We all know that Duckie is, well, wound a little tight. She's been sick and just ended a run of oral steroids yesterday which makes her even more so. And she's stressed about mother-in-law. She also takes her grades and school responsibilities pretty seriously. So she takes viola lessons at school. She and two other girls have a pull-out Thursdays at the same time each week. They either miss science or social studies (the classes alternate daily). Her classroom teacher teaches Social Studies to their classroom and the fifth grade class next door. The next door teacher teaches science (the kids go back and forth between classes, alternating daily for this period). Kids with lessons are expected to make up work they have missed. Got that? It works pretty well for Duckie because she cares how she does in school so she keeps up with the missed work. She also practices viola almost everyday and is a high achiever in the music program. So there is a group project assigned in science, it was due Tuesday. Science teacher had the three girls that have lesson together as a group (makes sense to me). Unfortunately, that group includes Duckie's bff and the other girl isn't strong academically. Duckie has been stressing about this project because she's had to help the other girl (not angry, just stressed that she had to put off her portion) and bff has screwed around so Duckie pretty much did her portion too. FWIW, the main presentation piece is an informational poster with the research they've gathered and it's supposed to be done in school. The other girl realizes that Duckie helped her a lot with her portion so she volunteered to assemble and decorate the poster so Duckie wouldn't have to help with that. The teacher also said that the groups could do something with multimedia if they wish for extra credit. Bff was all over that Duckie, frankly, thought they ought to concentrate on the essential parts of the project. I took Duckie out early on Friday to get her to teh doctor and the other two took care of signing the group up for their presentation time. And the three girls got together at bff's and created a cute little tutorial video describing the info in their project. Fast forward to Tuesday: Bff forgot the cd with the extra credit video. Teacher, seeing that the required portion was done, graciously allowed them to put off presenting their project until today. So I bring Duckie to school this morning. We're waiting for her to go to class and she suddenly realizes that she has science class and viola at the same time. She was pretty stressed when I left her.