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    My wonderful niece started the year off with a beautiful pencil quilt for me! She’s such a dear soul 🙂

    You can see the music detail in one of the pieces!  Very special:)



    Children’s Classic readers got a surprise!  They are using iPods to listen and read their books!  This is Peter Pan and we maIMG_2095de Neverland maps.


    Our Ecology Club traveled to Outlook Nebraska, Inc., a


    place that makes paper towels and toilet paper from recycled materials and their staff is vision impaired.  We learned what kind of technologies they use to “see” their work.  One lady had on $15,000 glasses and she could finally see!  She was so excited.  There are only 2 pairs of these glasses being used in the United States!


    We saw the world’s largest toilet paper rolls and they even recycle the dust the cutting machines make!

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    We ended our tour with special goggles that made it very difficult to see out of, so we had a sense of what the workers did each day.  Now a very special thing happened from our tour here.  The students were wondering why didn’t OPS buy their paper products when the carbon footprint would be so small and the quality very good?  So we wrote a letter to the purchasing officer and she came and talked to our club.  The bid process for OPS is very detailed and we learned Outlook NE did not place a bid and OPS cannot solicit bids.  So she encouraged us to tell Outlook NE to place and bid and become a Tier I/II business as these are the kinds of businesses OPS will first look to buy from.  So again our club wrote a letter – this time to Outlook, NE!  Activism in progress!!




    How do students learn the instruments of the orchestra?  Second graders start with four instruments from the four instrument families.  Can you tell which ones they are by their artwork?? 🙂






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    All-City is always the first weekend in February and we had 14 singers from Chandler View participate.


    February also took the Music Club into 4 rehearsals for our musical, Compose Yourself.  We had 33 students from 3rd grade to 6th grade participate.


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    Our performance was Friday, February 12 and many parents came to watch our shining stars!  What a great way to spend an evening 🙂

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    Our Music Club was delighted to spend an evening in NYC!  Well, we read the day’s newspaper, toured various NYC landmarks via the internet, ate a wonderful catered pasta meal – complete with cheese cake, and then traveled downtown to Thomas Mangelsen’s studio and then to the Broadway musical Newsies.  Great show, great kids, great night!


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    Children’s Classics read Pinocchio and then we made these scarf marionettes.  It was good to see the kids struggle a bit to get knots tied and their puppet put together!!


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    Our administrative staff always does such a wonderful job for teacher appreciation week!  This year they thought we were Hollywood stars!! Fun.

    What did you do with your extra day this year?  We “leaped” over to Fontenelle Forest with some of the Ecology Club members.  We helped pick up trash along the trails.

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    I went to Kaneko for a lecture from a scientist interested in what’s happening to our amphibian population.  What he’s found is disgusting!  Atrazine, a herbicide that kills weeds, has changed males frogs into female frogs and deformed them.  And this carries on at least 3 generations.  I was glad I went, but am sad to know what we’ve done to our planet.  His name is Tyrone Hayes.  The exhibits were cool to look at too as their theme is water.

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    I attended a delightful Irish music concert by the Omaha symphony at the Holland Center – not the greatest seats, but hey, you can still hear the music just fine there:)  And I thought I’d share the most intense, largest, and longest lasting sun dog with you!

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    One cold weekend morning Leanne and I met at Spring Creek Audubon Prairie in hopes of hearing and seeing prairie chickens.  Nope!  But we did enjoy listening to all the other birds!!

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    We then cut down a dead tree at Leanne’s and had a nice picnic by a near-by lake.  I guess Emily didn’t think she looked photo ready.  Her aunt thinks she’s beautiful any time!


    It’s time for the Ecology Club to put up the fencing around one of our flower beds!  Guess it was a committee thing 🙂 with a lookout posted too!! ha

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    It’s Ceili time for Chandler View’s Music Club!  We invited our parents, past teachers, present teachers, friends, retired teachers, and families for an evening of dancing!  We ended with a splendid catered Irish meal of potato soup, Irish soda bread, green apples, oranges, cookies, and green punch!  What a team effort to make this lively – and I think, becoming a tradition – come to life!

