Fun at School

Grandma Kc wrote this on November 5th, 2014 27 Replies

I’ve had a lot of fun over the last few weeks. Not all of the fun events were exactly centered on Amara. Some were centered on her school. This post is about some of those school activities. The next one will focus exclusively on Amara and our recent fun together.

Of course, anytime I do anything at Amara’s school it means I get lots of extra hugs and kisses just because I am on campus and I can! Plus these days usually involve seeing her before school and sometimes even afterwards, depending on how long I am there. Sometimes I am lucky and even get hugs from other students. A Grandma can never get too many hugs!

Kc and Jenna at Movie Night October 24, 2014

Last month I volunteered for my third Movie Night. I got to be the greeter! Living in southern California, we can have outdoor movies on the grass in the middle of October and it will still be warm enough for shorts. Movie Night is a free event that the PTA sponsors each year. Of course, Jenna volunteered and Justin was the official “child wrangler”! He watched over some of the PTA kids while their Moms worked the event. The movie is free but they do sell food, drinks, popcorn and fun essentials like glow sticks! It was so neat to look out on a sea of shadows twirling and spinning glow sticks before the movie started. There were some technical difficulties and the movie started a bit late so it was a good thing the kids could entertain one another.

FIBO collage of Amara and her class

The Tuesday before Halloween was the first FIBO art presentation at Amara’s school, another PTA sponsored event. It was also crazy hat day. I went with Jenna to help out, take pictures and just to enjoy it. It meant I got to see Amara before school and when her class came in for their presentation. I got lots more hugs! The presentation was about Osamu Tezuka, The Father of Manga! It was incredible and it certainly sparked the interest of the students. Over the next few days, they had hands on instruction in their classrooms, too. I didn’t get to be there for that but I did pick Amara up that day and she was so excited about what she had learned.

Italian Street Art Collage October 30, 2014

The FIBO art presentations had been for Kindergarten through 5th graders. Thursday the PTA presented Italian street painting for the 6th through 8th grades. I was with Jenna at school all day as a volunteer photographer. They had the same wonderful artist last year. She helped them to create these beautiful chalk masterpieces. Again, we got so lucky with the perfect weather. The students loved it so much that after school was dismissed some of the students came back to do more! Some even brought younger brothers and sisters along to help, too. Amara is hoping they will bring her back again next year when she is in the 6th grade!

I am so glad that we live close to The Kids and Amara and that I have the opportunity to be part of all of this!

27 thoughts on “Fun at School

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am so glad that we live close to them and that I am healthy enough to enjoy all of this! I’m also really thankful that I have such a great relationship with my daughter. There are a lot of moms volunteering at the school who don’t have a great relationship with their own moms or have moms who would never consider volunteering. It is really sad as they are missing out on so much.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The PTA sponsors a huge arts program for the exact reason that the school itself does not offer any art! We do a lot of fund raising to pay for it but I am so glad they have such a great PTA that does all this!

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  1. Sandy

    You got some great pictures! So glad you posted then here so we can see your smiling faces!!

    This art presentation is really great! What a wonderful way to pique their interest and maybe find some hidden art talent they didn’t know they had!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      One of the highlights of the Italian street art was the 6th graders! They had seen the street art last year and so they were really looking forward to it! The instructor had also changed her presentation and slide show so that it was different than last year and kept the interest of the upper graders who saw it last year. It was also fun to see some of the students who didn’t really want to participate last year had a blast this year! I’m so glad I’ve gotten to be there.

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  2. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Once again Amara’s school seems to have THE best activities for the kids! And the best volunteers, too! The Italian Street Art event sure resulted in some great photos. Thank you for sharing the colorful fun and happy faces!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Talk about colorful faces — there may have been a few students who helped to paint one another’s faces in chalk! And the hands! Even though the instructor told them to try and keep one hand clean they just couldn’t resist! But they certainly had a wonderful time and they were all very proud of their work.

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  3. KImberly

    I love that outside art. I had not heard of that till reading it here. An outside movie in October, hmm. I’d love it too, but we’d all have soggy bottoms.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The Italian street art takes sidewalk chalk to a whole new level! It is just amazing. The instructor did a video presentation to each class before starting and showed slides from some of the art she has done. The students just couldn’t believe what they were seeing. The sad part – at least to me is that it is all about creating the art. In Italy and other countries, once the piece is done they hose it down! So sad and strangely enough both years that the school has done it we’ve had rain the next day! Really odd when you think about the fact we are having such a drought and never get rain.

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  4. Olga

    Amara’s school is a shining example of what education should be all about. And you are a shing example of what grandparenting is all about!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Olga! I have to say if it wasn’t for the amazing PTA at Amara’s school it wouldn’t be nearly as great! I am so glad they can help to pick up the slack for some of the things that have been cut from the budgets.

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  5. Launna

    Kc, the more that I hear about this school… the more I wish Valentina could go there… She is in a good school here but they do not do all the fun things Amara’s school does… unfortunately I don’t get to participate in to many of these… due working but I did take her to the Halloween dance and she had a ball 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I bet you both had fun at the dance! The one thing Amara’s school doesn’t allow is costumes for Halloween — I really miss it!

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  6. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    All three generations of your family have been having fun which is documented by those huge smiles. Amara’s school sounds like one in a million and you are all lucky to be a part of it. The wide range of activities they include in their curriculum is beyond progressive.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She really does go to a great school made even better by the involvement of the parents. I’m just really glad that both Jenna and Amara want me at school helping out.

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  7. Joyce

    I’m always impressed at how Amara’s school covers so many areas of education and character development in such an engaging way. The kids can’t help but have fun! And the way grandparents are welcomed is an added bonus. School should be an extension of the home, not an isolated place to drop students off for the day. I imagine this school has high test scores – the result of academic pride that comes when adults are present to encourage and support.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is a great school made even better by parents! There certainly is a lot of academic pride and some amazing teachers, too. It certainly isn’t what you expect of your typical public school!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      That I get to be involved is absolutely the best part – at least for me! I do think all those extra hugs keep me healthy!

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  8. Grampy

    We are so lucky that we get to see Amara so often from practically the day she was born!!! She’s really growing up, she looks so poised up in front of the class.

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