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    #157717 - 05/22/13 09:28 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: deacongirl]
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    Originally Posted By: deacongirl

    That is fantastic! Why can't you tell anyone? That kind of thing is totally celebrated around here, and I don't think it would be possible to keep it a secret. Congrats to your ds!


    Thank you. I know it is welcome here.

    But others have widely diverging reactions. Our older relatives (my or my wife's parents, aunts, etc.) are happy to hear about it.

    But it's a very different ballgame when it comes to relatives or friends with school age children. We became wary a few years ago when he first won a state championship. It made several people uncomfortable, including some of our cousins.

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    #157718 - 05/22/13 09:34 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: mithawk]
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    Originally Posted By: mithawk
    Originally Posted By: deacongirl

    That is fantastic! Why can't you tell anyone? That kind of thing is totally celebrated around here, and I don't think it would be possible to keep it a secret. Congrats to your ds!


    Thank you. I know it is welcome here.

    But others have widely diverging reactions. Our older relatives (my or my wife's parents, aunts, etc.) are happy to hear about it.

    But it's a very different ballgame when it comes to relatives or friends with school age children. We became wary a few years ago when he first won a state championship. It made several people uncomfortable, including some of our cousins.

    That stinks. Still--so great for your ds that he loves chess and is doing well!

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    #157725 - 05/22/13 10:07 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: aquinas]
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    Originally Posted By: aquinas
    mithawk, what an outstanding result for your DS. He must feel so proud that all his hard work paid off.


    Thank you. When he first showed interest in chess, we encouraged even though he wasn't a natural that could immediately see the right move (we know those players too). He had to work hard for it, which makes this even more rewarding.

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    #157726 - 05/22/13 10:09 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: ultramarina]
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    That's great about your daughter UM, I think the kids can be more genuine. Sometimes the teachers view seems colored by other stuff, like behavior or personality.

    And space and astronomy were the major areas I knew nothing about so of course that is what DS loves. I can hang in there for awhile longer on physics, chemistry and bio but astronomy I am learning with him, it's kind of fun.

    Deacongirl - love the idea of writing a letter - also really good for DS to get encourage to write or type non school stuff.

    DeHe

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    #157732 - 05/22/13 10:27 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    DeHe--DD is not a good fit with this teacher. Last year's teacher saw that she has a good heart underneath her occasional prickliness and constant question-authority attitude, but I don't think this one ever saw her good side. frown I was pretty sure that she was well liked by her classmates (though she is totally not a queen bee), but this makes me more sure. smile She is also an outstanding student who writes funny stories and draws well, and I think this is admired at her school, which is a GT magnet.

    mithawk--congratulations to your son!

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    #157740 - 05/22/13 10:45 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: ultramarina]
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    Originally Posted By: ultramarina
    DeHe--DD is not a good fit with this teacher. Last year's teacher saw that she has a good heart underneath her occasional prickliness and constant question-authority attitude, but I don't think this one ever saw her good side. frown I was pretty sure that she was well liked by her classmates (though she is totally not a queen bee), but this makes me more sure. smile She is also an outstanding student who writes funny stories and draws well, and I think this is admired at her school, which is a GT magnet.

    mithawk--congratulations to your son!

    I am happy your daughter's classmates voted for her. The teacher makes me so sad though.

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    #157743 - 05/22/13 10:52 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    She is kind of a polarizing kid. She doesn't back down easily, and she will absolutely let you know whenever you're wrong. (She has corrected grammar mistakes on homework sheets several times this year.) At the same time, she has a soft heart and a generous spirit, and she really throws herself into things. Certain adults really don't like her, and others really enjoy her despite her challenging traits. People *remember* her--her kindergarten teacher was asking a friend about her the other day, though she hasn't seen her in three years (we left that school), and told my friend how much she had loved having her in her class (this is funny to me because it didn't always seem that way to me at that time!!) We had been pretty lucky up till this year.

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    #158032 - 05/23/13 07:30 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: ultramarina]
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    Originally Posted By: ultramarina
    She is kind of a polarizing kid. She doesn't back down easily, and she will absolutely let you know whenever you're wrong. (She has corrected grammar mistakes on homework sheets several times this year.) At the same time, she has a soft heart and a generous spirit, and she really throws herself into things. Certain adults really don't like her, and others really enjoy her despite her challenging traits. People *remember* her--her kindergarten teacher was asking a friend about her the other day, though she hasn't seen her in three years (we left that school), and told my friend how much she had loved having her in her class (this is funny to me because it didn't always seem that way to me at that time!!) We had been pretty lucky up till this year.


    I would love to have a kid like that in my classroom. I hope that next year she has a teacher who can appreciate her.

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    #158034 - 05/23/13 07:35 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    I hear her potential teachers next year are great!! So we're hopeful. She has proven herself to be resilient this year in the face of this non-match (after a rocky start) and has gotten straight As anyway. I am proud of her.

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    #158035 - 05/23/13 08:03 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    That's a really big thing to be proud of, UM! I'm so glad that your DD is ending her year on a high note. smile
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