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#1321 Loey

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 12:13 PM

GOOD LUCK, LOWEEE!!!!!!!

 

I know you are going to WOW them with your brilliance! Not saying anything about DH......don't want to jinx it!

 

I'm still waiting for this wonderful year of which you speak. Just got my car towed to the mechanic. It won't start and it's not the battery. We've already indebted ourselves with a rebuilt engine <_<

 

So sorry about your car. Try to hang in there and have faith. I really do believe with my heart and soul this will be a good year for all of us (eventually)! All is not rosy yet but I still have faith. We just got a bill from the IRS that we owe taxes from 2 years ago. Rob is dealing with it through paperwork but you can only imagine the mood he was in when he got a bill for $3000!

 

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 12:30 PM

Loweeeee! Selia (AND Nicki, in particular) is SO lucky to have you.........you are an angel to them, whether it is realized or not. .  :)

 

We're having car troubles, too......and, again, NOT the battery..... :unsure: ... . .. .....so I hear ya, Leeeeesargh....  ...


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 12:47 PM

Well I just retuned from the IEP meeting and boy North Stonington is even less welcoming than Westerly! Selia only tested at a D level on the DRA which is early kindergarten (she's 12). I did get to meet with the principal and superintendent before the meeting and evidently Selia's mom, Nikki, never filed the yearly required homeschool paperwork with the state so I totally understand why the district is somewhat freaked out. I was honest with them about her problem possibly being a poor homeschooling curriculum rather than a special ed problem. I didn't have the resources to accurately test her at home. I think homeschooling is awesome with the right parent doing it (like our Vincent). Nikki has learning disabilities and so does her husband. There is no way Selia should have been taught Latin and cursive before she knew sight words, phonics, decoding, etc. They told me to follow her reading homework when I tutor her but my offer to help in school was not met with warmth. I think it will take a few more meetings to break through with them but I know I will. This isn't about a job - it's about helping Selia. Nikki was less combative in the meeting than I expected but I could feel her fuming.
 
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Our schools use Youth Friends for school volunteers. The organization does background checks on in school volunteers that may be alone with a child. Then our school districts use these volunteers for one on one reading help, etc. it takes some of the liability out of having someone working with kids. Maybe the school district has something like that?
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:25 PM

Well.....I guess I was a minute too late. Sounds like a tough situation. I am sure that achool feels they have all the resources necessary to take care of Selia. I have learned from experience they don't like to bring in outsiders, or pay for more help. I was surprised they let you sit in on the conference.

 

Latin??? Seriously???

 

 

Btw......can somebody fix this screen issue created by SOMEbody's oversized picture? :rolleyes:


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:31 PM

Thank you!


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 03:21 PM

Loweeeee! Selia (AND Nicki, in particular) is SO lucky to have you.........you are an angel to them, whether it is realized or not. .  :)

 

We're having car troubles, too......and, again, NOT the battery..... :unsure: ... . .. .....so I hear ya, Leeeeesargh....  ...

 

Thanks for the sweet words. Sorry about the car trouble. I keep needing tires. Perhaps I should avoid curbs  :wacko:

 

Our schools use Youth Friends for school volunteers. The organization does background checks on in school volunteers that may be alone with a child. Then our school districts use these volunteers for one on one reading help, etc. it takes some of the liability out of having someone working with kids. Maybe the school district has something like that?

 

I'd be willing to be fingerprinted again. I brought them my NJ Teacher Certificates for Elementary & SPED. I'm also certified in RI and had my fingerprints taken when I applied for reciprocity. When I mentioned helping with their homework club they brushed me off. I think they need to see me a few times before they will realize I'm looking out for Selia and not protecting the mother. I just spoke to her and she told me that the 3 bags full of Selia's work over the past 3 years weren't dated. I told her I knew she meant well but she just gave them an enormous amount of stuff to sift through. They're not going to be able to glean anything from undated work. Thankfully the kids were already tested this year so my previous hunch about Selia and her brother pulling test scores down did't apply. In NJ we always did standardized testing later in the year.

 

Well.....I guess I was a minute too late. Sounds like a tough situation. I am sure that achool feels they have all the resources necessary to take care of Selia. I have learned from experience they don't like to bring in outsiders, or pay for more help. I was surprised they let you sit in on the conference.

 

Latin??? Seriously???

 

 

Btw......can somebody fix this screen issue created by SOMEbody's oversized picture? :rolleyes:

 

I'm included in the next meeting in a month. The social worker is concerned about absenteeism because of her elder son's track record. They were meeting with the reading teachers after our meeting and I decided that if they wanted me there they'd extend the invitation. Nikki wasn't included in the second meeting either. I'm sure it was to discuss our meeting and what to do next. By law Nikki can have an advocate with her. I just have to tread really lightly. As you all know by now my personality can make people really like me or really dislike me. I'll give them time to trust and like me. He##, I'll settle for trust. Right now I'm going to have her bring her (Wilson) reading work over here when I tutor her (principal's request). I guess I did break the ice a bit. I also did get to talk to the superintendent after the meeting with Nikki and he was more personable. They didn't know what to expect from me. Now they just need to determine if Selia has a leaning disability or if her mom just taught her improperly. I don't envy their task and hopefully will be able to eventually volunteer. I told them I was a semi-retired teacher (my personal story ain't their business). The good news is that I feel more alive today than I have in 4 years. I'm exhausted but hey, three  month ago my life was literally in another's hands. I'm so grateful to have another chance.  :D

 

DH & DS just went to an Italian Restaurant. :(   My celiac's too wonky right now to deal with CC.  :blink:

 

DH has interview with HR tomorrow. The salary's low to start but it's a salary and there's benefits. It will be weird not to have Superman around all the time but a much healthier way for us to live. Once my AHEM "issue" clears up I'll be out and about (it's finally getting better)  :).

