Sunday, June 26, 2016

Scav Hunt Sunday: T-stop and Tranquil

My View Today:
The newly remodeled and opened T stop at Government Center, a major improvement on the before!

Peace:
The sound of wind chimes can be so peaceful.

Animal:
Random animal head statues down on the Greenway...

View From Above:
View from the top of the Green Monster at Fenway, while the Sox take batting practice.

Errand:
Getting the mail is a pretty easy errand. One best enjoyed when it's fun mail not bills!

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Fenway

Sometimes it's super fun to play tourist in your own city!

My Chicago cousins were in town yesterday and we took a great tour of Fenway. I love hearing the ins and outs of the famed park. I've taken 3 tours and learned something new on each one.

An empty-ish park (the Sox were warming up on the field as we walked around!) really allows you to take it all in.

The oldest seats in baseball...
The Ted Williams seat...
Sitting on top of the Monster watching batting practice...

Man, oh man, I love this ball park!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer in the City

There's nothing like summer in the city...
Just happen to be in the greatest city in the world...

{The Schuyler Sisters -- Hamilton}

I went downtown Monday to the Greenway. A lovely park over the major underground highway. I'd been there so many times, but never walked from one end to the other!

I started at the city's Holocaust Memorial. I'm ashamed to say I'd never gone to see it and it's absolutely beautiful. Glass towers engraved with the numbers given to the camp prisoners.

Then I just strolled through the park. There are lovely flowers, splash pads, sculptures, and places to relax.

I hung out on the water at the Boston Harbor Hotel - with its iconic arch way, and then moseyed back to the T.

A great first day of summer in the city!

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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 25

The Good:
I treated myself to some sushi for Shabbat dinner to celebrate the end of the school year! It sure hit the spot (plus no dishes!).

The Random:
Each Friday, the teachers get the Chai Lights email with all the various scheduling events we need to be aware of for the next two weeks. Then we get it in colorful paper form on Monday in our boxes. This year I was determined to keep them all hanging up through the last day of school! What a colorful and eventful year gone by!

The Fun:
Jenny and I went to Fenway Tuesday night for a game. Great night out, sadly the Sox loss.


   

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Scav Hunt Sunday: Flag and Fence

Weather Today:
We've had spectacular weather lately, perfectly warm and not humid. I hope it sticks around all summer...I am not a fan of 90s or high humidity!

Walk:
Not often I walk across the BU bridge, but the view is worth it!

Desert:
Made some oat berry crumble bites for Shavuot. A nice treat!

Free Choice:
I was at Fenway on Flag Day so they did a Flag Drop over the Green Monster. So gorgeous to see our flag billowing on the wall. Reminds you of the freedoms we have here!

Curly:
Garlic scapes at the farmer's market.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

That's a Wrap!

As of 12pm today, my amazing, smart, hilarious, creative, inquisitive, hard working third graders are 4th graders.

Another year is through and what a year it was.
My 4th year in third grade, I really feel like I came into my own this year. I had it down, I knew what I wanted to accomplish and had the experience and tricks up my sleeve to make it one amazing year.

And my group this year? 39 of the funniest kiddos I have ever taught. We laughed, we learned, but we mainly learned while laughing.
We accomplished so much this year. I had a class who voraciously devoured anything I gave them. We had seriously deep discussions, we read numerous books, we covered so much more than ever before - all because of their drive and desire to learn and grow.
Third grade is a pivotal year.
They grow from learning to read to reading to learn.
From place value and addition and subtraction to multiplying and reducing fractions.
Simple sentences to complex opinion and informational essays.
They learned how to take notes and write research papers.
Over the past two weeks I watched 39, 8 and 9 years olds presenting their homemade power points with confidence and ease. I got a bit emotional knowing their time with me was up. They are more than ready to tackle 4th grade, they did me proud this year!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

RI Air Show

Come fly with me...
Let's fly, let's fly away...

The awesome RI Air Show was this past weekend!

Ariel and I drove down to RI bright and early and had a great day watching the exhibitions. Sadly, mother nature was in a cloudy mood, but the routines still rocked.

The first routine was a parachute team. It was so awesome to watch them just free falling before opening their shoots. Pretty impressive feat to steer their shoots to earth safely.

The rest of the morning did not disappoint. Insane aerial routines - when you realize that these planes are making themselves stall out thousands of feet in the air so they can free fall in various ways is insane!

The F-18 was the final show before the rain started, but not a half bad way to end it! I love hearing the boom and looking for the afterburners!

All in all, a great day down in RI!

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