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First Day of Fifth Grade!

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First Day of 4th Grade

The obligatory First Day of School (4TH GRADE!?) pictures. Note how she REALLY feels in a couple of them...

The obligatory First Day of School (4TH GRADE!?) pictures. Note how she REALLY feels in a couple of them…

Teeny Tiny School Supplies

And with this last project of Claire's, the School Supply Shopping is DONE! Tee hee!! *snort*

And with this last project of Claire’s, the School Supply Shopping is DONE! Tee hee!! *snort*

*Click photo to enlarge.

Concert & a Field Trip

The last week and a half of school is always jam-packed with fun things! Last night, Claire had her Spring Choral Concert.

Spring Choral Concert 2015

Today, I was able to go with her on a Field Trip to Buffalo Bill’s Grave. This year, the parents were allowed to ride the school bus, too!

Peeking back on the bus Closeup

Click the above photos for more detail.

I said, “Hey, Claire!” and then snapped this shot. I’ve blurred out the anonymous in the crowd.

Tomorrow will be even more parties and events, with more of the same next week. The end is in sight!

Science Fair 2015

Will a Hedgehog React to Different Colored Lights?

Will a Hedgehog React to Different Colored Lights?

Doesn't everyone's Science Fair Project come with a Hedgehog Disclaimer?

Doesn’t everyone’s Science Fair Project come with a Hedgehog Disclaimer?

(The school has such silly rules about no flames or live hedgehogs.)

…although Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen HAS visited the school before in person (in hedgehog?).

Claire did all the work herself on this project. I was the Hedgehog Wrangler (again, as you can see from that above link). She learned that he does NOT react to blue, green, or red light! He DOES react to white light, which we knew already. This was a really cool experiment.

…and she knows that The Science Fair is one of my favorite things, so she obliged with “just one more picture.”

Science Fair 2015 More Photos

Go Science!

Here are links to the other Science Fair Projects she’s done:

Paper Chromatography (1st Grade)
Growing Crystals (2nd Grade)

Finding the positive

Today on the way to school, I told Claire to think of at least one positive thing about everyone she has to deal with today. It was an energy shift I think we needed as we go into this last month of school.

She’s rattling through the list, linking positive traits with people who just a moment before were annoying her in some way. Then, she comes to a particular person.

“I can’t think of a single good thing, Mom!” she said. (What? It’s true. We all have those people to deal with…end of school antsy-ness or not.)

“Hmmm,” I said, not willing to let this one person derail her. “You feel better if you avoid this person, right?” She agreed vehemently.

“Well, [Redacted] isn’t a Ninja! That’s a GREAT thing. No sneak attacks. You can avoid disaster with ease!”

“[Redacted] isn’t a Ninja! That’s AWESOME!” she said, laughing. “Never mind. There IS something good about everyone!”

Roman Festival

The 3rd Grade Class always does a Roman Festival instead of a Holiday Party at the school, since they’ve wrapped up a huge unit on Rome.

Front of the Chariot, Side of the Chariot, and Toga-esque with a Modern Twist.

Front of the Chariot, Side of the Chariot, and Toga-esque with a Modern Twist.

(The Chariot is for a Chariot Race they had in the gym. You’re supposed to make it out of a box and be able to stand in it in and run.)

Well, we survived! We had a great time and even had enough energy left over to burn it off at the park after school.

…and with that, Winter Break begins!

No more homework or deadlines until NEXT YEAR. Yeah! 😀

Old-School Research Skillz

Claire is rockin' the old-school research skillz. I love that she's learning this!

Claire is rockin’ the old-school research skillz. I love that she’s learning this!

Time-honored Tradition

Taught Claire the time-honored tradition of using a bag to make a book-cover. We didn't use the old-school brown paper bag, but she found an old gift bag she liked. I even had enough left to make a matching bookmark. Yeah! p.s. These Math Books are HUGE, not to mention HEAVY.

Taught Claire the time-honored tradition of using a bag to make a book-cover! We didn’t use the old-school brown paper bag, but she found an old gift bag in my stash she liked. I even had enough left to make a matching bookmark. Yeah! p.s. These Math Books are HUGE, not to mention HEAVY.

Edited to add the instructions! People have asked, so here they are!

Click to enlarge.

Click to enlarge.

Obligatory First Day of 3rd Grade Photo

3rd Grade

Monday, August 18th