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    This was our Easter table.  It’s good to have a loving family!


    Our Ecology Club is very busy on Thursday mornings…mulching, recycling, or learning new things!

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    Here’s Emily presenting at the American Educational Research Association in Washington, D.C.  Her paper was entitled:  FCS Teachers, English Learners, and a Neglected Democratic Corner of High School. Pretty proud of this girl!!


    Our Music Club had their annual Spring Sing at Walnut Creek Retirement Center.  The residents love the children as much as I do, and we had a great afternoon of singing and conversing!



    Last fall our Ecology Club members planted 300 tulip bulbs and this spring we are enjoying our efforts!


    During the pre-schooler’s parent visitation day, our Ecology Club went out and made them honorable Ecology Club members!  It fit well with the book they had read about various clubs children can join to help save the earth.


    Every Thursday morning our Ecology Club has a parade of recycle bins out to the main recycle dumpster.  During the spring, the members are very busy with yard work too.  They learned how to cut seed potatoes and then went out and planted 5 rows of them in our garden.  We took the straw off the strawberries, cleaned up the hosta beds and poured vinegar along the garden fence to kill off the grass and weeds.  This was all, of course, washed down with some great pizza!

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    We also made plant containers out of recycled lunch boxes and filled them with dirt and gave each classroom a baggie of marigold seeds that we had grown and harvested for a school-wide Earth Day celebration.

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    Here’s a video we made about what Ecology Club does for our school.  Please click on the blue words to view the movie. 🙂

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    On Arbor Day the entire school assembled in the gym to have an Earth/Arbor Day program.  Each class had learned a song from the musical, Assignment: Earth, and stood up and sang it when our Ecology Club, who acted as emcees, announced their piece.  The teachers even got into the act by doing a green rap!

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    The Ecology Club planted a wildflower garden we hope will attract many butterflies, transplanted purple cone flower into our track dedication garden, and planted popcorn, okra, beets, carrots, and Swiss chard in the garden.


    On Saturday, May 7 Emily Mae Manning graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Family and Consumer Science with High Distinction!  We are so proud of your work Emily 🙂

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    Emily is off on a full-ride to the University of Missouri in Columbia to get her Masters degree.

    Cougars were planting trees and flowers in May.

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    Leanne, Mark and Emily traveled to the Czech Republic and got to see many relatives and birth places of Joseph Novak and Marie Kabes. They sent me pictures and emailed me, so I felt like I was on the trip too!

    Joseph Novak’s birthplace.                                Cesky Krumlov                     St. Charles bridge, Praha.

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    Marie Kabes/Little Karel’s back yard.              Little Karel’s kitchen.  Wow!

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    Rose & husband, Charlie’s wife.  Alenka & mother.              Joseph Novak’s house.

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    Cousins at Little Karel’s new house.


    Little Karel’s new house on Marie Kabes farm.       Marie Popek yard.

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    Joseph Novak’s birth place.            Early morning picture of Prague while Emily was on her run.

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    Cousins in Marie’s yard.


    Arnost and family with mother Jitka.


    Sun setting over the castle.         Alenka gave both Leanne and I these beautiful garnet pieces.

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    Emily and kroj in the Municipal House and my favorite of the trip, Emily on the St Charles Bridge with the Prague Castle in the back ground.  How very special 🙂

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    The Mannings in the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace!

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    Emily and Rose’s mother in Charlie’s back yard.


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    I’m trying something new this year.  CSA from the Common Good Farm just north of Raymond.  This was week 3’s bounty!

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    June means it’s CAMP COUGAR.  Our theme is Behind the Scenes….How Things Work!  So for Music and Nature we’re learning about bugs and doing lots of gardening.

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    Here’s our track dedication wild flower garden and our vegetable garden!

