Monday, May 31, 2010

Pajama Pizza Party

Friday we enjoyed a pizza party put on for us by Beckie Kullberg in recognition of the many new pajamas we collected to donate to children in foster care around here. I forget the numbers, but kindergarten donated a lot, as did first grade who donated even more. Both classes were so honored. Here's a picture.

The students are in pajamas because it was also a spirit day, and guess which class got the highest percentage of participants in that one? You guessed it, WE DID! So we got the spirit stick, too!

Way to go, kindergarten!

Mollie got a hot dog BBQ in addition in recognition of her outstanding citizenship on the playground.

Tomorrow more awards await as we have a ceremony in the Community Room to start off the week.

See you then!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pizza and Pajamas tomorrow

Tomorrow is Pajama Day. On pajama day you can send your child to school in pajamas. To help the PE teacher, please remember to include shoes appropriate and safe for playground activities on asphalt.

Does anyone have a car they'd like to have hand washed? Friday, Tuesday, and Wednesday one of our center activities is washing a car. The lower parts of your car are likely to get the most attention since most of the people washing your car will be about five years old and four feet tall. Don't expect perfection, but the kindergartners end up doing a pretty good job.

If you look at the handwriting exercise that your child completed today it will serve to remind you of the pizza party event tomorrow.

In addition, the Pajama Drive decision makers decided to award the pizza party prize to both the first grade and kindergarten classrooms. Tomorrow. The pizzas will be delivered to just before lunch, so the reward pizza can stand in as the main course in your child's lunch tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pajama Drive

Beckie Kullberg, a first grade mom who is running the drive to collect small children's pajamas for the needy in our area, reports to me that the school has collected more than 50% beyond the goal she set for the school.

I'm told that our class and the first grade class are in a neck-to-neck race for first place winners. We have to collect more than any other class to win, I'm told, because our is the largest class at 31 students.

In any event, should we win there will be a pizza party held for us.

Cross your fingers, and congratulations on doing so well!

Best regards,

Mr. Gurney

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Open House

Hi Everyone—

Remember that tomorrow night, Thursday, May 21, is Open House night from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Everyone in the family is invited to come. Bring grandma and grandpa, little brother or sister, whomever.

Open House Night is a good opportunity to visit the classroom and to visit next year's classroom as well.

If you're signed up for next year's kindergarten class, come on by and say hello. I would love to see you.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"Field Trip" to the Wax Museum

Today we walked over to the sixth grade classroom to visit the wax museum.

The sixth graders have been studying ancient civilizations this year and have learned quite a bit about some of the prominent figures from history's earliest days.

We saw figures from ancient Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and India. If you pressed the button on the figures they come to life with their stories. The stories were mostly over the heads of the kindergartners, but we learned how much fun it can be to learn in sixth grade.

 We saw Medusa,


 Egyptian queens,

 Shakyamuni Buddha, among many others.

 This event was the brainchild of the sixth grade's part-time student teacher, Elizabeth. Wonderful!

Before we left, we had a freeze-in-place contest. Of course statues in Wax Museums are difficult to beat when it comes to being motionless.

But the kindergarten was so still that at the end of a minute the sixth grade clapped for how still the kindergartners can be when they put their minds to it.

Mr. Gurney in New York City

Some of the students asked me to show them a picture of where I was last week. I was in New York City to see my daughter graduate with honors from medical school.

She has completed four years of medical school and will begin four years as a resident doctor at our nation's finest public hospital, Belleview Hospital, in New York City. She'll help deliver a lot of babies and help cure a lot of women.

Here's a picture of Mr. Gurney taken last week at his daughter's graduation.

This is what happy looks like.

Jeanette Lendino Gurney, my brother, James Gurney, my daughter, Elizabeth Gurney, M.D., Mr. Gurney, and Sarah Glade Gurney, my wife.
People I've loved for decades.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Horse Shoes by Brian Graham

Colton's dad, Brian Graham, came by with his helper, Justin, to show us how he makes horseshoes from bars of steel.

We started out looking at the tools needed to do this bit of magic: hammers, anvils, forges (the ovens in which the bars of steel are heated), tongs, and a tool to punch holes into the shoes. Here is Colton holding the tongs used to grip the hot steel.

It's hard to believe that these simple bars of steel can be fashioned into shoes for a horse, but we saw it happen. Here Brian begins hammering the bars as Justin steadies it on the anvil using the tongs. These guys really know what they're doing.

Soon, the shoe begins to take its characteristic shape. All this shaping is done with hammers, tongs, anvil, and lots of know-how.

Holes must be made in the shoes so that they can be nailed into the hoof. That's not exactly what's going on in this picture, but lots of expert hammering is involved.

Brian made a horse shoe, stamped with names, for each member of the class to take home as a memento of his visit. He even made draft horse shoes for Mrs. Frech and me. Mine's going over the doorway open side up (to catch good luck). There's nothing so valuable to me as handmade gifts.

Here's Colton and his dad at the end of his presentation.

Thank you, Brian!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Stone Soup

We'll be making Stone Soup tomorrow.

Please send your child to school with a single vegetable (a potato, an onion, one stalk of celery, one carrot, a turnip, a cabbage, etc.) to include in the soup. We'll enjoy a cup of vegetable soup fit for a king in the late morning.

Thank you!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Important Book: Kailee

The Important Thing about Kailee is that she loves her family, friends and teachers.

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