??? The kids are denied a party, but the teachers get one, cookies and all? Needless to say, I did not drop off any cookies. I would have gladly baked some for the students, though.


This picture was inspired by Kristie

12 responses

  1. So sweet and inventive! Happy Valentine day to all the Michaela family.

    (I agree with you in your surprise about the Valentine-cake-rules…)

    14. February, 2009 at 07:18

  2. doreen3boys

    I agree with you 100%…………..I don’t understand the reasoning behind no parties to be replaced with the end of the year, that’s just crazy! You’re right, for weeks beforehand, the kids are partying. Such a shame. They’re only little once.

    OMG, this card is fantastic!! I knew her hair was long, but wow, this pic really emphasizes that. Too cute!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    14. February, 2009 at 08:09

  3. plainmama

    Couldn’t agree more. Why not have fun and show your friends how much care by giving out valentines and enjoying a special snack together! I love the hypocrisy of the kids not being allowed to celebrate, but then the kids should celebrate the teachers?!?! I would have boycotted too.

    Love this pic!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    14. February, 2009 at 08:39

  4. Yeah that is entirely jacked up. I think I would have made some flax seed spinach metamusil cakes or something lol

    I LOVE this valentine card! She’s got some awesome hair for those hearts 🙂

    14. February, 2009 at 10:06

  5. No party? that’s crazy! My kids got so excited about Valentine’s and not just because of the candy, but they really enjoyed making cards for their friends.
    That is the best card ever – so creative!

    14. February, 2009 at 12:37

  6. Love this… I have been wanting to try these heart ponies for some time now… I am not sure Syd will ever have enough hair! This came out great. Happy V Day!

    14. February, 2009 at 17:20

  7. This card is so adorable!

    14. February, 2009 at 20:36

  8. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family!

    14. February, 2009 at 20:38

  9. burstmode

    Wonderful photograph…I love what you do with theses.

    My experience with PTOs or PTAs is that they are run by a handful. When they get something in their minds, thats that. Also, parties take some effort and the core group gets burned out. No one steps forward to help so things get canceled. It is hard work. A shame it had to happen on a holiday like this one.

    15. February, 2009 at 19:38

  10. They only get three scheduled parties per year (winter, spring, and in this case end of year). It had nothing to do with effort or getting burned out.
    The “room mom” organizes the party, with help from the teacher, asking the parents to either donate items for the party or send in money to purchase the needed items. On the day of the party there have always been enough parents there to help out.
    This was just a stupid decicion not to celebrate a holiday.

    16. February, 2009 at 05:09

  11. Daneen

    I love this photo! What a sweetheart.

    16. February, 2009 at 07:53

  12. kristiehavyer

    I love how you twisted her hair. I wish I would have done mine on white, it would have showed so much better. Awesome

    25. February, 2009 at 20:56

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