Memo from Betty's teacher:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We will be having our Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 22 at 2:30. We are planning a pizza party, please send in $1 to cover the pizza. If you are interested in donating another item to our party then please return the bottom with your name on it. We will send it back to you with an item that we need. We hope you have a safe and happy winter break! - Mrs. R. and Mrs. H.
... compared to THIS from Boo's teacher:
Holiday Class Party
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The following names are the next five students, alphabetically, in our room to share the responsibility of planning our holiday party. (You will not be asked to assist again until the end of the year party.) If you could please coordinate from the healthy food list and drinks, etc. for the students with the parents listed below it would be greatly appreciated by the students.
Please keep it simple and remember we have a PEANUT ALLERGY student in our classroom. Students seem to want more to drink than anything else. If you are feeling creative, then by all means plan holiday activities for us to do, just be sure to let me know so I can schedule time for it.
According to the new district policy, only food and drinks on the district list of acceptable healthy snacks will be allowed in the school. Please abide by the list. Thank you.
I am hoping to have it around 2:00 but this may need to change if there is a school-wide activity planned. Thank you in advance for all your time and effort.
And then there is a list of five students, including Boo, with phone numbers for each kid. Oh, and one of the students on, ahem, Boo's little holiday party planning committee happens to be none other than E., who you will recall is the same E. who Boo just wrote the letter to informing him he was only his friend at recess and during related arts. This would be because Boo is less than thrilled that E. has a girlfriend. Mind you, these children are 8 years old and in the 2nd grade.
(To make matters even more triangulated, we had another episode between E. and Boo last week. Seems that Boo was teasing E. for having a girlfriend, and E. punched Boo in the stomach. The assistant principal called me at work to inform me of such, and said that E. had been "disciplined according to the Code of Conduct.")
So, as one can imagine, I don't think a phone call to E.'s mom would be very pleasant - for either of us. Plus, there's the small matter that I don't do phone calls - much less to coordinate among five parents who I don't even know. I guess someone should mention the newfangled invention called email, which could simply things.
I sent Boo's teacher an email saying that we would be happy to provide a snack, some printable activities (like a word search), and a small gift (like a pencil) for the kids. That's it. Betty's teacher will be getting $1 for the pizza and probably something else. Why on earth Boo's teacher needs to make things so freakin' complicated, I don't know.