or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Welcome to Mothering! › Connect With Other Moms › Moms In Your Area › Alaska and Hawaii › Alaska momma chat for APRIL!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Alaska momma chat for APRIL! - Page 3

post #41 of 89
Just popping in again...our computer crashed (Again, just after we got it fixed) and would not be revived. So we bought a new one...two more weeks sans computer, but we're finally up and running and if this new one crashes I may just give up and burn down the house.
OK, not really, but DH has interviewed several places but no job offers yet. He's going up to the teacher conferece in Anchorage this weekend so maybe he'll be able to make some good contacts there...really we just want to stay here though.

Wolf's evals are in progress...though it feels like nothing is happening very fast. I know that they are doing them, they just have a lot of parts and pieces. They held the initial team meeting less than a week from my phone call, and we returned our paperwork (our observations of him) the next day. They have some testing, a speech eval, and I'm not sure what else before we can meet again to go over all the results and start talking about what to do next. They think ADHD is a more likely dx, because he's so social. Well, I see a kid who really WANTS to be social but 'bumbling' is putting it lightly...he's socially fairly clueless and ends up being a target for bullies and things like that and it's just ugly. Some skills training will definitely be part of the plan, regardless of what official diagnosis they come up with. We're discussing homeschooling next year, but he's going to have to make some real personal changes if I'm going to take that on, because he's VERY needy in order to get anything done (I literally have to stand over him for 2-3 hours to get him to finish a homework page that should take 20-30min) and I have a toddler and a baby who need my attention so I can't spend 6+ hours a day helping him get an hours worth of studying done. We're thinking of giving it a week's trial run this spring or summer, so we can all get a real feel for how it would go. I think he still has it in his head that homeschool = not in school = vacation and that's why he wants it. I'm willing to hs, but only if it's not at the expense of being able to care for my other kids.

We're all kindof in a funk here. Finances are stressful (esp since we had to get the computer, which we had to put on the credit card that we had JUST finally paid off with the tax refund ), DH is down over not having a job, Wolf is down over all the junk at school, so I'm kinda down over all of it (and toddlers are great emotional barometers for the family so Bear isn't sure what to make of it and I confess I'm letting him spend way too much time with movies and LittleBigPlanet because I don't have the mental energy to do much with him). Hopefully I dont' scar any of them for life. It's just not been a great month or so here.
I guess there's nowhere to go but up, right?
post #42 of 89
Oh Jenni, that all does sounds stressfull. But kids rebound wonderfully so don't stress too much. I would suggest that you wait until evals are done and his IEP put into place before deciding to homeschool. The help he might get may make a world of difference. Good luck.
post #43 of 89
We are definitely not decided one way or the other on homeschooling. I think giving it a week's trial will be really helpful for all of us to realistically see what it would be like, but I also think the chances of us opting to actually do it next year are very very small.
post #44 of 89
UPDATE

Hubby was at the teachers job fair today, and seems to be one of the top candidates for a job in Healy. I dont' feel any desire to move, but it seems that the schools in homer don't have any desire to hire him (2 of the 3 positions have done their interviews now and he has not been called), so Healy may be it.
They said they'll make their decision by tomorrow morning.
post #45 of 89
Thread Starter 
Is Healy on the road system? I think it is near Fairbanks?
post #46 of 89
Healy is on Wikipedia. Wow, smaller than my hometown! Well, maybe your DH can find a job in SE so you won't have to move someplace that's -60f in winter!

School Spring
post #47 of 89
HEaly is about 2/3 between anchorage and fbx (Closer to fbx). It's at the road in to Denali NP I guess. What I'm reading says that winter temps average around 0--so -60 would be an extreme, not a norm. http://www.city-data.com/city/Healy-Alaska.html
He's interviewing with Metlaketla this morning too (He's at the AK teachers career fair this weekend). We lived in SE for two years though, and decided that (regardless of the size of the town) we'd rather be on the road system. I'll take Healy over Juneau actually, just because they have a road and it's possible to get out without spending a fortune...is that weird of me?!
post #48 of 89
Aaaannd (at the risk of taking over this thread singlehandedly and ending up just talking to myself...)

another update:

The people in Healy did not offer the job to Dave today. He is their second choice and they said and they are waiting to hear back from their first guy as to whether he will accept it or not. So there is a possibility of them still calling if he doesn't...we'll know within the week.
In the meantime, while he was waiting for their answer, Dave was walking around the room talking to other people still, and another district started quite actively recruiting him, so he interviewed with them. He said it was probably the best interview he's ever had, and they clearly really really liked him. We should hear from them within the week too we think. I'm not sure if I'm nuts for thinking this, but this place actually sounds better to me than Healy did, partly because it is bigger (3500 ppl) even though it is more remote. The school is in Unalaska, which is on the Aleutian chain. It would be off the road system again, but very different from Pelican in that most services are there in town.
post #49 of 89
Oh cool. Good luck to him! Though I was looking forward to having you in visiting distance.
post #50 of 89
So there is no snow left in the garden (community garden)! DD was excited to report there are three piles of moose poop in our plot. We're loving the warm weather and can't wait for the snow to be gone from our parking lot here at home.

