God put her there for me, is my very selfish answer.
Beau and his brother are still at TLS, and Berry has taken up the standard of the TLS Chess Mom. She's currently fighting to hire a new chess coach. Mr. Coach quit at the end of the year, and it sounds like the new administration doesn't understand the need for a coach in addition to the teacher advisor.
I'm so glad to be out of all of it.
Last night, Berry called me up. She was very discouraged by the email response she'd gotten from the headmaster, about hiring a new coach. She did all the leg work of locating someone, interviewed him last weekend, had gotten him to agree to the same stipend that Mr. Coach got, etc. The headmaster responded by saying that he had found a different faculty member to be the teacher advisor. He didn't seem interested in hiring a coach at all.
She had written a letter worthy of my best whines. I suggested a very different approach:
I am so excited that you may have found a Faculty Advisor who is experienced at chess and can help teach the children. To have two adults, knowledgeable in chess, in the room at the same time, facilitating learning and keeping the children on task on Fridays (after a long hard week) will be ideal.
IE, totally ignore the implication that a chess-savvy teacher advisor eliminates the need for a separate coach. ;)
She managed to get a meeting with the headmaster this morning, and he's going to consider having both a teacher advisor and a chess coach again.
It was so easy to talk about all this from the outside rather than being in the middle of it.
Berry's off to NYC soon to deal with an investment property there, but I'll see her at church the weekend of the sleepover. Knight has kindly offered to supervise the kids so I can scamper off to church. Then we're running off to Ren Faire in Ohio.