Queen City Stay At Home Moms

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Seventeen years ago, I created Queen City Stay At Home Moms as an outlet for managing my sorrow. I had just lost my oldest daughter the year before and was preparing to give birth to my second son. All while homeschooling with low funds. Yes, I was married, but we were living off one income at that time. This group provided me with a way to meet up with other families, allowed my homeschooled kids to engage with other diverse children, and the opportunity to use my professional skills because we were highly structured with organized activities beyond the playground. Soon, it would be an additional blessing because I was sought out for ads, product review parties, and my entry into blogging!

Over the years, I have hosted over 20 thousand gatherings. Some from new business ventures,

They have included:

  • Political playdates at local elected officials office
  • Family Vegan Valentines Day Party
  • Family photo days,
  • Thursday group dinner at EarthFare
  • STEM explorative play dates,
  • Community outings,
  • sports play-time,
  • Swim days,
  • museum tours,
  • group baby showers,
  • New Mom Speed dating,
  • Total Children’s Wellness Fair,
  • local garden visits,
  • Shopping members’ new businesses
  • Coliseum shows

and more! We have even helped staff our members new businesses as needed. It was perfect because my eight children were the ages of every child that became a member ( except for the newborns)! We even made write-ups in The Charlotte Parents (a local magazine ) a few times!

The moms that join came from various walks of life. I refused to limit it to just families that look like me. I figured the best way to learn about a culture is by befriending as many families as possible. Still amazed that we reached three thousand members.

Although we have never had all three thousand in attendance at any event, we always had a great time and built strong connections. I understood that change happens and once a mom hit a milestone her objective may not include our group anymore. Most times it was due to moving, going back to work, children getting older, or no longer homeschooling.

Today it still blesses my heart to have strong connections with many of those that have graduated from Queen City Stay At Home Moms. As I have. Our youngest is now ten years old and is currently in public school. I work more for grassroots nonprofits and myself. Although I work from home, I’m most in various states at any given time. And at 46, I have learned to live in spite of losing my eleven- year old daughter in 2005.

Queen City Stay At Home Moms will always be special to me, but it has served its purpose and deserves to end on top. This week, I said goodbye to 15 wonderful years to one of the best holistic support groups for moms in the Queen City!

Gifts For Your Pregnant Friend

A Photo Shoot

You have probably seen pregnant women take photoshoots in recent years. Whether these photos just get put up on social media, or whether they form part of a scrapbook to look back on years later down the line, they are a great way to remember this period of your friend’s life, and that is one reason why this might make such a great gift. You can click here to see some examples of the kind of pregnancy photographs that might be taken, and as you can see it is likely that your friend will come out of the experience feeling beautiful and confident about themselves. They can do shoots with their spouse or partner too if they want to, and that can be a great way for them to bond. In any case, this is a gift that is bound to go down well.

Having a pregnant friend often changes your own life in surprisingly dramatic and drastic ways. Not to the same degree as it changes theirs, naturally, but you will find that it is going to affect you too, and it’s good to be prepared for that.

In all likelihood, the nature of your friendship is going to be somewhat altered, even if that is just because you are not going to see them quite as much. You might also find that they are sometimes moody, or that there are other emotional problems that you need to help them with. Being prepared for all this is a wise idea, as is knowing what you might get them as some kind of a gift. You don’t have to lavish them with gifts, of course, but treating them to something can be a great way to show you support them and you care. So what should you go for?

A Maternity Dress

Being able to look their best is likely to be important to your pregnant friend for the whole nine months, and this is not something that is really going to be suspended very much during pregnancy. As such, you might be helping them to feel good about their appearance by buying them a maternity dress. This is a hard thing to get right without them being there to try it on, so just tell them that you are taking them out to buy a dress and that it’s your treat. You can then make a day of it, and in doing so you should come away at the end of it feeling satisfied that they have got something they really love.