What's with the school re-zoning mentioned in the paper today? That made no sense whatsoever. I'm sure the district will hear an earful from parents re: their kids being moved to Hunter and putting 5th graders in the NP middle school. I really hope most of the moves don't happen due to parent outcry.

Jenn
post #51 of 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by rabrog View Post
So there is no snow left in the garden (community garden)! DD was excited to report there are three piles of moose poop in our plot. We're loving the warm weather and can't wait for the snow to be gone from our parking lot here at home.

What's with the school re-zoning mentioned in the paper today? That made no sense whatsoever. I'm sure the district will hear an earful from parents re: their kids being moved to Hunter and putting 5th graders in the NP middle school. I really hope most of the moves don't happen due to parent outcry.

Jenn
whoa! Really? better get on line and hunt that down.

My back yard still has about 3 feet of snow.

HA ha! So, we got a letter from the Muni yesterday telling us that some one sent in a complaint about our suburban. Saying it was junk and needed to be moved from "public view". LOL. after sleeping on it and talking to the Hubby, we can now laugh about it. It is not junk (at least not according to the cities definition). It is registered, runs and drives. So it was parked in the yard for the past 2 months since we are not allowed to park on the street in the winter....... I guess someone (ie, nosey neighbor lady) assumed it was junk (inoperable) and wanted it gone. Anyway, since the snow from the road is gone now, we drove the suburban out of the yard and parked it RIGHT NEXT to nosey neighbor ladies driveway.
post #52 of 89
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by brightonwoman View Post
HEaly is about 2/3 between anchorage and fbx (Closer to fbx). It's at the road in to Denali NP I guess. What I'm reading says that winter temps average around 0--so -60 would be an extreme, not a norm. http://www.city-data.com/city/Healy-Alaska.html
He's interviewing with Metlaketla this morning too (He's at the AK teachers career fair this weekend). We lived in SE for two years though, and decided that (regardless of the size of the town) we'd rather be on the road system. I'll take Healy over Juneau actually, just because they have a road and it's possible to get out without spending a fortune...is that weird of me?!
Ah, but Metlakatla is a skip away from Seattle on the ferry. And that is far cheaper than to fly. Not trying to persuade you one way or the other, but I would love to shop in Seattle again..
post #53 of 89
Hi gang
DH and I thinking about buying a house. I was trying to find the map that someone posted regarding different areas to live in around town. If you have it, could someone post it. Thanks
Sue
post #54 of 89
SPRING HAS SPRUNG IN BETHEL!

It's been barely above or barely below freezing three days in a row when DS and I have gone out to the car. The snow is quickly disappearing (leaving behind a decent collection of dog poo ), the roads and driveways are a pitted, muddy mess, the superintendent has closed the river road to district vehicles, and... SPRING! Did I mention SPRING?!?!?!

Also, spring.
post #55 of 89
Hey brightonwoman- Just wanted you to know that Metlakatla isn't so bad! When we lived in Ketchikan, I would travel with my Hubby to Met as a "vacation" while he was working! The people there are really friendly and the ferry travels to Ketchikan 2 times a week- if I remember correctly. One year they had the biggest salmonberries I had ever seen and were ripe a couple weeks before KTN! Yummy! I can't wait for summer!
post #56 of 89
Especially because of my concerns over my oldest son's special needs and the resources he needs I really hope to be in a bigger town. The more we talk the more I feel like I still really want to be on the road system, even if it's a small town we could take regular trips into somewhere bigger.
I know Metlaketla is near Ketchikan, and I actually have a dear friend in Ketchikan, and I hear that road is still happening...and yeah the frequent ferry. But the truth is that even if the ferry is 'cheap' we don't spend money for travel. We sit home trying to pay the bills and wishing that we could afford to go anywhere *sigh*
I suppose if we lived in southern SE though I probably would go out--my parents live near Seattle and it would be wonderful to be able to visit them more often.

