Nearly there, but not yet.
"Back to sniffles," yeah, I'm worried about that. She spent last week with a large group of kids at a camp -- 22 -- and got sick over the weekend. (Not a really bad one by her standards though.)
Fabulous that Duckie's teacher realizes he's a gem.
And super-fab about the greens!! Great!
Yeah, I completely agree about the importance of being known. I've talked before about how my elementary school grouped grades together -- I spent first through third grade with one teacher, and fourth through sixth with another. I think it made things so much more efficient -- the teachers really knew us already at the beginning of two of our three years. And those two teachers have an outsized influence on me even today. The downside of course is if they weren't as wonderful as they were... but they WERE wonderful. I think it's a great system.
Lacking that, a smallish school (ours is about the same) and a really involved staff can do good stuff, too.