A Pregnancy Massage

Being pregnant causes all kinds of aches and pains, and these can be particularly distressing at the best of times. Fortunately, there is such a thing as a pregnancy massage, and it is something which you will find makes a great gift for any pregnant friend, whether they are struggling particularly with pain or not. It will help them to feel alive and well, and that is a gift worth giving.

STABILITY- Some pregnant moms are homeless or about to be.

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August Collection of College Scholarships Here!

Don’t wait. Apply for these great scholarships today! And, if you missed the last Scholarship Saturday, check it out. There are scholarships there that are still open! You can also find scholarships on my other scholarship lists, such as scholarships with requirements based on your statemajorgrade levelethnicity, or religion. And, lastly, check out my list of scholarships with JulyAugust, and September deadlines.

Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, you are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements.

Here are 28 scholarships for Saturday, July 23, 2022. Exabeam Cybersecurity Scholarship
Sponsor: Exabeam
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: July 31, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States who are 16 years of age or older and who are currently enrolled (or have been accepted to enroll) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay or video answering one of three questions related to elections or social media.

ISA Individual Scholarship Program
Sponsor: International Surfing Association
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: July 31, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who have financial need and who surf. Applicant must be recommended by their National Surfing Federation.

Labroots Scholarships
Sponsor: LabRoots
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 31, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to students worldwide enrolled or accepted for a graduate or undergraduate degree for the upcoming academic academic year. Applicant must be enrolled in a STEM program.

NGPA Scholarships
Sponsor: National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA)
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: July 31, 2022
Description: Scholarships are open to students who are seeking to develop professional aviation skills. While students do not have to be LGBT, the applicant should provide evidence of his or her contribution to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The Dream Act Scholarship
Sponsor: Goldstein Immigration Lawyers
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 31, 2023
Description: Scholarship is open to any current college student or graduate student who is a legal resident of the United States living in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia and enrolled in a two to a five-year post-secondary institution for the Fall 2023 semester. Applicant must be an immigrant, DREAMer, or first-generation American citizen.

Go City Education Scholarship
Sponsor: Go City
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: August 01, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled at a college or university, and either be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or currently studying in the U.S. on a student visa. Applicant must share which two attractions they’d like to visit in their university city and why.

Life Coach Spotter Scholarship
Sponsor: The Life Coach Spotter Scholarship
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 01, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to students accepted to a college or currently enrolled as an undergraduate student. Applicant must submit an essay on the biggest challenge they have overcome and a video sharing their story.

Michael Moody Fitness Scholarship
Sponsor: Michael Mood – Trainer | Author |Speaker
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: August 01, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, participation and leadership in school activities and work experience. Applicant must have an interest in pursing a career in the health and fitness related fields. Only the first 1,000 applications will be accepted.

NFWL Essay Student Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: National Foundation for Women Legislators
Amount: $3,000
Closing Date: August 01, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to female high school juniors and seniors in the United States. Applicant must be nominated.

Swan Start Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Swant Start Scholarship Foundation
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: August 01, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to students attending a community college or vocational school with at least a 2.0 GPA. Applicant must have financial need. Applicant must submit a personal essay of 250-500 words that describes their journey pursuing their post-secondary education, as well as two letters of recommendations.

Jungle Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Jungle Scout
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: August 07, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students in the United States who are studying in the fields of Business, Computer Science or a related field. Applicant must submit a three-minute video of themselves describing their plan or idea for bringing innovation to ecommerce.

Calvin L. Carrithers Aviation Scholarship
Sponsor: GlobalAir.com
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in an aviation program at a fully accredited university. Applicant must be willing to write a 200-500 word blog post a minimum of once a week throughout the school year.

Capital Auto Auction Annual Scholarship
Sponsor: Capital Auction
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: August 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to current undergraduate students majoring in a STEM field of study. Applicant must submit an essay sharing information about themselves and why they should be picked to win the scholarship.

CBQ Method Scholarship
Sponsor: CBQ Method
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: August 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who are majoring in Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or Neurolinguistic Programing who are currently operating research related to smoking cessation.