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    Picking strawberries is always fun!

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    Oh dear!  This tree is infested with caterpillars!!

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    How about a bucket of radishes??  For many, the first time to eat fresh from the garden.

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    Kindergartners can weed, and pull radishes!

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    Eating those strawberries is the best part!

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    We painted ants too!  And our little worker ants planted 6 new peonies!

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    After studying about bees, our campers got to taste bread, butter, and honey!  Most had never tasted honey and some liked it so well they ate 4 pieces of bread, butter, and honey 🙂

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    Our 4th grader felt great pride and satisfaction by mulching all the landscaping at Chandler View this June.

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    Our 1st graders traveled to Chicago Dogs to see how things work behind the scenes, walked across the street to eat lunch and see the horse statues of the fallen policemen and women and then got to stand in 2 states at once on the Bob Kerrey bridge.  Of course the splash pad was a big hit too!

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    Our campers were no strangers to our garden and had fun picking strawberries, and sweet peas and learning the names of some of the vegetables.  And what could be more fun than a simple wagon ride as a treat to doing all the mulching?? 🙂

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    It was time for our first graders to travel again.  To the fire station and car dealership, and the next week to the 1st National Bank and the mall park for lunch and the big slides and on to Ted & Wally’s for ice cream.  Who wouldn’t want this check?? 🙂

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    Camp Cougar ended with all of us wearing our Behind the Scenes….How Things Work shirts and the 3rd graders presented their musical entitled “Character Keys” and Mr Eversoll had a slide show of all the activities we took part in during Camp Cougar.  What a great way to end our 20 days of camp!!

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    The following link will let you watch our first number and title song of our musical.


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    I learned a great deal about trees during this 3 day convention and I treated myself and stayed at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City!

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    This amazing state champion Black Walnut is 145 years old and greets everyone who goes to Arbor Lodge!

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    They have 38 rows of hazelnut trees.  The squirrels are in heaven!!


    It’s fun to walk with the trees overhead.  I look at trees differently now – especially when it comes to pruning!

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    This is Smokey.  He lives in Fairview Manor.  Dad had a fall on Father’s Day and was out in the sun and heat for 24 hours before the Windstream repairman happened to come by and find him.  He stayed 3 nights in the hospital and then came to Fairview Manor.  On August 1st Dad will go to assisted living there at the manor.

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    I attended a half day solar/wind meeting and found some great curricular ideas to use with our Ecology Club.  The Nebraska Green Ribbon will be awarded this year and students work through investigations to earn their points and do a community service project.  You can bet Cougars will be taking part in this opportunity!


    And just because students aren’t in school, doesn’t mean the CV garden isn’t growing!  Soon to have many cantaloupe!

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    I took a Wonders of Wetlands class here.  A wetland area on the side of West Maple in Omaha!  My ice cube tray had LOTS of living things in it after I pulled the water out of the pond!  Their wildflower garden is amazing!  Even a blue heron was there to say hi:)

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    These were the first of 30+ muskmelons the CV garden produced this year!

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    Our CV garden!



    Our staff meeting, my room, and you see some of the weirdest things on the interstate!!



    Emily moved to Columbia, Missouri for graduate school in a U-Haul trailer with the Nebraska State Fair on it!  How appropriate as Leanne thought she was taking state fair entries in to be judged!! ha 🙂

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    Our Cornhuskers harvested our popcorn crop this year.  Some of the ears were 10 inches long!  We plan to use the popcorn for our Christmas program entitled “Let’s Go to the Movies!”

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    Our happy First graders are working on their rhythms!

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    Chandler View scored the most points in the Green School Initiative contest and we planted peonies with our prize money.  the beauty berry bushes seem to like our campus too – they would probably be twice as big if we could keep the deer and bunnies from eating them!

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    It’s time to get the popcorn stalks to the compost pile and harvest the carrots!

