Friday, June 15, 2018

NOWFE 2018

Sadly, we did not make it out to Greek Fest this year. Jeff was kind enough to get me a box of pastries after he ran the 5K on Friday night, though. God bless him for that. But we did make it to NOWFE!

It was back in the Convention Center this year, thank goodness. WAY better venue, although it was much smaller than anyone expected it to be. Instead of the 8 or so areas of offerings that are usually there, there were only three. THREE! But the space was really pretty, and we made the most of it.

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Erin, Jeff, Kenny, and I drove down with Nola and Nopsi, and Aunt Dede, Uncle Dean, and Taylor met us there. We also saw Jay and Katie and Scott and Jacque before we went in. It was a great group!

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We enjoyed lots of great food and tasty wines. Some of my favorite dishes were beef short ribs with jalapeno cheddar grits from Curio, filet tip crostini with roasted poblano butter from Morton’s, strawberry salmon gravlax with pressed watermelon, tarragon, and chile relish from the Rib Room, and a cane syrup and blackberry trifle from DTB. All so good. And the wine I kept going back to was, surprisingly, an Italian white: Verdicchio. Delish.

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After the Grand Tasting was over, Kenny and I walked over to Nosh with Scott and Jacque for one more drink that we didn’t really need. Kenny had a dark and stormy, which was a poor choice: it put him over the edge and he passed out on the couch when we got home. But not before he took an amazing picture surrounded by tigers. He was feeling good.

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We had a great time, but we were all fairly disappointed in this event that we have enjoyed for many years, so I’m not sure we’ll attend the next one. We shall see!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

School Days: PK4 Fourth Nine Weeks {Rory}

Rory had such a great PK4 year. He learned so much, got to know and love two more amazing teachers, and made lots of new friends. We are so proud of him!

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During their last nine weeks, they studied the letters J (jellybeans, jet), Q (quilt, question), Y (yarn, yellow), and Z (zebra, zoo) and learned three new sight words: little, what, and you. They also did activities with the colors orange and pink.

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In reading they read seven new stories: Little Things, Cub Quiz, Where Is It From, Wild Animals, Let’s Clean Up, We Like Bugs, and Seasons.

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In math, they talked about the numbers 16-20, graphing, and also introduced addition and subtraction.

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In religion, they learned about Lent, Palm Sunday and Holy Week, and visited the St. Joseph’s altar. They also talked about the Last Supper, new life, Noah’s Ark, Jesus is risen, and love brings us together.

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Some of their fun art projects included a windmill, a spring tree, painting with Q-tips, Easter crafts, and paper plate flowers.

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They also brought home their own art portfolios full of special art projects that they did throughout the year, including special ABC and seasons booklets.

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Rory’s behavior was great, for the most part. However, we did receive one note home from Mrs. Sue, about him constantly aggravating his classmates. It was mostly between him and his friend Rex, who seem to have a love-hate relationship. I kind of hope they’re separated next year but we shall see!

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On March 28, they had a fun Easter egg hunt!

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On April 20, they took their field trip to the zoo. On May 4, they participated in their first Field Day at Johnny Bright playground. On May 11, just before their last day of school, we met Anthony and Wesley in Mrs. Mouney’s classroom and gave them each a little end of the year gift (their favorite candy and a Cane’s gift card). Rory and Colin had such a fun year with these two boys!

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What a great year. I think he’s really prepared for his next step: kindergarten!

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School starts again in just eight weeks!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

School Days: Second Grade Fourth Nine Weeks {Riley}

Riley had a great last quarter of second grade. He continued to do very well in all of his subjects and ended the year with only one B, in handwriting. But he can now write in cursive! We are so proud of him.

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Once again, Riley crushed his AR goal and got 19.8 points in the last quarter, mostly thanks to scoring 14 points on the quiz for the first Harry Potter book. And his reading fluency and comprehension increased throughout the school year. He’s right where he should be, and that makes me so proud, especially considering he went into the year firmly stating he couldn’t read.

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They interviewed family members and friends about their first communions, made a poster, and presented their projects to the class. They also attended a special communion retreat on April 27, and all of the Catholic students made their first communion the next morning.

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They participated in one last fun pep rally in the middle of May. Riley said Ms. Cobb wanted him to play one of the games, but he decided not to. Stinker.

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Megan doesn’t drink so she got a Caffe Caffe gift card, but I gave the boys’ other three teachers bottles of wine and bags of cookies for their end of the year gifts. They definitely deserved it after a long, hard year!

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Riley is officially a third grader now, and he will move to the big building. It will also be the first year he won’t have a teacher with a first name beginning with “A.” So crazy. But the two third grade teachers are sisters (one of whom is the mom of Rory’s big buddy Anthony) and we have heard they make an amazing team. I can’t wait to see how much he progresses!

Rory’s recap is next, but it’s much more detailed. Wish me luck!

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