School Projects

We’ve only been back in school since Monday and the projects are on in full force.  Tomorrow Sarah has her class picture so we had to make her a shirt for that.  In primaire (elementary) they have class pictures taken in the school courtyard.  But all other grades get to decide on their own theme for their school picture so Sarah’s class is doing an “Above & Beyond” theme.  Elizabeth and Julian were pulling out all sorts of clothes in preparation for a dress rehearsal they have in their drama class tomorrow.  I don’t even know what Elizabeth is supposed to be but she pulled out Paul Frank converse shoes, tights, summer shorts and found a very pink and very glittery scarf that she exclaimed is “perfect!”  Unless she’s playing a gypsy, she’s going to be one hot mess.  Julian is some sort of bug that is supposed to be in all dark colors and I love that when describing a black argyle sweater he has, he said, “You know, the one with the rhombus design.”  To his previous math teachers: the geometry stuck.

Sarah had a presentation today in English on the book she chose to read over break, The Help.  She centered her talk on the quote, “Got to ask yourself this question: “Am I gonna believe all them bad things them fools say about me today?””.  She did great.  Hoping she considers forensics in high school ’cause nothing seems to rattle her when it comes to presenting or performing.

She also started rock climbing in gym today, which she loves, and was thrilled to get the second fastest time (for girls) in the km run on Monday.  This is news because there is nothing she hates worse than running.  Seriously.  Nothing.  Elizabeth and Julian swim every Thursday morning and they just started their unit on ping-pong on Mondays which translated into lots of giggles as they shared that experience.  Apparently Elizabeth was putting a bit too much “power” into her serves.  Shocking.

Elizabeth and Julian are working hard on stories and poems due in February to be submitted for a book the school is creating about Asia.  Julian’s story is focusing on a young boy, Harry, who is visiting the Great Wall and Elizabeth is writing a poem about a Chinese sky lantern.  Julian also regaled us tonight with a story he wrote in English about a classmate (who will be left unnamed because certain Middleton 5th graders will know who he is talking about ) who is, apparently, unbelievably annoying so he used his magic blue stone to turn her into a caterpillar.  Then she became sickeningly sweet which was just as bad so he turned her back with a magic red stone.  Moral of the story:  Be very afraid of giant caterpillars.  I really wonder about him. 🙂

And there is math and science and history & geography and, of course, French.  The confidence level is on the upswing and their French accents are so strong sometimes when they are speaking French it’s strange to hear it come out of their mouths.

On Monday Sarah will be visiting the Louvre to study the perspective of the Italian paintings and the following week Elizabeth and Julian will head to Musee de la Poste to learn the postal history in France.  Big news on the field trip front is that Elizabeth and Julian have just received the location of their week-long end-of-the-school-year class trip:  they are heading to Belle Ile, an island off the coast of Brittany.  If you think they are excited, you have no idea.  And Sarah will have the option of going to “the seaside” in June for a week.  Parent meetings still to come on both of these excursions.

And we have all our registration papers for their return next year: middle school and high school right around the corner!


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6 thoughts on “School Projects

  1. Linda

    School is on our minds so it is fun to read aboat your kids’ experiences. Last night we spent over 2 hours at the Future Freshmen Night. The teachers and administrators did an excellent job but I think it was a little overwhelming. Our kids don’t start high school until August yet we are diving into curriculum plans and meeting teachers. It was fun introducing Ryan to my cooperating teacher, Chris Kuehn. I student taught at Middleton High School in 1994. Many of the members of the English department have remained the same as is the case is other departments too, This week, they are hosting advanced placement testing for our eigth graders. Lots of discussion among kids about what this will mean for next fall. I’m curious if Sarah will be taking French 4. I bet she will be fluent soon if she isn’t already. Congratulations on the rock climbing and foot race. Go Sarah, go!

  2. Colleen Hartman

    When you read “Kathleen’s Valentine” you will realize how far education has come in 70 years! As one would expect, of course! I marvel at the differences from the years you cousins were in school, to your children and I’m speaking of the children of all you cousins.. Technology has changed so much of education and teaching. I wonder though, if maybe it hasn’t advanced a little too much too fast and the “humaness” of education has faded. I think it is wonderful that you and Tom realize the importance of literature. Because of more and more duties being heaped on teachers, the time for learning about literature/books and authors has fallen by the wayside. I always wanted to read aloud to my classes so that those who didn’t learn to read as quickly as others could still hear the words of a good book to trigger their imaginations. God bless Disney, but don’t you like to picture your own version of heroes and heroines? Keep up the good work. Hugs.

  3. Karen Hoffmeier

    It is hard for me just to keep up with everything they are doing. I hope when we arrive the kids will speak English so that we can have a little conversation. Everyone seems to be excelling and I’m proud of all of you. Let me know about Elizabeth’s debut in the theater production. The outfit sounds very interesting! 🙂 Good for Sarah with her run and her presentations. So excited to see all of you!

  4. Natalie Conte

    I wish we were coming with mom and dad next week!

  5. Karen Hoffmeier

    You always set a good example by reading to your kids. Here is a quote that I always had on every newsletter that I sent to parents:

    You may have tangible wealth untold;
    Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
    Richer than I you can never be —
    I had a Mother who read to me.

  6. Megan

    Ha! I’m cracking up over the rhombus sweater and Elizabeth’s outfit! So funny 😃

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