Title: Dear Mr. and Mrs. Solo Author: Divapilot Genre: Humor Summary: Through a series of communications, little Ben Solo’s teacher tries to get a handle on his emerging behavioral issues. To: General Leia Organa Solo; Han Solo From: Aline Stoa @Happy Friends Elementary School Dear Mr and Mrs Solo: Good morning! This is Ben’s teacher, Aline Stoa. I am writing to give you an update on Ben’s progress at school. First of all, let me express how wonderful it is to have such an energetic and creative child in our class! He is very intelligent and he has the most unusual approach to learning. I am confident that he is a tactile learner, as he is always taking objects into his hands and examining them closely before sharing his ideas with the group. Ben is one of our most exuberant students. I am a bit concerned, however, with his recent behaviour. As you know, he had a series of incidents over the last few weeks, mostly stemming from disagreements with his peers. We have thus decided to begin a behavioral intervention procedure with him to see if we can redirect his energies toward more positive social outcomes. With your permission, I would like to write up a behaviour contract using positive reinforcement. I will be happy to speak with you at any time. You may contact me directly or through the school. Please also know that you may always speak with Dr. Honalt, our school administrator, should you have further questions or concerns or if you would like to schedule a parent-teacher conference to discuss Ben’s progress. Sincerely, Aline Stoa *** Hello, you have reached General Leia Organa. I am out of the office right now, running the secret resistance headquarters. Your message is important to me and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Have a nice day. *** Hello This Chewbacca Wookey. As he is fighting off busy the band of pirates angry, Han Solo can not talk now. Please later try more and more. (Translated from Shyriirook to Basic using Holoogle Translate) *** To: General Leia Organa Solo; Han Solo From: Aline Stoa @Happy Friends Elementary School Dear Mr. and Mrs. Solo: Good morning. This is Mrs. Stoa, your son’s teacher. I have been unable to contact you to discuss my concerns about Ben, so I have decided to proceed with a behavioural intervention contract. Ben’s inability to control his temper causes numerous interruptions to his own learning and the learning of others, and it is my hope that this contract will allow him to learn the necessary self-monitoring skills which will give him the ability to better regulate his emotions. I am attaching the plan below. Student name: Ben Solo Age: 8.5 standard years Referring staff member: Aline Stoa, classroom teacher. Brief description of area of concern: Ben appears to be struggling to maintain emotional control, specifically when required to share with others. He is easily frustrated. Classroom interventions: preferred seating near teacher (for monitoring of emotional triggers) Behavioural plan: Ben will use his words instead of physically acting out when faced with frustrations. He will take a “time out” to regroup and think before acting. Ben will use his indoor voice when in the classroom. Positive reinforcements: Ben will be reminded of his plan when he experiences frustrations. When he successfully employs the positive behavioral strategies, he will be allowed a reward from the following menu. Ben may play with the building blocks in the construction center. (Note: He may not wear the block bucket on his head like a helmet.) Ben may read a story from the story collection. (Note: his favorite stories are from the “Kylo, the Very Brave Bantha” series.) Ben may have ten minutes of quiet time with the class pet fooble. This includes putting food in the fooble’s feeder. (Note: He is not allowed to actually touch the fooble.) Ben may color in the art center. I will implement the rewards system effective immediately. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. *** Hello, you have reached General Leia Organa. I am out of the office right now, running the secret resistance headquarters. Your message is important to me and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Have a nice day. *** Hello This Chewbacca Wookey. Han Solo busy busy in rancor cave. Most sorrow but the Han Solo can not talk now. Please later try more and more. (Translated from Shyriirook to Basic using Holoogle Translate) *** Private Message To: Wrin Stoa From: Aline Stoa Hi sweetheart – Can’t wait until holiday break! We are so busy at school – the kids are going to be doing the glow stick activity soon and I know how much they love it. Even my little guy who gives me the hard time is excited. He said he wants to make a glow stick just like his grandpa used to have. How sweet! I know I talk about my kiddos too much. When I get home tonight, let’s get some dinner and go shopping. Love ya! Ali *** To: J. Ooesa, school psychologist From: A. Stoa, classroom teacher Hey, Jorrash – Remember the student I told you about? I think we need to do some more intensive interventions. His behaviour isn’t really improving with the behaviour contract. