Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

I am so done

March 30, 2009 ·

Sue's email to the Dean of Students at Deer Park Junior / Senior High this afternoon, following another situation of utter insanity after Andrew missed 3 days last week, due to vomiting (you'll get the reference at the end).

Hi Mr. Klasmeier,

I hope you're having a good week!

I have two concerns I wanted to bring to your attention.  The first is that Andrew's lock (the actual combination lock) is broken and is taking 10 or 12 times to open each time, thus making him late for classes.  He said that we can't just purchase a different lock because it has to be a school-approved lock.  Can we therefore get a new lock for him? And in the interim can he be at least spared his teachers' wrath for being late?

Secondly, I want to raise my frustration over the process of make-up work.  At Howard, Holmes, and Amity all you need to do is call in the morning and they have work to send home that afternoon.  Very often the child can get a bunch of the work done prior to returning to school.  If the work isn't all finished, or if there is more that has not been sent/picked up, the teachers have it ready to roll when the child returns.  In fact, my younger son missed two weeks at the beginning of the year and walked in on week three and wasn't behind AT ALL.  From what I have learned in the first three quarters of this year, at the Jr. High a two-week absence would involve at least six weeks of Progress Book monitoring, countless emails to teachers, and daily grilling of a stressed-out child to make sure that everything was known about, completed, and ENTERED on Progress Book.  This is asinine.  Likewise, I have not gone one quarter yet where I haven't had to hound a faculty member over work that Andrew finished, but was then deemed missing or that took weeks to get updated.  He has started asking for receipts when he hands in assignments.

Now I understand that as kids get older it should become their responsibility to ask for what they have missed.  I totally agree. However, when a student is making a full attempt at completing his work, the process should support rather than hinder him.  Having wasted another hour of my life emailing faculty, it would appear that, given the Jr. High's abysmal process, it might be more pleasant for everyone involved if I just sent my son to school vomiting.

Thanks for your attention to these matters.


Sue Fisher

Tags: family

1 response

  • 1 Laurie Rosin // Mar 30, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Ok...this will go down into the annals of all-time hilarious stuff!!! I love it!
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