Courage in Student Journalism Award
Sponsor: Student Press Law Center
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 15, 2022
Description: Award is open to student journalists who have shown determination, despite difficulty or resistance, in lawfully exercising their First Amendment press rights.

EAF Graduate Scholarships
Sponsor: Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: August 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to full-time graduate students who have at least a 3.0 GPA and can demonstrate community service and involvement.

Nurses for Change Scholarship
Sponsor: GoodRX
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: August 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to current or recently graduated nursing students (LPN/LVN, ASN/ADN/AAS, BSN, MSN, APRN, DNP). Applicant must self-identify as a person from an underrepresented population in the healthcare field.

NYS Part-time Scholarship (PTS)
Sponsor: New York State Higher Education Services Corporation
Amount: Up to $1,500
Closing Date: August 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to residents of New York State who will be attending an approved program at a SUNY or CUNY community college in at least six but less than 12 credits per term.

Publix Cares Scholarship
Sponsor: UNCF | Publix Super Markets, Inc
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: August 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to Black/African American, Latinx, Native American, Asian American or Pacific Islanders who have at least a 2.5 GPA and have demonstrated unmet financial need. Applicant must attend specific colleges in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia (see scholarship site for details).

Race Entry Student Scholarship
Sponsor: Race Entry
Amount: $500
Closing Date: August 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students attending an accredited university inside the USA who have run in an organized race (5K, 10K, half marathon, or marathon).

Scholarships4mom.net Scholarship
Sponsor: Scholarships4Moms.net
Amount: $10,000
Closing Date: August 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to legal U.S. residents who are at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled, or will be enrolled within the next three months, in a college or university in the United States. Applicant must be a mother or an expectant mother.

Varsity Tutors College Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: Varsity Tutors
Amount: $200
Closing Date: August 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 16 years of age or older. Applicant must submit an essay describing an academic goal they have the for the upcoming year.

Vermont Horse Council Adult Continuing Education Scholarships
Sponsor: Vermont Horse Council
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: August 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to Vermont Horse Council adult members (older than 19 years of age) for clinics, workshops, accredited secondary education class (computer based or in person), or American Horse Council events.

Willma Davis Memorial STEM Scholarship
Sponsor: UNCF | Hyams Foundation
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: August 15, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to sophomore, junior and senior undergraduate student who are pursuing a future career in the the STEM field. Preference will be given to female students from Massachusetts, although all eligible students are encouraged to apply.

AAMN Pre-licensure Men in Nursing Video Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN)
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 16, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to male students who are current members of AAMN and currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program. Applicant must submit a 1-4 minute video targeting the recruitment of men into the nursing profession.

MYFA Scholarships
Sponsor: Metro Youth Football Association
Amount: Up to $1,500
Closing Date: August 16, 2022
Description: Scholarships are open to high school juniors who are current or former Metro Youth Tackle Football (MYTF) participants. Applicant must be a current high school football player who has a GPA or 2.5 or higher and have plans to pursue post-secondary education.

TamPax Flow It Forward Scholarship
Sponsor: Procter & Gamble
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: August 16, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to African American/Black females who will be enrolled full-time as a college junior during the upcoming term at any accredited four-year HBCU. Applicant must have a commitment to community service in the health sector, a desire to specialize in any medical practice that impacts women’s health, and a focus on the health of the Black community.

Future Educator Scholarship
Sponsor: Mrs. Prindables Gourmet Caramel Apples
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 18, 2022
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students majoring in education. Applicant must submit an essay on what they believe they can offer to the students of the future.

Note: Please use my scholarship lists as just one of the resources you use to look for scholarships. Here are 16 places to look for scholarships.

Monster Jam – Contest Time!!!!

Monster Jam is all about fast cars, fast fun, and fast smiles! We have been going to the amazing shows for years. If you’d like to see some of our pictures just click HERE, Here, Here, and Here.

It’s just something so exciting about the varoommmmmmmmmmm of it all. The tricks, the character, the energy- ya gotta love it!

Today, when my four sons ride with me, they ask if I think I’m a race care driver. I honestly don’t know why because I have never been in a car accident the I was at fault, nor have I ever gotten a speeding ticket- so go figure! But I love driving fast!!

