No homework until next week.
I'm sorry I forgot to send this flyer home today.
I forgot to send home the Thursday envelopes today. I will send them home next week. I wanted to give you a heads up that we will be going on a field trip in 2 weeks. This one will be free, but we still need a permission form for each student. We would love some chaperones as well. I attached a picture of the letter and will make sure the physical copy goes home next week.
Here are the new spelling words, plus the high frequency and vocabulary words. We are doing a couple of bonus challenge words at the end of each spelling test. This is an optional, for fun, challenge for students to try if they want to. The challenge words will come from the high frequency word list or the vocabulary word list, but the students won’t know which words I have chosen until the spelling test. Good luck!
Here are the spelling words for this week. This is kind of a tough list so encourage some extra practice time.
Here are the new spelling words. Remember this is a short week, so the spelling test will be on Thursday.
A great big mahalo to all of our chaperones this past Friday. You braved the weather and helped the students have fantastic time. Thank you so very much for spending your day with us! (Sorry I didn't get any other pictures because of the rain)
Here are the spelling words for this week. Study hard and go for 10!
I forgot to post this Monday. Here are the spelling words for this week.
I hope you all have been enjoying your fall break. Is it really almost over? Tomorrow is a big day for my family. Almost a year and a half ago my wife Lydia woke up from a dream where she had been competing in the Ironman world championships. She was so disheartened that it had only been a dream. She told me she was going to someday do Ironman. I completely thought she was joking. After all, she had only ridden a road bike maybe 5 times in her life, jogged no furrther than 2 or 3 miles, and certainly had no idea how to swim (I mean really, really no idea haha). She convinced me she was serious so we started planning a timeline. It was the end of April 2016 and the shorter distance Lavaman triathlon (roughly 1mile swim, 25 mile bike ride, and 6 mile run) had just finished earlier in the month. We thought Lavaman 2017 would be a good starting goal. It would give her a year to train (and learn how to swim haha) before trying her first triathlon at the shorter distance. After that she would perhaps try the 2017 Honu half Ironman in June(1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, 13 mile run). After a few years of doing these two triathlons, we thought maybe she would enter the big island resident lottery drawing for the full Ironman world championships race (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run). I remember coming home from teaching a couple days later and Lydia told me she wants to enter the Honu half Ironman race this year (2016, as in 1 month from having her dream and deciding she's going to learn how to do a triathlon). I told her quite frankly that she was nuts and shouldn't do it. Stick to the original plan. No one prepares for a half Ironman in a month, especially not someone who has never done any of these endurance sports and doesn't even know how to swim. Who do you think won this argument? Lydia immediately bought a book about swimming and read it in its entirety, started running and started cycling. A month later she proved me wrong of course by not only finishing the Honu half Ironman, but beating more than half all the other competitors.
She then of course did do Lavaman 2017 and then Honu again in 2017 as originally planned and just kept training and improving. Of course instead of repeating these races for a few years before trying to win a slot in the Kona Ironman world championships, as we originally planned, she entered the lottery this year. As luck would have it, she was one of the 20 big island residents to be randomly selected to participate in this prestigious race.
Now it's the day before her 'out of the blue' dream race, less than a year and a half since this crazy yet beautiful dream was born. She tells me she feels embarrassed that she will be out there with the best of the best, as most of the other athletes earned their Kona slot by winning their age group in a full Ironman race previously in the year. She doesn't feel like she's earned her spot because she got here through a luck of the draw lottery. I think she's wrong. I think she has earned it. She has been so persistent and determined to realize this dream. She has put in so much time and thousands of miles into training since late April 2016. I'm so proud of how hard she has worked and how far she has come in her pursuing this goal, this idea that she just wouldn't let go of. I have no doubt that she can do finish this thing. If any of you happen to be spectating or volunteering in some way tomorrow, please look out for #2141 Lydia Blackburn. If you see her, please shout out "Go Lydia!" to help push her along towards achieving this finish line.
Here are the spelling words for this week. I made the class a deal that if everyone gets all of the spelling words right, I will throw them an ice cream party. Study hard!
Bring your box tops! We have already seen some box tops arriving in our classroom and are off to a great start. There is a big push for these this week so cut, snip, or tear yours out and send them to our classroom. One of our classroom jobs is checking the box tops that have been turned in and cutting them out neatly. We will continue collecting these throughout the year so don't stop after this week.