I spoke at some length with the school psycologist this week. She gave me some info about ADHD which (I'm embarrassed to say) I had not researched it very well before, and the additional info, especially a compare/contrast between it and Aspergers, has me feeling much more comfortable with a diagnosis of ADHD for my son. They are not doing it as a stand alone diagnosis, they are also saying that he has some sensory integration issues and a degree of 'emotional disturbance' (which I and the psychologist agree probably stems from the upheaval/questionable care of his first few months of life when his bio mom was depressed and then abandoned him and DH). Anyway, I'm more content that the measures they are laying out will be what Wolf needs, and that we're addressing the right issues here. I just desperately hope that we can spend the coming year(s) in a place where he can continue to get the assistance that he needs to learn these skills and heal to whatever degree is possible. There are good resources here, and I'm sure we could find good ones in Anch/Mat-Su/Fbx, but I kinda doubt anywhere else.

We're supposed to hear back from Healy, Unalaska, and Delta Junction this week. No word yet on any of them. He's also interviewed for a place in Anchorage and has apps in in Kenai and MAt-Su and one more job here in Homer (two have been filled without even interviewing him, including the one at his own school!! )

One big upside is that the people who are renting our house back in Utah have said that they *might* be interested in buying it from us. We are talking further this week, but with the tax credit available for just a couple more weeks this is the time to jump on it. We're hoping they decide to go for it. If they do, it will help our finances a lot and we'll have more options in terms of what we can do--we've started talking about stepping away from teaching and jumping into a business of our own (with Dave still subbing for a year or two) and if the house sells it might be a realistic possibility. We've talked about this business idea before and we really like it, we have just never been in a position to contemplate moving on it before. We'd have to relocate to Anchorage to do it because there's not enough market down here to keep the business going, but we can move up there--there are more schools to sub at there anyway. Hey Pinoikoi, do you know what certified subs make per day in the district there?
post #57 of 89
Hi Ladies
I am just getting caught up on the news, work has been crazy lately.

We have just been hanging out waiting for spring to arrive at our house. We still have about 4 feet of snow in our side yard though so it will be a while. My friend and I have a bunch of plants started in her garage though so we will be ready when it actually does get warm. My hubby is getting ready to head to work for the summer, he will be working probably 4 on 2 off or so. That part really stinks but it is nice to be able to pay stuff off and hopefully get ahead a little. It will be hard though because we are still TTC and I have jut kind of accepted that it will probably not happen now until this fall. It usually works out so that he is home at the wrong time to effectively TTC.

Jenni: It sounds like Metlakatla is off the table at this point but that ferry usually goes to and from Ketchikan twice a day like 4 days a week. I work with the Marine Highway every day so if you have any questions about access issues for that or Dutch Harbor/ Unalaska please feel free to message me and i can give you my contact number. So we have our office on the spit so you could stop by if you had schedule questions and I would be happy to try to help.
post #58 of 89
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by brightonwoman View Post
But the truth is that even if the ferry is 'cheap' we don't spend money for travel. We sit home trying to pay the bills and wishing that we could afford to go anywhere *sigh*
I suppose if we lived in southern SE though I probably would go out--my parents live near Seattle and it would be wonderful to be able to visit them more often.

Hey Pinoikoi, do you know what certified subs make per day in the district there?
Well, I hate to tell you this, but even living on the road system, travel is NOT cheap. We go to Seward once a year, and sometimes some "other" place on the road system but if you add up gas and expenses, it isn't cheap. I have a friend that drives to and from Seward almost every weekend, but they have a boat business, so they can write a lot of those travel expenses off their taxes.

I am not sure what certified subs make in the district, I am pretty sure that all subs make the same amount- certified or not.. but the certified ones get snatched up for the long term positions (maternity leave, etc) and the other ones get revolved pretty quickly.. My understanding is that ASD has a sub shortage, for example it is nearly impossible to find a half day sub on a Friday.. you either go to work or you call in a whole day sub- there are too many sub options for them to take a half day usually.

here is the sub pay info (pg 4 talks about pay rates)

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...lAvnjSOAtH_O4A

looks like around $120-$140 a day depending on how many days a year you sub for.. and long term subs make more.

Ha! Glad I read that info.. I think I have had a sub "correct assignments" two times in 5 years? Wow.
post #59 of 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by brightonwoman View Post
We're supposed to hear back from Healy, Unalaska, and Delta Junction this week. No word yet on any of them. He's also interviewed for a place in Anchorage and has apps in in Kenai and MAt-Su and one more job here in Homer (two have been filled without even interviewing him, including the one at his own school!! )
What is your DH certified in (I know you said earlier in one of the postings but can't recall)?
post #60 of 89
Quote:
Originally Posted by mamatoni View Post
What is your DH certified in (I know you said earlier in one of the postings but can't recall)?
english and math (plus experience in history, but he's not officially certified for it yet--he plans to)
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Alaska and Hawaii
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Welcome to Mothering! › Connect With Other Moms › Moms In Your Area › Alaska and Hawaii › Alaska momma chat for APRIL!