Well, -Correction— I did just get a ticket last month rushing to my sons basketball game in Greensboro. Only to find out we were two hours early! Total nonsense right? Anyhoots……I’ve slowed down a lot sense then.

What about you? Do you love the thrill of speed? Be sure to follow me on IG (click here) and tell me about your last wild ride. Best story gets a family four pack to the upcoming show! Tag me in the story so I can read it also!

This is one show you don’t wanna miss!


The Monster Jam Pit Party will be held in Charlotte on Saturday and Sunday. At the Monster Jam Pit Party, fans can see the massive trucks up close, meet their favorite drivers and crews, get autographs, take pictures and enjoy other family-friendly fun.  This unique experience is the only place that allows people to get up close access to the Monster Jam teams and get an insider’s look at how these trucks are built to stand up to the competition.

 Charlotte fans will witness heated rivalries, high-flying stunts and fierce head-to-head battles for the Event Championship.  Engineered to perfection, the 12,000-pound Monster Jam trucks push all limits in Freestyle, Skills and Racing competitions. Plus, fans can become part of the action by voting for the winner in the Skills and Freestyle competitions via real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones. 

The all-star lineup will feature multiple fan favorites including Grave Digger driven by Krysten Anderson. GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ Krysten Anderson gets behind the wheel of the black and green wrecking machine, the legendary Grave Digger®, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

If you want to get tickets before the contest, here’s the link for TicketMaster.

So again, the contest rules are simple—- Follow me on IG (click here) and tell me about your last wild ride. Best story gets a family four pack to the upcoming show! Tag me in the story so I can read it also! Got it? Great! Can’t wait to read your experiences!

Wednesday Wow: Ice Cream Play date In The Park

Come Out. Come Out; from wherever you are! It’s time to frolic in the sun with our babies! Yeah! New friends for all! Oh, and ice cream too. Which is sponsored by Momsrising and co hosted by Queen City Stay At Home Moms, and the ice cream will be provided by It’s M.E.H. LLC (Mental Health Hierarchy)

May holds so many significant days for my family. We have three birthdays and usually a plethora of work to do in our home-school teaching gardens. This year, we are slowing it down and recognizing the purpose behind Mental Health Awareness Month!

While it’s been established since 1949, today organizations like Momsrising are saying let’s not only acknowledge, raise awareness, , reduce stigma associated with, but celebrate mental illness and reduce stigma around it by doing what they do best, and that’s bring the community together.

Queen City Stay At Home moms consts of moms from diverse backgrounds. On June 07, we will be celebrating Mental Health by inviting a few families out for ice cream in the park. (Yes, I said June. Our date in May got rained out) Everyone is welcome to join us. You’ll just need to rsvp so Mandrey will know how many frozen treats to bring!

Here’s how to rsvp: Click here on our community page! Leave you response and just enter family size in the comments! Easy Peasy!! 🙂

Hope to see you there. Take Care Now, ya’ Hear! – Kelle

Last weekend to File your taxes- Here’s What To Deduct!

Top 25 1099 Deductions For Independent Contractors

Being a part of the gig economy comes with a host of benefits but those benefits come with the added responsibilities and costs. Business taxes can be quite tricky. While the legislation includes numerous tax codes to offset many of the expenses associated with working for yourself, understanding what deductions to take on your tax forms can feel daunting.

Don’t sweat getting a form 1099-NEC. Here we will do a dive deep into tax deductions other than your typical office supplies. To shed some light and make itemizations a little less “taxing,” Keeper Tax has compiled a quick summary of deductions you might qualify for, and should be sure to take, in order to minimize your costs and maximize your success on your tax return.

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Here’s one of my very best tips for specific industries…….. Open Google and enter- ” Common deductions for _________ (your industry) and get to lugging. Just make sure you have the receipts to back it up. Easy Peasy -right? Okay, now, get to work! The 18th will be here in no time!

