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  1. Are the teachers themselves at risk for any kind of IRS penalty?
  2. How about the real deal? Our Bojangles sells shaker bottles of their fries seasoning mix.
  3. Years ago, when I was working in the toddler nursery at church, one of the kids brought me the book "The Ugly Duckling", and asked me to read it. I was astonished to read the title character say, "No one likes me. I have no friends. I think I will kill myself."
  4. We live in SC, so I'm rooting for Clemson. I'm afraid that there are many in our state who believe that their loyalty to the SEC takes precedence over loyalty to the state.
  5. And here is an article with an explanation (possibly) of why some are having trouble accessing their results online without an access code:
  6. Did y'all get the email from Khan Academy which tells you how to link your student's PSAT results to Khan for a customized SAT study plan?
  7. My oldest son is a strict vegan. He no longer lives with us, but when he came here for Christmas, he went shopping with me to get the proper ingredients. He made Christmas dinner for us, and it was pretty good. I must admit, though, that I don't get the whole idea of using fake meat stuff. My youngest son did a full year of being vegetarian to just prove that he could.
  8. In many places, the jury duty rosters are drawn from other sources, such drivers licenses.
  9. As a teacher at our Co-op, I was able to receive a postponement to serve during the Summer only. The week I was there, I think about 75% of the people in the pool were teachers. On the other hand, when I was in college, I was subpoenaed to testify in a criminal trial. The subpoena had a range of potential dates, some of which would have interfered with final exams. I showed it to the head of the department, who was also one of the professors whose exam I could possibly miss, and asked him what I should do. He told me I'd better hope I didn't have to miss an exam, because it would mean a zero for me. The attorneys were not at all open to working around my exam schedule. Thankfully, it worked out.
  10. Not exactly an educational app, but a game that does a fantastic job of developing logic and critical thinking skills: Zoombinis.
  11. For a variety of puzzle-type games, I really like Logic Games by Andrea Sabbatini. It was either free or very cheap.
  12. By 8:30 this morning, I had already driven about 170 miles as I took my oldest ds and his girlfriend to the airport. I have a terrible sore throat and headache today, both of which started yesterday. I'm just chilling out. If I go out anymore today, it will be to take youngest ds to hang out with some friends. On Monday, I need to get to work doing lesson planning for my co-op classes. But for today, I will veg and play Zoombinis.
  13. While combativeness may be an early indication of dementia, it is often something that develops as the condition progresses. My husband was diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's about 10 years ago, when he was 63yo. I had noticed cognitive decline over the previous several years, but it took a while to get the medical people to see what I was seeing. After all of this time, though, we are blessed that he has not become combative. My mother-in-law, on the other hand, who was diagnosed about the same time, is very much up-and-down when it comes to her demeanor. She can cuss me out like a sailor (very much unlike her pre-dementia self) one minute, and a half hour later be as sweet as can be.
  14. When I was in high school, we got a foster sister. From the very beginning, it was understood by everyone in the extended family that she would be treated just like the rest of us at Christmas and on her birthday. We did have to explain some of the inside jokes and traditions we had, but she quickly adapted to them.
  15. Honestly, at 56 yo, I embrace my age. I take advantage of the senior discount whenever I can. I have never been one to care much about physical appearance, but I do wish that I had some gray hair, because I feel like I've earned it.
  16. As my husband says, it's better than the alternative.
  17. My youngest son knows me so well. For Christmas, he downloaded Zoombinis to my laptop. :hurray:
  18. On a funny note, when oldest ds was about six months old, we took him to a ballgame. The little boy, maybe five years old, who was sitting next to me noticed that ds had a "stork bite" birth mark on the back of his neck. He asked me if it hurt my son. I told him that, no, it didn't hurt, and that my son didn't even know it was there. The boy's eyes got real big, and he asked me, "Are you ever going to tell him?" That son is now 26 years old, and I'm not sure I ever told him. He is visiting for Christmas, so maybe I will tell him today. I don't want him to think I withheld important information from him, LOL.
  19. My son has known since he was old enough to understand, because it (dislocated lenses in his eyes) meant that we had to put certain restrictions on his activities to protect his sight. As he got older, it meant that he could self-limit as needed, and advocate for himself. In recent months, we have had a more definitive diagnosis (Marfan Syndrome) which came with even more limitations.
  20. I don't usually do much on Sundays, but I found out yesterday that oldest ds and his girlfriend are coming here for Christmas after all. It's been on-and-off, and I thought it was off, but he has purchased plane tickets! So, I need to get some cleaning up done in this house. I got started yesterday, but I need to do some more today. I will also need much of tomorrow, but cannot do anything Tuesday, as youngest ds and I have to travel 3-plus hours to get him to a doctor appointment. We will return late that night, as that is when oldest ds will arrive. My specific goals for today are to finish what I started in the kitchen, and to declutter the front room. Tomorrow I will tackle what used to be a guest room but is right now a junk room.
  21. The Mom didn't really ask me for advice, other than how to help her daughter develop her non-verbal skills. She mentioned the charge for reading tests, and I just wanted to be sure that wasn't illegal.
  22. I just thought of something. This particular school is associated with -- in fact, is on the campus of -- a college which offers education majors. I wonder if they could work in reading a test for a student as part of a campus job.
  23. Thanks for the input. I really don't know much beyond what the Mom has told me, which I shared in my original post. The girl is in high school. She had been a student at our co-op all the way up until this year. From what I understand, the testing was done sometime after the school year started, when the school was concerned that she wasn't doing well. I believe they just got the results in the past couple of weeks, and the parents are scrambling to figure out what to do now. Mom was asking me about ideas to help her daughter develop her math / science / critical thinking skills, as the testing showed that she was really low in these areas.
  24. The thing is this girl really wants to be at this school. All of her friends from church go there. But I don't know how the parents can afford it. Between tuition and these additional fees, that is a bunch of money. It does seem to me that the school is essentially saying they don't want her. Yes, dyslexia is one diagnosis. The tester from the public school told the Mom that with all of her issues, they are surprised at how well the girl is doing in her classes. On another note, I tutor several students from another local private school. The more involved I am with these kids, the less impressed I am with the school. Our homeschool co-op, which meets only twice a week, covers more material than they do. Pre-calc has done three chapters this semester. All of the material they have done so far this year is covered in our Algebra 2 class. They designate Algebra 1 as Honors if a student takes it in 8th grade, but the 9th graders in the same class only get C.P. credit for it.
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