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    These are our 4th graders in Children’s Classic class.  They meet during their lunch and recess time and we’ve been reading A Christmas Carol.  We will go to the Nebraska Theater Caravan’s production at South High School.  Our next book will be the 1st illustrated Harry Potter book!  Look out all your muggles!

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    Ecology Club traveled to Camp Brewster to participate in the national Green Apple Day of Service by harvesting forb seeds for Fontenelle Forest to use on their property.  Miss Kate is so gracious to have us come and work!  And of course we had pizza when we returned to school.

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    This was a fun project!  We found discarded lumber by the side of our access road.  So we loaded it up, washed and let it dry in the sun.  Then we measured, saw, and screwed together a nice little table for our staff bathroom.  The students learned a lot and had fun helping!

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    We’ve added some house plants to our library and our Ecology Club members have specific jobs to care for them!

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    This is my mentee, a 5th grade boy!  He doesn’t talk a lot, although his mom says when he warms up to me, he’ll never stop 🙂  I’m still waiting!  We went to the apple orchard and picked apples.  He is also building a monster truck with me and we are reading the book “Witches” by Roald Dahl.  I look forward to our time together.


    While working on the National Green Ribbon award papers for our school, I found 2 beautiful oak chairs in the Papillion’s library dumpster!  Lucky find!!  If you click on GreenRibbonPictures you will open a powerpoint (you may have to select powerpoint to view it) of just the pictures that we submitted for our National Green Ribbon application.


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    Travel Club spent a Saturday learning about Lewis & Clark and earning their Jr Ranger badges.  Then we traveled to Boys Town to learn about that institution and see their world record ball of stamps 🙂  It was a good day and I think they are now done holding up the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge!

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    Leanne and I took some time to pal around Lauritzen Gardens and ate at Le Boullion in the Old Market and then went to Lanoha Nursery for some new house plants!  Very nice time together 🙂

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    Ecology Club visited with Matt Weber of Table Grace and learned how they take discarded foods from grocery stores and turn it into healthy food.  There is just a good will box where you pay what you can for the food.  If you can’t pay, then you work for your food.  He trains people for the food industry and helps people get a job.  What a wonderful place – and we donated some of our garden produce!

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    I took a weekend and traveled down to Kansas City to see Renee Fleming sing!  As you can see my seat was nearly by Pluto, but her sound was absolutely stunning!  I also went to the Nelson-Atkins Museum and was inspired by many pieces – – the one that has just a little snake on the wall is a to-scale recycled silver river of the Missouri!  Cool!  A weekend well spent!


    Our renter was so kind to take dad out for a ride in the cab!  The corn was good this year – when he was riding it was registering 260 bushels per acre!

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    Our Music Club members were very excited to be a part of the Omaha Symphony’s Spooktacular concert!  They saved their own money and dressed in their costumes and listened to the music from Harry Potter films.  What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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    Our Ecology Club cleaned off the garden and we had a cook out afterwards.  We found a nest of mice, plenty of roots to pull out, and learned about how the garden grows.  Our next project will be to put new chicken wire around the bottom of the garden fence.


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    The popcorn was ready to shell and the garden fence needed new chicken wire!  The Ecology Club is always busy.

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    Pizza makes hard work easier! 🙂

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    November 10th = 90 years for Rex Brown.  Leanne and I went to Fairview Manor for the birthday supper.  I played my accordion and Leanne handed out cake and ice cream.

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    Children’s Classics is reading A Christmas Carol and went to South High School to see the production by the Nebraska Theater Caravan.  Great show with a wonderful message!

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    In honor of National Recycle Day, our Ecology Club had the Pappio NRD come out and talk to us about recycling.  He also brought a turtle and 2 salamanders and we learned that Omaha doesn’t have salamanders any more.  Our school entered a National Recycle Bowl and in 4 weeks we were able to recycled 4320 pounds of materials.  Way to go Chandler View!