Grab These: QuickBooks

If you need further consultation on your taxes, just message me. I’ll help for a small fee. KP International Finacial Services.

Wednesday Wow: Banking in 2022

Giving any bank my money is what I’m not gonna do! No way Hosea. I have learned so much over the last two years and the heavily bailed-out banking system will not profit from me in 2022! I have a few strategies to ensure this from happening

So let’s just start at the beginning, Banks make money, using your money- I bank at Suntrust. Have been so for over a decade. Now, to be honest, I have had enough NSF’s for anybody over the years. It kinda just happen. Kids, gas, food, unstable income- life…… it just happens. But I always pay it back timely. COVID came along just when I was stalling my income, and my banking life went into mild turbulence. Yep, I got a couple of NSF hits but to my defense, it was the banks’ fault as I began checking my morning emails, that posted my most recent balance. before spending each day. Yet I would get fined. Talk about upset! I could not believe it! How in the world do they do make it make sense? So I called them and after hours of conversing, it’s refunded. Now fast forward almost two years later. This began around Thanksgiving. My financial life is coasting along pretty well before this. I have funds deposited inside online banks as well as inside brick and mortar institutions. In this revelation, PayPal was the activator. I purchased a vacation package for my doula practice and it overdraft in my Suntrust account. I pulled the money from my Paypal account but it went to my CashApp instead of my Suntrust account.

They couldn’t reverse it. Cashapp couldn’t forward it and Suntrust call volume was so high I timed out 6 times on five different days. Needless to say the fees added up because nothing made sense to me. The time I did speak to a Suntrust agent, she gave me the run around. I asked for an escalation and she said that I would be placed on hold again…….. “I kid you not”. Mind you, I’m still homeschooling, working, keeping up my home, dealing with my sister’s transition, and trying to keep up with my loved ones.

Thanks to Paypal and others, along with a plethora of back and forth, I was left holding the bill for $360 in NSF fees. It was paid and will be written off on my taxes, but going forward, none of these accounts will benefit from my account. I will not leave more than $20 in any of them. What I have learned is banks make money with fees.

Fees

Checking account fees make up a large portion of the bank’s income, bringing in $6 million in 2015 just from ATM and overdraft fees. If you’re smart with your money, you may never have to pay one of these fees, but some may be unavoidable. Fees associated with checking accounts include:

  • Application fees. Whenever you apply for a loan, most banks require an application fee. Additionally, banks can include this fee in your loan’s principal and you’ll have to pay interest on it.
  • Lost or stolen card fees. If you need a new debit card, a new one will have to be mailed to you at your expense.
  • ATM fees. In certain situations, such as being on vacation in an unfamiliar place, you may not be able to find an ATM owned by your bank. Using a different one will cost you a small fee, both from your bank and the bank who owns the ATM.
  • Account fees. While free checking accounts are still more common, some banks may charge a “maintenance” fee just for owning a checking account.
  • Overdraft fees. A credit card payment late by even two minutes can land you with an overdraft penalty. It happens to everyone, but doing it often can be very costly. The average charge for having your account balance in the negative is $35 a day, but may be higher depending on your bank.
  • Paper statement fees. If you opt to have your billing statements mailed to you instead of checking them online, you can expect to pay a small fee for this service.
  • Inactivity fees. Banks can charge you if you haven’t made any deposits or withdrawals on your account for an extended period of time.
  • Late loan payment fees. If you miss a payment on your loan, you’ll usually have to pay anywhere from $10-$100 depending on your bank’s policy.
  • Loan prepayment fees. Paying off a loan early is not always a good thing, especially for your bank. It causes them to lose money in interest, so they will often charge you a fee to make up for it. The higher the interest rate on your loan, the higher this penalty will be.

When you take these factors into account, your free checking account is not actually “free.” Recent spikes in interest rates and the introduction of more fees may seem unfair to the bank’s loyal customers. However, banks are the safest place to store your money, and the peace of mind this brings is well worth the price of a few small charges. The way I figure it, if I don’t use these features. they won’t be getting my coins. I will not use them for loans. I don’t use my ATM card. I have a paperless account. There is no activity fee…So there’s that!…. I think I’ll get them in the end.

