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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Teacher (10/26/06)

TITLE: Settling In
By Corinne Smelker
11/01/06


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From: Ms. Ford(ford@longside.neisd.net)

To: Mrs. Johnson(johnson23@gmail.com)

Subject: Pamela’s first week at school

Dear Mrs. Johnson:
First let me start by saying what a pleasure it is having Pamela in my class. She really brightens up my 5th grade room with her quick wit and sparkling personality. It is obvious she is a smart girl, with plenty to offer in class. However, there are a couple of things I would like to clear up so that I can help Pamela make a smooth transition for the rest of the year.

On Tuesday morning, I went over everyone’s homework and noticed that Pamela’s had “Fordsey is a muggle-wuggle monkey” scribbled all over the cover. When I asked her about it, she said, “That’s Ron’s fault – he scribbled it.”

The following day her homework was cut into snowflake shapes, making it impossible to grade. “Ron again, “ Pamela sighed. I asked whether she tells you what Ron does and she said that you never believe her.

On Thursday, she brought out a painting that she had been working on in art class. Instead of the pretty watercolours that we have been working with, this painting was now filled with acrylic paints, splattered everywhere. “Ron?” I asked, and she nodded.

Today her homework had again been tampered with. Ron had taken a magic marker and scrawled on every page. He said things like, “Ford is a car,” (like I have never heard that one before) and “Ford rhymes with bored.” Pamela just looked at me and said, “It’s Ron.” I asked her why she just doesn’t keep Ron out of her room, and she told me that it is impossible, he finds ways to sneak in, and that when you tell on him, you take his side.

So I am emailing you because I am concerned with this apparent vandalism of Pamela’s work and the fact that it might appear that you are perhaps unaware of the extent of the damage done to her papers. If you could please have a talk to Ron, and let him know that Pamela’s work is important and that he should respect it, it will go a long way in helping Pamela.

I know sibling tiffs can be hard to handle, and I apologise for any distress this may cause you and the family, but Ron needs to know his boundaries.

With kind regards,

Elaine Ford
5th Grade teacher

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From: Mrs. Johnson (johnson23@gmail.com)

To: Ms. Ford (ford@longside.neisd.net)

Subject: Re: Pamela’s first week at school


Dear Ms. Ford:

Who is Ron? We have no Ron in this house – Pamela is an only child!

If you discover who Ron is, please let me know, he has been having a field day here at home too!

Sincerely,
Mary Johnson


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Kevin Kindrick11/02/06
Yep, I'm laughin' - this was great, and what an unexpected ending!

Thanks, and God bless,

Kevin
Phyllis Inniss 11/04/06
Very humorous. I expected a twist to the ending, but this one was really amusing and unexpected. Very clever.
Beth Muehlhausen11/08/06
Cute! I suspected some phantom offendor...and wondered if the teacher was really so naive??! Fun to read - I liked the email format.