Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Kissing A Pig

Every month the students are challenged by Mrs. Guenther with a reading goal.  She calls the program "Book in the Backpack".  Every night the students are to read for a minimum of 10 minutes and then have their parents sign a reading log. 

In January, the goal was to have 265 students read one night.  If they reached this number on any day in the month, then Mr. Lafleur would kiss a pig.  If they reached 280 students, then Mrs. Guenther and Mrs. Vrbka would also kiss a pig.  Every day at school the number of readers from the previous night is included in the end-of-the-day announcements.

The students reached this goal and this is the pig that came to school.  We had a student assembly and the pig was brought into the gym squealing.  The students were so excited!!!  It was a great month for reading!

Take care,
Michelle

Monday, February 29, 2016

Winning Some Hardware

 These 7th Grade girls have had a great club basketball season.  So far they have placed in every tournament except one.  And the one tournament that they didn't medal in was a tournament that they had to play up in the 8th Grade Division.  This last weekend they won their own NC tournament.
 They encountered a tough team from Homer in the first game.  It was a very, very physical hard fought game.
 Then they won games against Wayne, Pierce and Neligh.
 Erica doesn't always get to play, but when she does she has to make the most out of her minutes on the floor.  She did put up two shots and one shot did go in for her two points.  Basketball is not her favorite sport or maybe her best sport, but she practices and puts forth the effort.

 The victory huddle after a long day in the gym.
 At the NC Tournament, if you place 1st, the team gets championship t-shirts and medals.

Erica has one more tournament left in a few weeks before the basketball season is over.  It was a long weekend in the gym.  We sat through basketball games, wrestling and volleyball.  Needless to say, I am way behind on laundry, errands, etc.

Take care,
Michelle

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

5th Grade Basketball

 This group of 5th Grade girls had a tough club ball  season.  Some girls are have played the game for a few years and some are touching the ball for the first time.  The coaches do a good job of getting each girl playing time in every game.
 The girls played in four tournaments this season - Stanton, Pierce, YMCA and Norfolk Catholic. 
 Finally, during the last tournament, the girls came up with a win.  After the game, the girls were jumping up and down and hugging.  They were so excited to get a win!!!



 Ashlin played mostly as a guard this year.  She is not afraid to shoot and has pretty good ball control. 
The season may be over, but with the weather turning warmer this week, she has been outside in the driveway shooting hoops and dribbling with Erica and Justin.

Take care,
Michelle

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

5th Grade Inventor Project

The 5th Graders for a science project had to pick an item, find out who invented the item, research the inventor,  write a paper, and then give a presentation to the class, parents, and other students at school.  They hosted an open house one afternoon for the parents and other students to attend.

The 5th Grade students were paired up for the project.  Ashlin's partner was Channatee and they chose to research contact lenses.  Adolf Fick was the inventor of contact lenses.  They found all sorts of research and even had to cut some out of their research paper.  The girls did an excellent job when presenting it to the public.  One person had to dress up like the inventor and that was Channatee.

This tri-fold display gave me fits because the girls kept spelling the word contact wrong (3 times in fact) and I refused to go buy another board.  I kept telling Ashlin that the display board needed to be clean and professional looking.  A definite learning experience on display boards and presentations. 

Take care,
Michelle

Friday, February 19, 2016

Valentines at School

 Ashlin informed me two nights before her Valentine party at school that she needed to decorate a valentine box because her class was having a party.  Thanks to Pinterest, we came up with this Olaf valentine box made out of a Kleenex box.
 Saylor won 1st place with her hot air balloon.
 Zuleica won 2nd place with her Minion.
 And Gavin won 3rd place with his Army tank.
I briefly stopped by Justin's party to snap a quick photo.  The kids have so much fun passing out their valentines, eating snacks, and playing games.

Take care,
Michelle

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Celebrating a Golden Birthday

Erica celebrated her Golden Birthday!  She turned 13 on the 13th!  Yes, we have another teenager in the house.
 Erica spent the day with her teammates playing in the YMCA's basketball tournament.  She provided breakfast snacks for the team after the first game of cutie oranges, granola bars and powerades.
 A photo of the three neighbor girls watching from the bench.



 After playing two games, it was lunch time and part of the team decided that a birthday luncheon at Valentino's was in order.
The girls ended the day playing in the championship game against Crofton.  They took home second place medals.  Erica did have cupcakes to share, but Justin dropped the whole container spilling 21 cupcakes all over the bleachers.  Not a happy moment!

Later that evening she had a friend come over and spend the night.  She picked an Oreo ice cream cake for her birthday.

I can't believe how fast Erica is growing up (not only in height, but also in years).

Take care,
Michelle

Friday, February 12, 2016

Youth Bronco Wrestling Tournament

Sunday morning we were up before the sun to make weigh-in at the Youth Bronco Wrestling Tournament in Stanton.  Justin had to be weighed in by 8:30 and start wrestling at 9:30.
 Justin weighed in light again at 52.1 lbs.  First up, was a wrestler from Bloomfield.  Justin handled him in a 6-0 decision. 
 Next up was a wrestler from Elkhorn Valley.  At the start of the match, they hit heads during a takedown which resulted in tears and made Justin mad.  Then he really went after this wrestler, but Justin lost in a 6-8 decision.

 Last up was a wrestler from Pender.  This was another close and hard fought match with Justin winning 7-4.  Justin didn't realize until the ref raised his arm that he had won the match.
 Justin's bracket ended with a three-way tie for 1st because Justin had beat the kid from Pender, the kid from Pender beat the wrestler from Elkhorn Valley and the kid from Elkhorn Valley beat Justin and all three had defeated the wrestler from Bloomfield.  Therefore, they had to look at pins - and no one had a pin.  Then they moved on to number of takedowns - Pender wrestler-7, Justin-6 and Elkhorn Valley wrestler-4.  Therefore 1st went to Pender, 2nd to Justin and 3rd to Elkhorn Valley.
Justin had a very emotional day on the mat.  He had tears when he won and when he lost.  He didn't sleep well the night before because of nightmares, his stomach was upset, he gets himself worked up when he watches the other kids in his bracket wrestle, etc.  Justin and Dad had to take a walk outside before his last match to calm him down and to re-focus.  Justin's coaches do a great job with directions during the match, learning after a match, pep talks before a match, etc.  Justin looks up to Coach Classen, Coach Daniel, Coach Fisher and Coach Konicek.  They do a great job with these young wrestlers!

Take care,
Michelle