Mask smells

Molly noted the following on the way into school today.

My mask smells like onions.

This pandemic is getting old. 🤦🏻‍♂️

Honor Society

Claire was recently admitted into the National Junior Honor Society.  She worked hard and got her grades up to make this happen!

Congrats, Claire!

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Ze, Susie, and Claire accepting their honor society membership.

Fun with Math

Molly has a surprising new form of entertainment while I drive her around in the car.  She is doing a math self-assessment.  For fun!  Her idea, I swear!   And this from a girl who was doing extra math tutoring just last year!  You have no idea how happy this makes a dad.

Specifically, Molly is doing the official State of Texas 3rd grade math assessment practice workbook.  It’s an old copy that she inherited from Claire.

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Occasionally as we drive around, Molly will ask me to check her math.

Molly: “Dad, what’s 18 plus 7?”

Me: “I think you probably know that one.  Do you have a guess?”

Molly: “Mmmmm… 25?”

Me: “Yep.  Well played!”

I asked Molly what she enjoys about doing math for fun, and she just says, “I dunno.  I just like it.”  She did tell me me she does sometimes get frustrated by multi-step questions.  I told her a little challenge can be a good thing.  She nodded and kept plugging away at the workbook.

How this happened, I do not know.  I guess the math tutoring worked! 🤷🏻‍♂️

Molly: Scientist of the week

Molly showed a cool magic trick — oops, I mean science experiment — to her class for “Scientist of the Week” today.  Molly got to choose her own experiment.  She didn’t like any of the experiments from the standard class books because they “don’t have useful conclusion”.  She found an experiment she liked roughly relating to air pressure in a random kid’s science book that I had.

As you can see in the picture, she turns a cup of water upside down, and a playing card miraculously holds the water in the cup.

The class was pretty impressed and had lots of questions.  “es this work with orange juice?”,  “Does it work with sparkling water?”,  “Do you have to use a card, or can I use my iPad?”, “Does it work on a lower value card?”  To test the last question, we tried the experiment on a second card of lower value (2 of spades) to make sure it still worked.  What do you know, it worked!? 😉

You got a love those curious third grade minds!  And way to go Molly for a great presentation.

Goats!

We discovered some goats at the school down the street.  They’re so friendly and cute!  They’re basically vegetarian dogs.  Now we walk over and visit them form time to time.

Claire the Flapper

Claire had a major role in the 5th grade musical play the year.

She was a flapper and got a brief solo singing part!  She sounded amazing and looked great in her flapper outfit.  She’s a natural flapper.  Way to go, Claire!

Here’s Claire with her friends Susie, Wolfie, and another girl whose name I forgot. (oops!)

First Grade Guide to Austin Restaurants

Molly’s first grade class did the cutest assignment to hand out to the parents as a Christmas present.  Each kid in the class wrote a review of a restaurant they were familiar with.  Molly choose Chi’lantro, a regular favorite of ours.  Molly’s review followed the same format followed by most of the other kids.  “Chi’lantro is good.  The parking is okay…” etc.  But it was support sweet, and Molly had some good observations about Chi’lantro.  Way to go, first graders!  BTW, the most popular restaurant was P. Terry’s, which got several independent reviews.

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Last Day of School ’15

The girls head out for their last day of school for this academic year.  This was Molly’s last day in Pre-K and Claire’s last day in 3rd grade.  It is a pajamas day for Molly, and both girls get to bring games, stuffed animals, etc. for their last day with their classes.

 

STAAR Wars

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A relieved Claire enjoys a post-STAAR dessert at Kerby Lane Cafe

Claire finished her first major standardized test today, the dreaded STAAR test.  It is a two-day test, fours hours each day, mandated by the state of Texas.  Claire and her fellow third graders have spent most of third grade preparing for this test.  Parents brought snacks and drinks to keep the kids sharp and refreshed.  But once the doors close, it is fully locked down, with no visitors of any kind.  It is pretty serious.  A sign in Claire’s classroom says:

STAAR Wars — May the Scores Be With You!

We don’t know Claire’s test results yet, but to celebrate just finishing this monster test, we took her out to dinner and let her pick a dessert, a rare and substantial treat for our sugar-starved Claire.