Edited specific copied text to cover my butt. Sorry. Didnt think about that.
The gist of the note is as follows:
She is sorry my daughter felt insulted, and she thought she made the directions clear. The purpose of the coloring sheet was to be used in a sharing activity later to help the kids get to know each other.
She said she told Ella that the way she colored was not the way the directions were given. She wants to talk to Ella and tell her what she meant. She wanted Ella to do a quality job, not hurt her feelings. And she asked my permission to talk to her.
I'm relatively non-plussed with the reply. Firstly, there is a bit difference between "I don't allow that kind of coloring in my class." If the teacher had said "You didn't color the squares the way I asked you to", that's actually a whole different sentence. They both require explanation.. the first is more abstract and dismissive, and sounds like she is reprimanding. The second sounds less harsh and is more descriptive. So honestly, I'd like to know what she said and how she said it.
Right now, I am thinking I will let it go.. BUT, I will send a note in giving permission for her to talk to Ella in private to apologize, and ask that she be allowed to re-do the page with much more specific instruction.
Comment, please!!! I'd love to hear your take on this.