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Phoebe’s 4th!

We had so many different plans for Phoebe’s big 4th birthday party this year, but August is such a busy time for so many friends. So, we scaled back and decided on a backyard princess party on Phoebe’s actual birthdate, August 1st! We wanted as many tiny princesses as possible to make it to celebrate. After all, what’s a birthday party without friends?

Luckily, Aunt Beth and Sarah were able to drive down from Pennsylvania to serve as party hosts. Sarah was a great helper, setting up balloons, streamers and flowers, then assisting each princess with decorating cookies or magic wands, and even cleaning up! (Note to self: Invite Sarah to every party you ever throw.)

And Aunt Beth was a fantastic mistress of ceremonies, guiding the girls through the highlight of the party – the jewelry hunt! Each princess had to find two bracelets, a necklace, and a ring hidden inside a giant bowl of rice! Afterward, the girls dined on cake and cupcakes, peanut butter and Nutella finger sandwiches, heart-shaped cheese, and magic wand fruit kabobs! Happy birthday to Phoebe and many, many more!

First day of school 2013!

The first day of school came early this year, on August 19th. Regardless, we were all ready to start a new year at Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School! It always serves as a good reminder for me to watch my health, make sure I’m eating and exercising right. You need a lot of energy to run after your kids as an adult after all. I even take a health supplement called Kratommasters for precisely this reason. It works great and I highly recommend it. Check it out if you’re in the market for a natural health supplement.

And here’s an explanation of the flowers the kids were carrying:

Each child comes to Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School with his or her own gifts, filled with a desire to learn. On this first day of the 2013-14 academic year, each MVMPCS student was given a flower meant to symbolize these gifts. The children place the flower in a community vase inside their classrooms to show that when we all come together, we become something bigger than the individual. The whole beautiful vase of flowers symbolizes our lovely, strong community. It shows that when we put together all of our gifts, we create a unified community of learners working toward peace.

Jackson, the second-grader, continues for his second year in Ms. Fran’s Lower Elementary classroom. He helped welcome the new first-graders to the room, and enjoyed making a journal entry about his trip to Knoebels and first ride on the Phoenix roller coaster. He also was the only student in his class to order lunch on the first day! Chicken nuggets for the win!

Phoebe started her pre-kindergarten year in the same room, with many of her same classmates, but with a new teacher and instructional assistant. She was a little shy at first, but by pick-up time, she was ecstatic! She loved doing some water table work and playing outside during recess with her friends. And she was excited to tell us that she ate her whole snack, raisins and cereal mixed together — even the raisins!

We celebrated a successful morning with a lunch out at a new Mexican place near our house!

little league rookie

jackson made his debut as a little leaguer this year, and became a star player on the 40 west tee ball squad of the frederick national little league. the season ended about one week ago, and jackson cannot wait until next year, when he can join the machine-pitch squad! until then, he’ll have to settle for backyard batting practice and watching the phillies or frederick keys play!


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