Monthly Archives: September 2006

A proper education includes Weird Al

Speaking of education, every child should learn about Michael Jackson and Weird Al Yankovic. We spent the morning watching Beat It, then the parody Eat It, and then Michael Jackson’s “Bad“, which was great because Moomin finally realized that a … finish reading A proper education includes Weird Al

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Why I hate NCLB, part one

Apparently, for years the test scores have been going up in our school district. “The RCSD has had the highest increase in API scores in San Mateo County since 2000.” But that’s the API stuff, which is the state standards. … finish reading Why I hate NCLB, part one

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Public disgrace

whipping post Originally uploaded by msabcmom. We got the memo today that our school district failed its whatchamacallit test scores. So now we’re officially in “PI Status” which means “Program Improvement” but I think what that actually means is that … finish reading Public disgrace

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Game club update

game club Originally uploaded by Liz Henry. The lunchtime game club at Moomin’s school is going well. It’s chaotic. I expected there to be more kids who knew the basics of game playing. It’s astounding that out of such a … finish reading Game club update

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Proud at the crosswalk

crossing guard Originally uploaded by Liz Henry. On the way to school today, Moomin was freaking out a little that I was dropping him off. Would I be able to figure out exactly where his dad drops him off, not … finish reading Proud at the crosswalk

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the mom

???? Originally uploaded by droolcup. Scenes from yesterday: “Moomin, put the book down. Drink your juice.”“Aaaa! Look out! Your elbow is in the yogurt! Maybe if you stop reading at breakfast…”“Please get dressed. Put down the comic book.”“Please get dressed. … finish reading The apple doesn’t fall far from the mom

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Eleanor Roosevelt boxing match smackdown

eleanor roosevelt liquor decanter Originally uploaded by Liz Henry. At the library today we hauled a big stack of books, some chosen by me, some chosen by Moomin, over to a good spot on the floor. I offered to read … finish reading Eleanor Roosevelt boxing match smackdown

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Underpants are very silly

Moomin, who is obssessed with growing up to be the writing partner of Dav Pilkey, thought of a book. A few days ago he was putting underwear on his head while describing the book to me. It will be “The … finish reading Underpants are very silly

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Truth, liberty, toleration

truth, liberty, toleration Originally uploaded by Liz Henry. While I was at recess today, I saw the mean lunch lady in action; I think the same one that the Latina moms were complaining about at the meeting Monday night. I … finish reading Truth, liberty, toleration

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The game club starts

players and spectators Originally uploaded by Liz Henry. Our first try at a games day was a great success. Moomin’s homeroom teacher encouraged me to do this during lunch, and to come anytime, without the need for formal setup or … finish reading The game club starts

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Teach me how to clean my room, please

mom, i want to spread out my blanket Originally uploaded by Liz Henry. I knew this was coming. “Mom, can you show me how to spread out my blanket across my whole bed? Because I think I like that.” The … finish reading Teach me how to clean my room, please

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Chutes & Ladders

Chutes & Ladders Originally uploaded by javavenus32. While I was thinking about my idea to go play board games at the school at recess, I realized that I’d never successfully persuaded our next door neighbor to play one. So today … finish reading Chutes & Ladders

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Meeting notes from the school

Well, I’m posting my notes from the very interesting meeting. It’s long, but I think it’s important. My own thoughts are in square brackets, [like this]. The meeting was run by ELAC, the English Learners Action Committee, in Spanish with … finish reading Meeting notes from the school

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Aristotle’s feet

Aristotle’s feet Originally uploaded by maha-online. But before I go to the school meeting, let me get my rant on for a moment here. I keep thinking of those conversations about school funding and school quality. The conversations where someone … finish reading Aristotle’s feet

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conversations with grownups

A nice mom stopped us today and recognized me from local mailing lists. I did not catch her name so we can just call her Lou’s mom. Something about her magic powers made Moomin talk to her! Yes, he answered … finish reading conversations with grownups

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Superheroes, regular people, and villains

Fantastic Four Comic Books Originally uploaded by fantomCEO. Moomin noticed I was reading his huge compliation of Fantastic Four comic books. I am on issue #2 or #3, which is a plot about “The Moleman” who is sucking all the … finish reading Superheroes, regular people, and villains

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Protectors of the Small

I love it that my friend’s daughter just called me at 8:30 in the morning, desperate to borrow Page, the second book in the Tamora Pierce series, “Protector of the Small”. It’s a young adult fantasy series about a 10 … finish reading Protectors of the Small

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I’m not buying it, and I’m not selling it

you could win a prize Originally uploaded by Liz Henry. An enormous sheaf of sales catalogues and flyers came home with Moomin the second week of school. Before he had any homework, he had fundraising materials. These catalogues are pressure … finish reading I’m not buying it, and I’m not selling it

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So smoothy! So… purpley!

Thanks to Karen Rani, blogger on Troll Baby and Troll-Baby Graphics, this blog is all slick and stuff, instead of being my new banner pasted clunkily on top of a standard Blogger template! Wow Karen, I love it. It’s so … finish reading So smoothy! So… purpley!

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2nd grade open house

2nd grade open house Originally uploaded by Liz Henry. Our back-to-school night experience was just darn weird. This is the middle of the third week of school. We got there at the appointed time, 6:30, to find total chaos. Kids … finish reading 2nd grade open house

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