We had a new child move into our neighborhood and the mother causing a multitude of problems for our school. Dad works out of town so he isn't around much. Her son didn't bring lunch money so what our very nice cafeteria manager does is put a stamp on the child's hand as a reminder. It's a cheerful stamp that isn't meant to be degrading or mean in any way. The mother said that the stamp wasn't appropriate and that a private note should have been sent home. She keeps saying the word "privacy" an awful lot. They aren't saying out loud his grades in front of others, the cafeteria isn't yelling "bring your lunch money." and we aren't proclaiming his medical needs out loud. Our PE curriculem called the CATCH curriculum states that at least half the activities done in the gym should be vigorous exercise to raise the heart rate. We do a lot of running, locomotor movements, tag games, etc so the kids can get lots of exercise. The child told me he as asthma and I said that it was okay. Many of my good runners have asthma and the exercise improves their lung function. He went home and told his mom that I was making him run too much. He also told me he didn't have tennis shoes so the sandals were the only footwear he had. Then he changed his mind and said he did have tennis shoes and wore them to school. Now the mom is saying she doesn't want him running at all during gym time b/c its not good for his asthma. If she doens't produce a doctors note, he should fully participate in my class and if his difficulties are that bad, the mom needs to get nebulizer, inhalers up to the school nurse which she hasn't done. She hasn't approached us and won't pick up the phone to open the lines of communication at all. She won't even pick him up from his teacher after school b/c she deosn't want to listen to the teachers concerns. She won't answer the phone when my principal or his teacher has tried to contact her b/c she recognizes the phone numbers. The child has already accumulated 4 unexcused absences in the first 2 weeks of school b/c if the kid doesn't want to go to school, she doesn't make him go. She has stated that the "excessive running" in PE is the reason for his missed school thus far due to a cough yet has not taken him to a doctor. He is falling WAY BEHIND in his school work. THe C-Scope curriculum which nearly every district in Texas has adopted is fast pace and aggressive. Missing that much school and not even picking up missed assignments isn't good at all! They were taking to truency court last year at another school in our district for unexcused absences. What in the world is our school going to do with this one?