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Madly Approaching the End of the School Year

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The school year is always busy, but by this time of the year I'm going warp speed.

We are working on our spring musical; this year it's The Jungle Book. So, in addition to keeping up with academics. we are rehearsing, building sets, and making costumes ~ wolves, elephants, monkeys, vultures, a snake, a panther, a tiger, a jackal, and a boy who needs much more than a loin cloth, partly because Mowgli is being played by a girl. I like the children to have an active role in all parts of production, so in addition to building flats and sets, I am teaching them to cut out the patterns, pin, and use a sewing machine to make their costumes. They are doing a great job and the performance is going to be awesome!

Making Vines

Working on Flats

Shere Khan's Costume is Done

Next week, we spend our school days at the theater, and that Friday is opening night. Everyone is pumped.

If that was all we were doing, that would be busy enough, but with faculty meeting and parent conferences this week, and board meeting and committee meetings, I have put in two 12 hours days, as well as two days of 'regular' hours which included trips to the fabric store after school.

No rest this Saturday. The great news is that we got a garden grant from Whole Foods to help with the cost of our school farm garden and chicken coop. As part of the grant, we need to have a Garden Party (should be fun) and Whole Foods will send a representative to grill hot dogs and vegetarian hot dogs, and provide other snacks for the party. We will be making stepping stones for the garden as one of our activities.

We hatched chicks in an incubator in the kindergarten. They are so stinkin' cute!

I saw this idea on Facebook and thought it might be a fun activity for the children at the garden party. If I get it together to get the materials, I'll make it one of the available activities.

Because I have been so tied up with meetings, I have not been able to get my step goal in. I've been getting in walks when I can, though. I suspect next week I'll get my steps while in working in the theater and rehearsing the children.

So 6 weeks left to go. In addition to the spring musical, we have a swimming field trip, a concert field trip (Black Violin ~ looks exciting!), spring testing, our own band/orchestra concert, graduation, and our three day end of the school year camping trip.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can….
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    You always come through, Chris, and your students learn so much from you. emoticon -- Lou
    1514 days ago
    CRAZY but fun, fun, fun! Enjoy!!
    1516 days ago
    Wow, well that is what I call a busy schedule !
    Loving the costume production pictures, although it is a lot of work, I always loved making costumes and building sets, so I hope you're having as much fun as I used to when I helped to do it at the local school !
    Good luck with everything !

    1520 days ago
  • MARY1313
    yep, warp speed is about right!!!! Slow down!!! LOL
    1521 days ago
    Wow! Such festive, creative efforts! You're a true trooper and such an asset to your school!

    1524 days ago
    Whew! You make me tired just thinking about all you have to do. lol I know you'd have it no other way though. emoticon Those kids are lucky to have such an awesome teacher like you. I wish I would have had teachers like you when I was in school. Hope you, your hubby and your feathered/fur kids have a Happy Easter! emoticon emoticon
    1524 days ago
    I always love to read about your activities with the kids. Once upon a time I did really involved projects....BT: Before Testing took over and the evil ones banned fun from the land of learning.

    I miss the Spring chicks. My grade partner handled them every year. We're going out for breakfast next weekend. She's also retired.

    The kids learn SO much from your special style of teaching!

    Hang in there and you will survive the whirlwind!!!
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    p.s. I had a Siamese cat named Shere Khan when I was a kid.
    1525 days ago
    I know you can, I know you can, I know you can!! You thrive in all this wonderful activity and those children!! Chris, you're going to be a busy, busy gal here till school is out, but I think you'd have it no other way!!
    Happy Easter, my friend!! Be blessed ! And know you Are a blessing!! (((HUGS)))
    1525 days ago
    You know you can! What a whirlwind of joyous activity.
    1525 days ago
    What wonderful activities you have for your kids!
    1526 days ago
    Your school and your style of teaching is every parent's ideal -- how lucky your kids are!!
    1526 days ago
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