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind doing a cognitive screening and maybe a psych eval? I’d appreciate it! It was good to see you at the party last week. That goomana dip you made was amazing! Thx, Aline *** To: Aline Stoa From: J. Ooesa, school psychologist Hi Aline – I did the screenings like you asked. It was challenging working with Ben S. I’ve attached the results but here are the highlights. Intellectual screening – Ben’s a bright kid. However, the test is developed to be increasingly difficult, and the kids are supposed to meet a point where the problems get too hard for them. But in Ben’s case, when the questions got harder, he got more frustrated. Then, I got a piercing headache and I closed my eyes for a minute. When I checked the results, Ben had all the questions correct. Not sure how he did that. I may have to recalibrate the assessment. Creative thinking: He seems pretty solid here. I gave him the two-color flimsiplat to color a design on and he didn’t want to use the white side like I expected him to. He flipped it over to the back to color. He said he likes the dark side better. That looks like pretty out-of-the box thinking to me. Psych eval.: I ran a whole evaluation on the boy. I say he’s fine, he’s just really immature. He acts like a spoiled eight year old. I’m sure he’ll outgrow it. *** Private Message To: Wrin Stoa From: Aline Stoa Hi Honey – Boy, what a day. That little boy I told you about threw a table today. HE THREW A TABLE! I thought the things were bolted down. But at least nobody got hurt. He is really getting to be a handful. Then he grabbed a bucket of building blocks, dumped them on the ground, and put the bucket on his head claiming it was a helmet. I’m getting really tired of that. I’ve been thinking – we should go away when I go on holiday. I think it would be nice and relaxing. What about a beach vacation? Love, Ali *** To: General Leia Organa Solo; Han Solo From: Aline Stoa @Happy Friends Elementary School Dear Mr. and Mrs. Solo: Things are going in an interesting direction with your son Ben. He still struggles to make friends, refusing to join us for circle time and for cooperative learning groups, claiming to prefer to work alone. I have tried to engage him in creative activities but he refuses to paint with any color other than black (occasionally silver or gray, although he loves bright red). On the bright side, he often talks about his family, and his grandfather in particular, with whom he apparently has a loving and very communicative relationship. I have to inform you, however, that it is getting increasingly difficult for Ben to focus. I have tried the behaviour contract but Ben does not like having to make choices. He prefers to tell us what he wants and have us provide it for him. I am recommending a one-on-one instructional assistant to help Ben make good decisions. *** To: General Leia Organa Solo; Han Solo From: Aline Stoa @Happy Friends Elementary School Dear Mr. and Mrs. Solo: I am increasingly concerned over Ben’s ability to be a productive learner in our classroom. He continues to display oppositional behavior, especially toward authority figures. We have had limited success with his instructional assistants. It seems we are unable to keep them employed for more than a few weeks at a time, and those who don’t quit seem to develop throat and neck problems and must leave for medical reasons. I believe that he would benefit from more individualized instruction and I am requesting a child study team present Ben’s case for potential referral to the specialized education services. *** Private Message To: Wrin Stoa From: Aline Stoa OMG Wrin if I have to deal with that whiny kid one more day I swear I will drop a star destroyer on him. My education professors told us that there would be those challenging kids but honestly! So get this – we were making holiday glow sticks in science class. Everyone else had these pretty little glow sticks and this kid makes this monstrosity that sits there spitting fire like a krayt dragon. Like, follow the instructions!!!! And the worst thing is that I have to give the regional standard assessments next week. Guess who already said his grandfather told him that he doesn’t have to follow the rules. You know, there’s always that one kid every year who totally kriffs my data. There goes my teacher evaluation. Anyway, what would you like for dinner? I’m feeling Ithorian take-out. Btw did you check on those flight tickets to Corellia? I can’t wait for the holiday break, a drink in my hand on the Golden Beaches. I have got to get away for a while. Love, Ali *** To: Aline Stoa @Happy Friends Elementary School From: Jax H Honalt, PhD, Lead Administrator @ Happy Friends Elementary School Mrs. Stoa: I have received a communication from Mr. and Mrs. Solo regarding their disappointment in their son’s lack of progress in your classroom. Furthermore, your data from last month’s standardized testing reveals that your teaching methods have failed to result in adequate progress in instructing all of your students as one of your students failed to attain the state-mandated goal in cooperative learning. I regret to inform you that you will be placed on a probationary level and you will require further development as an educator. *** To: Jax H Honalt, PhD, Lead Administrator @ Happy Friends Elementary School From: General Leia Solo classified CC: Aline Stoa @Happy Friends Elementary School Dr. Honalt: I’m trying to run a war here. I can’t come every time you have a problem with Ben. I don’t think you really understand him and I think I need to bring him where he will receive the kind of attention he needs. Effective immediately, we are withdrawing Ben from Happy Friends Elementary School. He will be working with his uncle, who is starting a new charter school for exceptional students. *** Private Message To: Wrin Stoa From: Aline Stoa Wrin, I sure hope you got those vacation tickets. We’re going to the Golden Beaches. We are not coming back. Love, Ali.