For 15+ years the Labour Day weekend signalled the start of another school year. This year will be the last time I will think of September in terms of back to school. One. More. Year. Bittersweet indeed.
I decided to take a look back on Riley’s school experience for this week’s Monday Listicles. It has been an adventure to say the least. There were times when I could never have imagined Riley sitting in a desk…ever. Times when we celebrated his accomplishments like learning to zip up his jacket on his own (thank you FG)! Times when I was stressed to the max over the summer not knowing who would be working with Riley the following year. I’d better stop now as I am starting to twitch uncontrollably. So here is a rundown of what it took to get Riley through the last 15 years:
1. 3 schools (preschool, elementary and high school).
2. 6 child care workers.
3. 13 elementary school teachers.
4. 25+ high school teachers.
5. 9 Special Education Assistants.
6. 8 case managers.
7. 26+ IEP meetings not to mention multiple impromptu meetings throughout the school year.
8. If x = number of forms to be filled out at the beginning of the school year then x to the 10th power = number of forms required when you have a special needs child. The number of medical, diagnostic and community services forms required is the bane of special needs parents’ existence.
9. 3 work experience job placements.
10. 1 Commencement Ceremony this coming June. Woo-hoo!!!
So many people to remember. So many people to thank. So many people who have helped us along the way. Riley has come so far thanks to so many. We have been so very fortunate to have had such a great support network of family, friends, educators, specialists and “workers” (who are all really so much more).
This should be one exciting year with lots to blog about if you’re lucky. Ha! I am going to leave you with a picture of Riley when he started kindergarten. Captured that time perfectly! :)
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