Aurora just started at our school. And, sadly (VERY sadly) she is leaving us in just a few week's time. I am trying to encourage her to move into Marc's closet and return to KG next year but I am starting to lose hope! C'mon Marc, we need to make it more tempting for her. Throw a flat-screen TV in there or something!
I knew that Aurora was a special student within the first few weeks of meeting her. She agreed to remain sitting beside another new student (who was at-risk and struggling to make connections), even after she (Aurora) made new friends that she'd probably rather spend time with. She really showed herself to be an understanding and caring person. Thanks Aurora! I really appreciated it (and I know that SH did too!).
Aurora is blessed with a wonderful sense of humour. OK, to be honest, it's a little twisted but, hey, so is mine. I love chatting with Aurora about...uh...nonsense. Inevitably, she ends up cracking me up (and sometimes I end up wondering what exactly we were talking about). Also like myself, Aurora is a big fan of the "two thumbs up". Many times, I will look to her at the back of the classroom (why do you sit way back there A.U.? Did I scare you THAT much?) and she will flash me a big, lovely smile with two thumbs extended skyward. Love that!
When Aurora first arrived at KG she seemed pretty uncertain about her math ability. But I have noticed a real change! It has been very rewarding to see Aurora's confidence grow throughout the year. Now she is OFTEN sharing answers in class. She's even (she'll hate that I mention this) one of the few students who factor trinomials the "real mathematical way", rather than using my sneaky tricks!
There are only two things that make me angry when it comes to Aurora:
- she never raced cross-country this year! She waited too long and expressed interest once the year was already over. Doh!! And then she DID join track and field. Boo!! Everyone knows that cross-country > track, Aurora!
- SHE'S LEAVING!!! Waaaaah!! Why must this happen?!
I will really miss you, Aurora. Though you were only with us for a short time, you have shown yourself to be a very friendly, warm, gentle, hilarious, and thoughtful person. Here's hoping your mom fails her classes (sorry mom!) so that you have to spend another year in Vancouver. Thanks for all the chats, all the laughs and all the hard work. I wish you all the best, wherever you may be next year. Bye Aurora!!!