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Clogged by Kennedy VanderStel

CLOGGEd

Kennedy’s story, CLOGGED was selected as worthy of a performance by the 5th grade team for our all school JUST WRITE CELEBRATION.

You can view the teacher performance below.  Congratulations,  Kennedy, on being a JUST RIGHT JUST WRITE author!

Clogged

Kennedy VanderStel

“Mmmmmm,” I muttered dreamily batting my eyelashes on my chocolate brown eyes. “Slurp, slip,” The sauceified noodles blurted slapping my cheeks, dripping down and making lava red splatter marks on the dinner table.
“Good spaghetti Mom,” I fluttered with my mouth full of delicious wonder.
“Yeah, it’s really good Karman,” cheerfully added my friend Mikayla.
“Thanks,” Mom remarked.
“Can we go swimming in bathtub?” I asked. “Sure I’ll go get your bathing suits,” My mom said charging downstairs like a bull, wasting no time to grab them.
“Grupple, grupple,” spewed the drooping faucet, as it erupted, rapidly filling up the bathtub.
“Let’s go through the checklist,” I said in a commander voice.
“Okay,” Mikayla agreed.
“Rubber ducky?”
“Check,”
“Bubbles?”
“Check,”
“Bathing suits,”
“Uh, check,”
“Bathtub,”
“Okay seriously. Who wrote this list? A bathtub really of course there’s a bathtub!”
“One, Two, Three,” We exaggerated gliding into the bathtub.
“Ssssssssssss,” the soapy water SIZZLED as I sunk down drowning all my feelings and thoughts letting them soak into the crystal, clear bubbles that floated up to my neck.
“Hey, Kennedy look,” Mikayla scrambled. “I’m Santa Clause,” she announced putting soapy liquid bubbles on her chin and hair trying to mimic Santa Clause, but not really succeeding.

“That’s funny,” I replied starting to tip my head upside down and flattening it on top of my head!
“I’m George Washington, your first  president, now respect me,” I insisted giggling. “Yeah, I can see the resemblance between you two,” Mikayla mocked.
“That was so funny I forgot to laugh,” I mocked back, though she didn’t seem offended.
I gulped in an Enormous gulp when some bubbles dribbled down my throat.
I started coughing, but not just any cough, I was choking! ‘This is it I’m done for,’ I thought. I felt the bubbles cringe my throat strangling me, collecting together, linking arms, forming a stop in my breathing.
Finally, I knew I had to regurgitate the bubbles up, if I wanted to live, which I did. I felt a little touch on my back it was Mikayla helping me get the clogging object out of my throat passage.
“It’s okay Kenz,” Mikayla comforted with her special, warm smile on her face.
‘I shouldn’t have mocked George Washington’ I thought hopelessly. All of a sudden everything got dizzy.
The good news was I got the bubbles out, but the bad news was I threw up all of my ‘delicious wonder’ (spaghetti) into the sink. So from now on I will never ever mock George Washington EVER again!

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Baby Animals Born This Week!

This week has been busy for a two mothers–one in Ohio and one in Iowa.

giraffesTessa, a momma giraffe at the Cincinnati Zoo gave birth to a baby girl giraffe on April 2.   Videos of the baby’s first steps and feeding can be found on the ZOO’s youtube. (Be prepared:  The video starts with the birth of the baby giraffe.  You may want to preview this before you share this with your child.)

The zoo also has a Facebook Page and a Twitter Feed.  The photos of the momma, daddy and baby are adorable … and the videos unbelievable to watch.  The  zoo is having a contest to name the baby girl and you can cast your vote on the zoo’s site. This baby girl is a very social media savvy giraffe!

The other babies to check out are high above the ground at the Decorah Fish Hatchery in Iowa.  The momEagle and dad eagle are currently caring for two eaglets with the third to hatch any day.  The nest is 5-6 feet wide and 80 feet high.

This pair of eagles has raised 8 eagles from this nest in the past four years.  The webcam provides a rare opportunity for viewers to watch feedings and care of the babies by the parents.


Stream videos at Ustream

And….to top it off, a great new 3-D I-MAX film called BORN TO BE WILD features two organizations that rescue and raise baby elephants and orangutans.  The movie opens in Grand Rapids on April 8 and is on my must see list.  I found out about this via NPR’s Diane Rheam Show.  The producer of the movie explained the movie was produced for all ages —especially children ages 4+.

