The sigh heard ’round the world

We all survived Halie’s first day of First Grade at her new school. Her teacher has a stong Italian name, and considering that she was still smiling at the end of the day, she has a strong spirit to go along with it (maybe she’s a distant member of the family?). Halie brings home an orange folder every day with both homework and a behavior log inside. My daughter explained that when she behaves well, the teacher gives her a star sticker to place in the square assigned for that day. Should Halie make unwise choices during the school day, the teacher will make note of it in the aforementioned square. Halie proudly showed me her star for today – and her behavior was reinforced by the teacher’s smile as we bid farewell. Last year, the collective sigh from the administration at the elementary school was audible when Halie left for the day. Today, Halie’s teacher heard ME sigh with relief.

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