Mini golf

Our Mini Golf event was a stellar success today! We had 240 people come play 18 holes of “home made” mini golf in the library and around the school. Each class made a hole, with a book for the theme. I cleared out the library (mostly) on Thursday and Friday, with the help of some eager students. Then the teachers and students set up their holes Friday afternoon. I was there with other PTO members until late Friday night getting the PTO hole set up and all the finishing touches. It was awesome, but all made of cardboard and paper and donated stuff, so I was leary of how long it last. Four hours and 240 people later it was still in decent conditions, with all 18 holes still functioning. We heard a ton of great feed back. Several teachers came with their families. Lots of DBS families came, of course, but also some people from the greater community who had seen it advertised on Facebook or in the newspaper. (Oh, we should have had a reporter come! Note to self for next year.) I had set up a bunch of volunteer spots, but we had very few people sign up to help, so I was nervous about that too. However, it went off well without a hitch! I was also nervous about golf clubs flying and balls everywhere, but families did a great job keeping track of their kids and (as far as I know) there were no injuries. PTO stayed to clean up, with the help of a few amazing parents and a bunch of AWESOME kids, and we got all cleaned up and out the door by 3pm. Well, mostly cleaned up. The janitor agreed to vacuum the library on Monday morning, so I’ll have my first class move all the tables and chairs back into place. :) Right now the floor is covered in dirt, glitter, leprechaun sparkles, confetti, and more!

Random people on the Mo Willems hole (Elephant & Piggie, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, etc.)

Alan playing on the 15 par Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hole. This is the one that Eve helped design.

The PTO hole, based on The Pout Pout Fish (For you safety minded folks, this was actually taken Friday night.  There was no extension cord there when people were playing today.)

It’s Me! And my friend Jaime who is also the PTO president. (I’d totally love to take the credit for this, but actually it was my predecessor, now 3rd grade classroom teacher who made it. Everyone had fun taking pictures!)

Eve was with me for the whole time, helping to set up, run the event, and clean up at the end. Alan and Lex came to play golf midway through the morning, after their usual karate/breakfast routine. When we finally got home we all crashed in front of our screens for awhile. At family meeting we decided it was a great night for take out and a movie. :)

Tomorrow’s agenda: sleep late, read the paper, do my homework, lesson plan for the short week ahead.

Concerts, karate, and mini golf (oh my!)

We are once again in a busy upswing around here. Lex had is “Concert Grande” yesterday. It was only postponed due to snow once, unlike the 6th grade concert that was postponed so many times they ended up just not doing it. We’ve had a lot of snow lately! Concert Grande is 7th-12th all together. It was fun. Lex once again dressed nicely and I, like a dope, took a few pictures in SnapChat but not the camera app and, like even more of a dope, didn’t save them to post here. Oh well. Imagine Lex at the holiday concert, only slightly taller. :)

Today he had a belt test and got his solid purple belt! He’s a powerhouse!




Lex is doing stage crew for the middle school play too and that will pick up in April.

Eve has several roles in the DBS play and rehearsals are in full swing. She is busy rehearsing during recess and many days after school. The play is April 12th! I’m looking forward to it!

I am elbow deep in an PTO mini golf fundraising event we are orchestrating. Each class has built a mini golf hole with a book theme. Tomorrow they will all be setting them up (in the library, which I have been prepping and clearing all week!) and Saturday families will come play 18 holes of mini golf! I’m sure it will be a blast, but right now it’s a ton of work! Being a teacher and VP of the PTO puts me right smack in the middle of all of it. Also, ’cause it’s in my space. I had eager 4th graders today clear out all the tables and chairs from the library, so now it’s a huge open space. They wanted to move bookshelves too, but I had to put a stop to that! Right now it’s 9pm and I’m brain dead from PTO work, so I thought a blog post was in order. :) If you’re local, come by and check it out. It will be awesome! The kids are SOOO excited! If you’re not local, check out pictures on Facebook. :) We might even LiveStream for awhile.

A musical weekend

We had a fun-filled musical weekend. Friday and Saturday, anyway. Sunday was spent paying the price. :O

Lex got a special delivery on Friday afternoon. It took him all afternoon to set it up and only near the very end did he discover the instructions. He didn’t need them anyway!

Drummer boy!

He spent a good deal of Saturday hanging out with a new friend, playing Magic the Gathering, jumping on their trampoline, and playing the drums.

Meanwhile, Eve and a few friends got silly.

Saturday night we went out to dinner at Three Tomatoes and then saw Footloose at Northern Stage. It was a North Country Community Teen (NCCT) production, directed by a DBS 4th grade teacher. It was a great show and the kids were surprised by how many songs they recognized. We sat right in the front row, with an amazing view of the stage AND the orchestra!

Drums, front and center.

It was nearly 11pm by the time we got home and well after by the time everyone made it to bed. Needless to say Sunday was a tired day. I had a PTO planning meeting, lots of home work (which I finished), and lesson planning (which I started), and grocery shopping (which will have to wait). Eve had a Girl Scout event that she didn’t want to attend, resulting in an emotionally exhausting day dealing with her and ended with her quitting Girl Scouts. That will have to be another post though!

Off to fold the laundry mountain now!

Glad the rest of the set came quickly!