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.
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.
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!
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!
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’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!