Looking back over the last few years, I never seem to get much posted in November. November is always busy and I always get behind. So let me catch you up on what has been going on.
Movie Night was actually October 30th but we will include it anyway. Movie Night is always fun and this one was perfect and went off without a hitch. Not only did I get to be a Greeter but this year we had another Greeter – another Grandma! The PTA screened The Nightmare Before Christmas and students were allowed to wear costumes – just no masks and no weapons! They’ve never been able to wear costumes to school so this was extra special. The weather was perfect, too!
One of the highlights of Movie Night was when a 1st grader came up to me with their Mom and said “Hi Grandma Kc”. His Mom asked me if I was one of the teachers. I explained that I am the Box Tops Chairman and his class had won the October Box Tops contest. We had treated them to a mini-cinis and milk and juice breakfast! Jenna always introduces me to the classes as Grandma Kc and the little ones especially love calling me that! I was beaming!
Once Halloween was over, I was able to reserve my Cat in the Hat costume for Read Across America in March. I can’t wait to be the Cat again! One of those feel good moments was when one of the PTA Mom’s told me that her son asked if the Cat in the Hat was coming back again. She asked him if he liked it and he told her “it was the best day of the year!” I am so glad the PTA is having me do this again. I had tried to reserve the costume in October. The costume shop was crazy getting ready for Halloween so this was one of the things on my To Do list for the second week of November.
November was also the month that Amara attended her first school dance! Keep in mind our little girl is in the 6th grade! The dance was from 2:30-4:30 on a Friday afternoon in the Media Center. I had seen some of the photos they had posted of the students decorating it the day before. The theme was Emojis and the Media Center looked wonderful. I didn’t go but Jenna was a chaperon and she and Amara called me on speakerphone the minute the dance was over. “It was awesome, Grandma!” They loved the DJ and Amara and her friends had a wonderful time!
While we have been having typical awesome California weather and our fruit pop sales have been great, the weather is starting to get cooler so the PTA invested in a popcorn machine! We spent a few hours at school one day setting up the new machine and trying it out! Just happened to coincide with the teachers lunch schedule and since we were using their break room to test the popper we let them sample it for us! I can’t wait until our first sales on campus!
I also got to help out at Science Night! I can’t tell you how cool this was! One of the science teachers spearheaded the event – something else that had never been done before and was a huge success. Parents and students were both invited and the turnout was huge! There were tables set up with science experiments and demonstrations. Of course, the best one was Justin’s table! Amara’s Daddy is an engineer with the robotics company that makes Lane Hawk. You might have seen it at your grocery store. It scans the underside of your shopping cart so that items aren’t missed. He did a great demonstration of the software and how it works. The kids (and teachers!) loved it. They had also recruited local scientists and had them in classrooms where students could individually “Ask a Scientist”. The kids loved this and the lines were long! At the other end of the campus, they had classrooms set up with hands on experiments like building bridges and making slime. The PTA had brought in food trucks and again we got lucky with perfect weather. It was a great evening.
The next day was Italian Street Art. The PTA sponsors this event for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. I have gone the last 2 years to help and to take pictures. This year was the best because Amara is now in the 6th grade and so she and all of her classmates were involved. It was a little bit warm but the students truly enjoyed themselves.
The last morning of school before the Thanksgiving break, the PTA organized a breakfast for the teachers and staff. Of all the things that have been going on that was the only one that didn’t get me extra hugs from Amara. I didn’t see her that day but I did get extra time with her Mommy and that made it a great day.
I said this last year but it bears repeating, 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!