Monday, October 2, 2017

Mallory's fall piano recital

Mallory had her fall piano recital tonight. She played a baroque piece of music called Minuet, BWV Anh. 114 from Notebook for Anna, Magdalena Bach.  I really have no idea what any of that means.  I just copied the program.  I just wanted it here in case she wants to remember it later.  :)

She did great!  But see for yourself here. 

William Allen White Book Review

Today Mallory's class got to watch the William Allen White book award nominees reviews in library.  And since I help in the library, I was there.  The reviews are done by students throughout the school district.  Mallory filmed her review at the end of last school year.  Here's a link to that blog post.

Here's the final product.  Mallory starts at about the 5 minute mark.  I couldn't get it to her start here, so you'll have to fast forward or watch it all.

I've read all the books. If you watch the entire video, you'll see a book called George. I disagree with it being on the 3rd through 5th grade list.  It's main character is transgender and it's a pretty mature topic.  Today Mrs. Readman didn't show them this exact video above.  Hers did not contain that book.  Probably a good idea.  I don't think the 4th graders in Mallory's class are mature enough to handle even the book review without laughing and being inappropriate.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ernie Miller Field Trip

I'm so glad Mallory was able to go on their field trip today.  Today was also EL, so there was a question on if she could miss that.  Luckily her EL teacher had been on this field trip before and said it's her favorite.  So Mallory got to go!  And I did too! 

The day was beautiful.  We started out with jackets on in the shade. 

The premise of the field trip was a Heritage History Lab.  The students met 3 people that were in this area of Kansas in the past.  Our first was an Osage Indian. 

He was great! 

The second was a pioneer woman traveling through this area. 

Mallory got to help stuff her bed with hay. 

Then all the kids participated in a sort of square dance. 

Our final person was a French Canadian fur trader. 

Then it was time for lunch.

The afternoon we met those same 3 people again as themselves.  They were then able to answer questions and tell us more.  The morning was more like a play performance.  We got to list to the Osage Indian in his tee-pee. 

This is the best picture I could get of Mallory's class....I was disappointed. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A Sign of the Times

This year Mallory's dance troupe is doing a show where the music is from different eras.  They had their first performance of the year today at Delmar Gardens, a retirement home.  Their costumes weren't ready, so they wore their class leotards. 

The opening number is called For Your Entertainment and everyone is in it. 

Mallory's smaller group dance is Wanna Be by the Spice Girls.  I guess when they actually get their costumes, they will each be a different Spice Girl.  I think Mallory is Sporty. 

And for their finale, they reworked Sing, Sing, Sing from a few years ago. 

I can't wait to see them get better at these dancers and see their costumes.  Should be a fun year!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Benninghoven Dedication

The newly built school was dedicated this evening with a ceremony my Girl Scout troop was invited to participate in.  I had 9 of my Juniors (4th graders) there to help with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Amy, Brooklyn, Lyli, April, Lauren S, Jayden, Emily, Mallory & Lauren H

The Boy Scouts brought in the flag.

This picture I stole from the school district photographer.

The girls were excited to know that the mayor, Michelle Distler, was there and that she is a woman.  So after the ceremony, I went and asked if she would be willing to meet my girls.  She was very kind, and the girls were very excited.

Here was the program.

It was nice to be included in the ceremony.