Saturday, January 28, 2017

Highlights of the Week

It was a productive week. The work is in full swing on our backyard and front yard, and we hope that we will have everything done by early spring. Despite all the viruses going around, we are still avoiding them and keeping our fingers crossed that we manage to get over this winter season without getting sick. Luckily, our sunny weather is back, and so is time outside and walking to school and from school.


This week was full of fun events, probably as a reward after last week of mid-year benchmark tests. On Wednesday, middle schoolers had a pajama day where they could bring their favorite stuffed animals and watch a movie. You'd think that they are too old for it, but nope. Most kids turned up in PJs and brought their stuffies. Despite being tweens, deep inside they still like their childhood rituals.
Smarty was also on a "safety patrol" this week. It meant getting up earlier and getting to school earlier, but she handled it like a trooper. She actually enjoyed a task of escorting kindergartners into their classrooms and ensuring that they are not getting lost :)

After School

Smarty's choir had their first official performance this week. Smarty's school is lucky to have a fantastic music teacher who used to manage a district choir. It was amazing to see what she managed to do with her 6th and 7th graders in such a short period of time. Smarty even had a solo song, and she was super happy after a performance. The students are celebrating today with a field trip to a karaoke place and a pizza.

Places We Are Going

Smarty had a lot of fun at her best friend's birthday party. It was in a local inflatables place that she adores. Too bad it's no longer "cool" for middle schoolers to have birthdays there (her friend is in the 5th grade but older than her, he just turned 11).

What My Child Is Reading

Disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate, and this post contains Amazon affiliate links. While Smarty strongly prefers fantasy and books about school, I try to sneak "real literature" in as well. Last week, we read together One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This week, we both read (separately) The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. These books are very different and still have some similarities in their story lines. They both speak boldly of human cruelty and imprisonment. They are both told in the first person. They also both carry the theme of resilience, human decency, and hope. In addition, Smarty also had more library picks...

Favorite Memory of the Week

Smarty to me, You know, I look like an average third grader, I am a fourth grader by age, a fifth grader by my time spent in school, a 6th grader by my actual grade, and a 7th grader by my brains. But I don't want to skip again, because I love my school. Maybe when I am in high school...

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Phyllis Bergenholtz said...

What a clever quote! It is interesting how she thinks.

JL said...

We read both those books for our book club and loved them!

Ticia said...

That's like my daughter attempting to explain her grade level. It's quite funny.