Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Principal for the Day

Principal for the Day

Dear Parents,

This is what Nora & I did today because we where principal for a day. We started by doing the announcements that all kids can sit at any table they want during lunch. Another big announcement was that we would hang up the golden bike. We also announced that kids would get 10 extra minutes of recess because we got the golden bike back..

Other things we did today were:
  • we helped Mr. Burst prepare the wall for hanging the golden bike;
  • we checked on all the teachers and classes;
  • we hung the golden bike on the wall in front of the school while Kgn, and 2nd grade students watch;
  • we checked on water day; We decided we need ground rules for next time. 
  • we helped push the wheelchairs of the students in the medical and educational supports classrooms, bringing them inside from recess; 
  • we went to the 3rd grade's publishing party and listened to a few kids stories. 
  • we took a stop by the library and read some books 
  • we went to lunch at H & Pizza and dessert at Rita's At the end of the day we are meeting with the officers of the safety patrol including me (Owen), Patrick and Emma. 
Thanks mom and dad for getting this. It was a really fun experience.

Sincerely,
Principal Nora and Principal Owen

Principal for the Day

Friday, June 10, 2016

Acting Out



Allen was unable to attend Nora's final 2015-16 school year production, which meant that the responsibility of recording it for posterity fell on my shoulders, and subsequently included my fingers a few times. Nora has really enjoyed participating in the Sugar Foots acting program at school, and while the Spring play seemed a bit more experimental than the Winter one, a good time was had by all (though apparently more fun would have been had if puppies were involved). And remember, the future is Mestizo.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Last Game

A first-person account of the Hill's Kitchen Nationals playoff game, by guest blogger, Owen Fawcett
To start the game off, a fly to me that I bobbled and the runner got to third. That inning they got 4 runs & Nick made it home for our first run of the game.  The next inning they got 6 & we got 1 for a 10-2 score. The next 2 innings were scoreless. In the last inning they scored 1 & we scored 4.  The last run was me. I hit a pop-up to third which he missed and threw it to first but the first baseman was not covering and I got to second.  A sacrifice to get me to third & Michel home. After that, a passed ball to get me running the pitcher got it & threw it to the catcher & I just beat the tag! The half inning before that there was a fly ball to right. Dylan got it, bobbled it, got it to Abe who got it to Kieren for the out! So only 1 run scored but if Kieren had missed the tag it would have been a 2 run home run for them. That game made my season.
Champion

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Air Quality Flag Day

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This year Nurse Jade at SWS started an Air Quality Flag Program.  Each day they fly a flag at the entrance to the school indicating what color air quality day it is, so kids, particularly those with asthma and other respiratory issues, can adjust how they play outside depending on the air quality. The whole school has participated and learned a lot about the importance of air quality, and the relation between air pollution, air quality, and health. Since SWS was the first school in DC to start such a program, the EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Acting Assistant Administrator of the Air Office Janet McCabe, came to talk to the SWS fourth graders.  Well I couldn't pass up to see my bosses as a parent, so I volunteered to help out Owen's class with FoodPrints in the morning and the Air Quality Flag event afterwards.  Gina and Janet were surprised to see me of course, and Gina was quick to pick out Owen from the crowd.  Gina gave a great speech really engaging the kids, and she even was kind enough to call on Owen when she asked the kids to explain the importance of air quality.  After the event, Owen went to talk to the Administrator, and asked her what her favorite project was in all her time at EPA, and Gina answered with a wink and a pat on my back, "The modeling of course!"


Friday, May 20, 2016

SWS Concert

The wise powers that be at SWS realized after the Winter Concert that divide and conquer was a better approach to school-wide activities. And so on Wednesday evening, after the pre-school through kindergarten classes had finished their concert, the first through fourth grade classes performed. Nora's class did their take on all the verses of "This Land is Your Land" while the fourth grade reprised their twelve bar blues and "Wade in the Waters."

It was a great night in the SWS tradition of nothing without joy, followed by dinner at Ben's -- and nothing without milkshakes.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

70th!

Mom's 70th

After Owen's DCYOP Orchestra Concert Mom was expecting us to go up to Katherine & Lee's for a small family dinner celebrating her birthday and Elaine's birthday.  Unbeknownst to her, Don and Katherine had been busy getting ready for a massive 70th birthday surprise party.  Katherine had been busy for months getting the house ready, including converting the car port to a conservatory in case the endless rain continued, and Don quietly invited 70 or so of Mom's closest friends and somehow managed to keep the ever inquisitive Mom completely in the dark.  All we had to do was keep her out of the way and unsuspecting until everyone was ready for her.  That meant going back to the house after the concert, and mysteriously taking our sweet sweet time getting everything together to drive up to Katherine's.  Eventually we got the call, and we were on our way.

When we pulled into the driveway, Katherine, Lee, Don and Dad were standing there with a big 'Happy Birthday! Sharon' sign, and mom was tickled they went to the effort to print a big sign.  Then Jill appeared, and Mom was stunned that her best friend came all the way from Missouri to surprise her for her birthday.  Then the rest of the crowd started slowly coming out of their hiding places, and mom was overwhelmed with happiness.  Great job everyone, I'm not sure how we'll ever top this one :-)

DCYOP Spring 2016 Concert



Owen's busy concert season continued with his DCYOP Spring concert for Sinfonia 2, the level D strings ensemble.  The kids sounded great playing Rustic Dance and Double Trouble, they really have come a long ways since the beginner level A & B concerts not so long ago.  Mom mom came down to join us for the concert, though the rest of the family mysteriously couldn't make it, but more on that in another post...

Friday, May 13, 2016

Birthday Girl

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When you share your birthday with your mother-in-law (and Mother's day in years when your extra lucky), sometimes it can be a little challenging to have your own special day. This year wasn't one of those birthday on Mother's Day years for Elaine, but it was one of those birthday years when your mother-in-law is turning 70 and everyone is throwing a gigantic surprise party for her years. Fortunately the surprise party was on Saturday, so Elaine and I could sneak out for a nice dinner with just the two of us on Friday night for her actual birthday.  We had reservations at Garrison on Barracks Row months in advance, and guess who also had reservations there...Mom, Don, Nancy & Danny!  It was the only evening with pleasant temperatures in no rain in weeks, so we chatted with them while we waited for a table outside, careful to maintain the ruse that there wasn't anything special going on the next day.  Eventually, we got our own quiet little table on the patio, and had a lovely dinner celebrating the most beautiful, amazing, special birthday girl in the world :-)

Monday, May 09, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Mother's Day has always been a risky enterprise for the Fawcett-Zimmerman household. Given Allen was hospitalized on my first official one as a mom, we tend to get anxious as the date approaches. But this year everyone was prepared: I made sure to bid on a "Mother's Day Art Studio Session" for both kids at the SWS auction; Owen and Nora planned an extensive scavenger hunt to find my presents with upwards of 17 clues; and Allen got tickets for the whole gang for the Capitol City Orchestra to see Mr. James in action followed by dinner.

Mother's Day 2016

It was a really great day, complete with pastries, Meeting, a playdate, a playground, music, dinner and lots of family and love.


(click here for all the pictures)

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Camp Girl

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Nora has a knack for showing up in Camp Shenanigans twitter feed ;-)