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    And then it was time to clean the popcorn!  We harvested and cleaned 3 gallons of popcorn!  We will be using it for a snack after our dress rehearsal for our Christmas concert….Let’s Go to the Movies.  What goes better with a movie than popcorn?? 🙂

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    Travel Club took a trip to the Joslyn Museum and looked at photographs from the 100th meridian, artwork from the books of No, No David author, David Shannon, and then used smartphones to search for clues for “Edventures.”  These scavenger hunts were written by OPS middle school students in collaboration with UNO students.  Travel Club members said they really enjoyed the trip.


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    Our family moves Thanksgiving around to suit everyone’s schedules so after our meal, Leanne and I had invited family to come to the house for a birthday reception for dad.  He was very pleased at the turn out!


    From left to right:  Rosalie Kleinschmidt, Jo Ann Schlecht, Wilt Schlecht, Tom Novak, Deb Novak, PJ O’Connor, Leanne Manning, Nancy Whitted, Mark Manning, Rex Brown, Barry Brown, Jennifer Brown, Myah Brown, Brendan Brown, Sydney Brown, Butch Dittmer, Tad Dittmer.  Came but left early – – Patsy & Tom Rohrig.

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    This is my mentee.  Each week we meet and read a book together – Witches by Roald Dahl and we’ve been putting this truck together.  It was strange after we got it done, he didn’t really want other kids to see he had it.  I think he still wants to be in the “cool” group = naughties, so wasn’t willing to have them see him have this model.  I have a long ways to go with him 🙂


    Our staff went to Gallup on the morning before Thanksgiving break to talk about our strengths.  These are mine.  1. I like to learn  2. I’m a careful, private person.  3. I like to get things done.  4.  I will do what I say I will do.  5. I like to think.

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    Our new hand drums came in!  Can’t wait to get started with the students!

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    It finally got cold enough to straw the strawberries, so the Chandler View Ecology Club went out and got the task completed.  Afterwards the kids said, “This was fun!”  🙂

    Travel Club wrote a few lines to students in the Czech Republic.  It’s fun to share experiences across the Atlantic Ocean!

    The post-lady rang my door bell and handed me this wonderful birthday present from Minsk, Belarus!  A beautiful table cloth and napkins made with fibers from Belarus entitled “The Music of Spring.”  Thank you Olga 🙂

    Leanne sent me this picture of mom in the bottom of Royal Gorge!  Can you tell which one she is??  They don’t look very happy – – must have been a hot day!

    Remember all that popcorn we harvested, shelled, and cleaned?  Well here it is!  The students were each given a bag of it to eat after our dress rehearsal, because what goes better with movies than popcorn??

    Lots of Santa’s Elves helped make that dream a reality – – they sacked 800 bags of popcorn!

    5th and 6th grade choruses.  They will also be going to perform for Christmas at Union Station on the 20th.  This was dress rehearsal, for the program they all wore very nice outfits!

    Our office staff and administrators were ready to go to the movies!  It’s such fun to work with these wonderful people!  If you go to youtube.com and type in Chandler View Cougars, you’ll come to our school’s channel and you can watch our Christmas program.

    Another traditional event in December is the caroling party at Pine Crest Bed & Breakfast.  This is the dessert bar before we sang!

    Ecology Club members spent the morning writing to catalog companies asking them not to send multiple copies to our school!  The hardest part was getting the enveloped addressed correctly!  🙂

    A pretty sunset over the Platte River is a perk for driving to and from work each day!

    The 5th and 6th Grade Choruses went to Christmas at Union Station, Tuesday, Dec 20th.

    Chorus students sang their Christmas program selections and then combined to sing two more songs for the audience.  There were many parents there!  Students had pizza before they went!

    Our annual holiday craft party for Ecology Club is always a fun evening!  This year students were challenged to create from recycled materials after they had harvested thyme, marjoram, and rosemary.  They also made bowls from yarn and wreaths from candy canes.

    And our family Christmas at the Kramer Kastle!  Emily got a new golden retriever and named her Gloria!

































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