Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hockey Banquet

The other night was Nicholas' hockey banquet.  What a great season he had but boy was it ever long.  He was on 3 teams this year...actually more than that as he helped out other teams quite a bit too.

Pee Wee A Team...They had a fantastic season as the Massachusetts State Champions (the very first win ever for any of our town's teams) and the Southern New England Champions!!


He played goalie for the Middle School team...


and skated for another Middle School team...


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Colonial Day

Colonial Day is one of my favorite programs at the elementary school. The 3rd graders put on such a great show. They dress up in colonial outfits, sing colonial songs and square dance...




Gianna was given a speaking role and she recited it perfectly...



Her square dancing partner...



Back in the classroom they had "shops" they made.  Gianna was a cabinet maker. They brought in items to barter with.



Gianna has the cutest little friends...




So sweet...






video

Simple Gifts...one of my favorite songs.  I remember singing this song when I was in elementary school...



Uncle Joe...



Gianna's speaking role...


Exploring...



Square Dancing...


Gianna's class reciting the Covered Wagon...

Tears of an Angel

Julia's solo from IDC. I thought she had a beautiful performance that day. She placed 5th overall.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Turn it Up

Another great day at competition!  Julia competed her solo and trio today at Turn it Up.  She won a platinum for her solo and placed 2nd overall!!  And that was out of 57 solos!!  Pretty amazing!!  She was awarded with her second special award this season...



That is the one special award I was telling her I wanted her to win...emotional execution!!  And she did!!  The three judges only pick three routines to give special awards to so it really is an honor to be selected.

The trio placed second.  The duo that won was amazing so second place was just fine.  They were super cute as always...



Of course I had to buy a few more professional photos...



Grace, beauty, emotional and angelic...describes my girl perfectly...



Friday, April 11, 2014

Elementary School

Soon my Julia will be moving on to middle school.  It's so hard to believe.  It really does seem like yesterday that I was taking her to preschool and kindergarten.  Sigh.

The girls got their report cards this week.  They both did wonderful!  I'm not a big fan of the way our school grades the children.  Instead of A's and B's, we have 1, 2, 3 and 4.  It's all subjective.  If you earn a 3, it supposed to mean you have a solid understanding of the material and are meeting expectations.  If you get a 4, that's supposed to mean you are exceeding expectations.  Julia got straight 3's which is great and Gianna even got some 4's!  Gianna is in 3rd grade but is reading at a 4th grade level.  And as you know, she writes beautifully!  Her teacher told me she is the best writer in her classroom!  Her 2nd grade teacher told me the same thing last year.  I'm so proud of her!  

Gianna's report card...


Julia's 5th grade teacher has this hanging in the hallway outside her classroom...


I love getting a glimpse into her mind as to what she really thinks about herself and her future...


And Julia was so proud of this...she's been telling me about it for weeks (OK...so she needs to learn how to spell "Britain")...


Her teacher thought it was wonderful too and had it hanging in the hallway right outside her door.  Julia and her friend worked so hard on this.  Julia drew the left side and her friend drew the right.  I love how they worked on this together.  So cute...


I will miss reading the personalized comments from the teachers on the elementary school report cards.  Once they get to middle school, it's all standard comments that the teachers select from a list.

Mrs. Stewart wrote these comments about Gianna...


Mrs. Healey wrote these comments about Julia...


Every parents biggest compliment...knowing that your children are a pleasure to have in the classroom, are dependable, working hard, have great attitudes, are cooperative, friendly, and a great friend to their classmates. We couldn't be more proud of our girls!!  

A few more pictures...

I ordered a few more pictures from Starquest. They really do get some fabulous shots that I could never get on my own.



Julia's lyric "Promise Land"...


Julia's tap "Coffee To Go"...



Gianna is the 3rd from the right...


Gianna front and center...she looked awesome in this dance.  She dances with such emotion.  That comes from within.  You can't teach that...


Julia's acro/lyric "This is the Moment"...


Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Dance Competitions

Gianna warming up her back before her acro routine...


Gianna's acro "To Life"...


Julia's acro/lyric group "This is the Moment"...




Julia's lyric "Promise Land"...



Julia's trio "Women Be Wise"...



Backstage...

 

Julia's beautiful solo "Tears of an Angel".  She had her best performance ever this past weekend at IDC.  She placed 5th overall...