Hi Mary Ellen, I just wanted to thank you and the staff for encouraging the students (especially Sydney of course!) to be more responsible for themselves. I have been talking a lot with Sydney about this, especially since Aubrey now takes a lot of my time. I think Syd has gotten used to me just doing things automatically for her because sometimes it seems easier, but I have made a conscious decision that she is old enough to be taking responsibility for herself and her actions. I will say that she is getting much better, and i think the message is starting to get clearer. so it is very refreshing to know that you are aware of this at school and have greater expectations for all of the students. Thank you so much for all the “little things” you do for them that mean so much! have a great weekend! (January 2009)