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These past few days have been record high in the city, almost to the point it was unbearable. And of course, I had to pick this time to bake. I was thinking to take advantage of the heat for getting the dough to rise quicker. It sure did, but that was when I realized I had to put them in the oven. Yikes! The entire kitchen got even warmer. At least the boys had fresh bread for breakfast!UntitledUntitled2Untitled3

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Today is the first day of school for Ah Lo. It’s always so exciting to see kids after summer. Ah Lo is taking choir, so his schedule starts before most kids. I can’t wait to hear all about his first day!School-1As a bonus to the first day of school, today is also the solar eclipse visible from coast to coast across the US in 99 years. News media is all over this exciting event. abc-solar-eclipse-dasilva-09-abc-jc-170821_1_12x5_992For dinner, we are welcoming back our meatless Monday meal! One pot Mexican style quinoa salad. Not the boys’ favorite, but glad they still ate it. IMG_9560

Summer vacation is coming to an end. My sisters and I found an excuse for a casual gathering (potluck style)! Nothing fancy, it’s a way to help bring the summer to a close and get the kids together to make the leap into the fall season. It seems like all the kiddos are ready for another great school year!

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Excited to learn that Ah Lo is picked by his teachers as one of the speakers at his promotion ceremony. He was a bit hesitant at first, but with some nudges, he finally agreed. I suggested he finds video from YouTube to get ideas of what to write, how to start and so forth. Couple of nights ago, he was frustrated because he wasn’t getting anywhere with the speech. Like most kids, he wanted to give up. Again, with some more encouragement, he dried his eyes and kept writing.

I was warned by his teacher not to help him (so that I would have the surprise factor), and I stayed out. His teacher and he worked on a few revisions. I can’t wait to hear it next week! I would probably need a box of Kleenex.

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Dai Bee’s last orchestra performance at his school. He was performing for choir last Thursday. The school year is coming to an end and with all these school performances and activities, luckily we live so close to school!

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Dai Bee just joined track-n-field at his school. This is the only school sport he’s joined in the last 3 years, only because it doesn’t require try-outs and everyone makes it. Finally after weeks of assessment, he is competing in the 200m event this Friday. These shoes are loaner from the school.

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We had parent-teacher conference with Ah Lo’s teacher today.

His teacher’s comments: “Ah Lo continues to do well in 5th grade. He is clearly an advanced reader, as noted in assessments and in classroom discussions. However, I think sometimes he does not push himself as much as he could because some of the assignments are easy for him. He knows I want to try for his best effort. In informational writing, Ah Lo shows good organization, but must sometimes be prompted to add more detail or a better conclusion. He is easily able to improve his work. Mathematics continues to be a strength for Ah Lo, but he should always slow down and check his work. Ah Lo did a great job during our dance and poetry performance, even though getting up on the stage is not his ‘cup of tea.’ His artwork and organization continue to astound me.

Ah Lo has outstanding behavior in and out of the classroom. He is a thoughtful, kind and helpful person. I really want Ah Lo to reach is potential as a learner and I know with a little more effort he can do even better work. I know he will enjoy the upcoming challenges and tasks as we close out the fifth grade year. He is a special guy.

He really is…

Ah Lo’s SRI Lexile index has gone up from 1162 to 1302. What a great improvement since the beginning of this year.

Ah Lo has a project due next week and I’m having him finish it this week. His teacher will probably think I’m one of those “tiger moms.” Anyway, it’s a long weekend, and thankfully, we are pretty free this weekend, why not?! I assisted, but tried my best to stay away because I will probably “take over” the project if I am near. screen-shot-2017-02-23-at-10-42-05-am

Ah Lo’s creation of Jamestown and their environment. My hands are itching to add more, but reminded myself, this is a 5th grader’s project after all.

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Ah Lo wrote a poem and won 2nd place in the Literature Category at the school’s PTA Reflections Art Contest – “What is your story?” The program is a wonderful way for kids to explore their creativity in a number of different ways, including dance choreography, film production, music composition, visual arts, photography and of course, literature.

The boys have entered in the past (Dai Bee did music composition and Ah Lo, visual arts a couple years.) Since this is our last year with the school, this is not a bad souvenir to take home!

Congratulations!

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