All posts tagged: PTA

Apraxia Monday: A Day Late and A Dollar Short, Dealing with Conferences

By Leslie Lindsay I know, I know I am late with my usual “Apraxia Monday” blog and here’s why:  it’s conference time around here …which really means the kiddos are home from school, thus decreasing my writing time.  But I have some good news and bad news:  the conferences went off without a hitch.  With one tiny little exception.  (image source: This time. Let me just back-track a bit to one of the very first parent-teacher conferences we ever attended.  It was near Thanksgiving of that year.  My husband and I were all set for our annual trip to St. Louis where we spend the holiday of thanks.  The minivan was packed, the kids ready.  One last stop:  Miss Lisa’s classroom for conferences.    At the time Kate was 3 1/2 years old. She was in the school district preschool for “severe apraxia.” She had only a handful of words in her vocabulary, and some of those weren’t really words at all…more like sounds and approximations in conjuction with a gesture that we knew meant *something.* We walked into the …

The Teacher is Talking: Guest Blog–Why You Should Support the PTA

By Leslie Lindsay Well, here it is Wednesday and I am  just now turning in my homework.  If I were a real student with a real teacher, the teacher would be reprimanding me for turning in my homework a day late.  Sorry.  I don’t know what it is about Tuesdays that makes it so hard for me to get to the computer and blast out a blog.  Well, actually I do.  It’s that I have about 50 million things I want to do and have to do, so I try to do them all.  Sigh… And now, another faux pas as I am having  someone else do my homework today.  That’s right another guest blog.  This one is all about why parents should join the PTA.  I am a member (but gosh darn it, haven’t gotten to a meeting yet).  I don’t know if my membership has given me anything but braggin’ rights, but well…here goes.  This one is from   The original article just “aired” on Halloween, 10-31-11.  You can find it at:

A Little Literacy, Please: Updates

By Leslie Lindsay I am not sure where the day went…well, okay–I do.  It started bright and early on this crisp, almost-fall-but-not-quite Tuesday.  Yesterday was Labor Day and I am feeling like it’s Monday, sooo…forgive me for being a little “off.”  (Though some of you may beg to differ that I am always a little off)! Crazy morning getting kids off to school with at least one meltdown by Kid #2 who is usually a saint, but today decided to change places with Kid #1’s morning-o-drama.  Kid #1 dropped off at school, #2 to pre-K (across town), book revisions, appointment for mom, quick bite while I completed more revisions in the minivan as I mooched off of the FedEx Store’s Internet, pre-K pick-up followed by Target Tuesday, home to unload Target goodies, flip through mail, “kid-swap” so I could run to the OB for the lovely annual exam (ugh)…uh, too much information??!  Home to prepare dinner and cram in a little 1st grade homework before I had to dash off to Cirriculum Nite.  Of course, …