This time of year at school has been extremely busy. Besides the usual regular old reading and writing and arithmetic, AJ's school has been having some other fun activities.
Due to the dedication of some teachers and parents (not me, for a change) the school is having a yearbook printed this year. Although it has certainly been done before at Avondale, it has not been done recently. This year we are expecting a paperback but full color edition of all the wonderful things the kids have been up to. The school decided to make the cost $15/copy and raise the rest of the money (the actual cost is more than $17/copy). So they've put together a string of fundraisers.
The first, last week, was Pajama Day. For the low, low price of one dollar, each kid (and teacher) could be out of uniform and wear his/her favorite pajamas. AJ loves to wear pajamas to school. For some reason, on Friday nights, she likes to wear her pink Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pajamas, so she wore those to school. Ben was at home doing an online training that day, so he took us to breakfast at Chick-fil-A before school. AJ was wary of going out in her PJs at first, but then decided it would be OK. We had a nice time at breakfast together, which is usually reserved only for weekends now.
This week, the fundraiser was a Sock Hop. The kids were supposed to bring $3/each to attend. For 45 minutes in the school gym, a teacher acted as a DJ and played all the kids' favorite songs, like the Whip/Nae Nae, Hit the Quan, Hello, and U Can't Touch This (an oldie for them). They danced and had fun, which was a nice break on a cold day.
Another school yearbook fundraiser was Candy Grams. Kids could send other kids a Blow Pop for 75 cents. AJ and I had talked about sending them to all the kids in her class. It was important to her, she told me, what the tags on the suckers actually said. I guess second grade is when you start to worry about whether a valentine is too mushy or not. But even though the teacher in charge told me the tags said only "to" and "from," AJ decided she had rather not do it. Instead she opted to send candy with her Valentines.
Valentine's Day was celebrated on Friday at school. Last year, we sent cat and dog cards, and we had some left over. The box has been sitting on a shelf in our kitchen for a whole year. When we visited Dollar Tree last weekend, AJ got some Scooby Doo valentines, but they had heart-shaped suckers attached. So we had to tape some candy to the cat and dog valentines to be equitable. This was fine - she has an enormous stash. But because the box was sitting on the shelf and I let this be her project, it never crossed my mind that with the Scooby Doo valentines and the cat and dog ones that we would not have 18 total. I should have checked, because we did not. Instead, my old friend Pinterest supplied me with a link to free printable Star Wars valentines. We had some cards stock and, voila! Enough cards. Good enough, as long as you don't think about copyright infringement and whatnot.
Next week is hat day for a dollar. Who knows what she'll do then.
On top of that, the PTA is having its candy bar fundraiser. We have done
very well. Next week, when the kids dismiss early for teacher
professional development, the PTA moms and dads will be sorting all
6,000 candy bars for delivery the next day. There's a cash prize for the top seller, which I happen to know is not AJ. This is good, as I would likely make her donate it back to PTA - I work too hard raising that money to give it to my kid, who has everything! :)
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