Friday Five: The Death / End Of Life Doula

This post is super challenging because the transition of my sister is relatively fresh like not- even- a- month yet fresh. But it’s relative to what I do and why I offer the service that I do. And besides that I have a tendency to repress my emotions. Sharing what a death doula is informs you, the reader of the job from the provider part as well as offers transparency from the family side as well.

Here’s my sister ( Adrian ) She is the most aggravating person I have ever known in my life! But I wanted her to life a long boring life….. Sure she could check in every once in a while but definitely leave me alone. Had I known or any of us for that matter, how much time she had we might have done things a bit differently. But we didn’t get the gift of time. But she knew we loved her. And I knew she loved me.

9 out of 10 people say they want to be cared for at home if terminally ill. Presently, half are dying in institutions. Death is the second leading fear in the united States.

How a death doula plays in it all; Death Doulas care for the whole person, taking into account patients’ emotional, mental, spiritual, physical factors and in my practice a little administrative guidance as well.

Death Doulas can:

  1. Help create positive, empowering end of life plans;
  2. Provide spiritual care, psychological and social support;
  3. Suggest ideas for optimal physical comfort;
  4. Help plan home vigils; and
  5. Educate patients and families on the new and progressive options of home wakes and natural burials.

This training is for those who have a calling and desire to support and guide both patients and families through any aspect of the end of life process. Our training and certification is appropriate for all areas of person-centered care. Social workers, counselors, medical professionals, non-medical home health agencies, holistic practitioners, hypnotherapists, massage therapists, reiki practitioners and even people who just want to be an Death/ End of Life Doula.

Due to the enormous number of illnesses, there is an overwhelming and growing need for these types of services and support. Finding the right teacher and training program is one of the most important decisions you will make.

Classes Offered: Online and In Person or Hybird.

Cost: $380

Note: Death Doulas DO NOT facilitate death, nor do we produce or assist individuals in having a “good death”, nor do we try to help people realize they are dying. We do not place judgement or define what a good (or bad) death is. Our primary function is to be in support of individuals in their final transition from their physical body. 

Death is one of life’s most potent and sacred passages, as well as one of the most denied, ignored, and feared. If brought to the forefront of our minds, death has the power to transform our lives, release the extraneous, re-prioritize our intentions, and initiate our courage. Death, in all its mystery, invites us to consider that the profound peace we’ve long sought after has been with us all along. We know there are so many questions. We know there is uncertainty. No one needs to do this alone.

Ready to register? Click here!

Wednesday Wow: COVID Check- How You REALLY feeling David Cox Elementary School?

We withdrew our two impressionable sons today from David Cox Elementary School because there’s no community there. I’ve always felt that schools were a tight knot part of the community. I grew up in a town, where my parents’ classmates were my teachers, The sense of honor, respect, and humanity was more than vocabulary words on a study sheet. These COVID days are bringing out the best and worst character in so many adults we expect to look to as role models. Let’s face it. Some professionals should never crumble. For example, elementary school principals. Principal Celeste Spears Ellis has no compassion or class 

This year we have a ninth, seventh, fifth & fourth-grader, We usually place our ninth-grader in public school for their last few years of school so getting scholarships and increasing their network is a bit easier, We figured if it worked for our older three children, it’ll work for our younger four. What we didn’t know was the younger kids wanted a break from us too! So everyone ended up in our local public school system. 

