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!