School

STEM day

Posted in School on May 1st, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

The girls school had a STEM day, and asked for a parent to come talk to each grade. I was happy to volunteer, and actually got to be the speaker for both fourth grade and first grade. I talked to them about software engineering, the engineering design process, and showed off some fun stuff with lights.

STEM day

I had planned to use a projector and do some live coding, but failed to have a way to connect my new USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 laptop to their old VGA-only projector (I had an HDMI adapter, but that didn’t help). So, live coding (and a lesson on binary) happened with markers and paper.

Technical difficulties

At first grade, I wowed the kids by controlling a light (first graders are a lot easier to wow than fourth graders).

First grade presentation

Both grades had lots of questions and were very engaged. First grade might have asked questions all day long if I hadn’t eventually cut them off.

Never ending questions

It was a lot of fun, and I’m so glad I got to go in and talk to them.

Bingo with prizes galore

Posted in Family visits, School on April 27th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

We again attended Bingo night hosted by the girls’ school, and G’Mom and Grampa joined us as they were in town. They were actually in town the weekend before as well, then left to visit friends for the week before returning to spend the weekend with us again. They couldn’t miss Bingo, after all.

Grampa won one of the rounds, and received some VR goggles as a prize.

Bingo prize

Shortly after Grampa won Bingo, Jen got picked for one of the door prizes - a Target gift card.

Door prize

It was a lot of fun. Afterward, Leah and Molly were excited to try out the VR goggles. It was late, of course, but they played with them a bunch the next morning.

VR goggles

VR goggles

School Talent Show

Posted in Molly, Music, School on March 19th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly played her viola in the school talent show, and did a great job. She was the only violist, and showed everyone how awesome she is.

Decades Day

Posted in Leah, Molly, School on March 18th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

The girls had Decades Day at school, where they dressed in attire from their favorite decade (or decades). Looking good, girls.

Decades Day

Decades Day

Decades Day

First Grade Bumble Bee

Posted in Leah, School on March 15th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Leah participated in the First Grade Bumble Bee at school. It was impressive how well these kids that haven't been spelling for long did in such a stressful situation. It was a standard single-elimination style spelling bee, and Leah did great, making it to the 5th round (which was when the words got hard, knocking out all but 3 students).

Here is a compilation of each of her words.

She did so great. I was worried when she stumbled on the first word, but she conquered her nerves.

First Grade Bumble Bee

Winter orchestra and chorus concert

Posted in Extracurriculars, Music, School on March 6th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

The week before Christmas, Molly had her winter orchestra and chorus concert. I snapped a couple of pictures of her before we went.

Ready to play

Viola player

First up at the concert was Chorus.

Molly got a bit of a break while the Beginner Orchestra and Beginner Band played. Then, it was Molly’s turn to play in the Advanced Orchestra. It's amazing how far they've come since last year. Note that the orchestra was much smaller for the last song. It was played only by the 5th graders and a few select younger kids (including Molly). Great job, Molly, for passing the audition for the finale.

Young Author’s Contest

Posted in Molly, School on March 2nd, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly participated in the Young Author’s Contest at her school. Here she is writing her short story, Magic Maya, involving a girl rescuing her brother who has gone through a portal and been possessed by an evil magician. Here she is hard at work creating her story.

Young Author's Contest

HowGirlsCode robotics

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, School on December 23rd, 2016 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly loved HowGirlsCode last year, and signed up to participate in their WeDo Lego robotics after-school activity this year. On the last day, they showed off their robots to us.

HowGirlsCode

Molly called her robot The Dog Beak. She did a great job designing and building it and programming it to chow down. Over the weeks, it went through several different designs and forms, and I think it ended up awesome.

The Dog Beak

On the last day, parents and siblings were invited to tour their workshop. Molly demoed The Dog Beak for us.

Here are all the robots built by Molly and her fellow coders.

All the robots

Crazy Hair Day

Posted in Crafts, Leah, Molly, School on November 21st, 2016 by c-had – Be the first to comment

This year, the girls’ school had a Crazy Hair Day. They decided to go all out, thanks to a little help from their mom and Pinterest.

Crazy Hair Day

After becoming an expert in sock buns for Molly’s Leia costume, Jen quickly whipped up Molly’s donut hair. With the addition of real sprinkles, a few of Molly’s classmates were confused as to whether the donut was real!

Donut hair

Balanced plate

Leah’s classmates kept asking her if those were real M&Ms in her hair. She had to explain that yes, it was real, but it was Skittles. Didn’t they read the box?

Rainbow hair

Real Skittles

Molly made up this song about her hair for Crazy Hair Day at school.

Leah knew the right catch phrase for her Crazy Hair Day hair.

Costume parade

Posted in Celebrations, School on November 16th, 2016 by c-had – Be the first to comment

The girls’ school had a costume parade again this year. Most of the families show up during the school day to see all the kids parade around in their costumes.

Here’s Molly/Princess Leia waving to her adoring fans.

Costume parade

And here’s Leah/Rey. Rey was a very popular costume this year (you can see 2 other girls with Rey costumes in the background). But none of their costumes were fancy costumes hand-made by Jen.

Costume parade