Help Me Survive This...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

That's what I was telling myself just yesterday. You see, back in October I signed on with a running/training group to train for the South Folsom Trail Run - 21 miles and almost 2,000 feet of climbing. I trained hard and was getting in great running shape. Then - I went to India. Not only did I not run in India, I sat a LOT. When I came back, I was very ill for almost 2 weeks and also did not run. Just last week I ran a total of about 12 miles...6 being my longest with two 3 mile days. Help. 

Then - my daughter let me know she and her husband were driving from Santa Barbara to cheer me on. Yikes! I told her I wasn't ready and couldn't run it. She said, "That's okay - we already made plans and are coming anyway." Even the night before I said I wouldn't go because it was supposed to be 35 degrees and rain. I woke up Saturday and -although it was cold- it wasn't raining and I decided to attempt the 13.5 mile run instead. In the meantime, Seth decided he would run a race downtown since I said I wasn't going to run and they went off to Sacramento.

At the half marathon turn around, I decided - "How bad can 8 more miles be?" I was feeling good so I decided to go for the 21. What was I thinking? It was pain.fullllll. At mile 15 my legs were both cramping, my back hurt, and I was exhausted. I decided I would bail. daughter texted, "How are you doing?" Augh. I called her back and let her know I was going to drop. She proceeded to talk me out of quitting ... urging me on and telling me I COULD do it. (I continued to argue that I couldn't.) As most of you know, she is a marathoner and she runs into the "wall" often. She told me to focus on each mile at a time...or the next hill at a time...or next few steps at a time...but to keep going. She then called back every 15 minutes to keep encouraging me. Yep - I finished with my last 2 miles running in hail! This reminds me of how much encouragement helps! 

This quote is up on our board right now. Seems fitting, doesn't it?

Do you know about the AMAZING event that is happening soon? The World Championship Twirling in Norway and GUESS WHAT? Our very own Olivia will be representing the United States! Yes, we are thrilled for her. Here is a great promo video to watch.  We are excited for you, Olivia!

This week students will be working on their Persuasive Speech! 
We will spend this week looking at a review of giving a speech including tone and posture as well as how to write a speech.  Students will not need to have a formal speech written, but they will need note cards. It should be fun!!


Testing Begins...

Saturday, March 10, 2018

It's coming - MAP testing and CAASPP testing. How can you help?

1.  Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep each night and eats a healthy breakfast. A healthy body helps with a healthy mind!
2.  Remain positive.
3.  Be present.  Try to not make doctor appointments during this time. 

Because of all our testing, we will have some altered schedules at school. Next week we are also out at noon. Students will be testing 8:30-9:45. We will take a short break, then move on to history. Students will switch classes around 11:10. 

After spring break, we will start our 3rd unit in ELA - Dragonwings. We focus on writing with perspective. We will also begin CAASPP testing. Did you know your child can practice CAASPP tests? Visit HERE and click the green training button to sign in as a guest! Parents, this is a great way for you to see what the test is like, as well. 

Parents, please read the school email regarding student pick up and parking. It has important information!

Thanks and have a great week!