Right now, it’s September 29, 2021. I just attended my sister’s final services 8 days ago. Yesterday, I got a text that my hospitalized BIL got the worst news a dad, husband, a good friend could get and was told to prepare for the worst. The first thing in my mind was “Kelle, get your kids from all three schools. They aren’t home-schooled anymore. ” So I started calling. I was picking them up one by one, except for my David Cox students. No one was answering the phone as it was getting close to dismissal. I made it to my baby boys’ school and pulled into the shuttle /bus entry not to disturb their flow. Mind you, -still, no one had answered my call. The first carpool assistant acknowledged me and I told her what I needed help with. She repeated their names on the walkie-talkie as usual. I proceeded to get my little guys from the front of the school. I was met with a staff member that refused to send my boys out. She insisted that I return to my car and get in the extensive carpool line. I explained to her why that wouldn’t work for my family today. But she wouldn’t budge. Eventually, she said to speak with the principal, who was standing inches away, speaking to a lady. Because I was raised well, I waited. After four minutes I appropriately positioned myself and asked for assistance, She nodded her head and continued her conversation for two more minutes. The lady eventually motioned to walk away, but Ms. Spears pulled her back into the conversation to discuss a very casual topic. I know because I was standing right there. She laughed. giggled, wiggled, and she flat out ignored me standing right there. I later noticed that she was speaking with a teacher that worked there. I knew this because she walked inside the school moments later.  

 By this time I see that she’s showing really bad character and respond by saying to her again, I need my sons now. She walked over with the most conceited look in her eyes and voice and says “You will not talk to me like that. We aren’t gonna do that in front of these children, “I responded, I don’t know who you think you are, but I don’t have time to massage your ego. I don’t have a problem following protocol, but today it’s an emergency, And every rule has exceptions, If you can accommodate my request, my boys are in the wrong school.” She got upset and turned away. I went to the door and called out for my sons- (They must have sent them far away because they didn’t hear my loud yells)

I said, If I can’t get my children, no one is getting theirs & I walked into the crosswalk which crossed the student pick-up path. She was unbothered and even less disturbed. So I then asked for a shuttle driver’s phone and called the police. After I asked for my kids- again. I told her, you’re kidnapping my children. I have an urgent family matter and you’re ego-tripping. I stayed right there until the police arrived and told them everything. I even added that there are exceptions to every rule. The problem started with them not answering the school phone. I needed to get on the road to SC. to see my BIL. The first student pickup staff called my kids up via the handheld radio and said it was not a problem. Then I get up there and Ms. Spears is hard down ego-tripping over my kids that she didn’t help make. I wasn’t rude, I wasn’t disrespectful. I was firm and persistent. As she walked into the school, one of her lady staff members told her again, what was going on, she said, and I quote, “I Don’t Care!” with the nastiest, most ghetto head nod. ever. 

Why am I going through this with the principal, during this time?? Since my boys enrolled there. I wave at each teacher in the student pick-up drop offline. I pulled a bunch of no candy rewards from my work bag for my sons’ classmates. What am I missing? 

I have a history with Briarwood, Northridge, Eastway, E.E.Wadell, South Meck, Providence, a few charter schools, the nutrition department, and countless CMS administrative and support staff members. We began homeschooling because our daughter was sick, then my parents, Things eventually leveled off. Now we can re-enroll our babies and this is what we get from an elementary school principal? I know this is not acceptable. She shattered my confidence and trust in public school for elementary schools. I don’t want my sons to believe that there is no community in the school.

’21 Disney On Ice presents: Mickey’s Search Party

Hey Charlotte, get ready to join Mickey and his friends at Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics, and unexpected stunts! Experience the fantastic Disney adventures of Coco, Moana, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story, and The Little Mermaid in one ice show. Make memories with your whole family as Mickey’s Search Party becomes an all-out magical celebration on the ice, in the air, and all around! Disney On Ice is playing Spectrum Center from September 30 – October 3. Great seats are still available!

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I can’t tell you how much my family enjoys they shows. Its almost like a mental break for us! Everything is about magic, hope, love, and fantasy adventures. Maybe you’ve noticed how movies like Moana, and COCO are so relative to every day lives. It’s so inspiring and suggestive. If you haven’t watched them yet, log on to Disney and make it a family night with the kids. I bet you’ll find a few valuable and powerful teaching moments together!

If you’ve never been to a Disney On Ice show, this is the year to attend! These COVID days require a certain type of balance. As a mom, it’s up to you to provide it. I’ll be there and I hope to see you.

-QC Supermom