Friday, February 29, 2008

I have no words....

When I went to pick the boys up today at school their teachers were quick to tell me about this little bit of news....

6-year-old barred from school over haircut

Michelle Barile said her 6-year-old son usually gets compliments when he sports his newly-cut, spiked mohawk in public.
But at Parma Community School, the attention attracted by Bryan Ruda's hair was enough to get him suspended on Monday.
The board of Constellation Community Schools -- which operates the Parma school and 16 other charter schools in Northeast Ohio -- decided over the weekend to bar Bryan from school.
The reason: His hair is considered a distraction for other students.
"How can they come to a decision if they've never even seen him?" Barile asked, referring to the board's action.
"I understand they have a dress code," she said. "I understand he has a uniform. But this is total discrimination. They're singling out my son. They can't tell me how I can cut his hair."
Principal Linda Geyer was hesitant to talk about student matters, but confirmed the suspension because Bryan's hair was "disrupting the educational program" of the school. More specifically, she said, his classmates were moved to comment on the style and that may have made them less able to concentrate.
"This was his third infraction," Geyer said Tuesday. "We felt that we were being extremely patient."
A school administrator first told Barile told that her son's spiky mohawk was a no-no on the first day of school last fall. After that, Bryan returned to school without hair product to lift his 'do.
As the year went on, the school sent a letter to his mother reiterating the mohawk ban.
Barile said nothing in the school's handbook prohibits a mohawk.
But Geyer said mohawks violate the section of the 127-page parent-student handbook that addresses behavior and the importance of being properly groomed.
As long as Bryan's hair was growing out, the mohawk wasn't much of an issue.
But the problem came to a head, as it were, when Bryan showed up freshly shorn from his every-three-months haircut last Thursday. Shaved on the sides, hair down the middle. No spike, just flat.
On Friday, Barile said, she got a call at work telling her to pick up Bryan at school. He was being given an unexcused absence.
Geyer said it was the other children who noticed Bryan's newly renewed mohawk.
"That's what pretty much started this," she said.
Barile has up to 10 days to request a hearing to appeal the suspension. Instead, she plans to enroll Bryan at Pleasant Valley Elementary School in Parma.
The dress code for elementary school students in the Parma district says nothing about mohawks specifically, just that "only natural hair colors are permitted" and that the district can exclude anything deemed "disruptive or offensive to the conduct of education."
Barile said changing Bryan's hair is not an option.
"It's something that he really likes," Barile said.
"When people hear mohawk, they think it's long, it's spiked, it's crazy looking ,and it's really not." -Cleveland Plain Dealer

I personally find this though our school systems today have nothing better to focus on?!?!?!?
I would LOVE to see a public school try to suspend my bright, well behaved little boy over his choice of hairstyle....
get out of here....
I've always said it's HAIR....if that is all I ever have to worry about then I deem myself very lucky. I may wish he'd pick a new hairstyle for awhile, but this is what he this is what he gets. He is by no means over indulged, he is not spoiled....I just feel that there are certain things that we can allow our children to do that let them express their unique and wonderful being one of them. To me it's just not a big all.
The above photo was from Halloween, normally it's down, but sometimes it's up at school...and shockingly, everyone in our district seems to learn just fine.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

His Royal Cuteness....

Essie said update.... and what could be better than that?!?
My boys are home with me today....
we're having an unofficial snowday just because....
Not much longer and I actually get to see my husband!
4weeks has seemed like FORever....
then we move...
and then I get to go meet the little man.
Not much longer now....not much longer.....

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Cousin LOVE

The littles sported Evansen "tattoos" to school today
(brilliant idea Es).... Jared informed me in no uncertain terms....that having a heart with another boys name on it on his hand was NOT an option... got it buddy.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


7:49am HE IS HERE!!!!

My nephew has decided to come out and meet the world.....

Evansen George
8lbs. 21 and a half inches

He was crying when I was talking to Mike, which of course made me cry....
Mike is just adorably excited, and Gabby is still in the OR but doing great!
I will post photos as soon as I get them.
I'm so beside myself with happiness I can hardly stand it.

For a long time there were only your footprints & laughter in our dreams & even from such small things, we knew we could not wait to love you forever.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Now we're talking!

Gabby's water broke early this morning!!!
I will keep you posted as I know more.
Keep them in your prayers today and let it be a safe and "easy" delivery for Momma and baby.
(I'm SO excited!!!)

Her water broke ON Max.... ;)
I talked to Gab at 10:30ish and she was at the hospital eating popsicles (and laughing).
Just talked to Mike on few minutes ago (1:30) and Gabby can't talk anymore because of the contractions....
so things are progressing.

Not yet...but she's doing great. (Mike is too :))
She's hungry and tired.....
Mike did say he snuck in some pretzels....hopefully that's helping...
I can not believe I'm in OHIO?!?!?

26hours later....
still working on having a baby.
Just talked to Gab, and she's still laughing, so that's good.
Hopefully not much longer now....?!?!?!?!?!?

She's on the way into the OR right now for a c-section.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

We Miss You

16 days w/ no Dad/husband.....not so much fun..... Jack is as popular here as Jenny was when I was a kid.
Hence the Jack W....not to be confused w/ Jack K.
There is also a Matt T., Matt P., and a Matt K.
The really funny thing is they call each other this..
even on playdates.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Nothing to Report (yet)

Dear Max-

I just wanted you to know that I really love the slippers you got me for Christmas.
I wear them all the time. They keep my feet nice and warm, which is really great here because it's like 6 million below zero. (That is just an estimate, but I'm pretty close I think)

I'm thinking you're anxious about the new arrival...
so I just wanted you to know that if you need some time away, you're welcome to come stay with the boys and me for awhile. I figure with the noise level here, and a few friendly games of Nerf cross-bow vs. Max, a new baby will be no biggie.
So, take us up on that offer if it gets too stressful there...but I think it's going to be just fine.

Now be a good dog and don't eat the sofa while they're at the hospital. Ok?!?
Love you....Auntie Erika

No news yet y'all....but I promise to update as soon as there is...