Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grandparents Day

This week is Catholic Schools Week!  Tuesday was Grandparents Day at school.  The grandparents were treated to an afternoon of activities at school.  First, the grandparents enjoyed a brown bag lunch with their grandchildren.  This was followed with games, crafts, picture taking, a sing-a-long and an all-school Mass.

Grandpa and Grandma Korth came to school for the afternoon.  They had three other 6th Graders join their table since these girls did not have a grandparent in attendance.  Every child was paired up with someone because no one was to be excluded.

I spent Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning helping at school in the kitchen.  I helped make 854 sub sandwiches for the lunch.  Trust me I am dreaming about sandwiches! 

I'm not sure who had more fun at school - the grandchildren or the grandparents.

Take care,
Michelle

Monday, January 26, 2015

2nd Place in Crofton!

Saturday morning the girls and I were out of the house early to get to Crofton by 8:30 a.m. for a basketball tournament.  The 4th Grade girls played a 9 o'clock game against the host team, Crofton.  Crofton is known around the state as a power house in girls basketball earning many trips to state and also many state championships.  But, anything is possible and the Norfolk Catholic girls won the first game 20-2.
 
After the first game, we got out of the gym and went over to Franny and Sharlene's house to relax until the next game.  Grandpa and Grandma Leader came over from Bloomfield to watch.  Ashlin had a few extra fans in the stands with Grandpa, Grandma, Aunt Sharlene, Cara, Erica and me.
 In the second game, it was Norfolk Catholic against Wynot.  Wynot is a small town in Northeast Nebraska that also has a good basketball program.  Again the Norfolk Catholic girls were victorious with a 16-7 win.  This win put them in the championship game against Pierce.
Our girls had played Pierce two weeks earlier in the Stanton Tournament and lost to them 0-22.  But, this week they played harder and tougher.  They ended up losing 7-18.  It was a much closer and competitive game than the first meeting.  I'm sure we will see them at another tournament this season.
 
So proud of these girls!!!  They have improved so much since their first tournament.  Ashlin scored two points in each game!  It was a great day in the gym!
 
Take care,
Michelle

Thursday, January 15, 2015

6th Grade Christmas Party

 Sommer, another teacher at school, and I stepped up and we are the room parents for Mr. Korth's 6th Grade class.  As room parents, we are not organized and plan the parties on the fly.  For example, for Halloween, we asked parents at the last minute to bring snacks and we planned a scavenger hunt for the students the day before.
 For Christmas, Sommer got the teacher gift and lined the parents up to bring food.  I was in charge of games for the party.  First, the kids were divided into groups of four for a game of "Christmas Trivia".  All the questions pertained to Christmas songs and movies. 
 Next game was drawing a Christmas scene on a paper plate that was on their heads.
 Last, the students had to make a pair of reindeer antlers out of balloons and a pair of pantyhose.  This game was hilarious and by far the best game.  They struggled to get the balloons blown up and put into their pair of pantyhose.
 Cara helped me with the party and a pair of 7th Grade girls joined in on the fun and built a pair of pretty good reindeer antlers.
 They then ate snacks and played "Just Dance" in the classroom.  I was surprised that some chose to leave their reindeer antlers on.  They are a great group of kids.
Take care,
Michelle

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

First 4th Grade Tournament

 So, so, proud of these 4th Grade girls.  They completed on Saturday in their first club tournament in Stanton.  Some of these girls have never touched a basketball before, let alone play in a game.  Some of these girls have played YMCA basketball.  They are all learning the game together.
 In the first game, they played a team from Humphrey/Lindsey and came away with a 8-6 win.  This had them all smiling and gave them some confidence for the next game.

 Then they lost their next two games which dropped them out of the tournament.  They were exhausted and hungry girls! 

 It will be fun to watch them learn and grow as the season goes on.  They have next weekend off before they play in another tournament. 
 Our Ashlin, #36, played her heart out.  She shot, rebounded, passed, dribbled and ran and ran.  She was tired, but happy that she got to compete like her older sisters.  She might not have gotten a medal that day, but I'm sure her day will come.
Take care,
Michelle

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

1st Place in Stanton

 The 6th Grade girls opened up their club ball tournament season with a tournament win in Stanton.  They placed first in the 6th Grade division.
 If you have ever played sports before, you know how hard it is to beat the same team twice and these girls did just that.
 In the first game, they played the Humphrey/Lindsey Bulldogs and squeaked out a 17-16 victory.  The game went back and forth with many lead changes.
 The Humphrey/Lindsey girls played through the losers bracket and ended up playing the Norfolk Catholic girls again in the championship game.  After another hard game, the Norfolk Catholic girls won by 3 points.  Two very close games.


 Erica, #18, played hard.  She scored a few points, broke up a few passes, grabbed a few rebounds, etc.  Basketball is hard work and she is learning to be more aggressive.  Coming home with a first place medal sure put a smile on her face!
Very proud of these girls!!!

Take care,
Michelle

Monday, January 12, 2015

First YMCA Basketball Game

 Ashlin finished volleyball and went straight into basketball practice at the YMCA.  She is playing in the 3rd & 4th Grade Division at the Y.  Plus, she is going to play club ball on a school team.

 Ashlin had a great first game scoring six points.  Her team only had four girls show up for the game so it was a long and tiring game, but they came home with a win!

 Every girl on the team scored some points which was great.  The opposing team had subs and had a few tall girls, but Ashlin's team kept playing hard and it paid off.

Take care,
Michelle

Friday, December 26, 2014

First Basketball Game

 Justin has been waiting for this day for years!  He got to play his first basketball game ever. Justin was so excited that he could barely contain it. He is so ready to play something/anything instead of just watching his sisters.
 He is on a team at the YMCA for 1st Graders.  Justin's age group plays 4-on-4 basketball with no refs, no time clock, and no score keeping.  But, when the final whistle blew, Justin knew that his team had won. 
 They must play zone defense and each player needs to stay in his zone on the floor.  This keeps the kids from playing bunch ball.  Justin stayed in his zone on defense.  He knew that he was playing as a forward.  His coaches are doing a great job of teaching the boys positions, how to throw the ball in bounds, a defensive stance, how to pass, etc.
 Justin didn't score any points, but he did shoot.  He played good defense and he didn't double dribble or travel when he had the ball. 
He is on a basketball break now because of the holidays, but he is ready to play again and wants to go practice over the break at the YMCA.  He even got a new basketball for Christmas.

Take care,
Michelle