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It’s that time of the year for…

LICE.

I sent out a blog alert on this itchy topic one year ago…almost to the very day.   We have it in our building….along with strep, the stomach virus, a respiratory virus and influenza.

Head lice is the safest thing to catch of all those listed above…yet it creates more anxiety due to it’s social stigma and common misunderstandings.

If you receive a letter via email or backpack delivery stating that there is head lice in your child’s classroom, please check your ALL of your CHILDREN’S HEADS.  There are directions on how to do this below.  Also, read on….

TRUTHS about head lice:

  1. Medical term:  pediculosis capitis
  2. Louse = 1;  Lice = more than one.
  3. Lice DO NOT JUMP.  They crawl.
  4. Lice spread through close contact–hats, combs, brushes, etc.
  5. Lice can live 2-3 days off the body.
  6. Nit is the name for a louse egg.
  7. A louse will lay 6 eggs per day.
  8. A nit can live up to 10 days off the body.
  9. Lice are killed quickly with treatment.
  10. Nits require daily combing and inspection daily for  3 weeks.
  11. Lice do not discriminate.  They love scalps of all income levels, culture backgrounds and social economic status.

The ACTION PLAN:

  1. DO NOT PANIC.
  2. Do not PANIC YOUR CHILD.
  3. Check your child’s hair immediately and carefully.  If you find lice, determine a treatment plan by calling your doctor.  Notify the school.  CLEAN all surfaces that your child would come into contact with:  sheets, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, clothing.   Keep your child home until there is no evidence of lice or nits.  School procedure:  Lice Protocol
  4. Even if your child is lice free, please wash ALL winter clothing with hot water and dry in hot dryer.
  5. Educate your child to not share hats, scarves, brushes, etc.  Keep hats, mittens, scarves in backpacks at school.
  6. Monitor your child for excessive scratching of head.

We have three kind, sensitive and careful school nurses people (Mrs. Reagan and Mrs. Ripley and Mrs. Nurenberg) who will check your child’s head as needed!  Know that if we suspect your child has been exposed to head lice or is showing signs of head lice, we will contact you and check your child privately and in a very dignified way.

Links to videos you may or may not find helpful:

Lice Crawling

Lice Truths

Identification

I want to end with an educational and humorous video on this rather itchy topic.

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Yes…we have head lice.

liceThis title will grab the attention of just about every reader out there.  I imagine our blog counter may hit an all time high with this posting!  We do have head lice moving through our building and we need your help.   Before I address the plan of attack, it is critical we have our facts straight.

TRUTHS about head lice:

  1. Medical term:  pediculosis capitis
  2. Louse = 1;  Lice = more than one.
  3. Lice DO NOT JUMP.  They crawl.
  4. Lice spread through close contact–hats, combs, brushes, etc.
  5. Lice can live 2-3 days off the body.
  6. Nit is the name for a louse egg.
  7. A louse will lay 6 eggs per day.
  8. A nit can live up to 10 days off the body.
  9. Lice are killed quickly with treatment.
  10. Nits require daily combing and inspection daily for  3 weeks.
  11. Lice do not discriminate.  They love scalps of all income levels, culture backgrounds and social economic status.

The ACTION PLAN:

  1. DO NOT PANIC.
  2. Do not PANIC YOUR CHILD.
  3. Check your child’s hair immediately and carefully.  If you find lice, determine a treatment plan by calling your doctor.  Notify the school.  CLEAN all surfaces that your child would come into contact with:  sheets, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, clothing.   Keep your child home until there is no evidence of lice or nits.  School procedure:  Lice Protocol
  4. Even if your child is lice free, please wash ALL winter clothing with hot water and dry in hot dryer.
  5. Educate your child to not share hats, scarves, brushes, etc.  Keep hats, mittens, scarves in backpacks at school.
  6. Monitor your child for excessive scratching of head.

We have two kind, sensitive and careful school nurses lice inspectors (Mrs. Reagan and Mrs. Ripley) who are training any interested, willing fellow inspectors!  Know that if we suspect your child has been exposed to head lice or is showing signs of head lice, we will check privately and in a very dignified way.

Links to videos you may or may not find helpful:

Lice Crawling

Lice Truths

Identification

I want to end with an educational and humorous video on this rather itchy topic.