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    Chandler View music club prepped for The King & I, by staying after school Friday, Jan 19th and singing songs and learning about the show.  Then we ate an oriental meal catered in by Hy-Vee and had a rest period before we changed into our good clothes.  Then onto the bus for the sites of Kaneko’s Light display and then to the Orpheum for a fantastic show!  The king was the same man who played the part on Broadway, so we had the best of the best!!

    Chandler View chorus was treated to the musical movie, The Greatest Showman.  26 students came to the theater and I’m thinking a couple of the songs would make great chorus songs!!

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    Chandler View had 5 sixth grade singers participate in All-City.

    Usually January is a great month to get lots of teaching and learning done, but this year we had 3 snow days!  “Red sky in the morning, teachers give warning!” 🙂

    Our Music Club presented The Adventures of Lewis and Clark on Friday, February 9th.  We had 4 rehearsals after school and put the musical together.

    As you can see our cast of 30 students had plenty to eat, we played the Lewis & Clark board game, and got fitted for our costumes.  These students really did a nice job and became a little family 🙂  The next club time they said they were ready to do another show!

    Friday, February 23rd found members of the Ecology Club doing science experiments led by GSK Sr. Researcher Sherri Doht.  We found the acidity in sour candy and blueberry syrup and learned how water filters work.

    The boy in the black shirt is my mentee and I have NEVER seen more than a little smile on his face.  To see his facial expressions was worth all the trouble of having this night of science!! 🙂

    Our school holds a Wellness Night for students and families.  I was in the Plinko room and it was interesting to see Dads and sons try to get the little ball all the way to top of the maze!

    Travel and Ecology Club members went to see the Light exhibit at Kaneko.  It was great and the kids enjoyed themselves very much.  We even had time to walk around Old Town and found the vintage ballroom!  Of course we start with food…what’s better than eating ice cream out of the bucket?? 🙂

    The room they are looking into is constantly changing patterns.  It has a glass/mirror floor and we weren’t allowed to go in as someone had dropped their cell phone and broke the floor!  So they were repairing it!  One exhibit is controlled from the Netherlands!  Really a cool exhibit!

    On Saturday, March 3 I attended a 5 hour workshop on citizen science.  There are many projects out there waiting for the average citizen to gather data on.  You can bet we’ll be providing them with some data soon!

    How could you go wrong listening to this outstanding chorus?  They performed at First Plymouth Church.

    Over spring break I went out to Branched Oak Lake north of Lincoln and saw a million snow geese and can you see the 10 bald eagles??  Wow!

    Leanne and I went out to eat The Grey Plume and then to an Irish concert at The Holland.  Great!

    Someone took one of our bluebird boxes, pole and all 🙁  So these two boys helped me put up another box for those beautiful birds!

    I went to a RegeNErate Nebraska conference.  The ladies were talking about what they do on their farms and how they really don’t want to be any bigger – they are suggesting more people do what they are doing.  I agree!

    Chandler View had their own night at the Children’s Museum in Omaha so I took my mentee and now his brother thinks he must go too 🙂  That’s fine…the more the merrier!

    I used many calendar pictures and put up a scavenger hunt for our Cougars.  Here the Ecology Club members are working on finding the answers.  Great way to teach and recycle at the same time 🙂

    So we start the third installment of our community garden.  The beds are in, the water lines are in and now we begin to work on the fence.  It’s great to have parents who can help.

    Members of the Ecology Club helped carry gates and posts up to the community garden.  These kids were panting when they got finished, but felt good about accomplishing a big task and being able to help.

    Thank goodness for another dad!  These Ecology Club students and our strong armed dad, put the gates up for the community garden.

    For some reason I’m on the emailing list of a bunch of architects and they have gatherings from time to time to look at new LEED standard buildings.  This is the International Training Center for Peter Kiewit!  Wow!  Very nice…one of them was saying just the chairs were probably 3000 dollars a piece!

    After the gates got put in, it was time to have some more dads come and pound in 21 fence posts!

      

    A neighborhood household had put hundreds of pavers out with a sign, “Free take as many as you need!”  So I loaded up my trunk and the students helped put them down around our new hydrants in the community garden.

    On Friday, April 13th, a family, another teacher, and the custodial staff plus community service youth helped put up the wire fence.

    It didn’t take too long, although there are many cosmetic touch-ups that need to occur yet – great jobs for our Ecology Club students, and the Chandler View Community Garden fence was standing in all its glory!

    8 gates, 5 beds and 3 water hydrants!  Wow!  I was so happy I thought I could fly 🙂

    So then it was time to add chicken wire around the inside of the fence and have an Ecology Club work session to get a few things planted and take out the winter kill from our landscaping beds.

