March has been a very busy month. I can always tell how busy by the number of pictures taken. Now let me try to catch you up on everything we’ve been up to lately.
Jog-a-thon kick off.
March 1st was the first ever Jog-a-thon Kickoff Assembly! The PTA had always wanted to do a school wide assembly to get the kids excited about running and to try to motivate them to raise more money; kind of like a pep rally. This was such a cool event! They brought in a fitness instructor from the local Fitness Boot Camp who got the kids all up stretching! Wish I could share those pictures! She was so motivational, too. She spoke to the students about always trying to do one more – raise one more dollar or do one more lap than last year. The PTA also brought in Miss California 2015. She re-emphasized the whole idea of just doing a little more. The kids loved it but my favorite moment was when I was escorting Miss California to the quad and one of the kindergartners commented to her, “I love your crown.” She was so sweet and replied back, “Me, too!” They really did a great job of getting the kids all ready to run. It will be interesting to see if they raise more money this year because of it.
Amara’s school is trying hard to bring more science to the school. The students have always done science boards but this year they kicked it up a notch. The students had to present their projects to different teachers. They also had scientists come in and judge them. In addition, every Thursday night for four weeks different grades put their projects on display for the parents to come and see. Amara and one of her friends did so well that they will be going on to the County Science Fair!
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ve probably read about Jog-a-thon and how much I love my squirt bottle! You’ve heard it all before and if you haven’t you can read it here. This year was as much fun as all the others and in fact, it was twice as much fun – because we had 2 Jog-a-thons! Due to a field trip scheduled for the day of the first jog-a-thon, most of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students would be off campus on a field trip. So! We held a second mini-Jog-a-thon just for them the following week!
Amara in Seussical
Amara had also been busy getting ready for her role as Mrs. Mayor in Seussical Jr. It was an afterschool program that the PTA sponsored. It was just amazing to watch thirty-four 4th. 5th and 6th graders performing together after only 10 weeks together to learn their parts. The show was amazing.
Sleepover and the Lazarus Effect
With all of this going on Amara still got to spend the night with us one weekend. Dinner and a movie has always been one of our things but finding the right movies lately has become more difficult. Gone are the days of Barbie movies! Grampy is very glad about that. Amara and I sat down together and started scrolling through Amazon and came across the Lazarus Effect and since it was PG-13 we went with it. She loved it and it was a pretty good movie. Now she wants to watch Pet Sematary but she may end up watching that with Mommy and Daddy. They love scary movies, too!
Bowling for Babies
The next day was the 4th Annual March of Dimes Bowling for Babies fundraiser. Amara and I have gone every year but this year I suggested she bring a friend. Bowling with a friend would be lots more fun than just bowling with Grandma.
I needed to stop by the bank for cash before we headed to the bowling alley. The bank happens to be across the street from another of their friend’s. Remember these are 6th graders. We pull into the parking lot and her friend has a HUGE homemade “Feel the Bern” sign in her window! I love that these young minds are aware of politics. I don’t care who they like I am just glad they are paying attention. We talked about it in the car and Amara thinks it would be wonderful to have the first woman president but not if she isn’t the most qualified person for the job! Pretty wise for her age. I love that her friends have all been talking about this and much like the rest of they can’t quite figure Trump out but he sort of scares them! I love these kinds of conversations with them. Amara has such great friends and we had a wonderful afternoon topped off with yogurt.
Cat in the Hat book distribution
I got to don my costume again and help deliver books to the classroom. The PTA bought books for each teacher’s classroom library. The money came from the proceeds of the Book Fair and the teachers get to choose the books! Of course, any day I get to be The Cat is a very good day!
I can’t help but get on my soapbox and complain about the fact that every school has their break at a different time. Amara’s finally started today. We had the perfect first day. Jenna, Amara and I went to the pet store for hermit crabs supplies, shopping at Ross and a trip to Hobby Lobby so Jenna could get more embroidery floss. Amara and I are hoping to get to go to Rock n Jump while she is on break. If we go during the week they get their second hour free – like they could last that long! Plus, it is supposed to be 88 degrees her on Wednesday and Amara and I have a beach trip planned! She’s spending the night tomorrow night so more adventures are in our future, too.
Told you March was busy!