Saturday, October 30, 2010
Sami was a big hit at the picture booth and we're not sure what she loved more, the couch where pictures were being taken or the close proximity of the concession stand. Either way she received lots of loving and plenty of treats. Another bigbhit was the costume contest This year's costume contest was very hard on the judges. There were so many entrants and great costumes that the judges had to make two categories - little kids and big kids.
Our silent auction was a success with folks gathering for last minute bidding as time ran out. It's always fun watching everyone get in position to try and make the last bid to win a basket or donated item. We appreciate the contributions from individuals and businesses of our great community that donated items for the silent auction. The silent auction is always our most successful fundraising portion of the Fall Festival.
It was also exciting to learn we had visitors as far away as Livingston, Coldspring, and Houston. We even had a guest appearance from the seamstress for Little Bo Peep! Word on the street is that costume plans are already being made for 2011.
Thank you again to everyone for supporting our Annual Fall Festival - hope to see you again next year.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Of course all the other students loved Maddie and she may want to come back because of all the extra love she received.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Classes host theme based baskets that will be a part of the silent auction and businesses within our community have donated some nice items for the auction as well. Along with the auction there will be games and activities for all ages. Sami will be in attendance to take photos with the kids.
This is always an exciting day of fun you would not want to miss out on. Come on out after your child's games too - we'll be here until 2PM!
All proceeds go to the Elementary Campus to support the students and staff. Our Booster Club has helped fund activities, school projects, and technology upgrades over the past 5 years.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Mrs. Myers, one of our 4th grade teachers, completed the Harbor Half Marathon in Corpus Christi this past weekend. That's 13.1 miles over some really tall bridges! Mrs. Myers' husband also completed the half marathon and their oldest son completed the Corpus Christi Marathon Kids.
Mrs. Myers competes often in races and can be seen in the early mornings training on the roads around town.
Congratulations Mrs. Myers - well done!
Monday, October 18, 2010
I attempted the Palo Duro Canyon 50 Mile Trail Run which has a 12 hour cutoff. Upon my third loop (of which it takes four to finish), I only had 3 hours to complete 12.5 miles. I can typically do this distance without much concern, however, the combination of heat and hills had taken their toll on me. I would not have been able to complete the last loop in the allotted time. Therefore I, along with the race director, felt the best decision was to stop. It would be getting dark and cold within a few hours. Stopping was the smart choice....
I wanted to continue but knew my day was done. Strangely for me I was not sad or disappointed because I knew I gave my best effort. Will I attempt another 50 miler? Good question. I have plenty of questions that I must work through following this race as I've never had to stop short of my goal.
I am blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people that are supportive of me. No one does anything alone...and this race was no exception.
Thank you. - Ana
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I have run a couple of marathons and 50K trail races but this 50 mile adventure is a new test - one that I am excited about and feel well prepared. I have endured alone the long training runs as well as the brutal heat of the summer. I am more reflective and patient as I feel more in tune with who I am and what I can do. I have learned that in time I will complete my task and by pacing myself I will succeed.
We face these kinds of challenges in education all the time - always preparing for a test that determines our success. We hope that the hours we put in will help us reach our goals, all the while keeping our focus on the true purpose of our profession - loving kids and watching them grow and reach their potential. In the end success comes in many forms not solely measured by a single accomplishment.
Here too, with a 50 mile race ahead of me, I know I will be successful. I have the spirit of each of you with me as well as love and support. No matter what my finishing time is, I know that I have prepared well and will do my best.
Thank you all for your kind words, well wishes, and love. Each of you will be with me in my heart...
Have a great week and I'll see you all on Monday!
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This is an exciting project that was put together by parents and students from our campus. How awesome is that?
Thanks in advance for your support!
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
4th Grade classes enjoyed an experiment in Ms. Swearingen's class last week. The experiment called for taking a hamburger and fries and blending them together. Once that part was completed, the items were strained, boiled, and then chilled. Students then wrote about the processes in their journals.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
You can view the article at http://smithvilletimes.com/2010/10/06/the-elementary-implements-the-save-for-america-program/.
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The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a traveling milking parlor, featuring a live cow and an oral presentation. The trained instructors will demonstrate how to milk a cow, describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer, and then answer questions from the audience. This is an innovative program that brings the dairy experience directly to children. At schools, students and teachers share an experience that includes math, science, health (nutrition), and agriculture, all presented in an outdoor classroom format.
The program is scheduled to begin at 9AM. For more information the website is:
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Once school begins, we will have adjusted Specials schedules, and ultimately an early release day. The purpose of our shortened day is to allow Teachers and Parents time to have good conversations about our students.
During Specials, Officer Stewart will be on hand to talk with our students about bicycle safety, which is a nice lead-in to the Bicycle Rodeo scheduled for this Saturday. The Rodeo will take place in the parking lot of the Elementary.
Enjoy the day and all of it's excitement!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
When the mother finished asking her questions the principal reassured her the school would take care of Emily. Apparently the mother was more use to resistance and didn't know how to respond when the principal was so welcoming and helpful. He jokingly even stated the parent asked if he really was the principal. That made me laugh.
I was moved by the blog post by the love the principal showed for this child he hadn't even met, but mostly I was moved to find an example of our school. As I was reading the blog post I thought of the staff of Smithville Elementary. Every child that walks through the door of our school is treated with kindness, acceptance, and love. No matter the story each child walks in the door with, we welcome them. Even when we know we won't have them with us for very long.
Each day is a new day, a new smile, and a renewed sense of why we are in education. There can be no greater calling than to work with children. Sometimes I wonder who is getting the education - the children or the adults...I think both! Each day we all grow in our understanding, acceptance, and hopefully love of one another.
Have a great day!