    The Ecology Club kids work hard, but they love to be helpful and feel great when their job is done! 🙂

    I planted 5 plants of rhubarb and 10 or asparagus in our garden, since we have a little more room!

    I attended the Opera Omaha’s debut Proving Up opera.  It was certainly different!  The “stage” looked like a fashion show walkway, but it was filled with dirt!  A rack held 6 guitars and the orchestra was playing harmonicas as well.  Very different!

    I attended a workshop given by the Reggio Emilia Childhood guru Carlina Rinaldi at Innovation Campus at UNL.  Her Italian accent was so thick it was hard for me to understand her.

    We had an apartment fire in the same neighborhood I live.  Scary to see the flames above the roof.  Reports indicated a cigarette was the cause:(

    I was a “judge” for the NE Science Olympiad.  Thank goodness a grad student was there to grade the tests!  I was a proctor and had fun with the students.  It was good to see them excel in academic mode!

    We have a cecropia moth cocoon hanging on one of the trees on the corner of our school.  The teachers and students have been very interested in it.  I hope it makes it and that we are around to watch it spread its wings!

    The Kansas smoke was terrible this spring!  We had to stay indoors at school for recess because of it.

    I’ve been very pleased with the Nebraska Box from LoneTree Foods.  It’s a CSA and the produce is excellent!  I like the shiitake mushrooms from Grand Island!

    On the last day of April we took the Music Club to our Spring Sing with the residents of Walnut Creek Retirement Center.  It’s great that we could just walk across the street and be there!

    The residents had made May Day baskets for the kids.  Anytime there is candy, kids are delighted!!  But they also liked talking to the residents.  I had to smile as I heard one boy commenting on the lady’s shoes and how he liked them.  I had prepped the kids to talk with the residents and that was one of the many examples I used!  Ha – sometimes they listen!

      

    Of course there was pizza afterwards!  So when Music Club ended for the year I asked them what they had enjoyed the most.  Spring Sing, going to see The King & I, and putting on their own musical!  Then they started to say they wanted to be in the musical next year!  Yes!  The musical bug has bitten!

    It’s true!  April showers bring May flowers, especially if your Ecology Club members planted 500 bulbs in the fall 🙂  What an amazing show just in time for our school carnival!

    My mentee’s brother has learned that being with Miss Brown can be fun, especially when he’ll be able to go to the carnival if he helps Miss Brown 🙂  It was a great night with food trucks outside and homemade carnival games inside and a few bounce houses in the gym.

    Trying to keep the weeds/grass out of the fence line.  We sprayed vinegar/Epsom salts/dishsoap on the fence line, but nothing seemed to happen.  I think it was operator error as I had a student doing that as I was pounding in 144 name stakes and other students were planting!  So I took chemical and sprayed and weed-eated around the fence.  One of our teachers is a gardener and she is very excited and tells me about who was there in the evening and how it’s fun to have a community gathering!  I agree 🙂

    At our B&B Book Club meeting one member mentioned a restaurant in Dodge, NE run by Michael Glissman.  She said he was from Bancroft.  Hmm, he played bass drum for me when we went to Washington, D.C.!  So Harriet and Leanne and I traveled up to EAT to, well, eat!  It was wonderful as you can see my plate!  Michael purchased the old bank building and turned it into a quaint restaurant.  He is very articulate (I remember that from being his teacher!) and kind and talented chef.  Then the 3 of us drove over to Clarkson to buy plants from Bluebird nurseries.  Good thing we took Leanne’s Highlander as it was pretty well packed!  We also counted birds as we drove up as it was National Birding day!  A very fun outing and just another reason to be in a book club:)  We have a facebook page if you want to see what we’ve been up to!  It’s a really fun group with lots of great thinkers.  Take a look for yourself!  We are called The B&B Book Club.  Now, I’m not sure you’ll be able to see it.  I think the administrator set it up as a secret group.  Gee, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a secret group before 🙂

    Lots of wonderful people work at Chandler View, and sometimes they get awards for it!  Our principal, Greg Eversoll, was awarded the Spirit of Collaboration award from the Omaha Education Association at the Stockyards ballroom.  I was proud and happy to be there to support him!  I’ve been blessed to have his leadership!!

    What happens when you give Kindergartners little digging shovels?  Well we’ll soon see.  We dug up the dirt and then planted some wildflower seeds and a few zucchini seeds.  If they all grow we’ll have enough zucchini to feed the entire school twice! 🙂

    The Travel Club and Ecology Club members were invited to a picnic at Haworth Park in Bellevue.  As you can see it’s right beside the Missouri River.  It was fun to see the kids engaging with nature and one girl even found a mutant dandelion to show me!  I was disappointed not more could attend, but as you can see, those who did had a great time!

     

     

     

     

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