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My School Project Partner Isn’t Helping!

Dear Shayna B,

Hi, I hope all is well. I just want to say I LOVE your column! Each Shabbat after my mother lights candles, I turn to your page. Anyway, I wanted to come to you for my issue: In class, we had to work on a project about shemitah. My partner has not been very nice, and has actually been inconsiderate. She is throwing food around the room, playing with toys, and not working. I have been doing most of the project, and I am very stressed. What do I do?

Thank you so much!

Sincerely,
Sad Sarah


Dear Sad Sarah,

Bravo! Bravo! That was a beautiful description of what you’re going to tell your teacher (or email her if you tell me “l don’t want to!”) Here’s another option: Talk to your partner. It’s probably easier to talk to a kid than an adult. You did email me. If you choose option b, you need to talk to your partner in-person because she needs to remember you and she had a talk. I also think it’s a possibility that if you ask your teacher for a new partner, in a respectful way, she might give you one. If my suggestions don’t work you can always work extra hard, become the teacher and assign her a new partner.

Last week’s word scramble was Have Your Room Bloom.

This week’s word scramble is LKTA OT UYOR ERTNPAR.


Shayna is a fifth grader and understands what kids in elementary school are going through. She is happy to help others navigate this tricky time. She can be reached at [email protected]. She is looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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