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Poetry Under the Stars

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We had an event at our elementary school Wednesday evening called Poetry Under the Stars. It was the first year for this event, but I think it will be back in the future. At least I hope so.

Our phenomenal powerhouse of a PTA president approached me with the idea of hosting this event, and she asked for my thoughts. I’m not shy about putting in my two cents, and I do love kids and poetry, so I shared my thoughts and agreed to help out.

A flyer went home asking kids to a submit a poem if they would like to read at the event. The response was overwhelming. Old favorites showed up (there was plenty of Shel Silverstein shared) and original poetry by our own students was submitted. We took them all.

The kids arrived at school in the evening with their families and blankets and fortified themselves with hot cocoa and cookies. Then they entered the “Poetry Pit” for the event. One of the very few benefits of having a school that was built in 1975 is that there are giant concrete “pits” with stair-step levels that allow access to the lower level classroom of our split-level school.

Okay, so maybe they aren’t a benefit most of the time, but for our event the pit was transformed. A microphone was hooked up, and beautiful starlight illuminated the back wall, which displayed some cool fifth grade artwork.

One by one our little poetry buffs made their way to me and the mic and read their poems for the appreciative audience. Even a few of our kindergarteners shared poems, and they were adorable.

I have to tell you, in my role as MC I got to stand near every kid as they read, and during the entire event I think there were only three mispronunciations. Incredible. Those kids were prepared and confident!

In all we had kids sharing poetry for nearly an hour. Last I heard there were fifty-one kids who read a poem. Fifty-one kids showing up for literacy, and all of them brought along people who cared about them. What an amazing thing. What a wonderful thing. What a community commitment to our kids.

Say what you will about testing and common core and “kids today,” but events like this one remind me that I still have the best job in the world.


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Happy Merry Un-Christmas

We’re celebrating Christmas today, and it’s glorious.

61EDtE1dP8L.jpgWe’ve opened gifts, enjoyed delicious appetizers that my son made, and my sweetheart whipped up a batch of fudge. We’ve also been cleaning up around the house, anticipating my mother’s visit later in the day. It’s been fun, relaxed, and all around a darn good day.

I know it isn’t really Christmas today, but my son will spend the actual holiday with his dad, so it made the most sense with everyone’s schedules to do it today. I was going to cook, but last night I got home from work utterly exhausted and not feeling very well. I called my mother to warn her that the house might not be up to the standard she’s come to expect, but she was gracious. So gracious, in fact, that she offered to do the cooking. 55280_white-christmas.jpg

We’re about to pick her up, along with a roast, potatoes, carrots, salad, juice, home-made macaroons, and Italian panettone. I’m so grateful! We’ve got White Christmas cued up, Trivial Pursuit in the wings, and a plan to walk the neighborhood after dark to enjoy the lights.

This is the best un-Christmas ever. I think we might have to try this again next year.


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Farewell for Another Year, Chanukah

Well, it ended. After eight crazy nights (to borrow from Adam Sandler), Chanukah has wrapped up for another year.giphy.gif

Did I light candles?

Some.

Did I play dreidel?

Not yet (but I’m teaching my fourth graders how on Friday, so that totally counts, right?).

Did I eat latkes? Yes. They weren’t as good as my homemade ones, but I haven’t made them in years, so they’ll have to do.

Did I eat a donut? Yes, although it wasn’t specifically for Chanukah, but I used it as an excuse.

Did I sing the dreidel song? You bet.

Did I exchange gifts with anyone? Yes. My mom and my son specifically. Thank you Shutterfly, for creating a calendar that my mother loves. After all, what do you give the mom and grandma that has everything? She did love the college beanie that my son gave her, though. She gave him a toothbrush and mini toothpaste. From the dentist. And floss. From the dentist. He was gracious. To be fair she has a check for him too, but she decided to save that for Christmas, so he’ll have something to open.

Did I commemorate the miracle of the oil lasting eight days?

I’d say so, yes.

 

So there, I did celebrate Chanukah. I even did a Chanukah themed puzzle on my iPad, plus I listened to some Chanukah music. Oh I so did Chanukah this year. I’m good, at least until next year.

Now it’s on to the next holiday. Ho ho ho, happy holidays!