From the teacher "Amy ate her lunch very slowly again and still seems out of it (my translation) and compared to usual she is almost completely not meeting people's eyes when they speak. When we all sit on the floor to talk she doesn't look at the person talking either. If we're reading a book she's interested in she pays a little more attention. The head of the kinder is a little worried too."
My reply "We are on day three of the new medicine. I think we will know soon if it is more effective than the last one. I have attached an explanation and as you can see lethargy, lack of concentration, lack of appetite etc are all symptoms of hayfever. In Amy's case I don't know how much is hayfever and how much is her personality but I have asked her to do her best. I hope we find a good medicine match for Amy soon and have her back to her usual self. She slept well last night and ate a good breakfast this morning (albeit a little slower than normal.) Here's hoping this is the start of a good day!"
The information I attached was the Japanese Wikipedia entry on hayfever. I had used red pencil to circle all the symptoms she has- some loss of taste, blocked nose and sinus, heavy feeling head, lethargy and difficulty sleeping.
From the teacher "Thank you for the information. Looking at that information it seems Amy's allergies are quite serious. It made me hope she was all right. I think that compared to yesterday she was a little more active today but during morning announcements, when we organised the schedule for the monthly birthday celebration and at the home time meeting she was fiddling with her hands and looking all around her. She just doesn't seem to be able to pay attention..."
Seriously. There are 32 kids in this class and only two teachers. Is it just me or does it seem that Amy is taking up way more than her fair share of the teacher's attention????
I am trying really hard here. I know there are cultural differences in the schooling I am used to and what my kids will get. I know "the group" is all important but I just think my standards aren't as high as the teachers. When I teach classes that size I really don't care if a kid is looking around. If they're fiddling with their hands and not throwing/ mangling/ flicking my flashcards around I'm pretty happy to tell the truth!
Please, please, please, for all our sakes- the teacher, me and most of all poor Amy- let the hayfever season be a short one and if you could wrangle a change of class in April that would be fabulous!
And I'm going to get K to write the reply tonight. I just don't have it in me to continue this discussion any further.