This girl!

This girl!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

10 things I'm thankful for "End of school year" edition.

Yesterday was Sophia's last day of school. It was a very emotional day since we were saying good bye to most of the role model kids who are moving up to kindergarten and to Lauren, Sophia's 1 on 1. I always give a little present to all the teachers and therapists that help Sophia to get as far as she has. This year I took a picture of Sophia with a sign and made greeting card with it where I wrote why I was so thankful for each one of them. I also baked chocolate chip cookies and put them in cute little boxes.

 For Lauren I wanted something special and I made a nice collage with pictures of Sophia and her from day 1 two years ago to last week.

I wanted to show them how much I appreciate what they have done for Sophia and that they have played a very important part in Sophia's progress.

Having said that, here is this week's list:
  1. Our town's school district:  From the principal to the secretaries have shown us that Sophia's well being and progress are very important for them. On the very first meeting we had with the principal, he said: "Everything that Sophia needs to reach her potential, she will get" and they have kept that promise. I know this is not always the case for most SN families, we are so fortunate!
  2. Sophia's head teacher, Eileen: She has respected my opinions and has listened to my concerns, I really value that. I know that Sophia is safe and taken care of when she is at school because Eileen is there.
  3. The other aides in the classroom, Theresa and Pam: They are very nice and love Sophia very much, when Lauren is out, one of them takes over and makes sure Sophia eats well and has everything she needs.
  4. All of the therapists, PT, OT and ST: Every one of them has a special relationship with Sophia and I have good communication with all of them and we work together as a team where the only goal is to help Sophia get better and better each day.
  5. Lauren: I am going to miss her so much but I am thankful for the two years she spend with us as Sophia's 1 on 1. I am glad my daughter got to meet her and benefit from Lauren's loving care.
  6. Summer school:  Sophia starts summer school in one week, she is going to have all her therapies there and  there's going to be familiar faces around which is always reassuring.
  7. Sophia's 1 on 1 during the summer: Her name is Dona and she has worked with Sophia during the last two summers. She is very nice and she took the time to meet up with Eileen to know what Sophia has been working on and to get all of the same communication boards and toys that she has been using this year.
  8. Sophia's classmates: Both, the role models and the other special needs kids are very nice to Sophia, it's as if Sophia is the star of the classroom, the girls used to fight to see who got to sit right next to Sophia! Every morning, all the kids would say 'hi' and compliment on how cute Sophia looked in her outfit or what a beautiful smile she has. I am so thankful that none of the kids tried to bully her, ever!
  9. My creativity: That's right! I said it! It was hard though, but I have to admit that I am thankful that I could come up with a nice card for the teachers and therapists to show how much I appreciate them. They really loved it!
  10. This blog hop: I am never going to stop being thankful for the chance to participate on this link up. I need to remind myself every week that there are a lot things to be thankful for.
See you next week.

Ten Things of Thankful


  1. WOW! As an ex-childcare-worker, I have to say, those gifts you gave Sophia's teachers and her 1-to-1 worker are the BEST ONES a parent can give. Absolutely the best.

    Not to dismiss your home-baked cookies, which I'm sure were lovely, but the photos of Sophia and (particularly) the collage show that you recognise their attachment to Sophia, know that they'll adore a momento of your lovely girl AND that you respect them enough to put a lot of effort into making that happen.

    You are the kind of parent I used to love working with.

    So glad you joined up with us - you've made me think of the best tokens and presents I got given over the years by some of my favourite children.

  2. Well thank you for letting me be part of such an extraordinary community!

    I think the teachers, therapists and I are a team, we respect each other and listen to each other, there's a good communication there.

    Thank you, you made me feel proud of myself!

  3. Such a sweet and thoughtful way for you to thank them...and what a blessing you have in your sweet daughter's school. Glad that you can see all the good and not be critical as some people are prone to do. God bless you and your sweet girl as you enjoy her and your time this summer! :)

    1. Thank you, I tent to think that you get what you give, It doesn't always work that way but I try to be understandable and respectful so I can demand the same.
      You have a great summer too ;)

  4. I have been a teacher for many years, and that greeting card is a fantastic idea! I am so glad to hear of Sophia's wonderful school experience. Here's to wonderful teachers who work so well with both students, parents, and each other!
    Have a wonderful summer!

    1. Here! Here! ;) Have a great summer too!

  5. How wonderful that you have such support from your school district! I'm also glad to hear Sophia's class includes model students - they are the best teachers!

    I'm going into my 13th year teaching pre-k, and I promise you, the teachers and therapists are grateful that you express your appreciation for them. And I am wishing I had some of those chocolate chip cookies!

  6. Yeah, the chocolate chip cookies were a hit!! The cards too, there were a lot of tears, joy tears.
    I am never going to stop saying that I am very fortunate to have the support I have from the school district, I know that most of the times this is not the case.

  7. I, too, am thankful for this blog hop - it's so important to remember how much we all have to be thankful for. I love that you made such personal cards for Sophia's wonderful teachers and aides! We, too, begin summerschool (finally - tomorrow, for two days and then resuming next week) after a two week break. We are so lucky to have such great support teams - I know that not everybody does! Happy summer and I hope you and Sophia have a wonderful week.

  8. Que linda forma de agradecer amiga, tu y tus detalles tan mágicos, siempre te he dicho que tu hacías cosas muy lindas aun conservo y siempre conservare tus noticas hasta las de cuando discutíamos por tonterías.

    Gracias a Dios por cada una de las personas que hace o a hecho parte de la vida de Sofía, por sus tutores, sus profesores, sus médicos, por que de una u otra forma han sido el apoyo que no hemos podido darte los que de corazón quisiéramos estar allá contigo.

    te mando un fuerte abrazo y adelante con este maravilloso blog