A few teachers were chatting after school. The kindergarten teacher joined us, asking us if she had shared “the note” with any of us yet. In her hand was a business envelope, the kind with the cellophane window. It obviously had been opened and the contents removed, but it had writing in pencil covering one side. Someone asked if that was the actual note, and she confirmed it. We were laughing before she even started reading.
First she set up the story. One of her students has fallen into the habit of doing her work (which is generally all correct) very sloppily. Recently, the student had been required to redo a “penguin worksheet” in class. The second attempt was sloppier than the first, so the teacher sent both home with a note and a third copy so she could try again. The student brought back a very crumpled worksheet and a note from home.
“I am sorry to report that J’s third attempt at the penguin worksheet was unsuccessful. She did match the letters and color the picture, but her little sister spilled her drink on the paper. Somehow, the two girls got the idea that if they put the paper in the freezer, it would help dry it. If you send another copy, I will make sure the penguin worksheet gets done the next time.”
We were practically rolling on the floor by the time she finished reading. “Maybe she remembered penguins live where it is cold…”
It’s the kind of thing that happens at school that anyone who is not a teacher would just think we make up!