Friday, March 20, 2009

Preschool Already?


Camera update: camera has been sent in to Nikon to be looked at. It's under warranty, so we may be getting it fixed, or a new one, for free. We should know in about 2 weeks. So, until then...here's an old picture of Sammy.
Wow, I can't believe Sammy will be turning 3 in June. Really? Three years old. That seems so old, but to me she's still just my little girl -- partly, because she is so little. Yesterday I had an appointment with the school district to get her set up for preschool. If we are still in Spokane come September, Sammy will be attending Madison Elementary School in a self-contained special ed preschool class. The class has no more than 12 students, 3 adults (1 special ed teacher and 2 assistants), a full time nurse, and will receive physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy once a week. If it's not too much for Sammy, we'll keep her private physical and occupational therapies as well. The cutest part of it all was when they told me a school bus could come and pick her up at our home! Ha! Can you imagine a 3 year old Sammy the size of my 15 month old Callie getting on a school bus!? Because of her size, she said they'd have a car seat for her. I just started laughing during our meeting thinking of Sammy on a school bus, in her school clothes, maybe even with a bag that I pack for her. AH! It is quite a sight to imagine that brings me an incredible amount of joy...but then hours later as I thought about it again brought tears to my eyes. Sammy's going to school 4 days a week from 9-11:30am. Ah...rip my heart out!

I wasn't sure if I wanted to start Sammy in preschool quite yet. I was thinking of keeping her home for one more year and keeping her private therapies running. I wasn't thrilled with the information I had about the schools. Most of the families I know who have special ed kids go to Regal Elementary, and something just didn't sit right with me with the information I had, and I was told that Regal was the only option. I went to the meeting with the school district anyway. When I found out that Sammy actually is in Madison's boundaries and I heard about the school, I was filled with so much peace. Since then, I've heard some fantastic things about the school from people who I really trust, and who have worked there.

If we stay in Spokane, I'm completely happy and thrilled with the direction Sammy's schooling and therapy is headed. Hooray!

9 comments:

Heidi Ashworth said...

Everywhere we have ever moved has always been about Michael and his needs. So glad that you will be in a great situation for Sammy, too! Michael started special ed pre-school when he was 3.5. The first day he drove away in the bus, I cried. The next day I was doing a jig in the street! It was so good to know that he was going to be taken care of by people I trusted, that that he was going to get his needs met and be with other kids and that I didn't have to drive him back and forth. With bus time, he was away from me over three hours and though I missed him, it was a much needed break!

rachel said...

Wow, that is quite the mental image to think about her getting on a yellow school bus. I'm glad you have piece about it and the school she will be going to.

Ashley DeMille said...

How cute! I can't even imagine. You will have to take lots of pictures with your new camera (or old one if they get it fixed) These little ones are growing up way too fast!

Adespain said...

So glad that things are working out for you. It is so cute to picture Sammy headed for the school bus!

PS, are your liking Spokane?

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Laura said...

My younger sister was bussed to preschool when she was three also! She has speech therapy there. She did great and my mom loved her teachers and aides and therapists.
Congratulations on finding a school that you feel so good about. Good luck!

susette said...

You are the best! Thanks so much!♥

Tabatabaei family said...

That is so fun that she gets to start preschool! It's a little sad at first, but then you realize that it's something that both of you really need. It sounds like they have such an amazing program--I'm sure she'll be in very good hands.

Both of your girls are just beautiful.

love,
jill

Peggy said...

She is so cute!!! How fun-I want to go to preschool with her!!!

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