Not In Jersey: June 2011 June 2011 - Not In Jersey

Not in Jersey Moments

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

During the month of May, I had two actual Not in Jersey moments that I have been meaning to share.

First incident: I was looking out of the front window when I saw a woman walk by with her small dog. Said dog decided to poop on my lawn. Okay, it was on the other side of the sidewalk, on the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street. The woman did not pick up her dog's poop. Now, in New Jersey, I routinely got into arguments with the annoying people who insisted on parking in front of my driveway while picking up their kids from the school across the street. It happened so often, it was almost a hobby. However, this time I restrained myself from opening the door and yelling at the woman! Because hey, I don't live in New Jersey anymore! In Kansas we don't yell at our neighbors...

However, in Kansas we do have tornadoes. You may remember last fall when I posted about our weather radio and the weather in Kansas. I mentioned then that it is pretty rare for tornadoes to come through where I live. Yet, two times in one week the tornado sirens went off. The second time, the warning was actually quite close to where we live, so Simon, Rudy, and I spent some time in the basement. Gabbie was safely in her school's basement, and Zachary was not so safely in his school's hallway. Zachary's school does not have a basement - something I would not have had to worry about in New Jersey. Luckily, the tornado warning passed by without developing. And the next time the tornado sirens sounded, it was only a test. Imagine being on the playground with 13 kids (and 4 other adults) and being blasted by the tornado siren. Certainly not in New Jersey.

End of School Projects

Forgive me for I am a little behind (just a little...). The following projects were made for L'ag B'Omer and Shavuot!

Gabbie's bonfire with Hebrew labels
Gabbie's image of herself with a book that says "I study Torah" in Hebrew
Love Your Neighbor project
L'ag B'Omer words
Another bonfire - I like how Gabbie drew the faces around it
Hebrew fill in the blanks - not for a holiday, just a vocabulary page!
Zachary's Love Your Neighbor project!
The kids have been out of school for two weeks already. Camp started yesterday and everyone is having a great time so far!

End of the School Year

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Yes, already. We start school in August here, and end before Memorial Day. So the kids have been off from school for a week. Each child had a small celebration to mark the end of their school year.

First, we all went to Gabbie's kindergarten class for a morning visit in which we got to see her group do their davening (prayers) and the whole class do their morning meeting. Then all the kindergartners got called by name to walk under a "We Did It" sign and they received certificates. Gabbie had perfect attendance for the first marking period.

Next, the kindergartners took turns sharing their favorite thing that they learned in kindergarten. They had written down what they wanted to say and they read their paper to the class. Gabbie said her favorite thing was punctuation, and her favorite punctuation mark was the question mark.

The following day, we went to Zachary's class for a graduation performance. Zachary was feeling shy and he didn't sing along with his friends. I did manage to get a picture of him, he is the one on the bottom left of the picture.

Each child received a certificate with their own honor. Zachary's was in honor of him being easy-going and always wearing a smile!