March in AmaraLand — the Cliff Notes

Grandma Kc wrote this on April 1st, 2016 24 Replies

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.

Jog-a-thon Kick Off Rally

Science Fairs

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!

Amara holding her Science and Engineering Expo certificate

2 Jog-a-thons

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.

Amara on stage as Mrs. Mayor is Seussical Jr

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!

Spring break

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!

24 thoughts on “March in AmaraLand — the Cliff Notes

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    March wasn’t busy. It was BUSY. Wow! So many fun projects with so many great goals. Amara is one lucky girl both with family and a school that supports her endeavors. Congrats to her for all her science award. Her range of interests will certainly keep life interesting and entertaining. Hope you have a wonderful spring break. 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I loved it all but am looking forward to April being a little less BUSY! I may even get caught up on housework this week! Maybe!

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  2. Joyce

    I LOVE this school! I’ve said it before, but really – I am so impressed at how they offer a chance for every child to find his/her own specialty! Whether you’re a good runner, or a reader, or a computer nerd, or an actor or a scientist….something around the corner is going to be just for you! And in the meantime, you can enjoy sampling other areas of interest because everything extra-curricular is presented as fun!
    Amara is beautiful and smart. Her own qualities + perfect parents and grandparents who encourage her = a real winner in life! There’s been so much already, but actually, things are only beginning! I’m excited to see your family journey continue!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Another thing to love is the scholarships — for nearly every after school activity the PTA sponsors they also give scholarships away for those programs to children who want them but can’t afford the cost. It really is a great school and a great PTA and of course I have the best granddaughter ever. No arguing!

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  3. Amara's Grampy

    Great post honey!! We’ll have to agree to disagree on how good ‘The Lazarus Effect’ was. I know we agree that Amara was great as Mrs. Mayor.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I loved her costume — blue is just such a great color on her with those blue eyes and I loved the hat! Thanks for being patient with me about my blogging. Fun just gets in the way sometimes!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I know you volunteer a lot so you know how much I am enjoying it. It is the best kind of busy.

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  4. Sandy

    That was a busy month & full of great things! Congrats to Amara on her science project!

    I’m with you on letting her watch scary movies with her parents! I don’t like them either!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Well the truth is we watched Pet Semetary this weekend. I had J&J’s permission as it is rated R. I like scary movies I just don’t like movies like Halloween or Texas Chain Saw Massacre — but in thinking about it Pet Semetary was almost that bloody!

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  5. Pamela Shank

    Your March really was busy!! You had such interesting things going on and a variety of events. I want to look like Miss California!! haha I think it was cute that you told her you like her crown. You are lucky that there was a weekend Amara could spend the night. Mine are all so tied up with their sports, I don’t get many sleepovers now. I did get one last week and it made me sad for the days when they were younger and could stay more often. You have to be the busiest grandma in town. So glad I get to talk with you and I truly enjoy your stories.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thank You! I would be happy to look like either Miss California or Zeny, the fitness trainer. They were both in amazing shape. I think you misunderstood my comment about the crown. It was a Kindergartner who told her they loved her crown. But got to admit I liked it, too!

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  6. Launna

    Wowsers you were busy, it sounds like you had a lot of fun and you accomplished a great deal. I’m a little tired just reading about everything you did.

    The weather is soon to warm up here and I’m just about 100% healed… now to build my stamina back up.. I hope it doesn’t take too long 🙂

    Those children are wise.. Trump is scary… I’m glad so many people want to get involved politically xox

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I have another friend in Canada who can’t believe what is going on here. I am impressed that 6th graders are paying any attention to it, I don’t think I was paying much attention to politics at that age and I don’t think her mother was either! Hopefully they will grow up wiser than us!

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  7. Barb

    You are one busy Grandma and so is Amara. I loved the play photo of her. Have fun on break – sounds like you’re getting beach weather already!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I think we are on for Wednesday! I just love sitting on the beach listening to the waves and soaking up the sun. We’re hoping she can bring a friend to body surf with!

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  8. Krista Sandoval

    I saw the title of your post “…the cliff notes” and had to smile. Then I read though everything you did in March! You picked an appropriate title. The reading program looks like so much fun. It seems like a really great school.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I sent an email to my sister a few weeks ago and used it as the subject line and it just seemed perfect! Amara really does go to a great school and I am so glad that I get to be involved.

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  9. Kimberly

    Oh my, I’m not fond of most scary movies. You have been busy. I have mixed emotions about different break times. I shared one week with mine and it was the week Ceece took Bugg to Florida, so I didn’t get to see her at all. I must say though, with a rotten cold and much work to be done, I did appreciate being the only one off this week. Enjoy her break and possibly yours as well!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I have to say it makes me nuts that schools are all on different schedules. It made me crazy when I was a kid and I still hate it! I don’t know how parents who have kids in two different schools with two different schedules. Makes it hard to do things as a family. Amara’s cousins were off last week. grrrrrrrr

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