Friday, February 3, 2017

Highlights of the Week

I jinxed it last week when I commented how we managed to avoid viruses so far this season. My husband came down with a nasty flu last weekend, but he is feeling better by now. So far Smarty and I are feeling OK, and I hope that she does not get sick next week, because she has a lot of fun activities coming up in school. The rain came back, which means a delay in our landscaping work. We are still hoping that it will be done by the end of February or mid-March the latest. 
We had our Math Club party to recognize kids advancing to the regional round of MATHCOUNTS competition. Smarty made her school's team, so she will participate in both individual and team round. She is super proud of being on a team and dreams of going to a state round. I don't think it's going to happen this year, but she has three years of middle school to get there.


Smarty had another week of safety patrol and braved both freezing mornings and wet mornings to get kindergartners to their classrooms. The highlight of a school week for her was meeting a PE challenge when students were expected to stay in plank position for 5 minutes. Only 6 kids in her class were able to do that, and she was very pleased to be one of them. She said that her classmates were cheering for her and giving her high-fives when she was done. It's good that even though she looks like their little sister, they are now regarding her as their equal.

After School

We had our usual busy week of activities this week, but we made a point to enjoy outside time before the next round of rains came our way. Smarty is doing well in her taekwondo class - last weekend she chose to attend a special workshop on Saturday and a preparation class on Sunday. She is looking forward to her next belt testing in the end of February.

Places We Are Going

On Saturday, Smarty had a field trip with her choir to celebrate their first successful performance. The girl next to Smarty in this picture is actually of an average height for a 6th grader  - it does give an idea how much shorter Smarty is in comparison to her classmates :) The field trip was to an amusement arcade with a karaoke room. A karaoke room and a pizza were free to kids, but they needed to bring their own money for arcade games. Smarty happily parted with her allowance that she successfully saved for an entire month to get a few cheap toys in return. I hope it was a good lesson in financial decision making for her.

What My Child Is Reading

Disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate, and this post contains Amazon affiliate links. This week, both Smarty and I read The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick, and we both enjoyed the book. The girls in the book are also 6th graders, and author managed to capture their unique personalities quite well. There is a lot of relationship and boy drama in the book, and a bit too much of a happy ending, but we had some good discussions about the plot and decided to read Little Women next, since this was actually a book of their book club.

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JL said...

Congrats! Will she be going to the MathCounts Countdown Round tomorrow?

What's Smarty's height? I wonder if she's the same height as K.

Ticia said...

Little Women is on my list to read in a few years also.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I confess that I love those cheesy happy endings, even when they are ridiculous unrealistic...