Fifth Grade Fun

Grandma Kc wrote this on October 12th, 2014 28 Replies

A friend sent me an email the other day and asked, “How is our 5th grade pumpkin doing?” It got me thinking that many little things have happened since the new school year started.

After having 11 teeth pulled the first week of summer vacation, Amara got her new pink and purple braces put on the week before school started. Let me tell you, things have changed. When I was in school or as recently as when Amara’s Mom was in school, braces were not cool! Of course, they weren’t pink and purple either! She is so proud of her braces and couldn’t wait to show them to everyone on her first day back to school.

Amara sporting her new braces and her uniform!

The first week back Amara was invited to join the RAK Club, which stands for Random Acts of Kindness. To be invited the teacher challenged the students to go out over the weekend and do a random act of kindness for someone. They then had to write a report about what they did. The teacher took those reports and the photos most of the students had and created a RAK quilt out of them using construction paper to make it look like a quilt and she hung it in the Media Center.

The RAK Quilt

For her act of kindness, Amara purchased a lottery ticket for an elderly lady at the grocery store! Her Grandpa Jay loves to buy lottery tickets and I think she thought this was a very special thing to do for someone on a limited income. The lady was very touched!

Amara and her new trumpet

Music classes have started again. Last year Amara played a rental trumpet. This year her other Grandparents bought her one of her very own! She was so excited to show it to me, “It has 2 mouth pieces Grandma!” It came with a beautiful padded case and Amara bought herself a new music book that fits right in the side! I love that she has chosen the trumpet to play!

Haster Basin Recreation Area

Recently Amara decided we needed to have donuts for breakfast. We hadn’t had donuts in a very long time and on our way back we realized that the park where we used to feed the ducks had finally reopened. It is now the Haster Basin Recreation Area and is part of the flood control system. We decided to go back after donuts and check it out. I wanted to take my camera and Amara wanted to take her sketchpad so that she could sketch landscapes. We took a couple of baggies full of birdseed in hopes of feeding the ducks. The park is beautiful but you can no longer get close to the ducks or the birds. Amara and I talked about the fact that with the California drought, the water levels are very low and it looks like they have built the basin in hopes of them someday being much higher.

Amara sketching the landscape at Haster Basin

Amara’s most recent excitement is Camp OSCA. OCSA is a charter school for grades 7-12 and each year they offer 10-week free beginning level arts training workshops in dance, drama, guitar, vocal music or visual arts for students in grades 4 through 6. Amara is taking drama – acting! To make it even better one of her best friends is in the class with her, which is extra special because they are not in the same classroom at school this year.

On top of all of this Amara is still taking her art classes every Saturday and she informed me last week that her teacher has entered two of her pieces into some contest. I have no details. Yet!

The Computer Club hasn’t started back up yet this year but Amara can’t wait for that, too!

It is going to be another wonderful year!

28 thoughts on “Fifth Grade Fun

  1. Joyce

    That beautiful little lady is certainly not missing a single opportunity to enjoy life! So, in this relatively short post I see that she is doing kind acts for others, playing the trumpet well enough to earn a new one, being kind to animals, achieving in artwork, honing her acting skills, becoming adept at the computer – and making Grandma Kc very, very, VERY proud every single day! Whew! That’s a big order, but she’s handling it with graceful efficiency!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am one happy Grandma! I love that Amara is so well rounded and that I get to be close by to soak it all in!

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  2. Olga

    Amara is so precious. She is obviously a very talented young lady, but it is her unfettered enthusiasm for life that I admire the most.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Like you said — I am so glad she is so well rounded! I’m glad her parents really encourage her to try everything!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She is really proud that she didn’t have to use wax that they gave her to toughen up her cheeks. She had been concerned how it would impact her trumpet playing and she says she just can’t even tell the difference!

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  3. Sandy

    I love Amara obviously because she is my great-niece .. but beyond that, she is truly a wonderful person, which brings a different kind of love to mind. It’s a respect for her ideals and her kind, loving heart. I see her doing great things with her life.

    I am sending big hugs full of love to you and Grampy and to Amara’s mommy and daddy for all of the influence you have all had on her. You have been parents and grandparents who have kept involved in her school and her social life and have given her opportunities to blossom and spread her wings in amazing ways. Cudos to all of you!! :)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She does have a wonderful Great Aunt Sandy although to her you are simply Aunt Sandy and while it has been 5 years since she last saw you she talks about you and Uncle Mark all the time. I think you’re right, Amara is going to amaze us all! She is such a good little person.

      Thank you for all the hugs! I feel so lucky to be a part of all of this.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Two sets of grandparents and an extra grandpa, too! Amara will never ever doubt that she was loved!

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  4. Joy @ Yesterfood

    Oh, thank you for the updates on Amara, Kc! Her activities and adventures are always a day-brightener! Isn’t it fun that she has a chance to explore all her many talents? Lucky little girl to have a sweet grandma to help her explore her world!

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  5. KImberly

    Eleven teeth? Oh my, I’m not sure I’d be to excited about that. I’m glad she had fun colors to look forward to. I love when grade school children can try out lots of activities, just for fun- imagine. So much fun and all the energy to do it. Rock on Amara!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is fun sharing our blog buddy’s grandchildren with our own grandchildren. I love sharing my grandma friends with Jenna, too! Hope you and Jarvis had a wonderful morning.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is hard to believe that she is ten and a half! The time does fly and I think it flies faster for grandchildren than it did for own children.

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  6. imaddy

    It seem that kids love showing their braces now a day. Our 9 yr old will need them soon and she loves the colors. Amara is enjoying every moment of life.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You can tell your nine year old that Amara says it isn’t horrible like some people say. She has had no problems with her’s.

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  7. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Amara is one busy young lady. And a kind one, too. I love the lottery ticket act of kindness. When I recently had to spend several days a week in an infusion department (folks there taking chemo and more… not chemo for me!), a gentleman who sat there with his wife during her treatment stood up and went around the room handing each of us hooked up to tubes a lottery ticket. He said it never hurts to keep dreaming. Such a kind and unexpected gesture.

    Good luck to Amara with all the fun. I hope to soon see photos (maybe even a video??) of some theatrical performances. Break a leg!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I shared your story with Amara and Jenna on our way to school yesterday and they both loved it. Little gestures can be so huge.

      Amara told me that there is going to be a performance of some sort when they are done but each group only gets two minutes — so we will see but I am going that is for sure!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I had no idea braces had become so cool. One of her classmates found out they couldn’t get theirs for another 6 months and he was so disappointed! Jenna says braces became cool when glasses became cool.

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