 

 

You folks continue to be the best!!! I just wish we could somehow all get together. Maybe someday...

 
Love & (((hugs))),
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Posted 27 March 2013 - 03:29 PM

I was planning on writing emails to the people at the meeting to thank them for including me. Is that too much? It's normally automatic for me to do that but as I said  I want to tread lightly.


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:08 PM

So sorry about your car. Try to hang in there and have faith. I really do believe with my heart and soul this will be a good year for all of us (eventually)! All is not rosy yet but I still have faith. We just got a bill from the IRS that we owe taxes from 2 years ago. Rob is dealing with it through paperwork but you can only imagine the mood he was in when he got a bill for $3000!

 

So is that something he can make go away?

 

We owe a bunch for last year because Brian was on disability 3 different times in 2012 and they didn't take out federal taxes, even though he requested that they do. <_<


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Posted 27 March 2013 - 04:26 PM

I was planning on writing emails to the people at the meeting to thank them for including me. Is that too much? It's normally automatic for me to do that but as I said  I want to tread lightly.

 

I don't know. You were included because an advocate is allowed to attend, not because they were being gracious. If you wish to send out emails, maybe it could be to thank them for something else......helping you understand the situation........their patience in handling this difficult situation.......I don't know.


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:47 AM

For those of you dealing with taxes, if you get hit fro penalites and interest, be sure to try disputing it because of circmstances. I read somewhere that health is usually considered a valid reason for screwing up, and they should reduce/remove penalties or interest (can't remember which).


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:50 AM

So is that something he can make go away?

 

We owe a bunch for last year because Brian was on disability 3 different times in 2012 and they didn't take out federal taxes, even though he requested that they do. <_<

 

It should be all right. Just a headache. We took retirement money (oy vey) to pay for some of Tony's tuition this year. There shouldn't be a penalty when it's for college.

The interview with HR was a phone interview and they called an hour and a half late and talked to him for 5 minutes. He thinks he'll get the job but until it's offered he's not banking on anything. He's just so frustrated with the waiting. He's still being considered for the two jobs in Mass. but he has to take the first job offered right now. He's paying a chunk for Cobra insurance for us (my primary is medicare but the secondary picks up anything not covered) an then another monthly fee for Tony's insurance through Brown. Just the benefits alone add more to the salary. I see light at the end of the tunnel. DH sees light but wants to make sure it's not a train. I was hoping we'd have something o get shoe about today but Superman's (rightfully) in a baaad mood.

 

I don't know. You were included because an advocate is allowed to attend, not because they were being gracious. If you wish to send out emails, maybe it could be to thank them for something else......helping you understand the situation........their patience in handling this difficult situation.......I don't know.

 

I'm horrified with all I found out in the meeting. Nikki handed them two bags full of Selia's work over a three year period and didn't date any of the papers! What a nightmare for her teachers. They've become like family to me but I'm just so angry right now that I'm not going to call her until next week. A close friend of mine (I used to teach with her at an urban charter school) said to just email them to thank them for including me in the meeting and to say that I'm looking forward to seeing them in a month at the next meeting. I haven't done it yet so that might be my gut telling me to wait until after the holiday weekend (or not at all).

 

I hope you're all doing well. I remain positive (in spite of Superman's mood). I will continue to believe that 2013 will be a great year but I think we'd all settle for uneventful.

 

Love to my psilliack family!!! I am SO lucky to have you all in my life.

Loey


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Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:56 AM

For those of you dealing with taxes, if you get hit fro penalites and interest, be sure to try disputing it because of circmstances. I read somewhere that health is usually considered a valid reason for screwing up, and they should reduce/remove penalties or interest (can't remember which).

 

Thanks girlfriend! I'll keep that in mind if they don't agree with the documentation. He had until April 24th to respond and he sent off the documents two days ago. I would have sent them receipt return but I've learned that I'm better off not giving him suggestions right now.  I think he's got PTSD after going through the last 4 years. I know that when my first husband got sick I was on autopilot until after he passed away. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I think now that I'm functioning like a normal human being he can let his guard down. And of course the letter from the IRS didn't help with anything.

 

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:12 PM

Try to find the closest IRS office.  You can bring paperwork there and they stamp it "received" with a date, and they'll give you copies of the stamped papers for your records. 


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:32 AM

I think Rob did do receipt return. If the appeal gets turned down I'm sure we'll go to the office (or maybe see a lawyer). It was on retirement money we withdrew for DS' tuition. It is not supposed to be penalized. Hopefully we won't! Thanks for the great advice and the continuous support. This forum is a family and a lifeline!

 

Love you all,

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 07:36 AM

HOPPY EASTER/PASSOVER/OTHER CELEBRATIONS!!!!! 

 

I hope everyone traveling has a safe trip and that you are surrounded by those you hold most dear.

 

Love & (((hugs))),

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