Saturday, August 22, 2009

Weekend Wrap-Up

It took me a year to figure out the chair I've been using with my desktop is too damn short. No wonder my shoulder always hurts when I spend too much time online at home. Maybe now that I've got a different chair, I'll be able to keep up a little better.

It's been a very busy week. Riley started 4th grade, and Sylvia 7th. I like that Riley's teacher, Mrs. F, remembered her from last year and already referred to her as we have: Smiley Riley. Riley's very excited that she's going to be trained next week as a valet for morning drop-off. (I know, it sounds so L.A., but it really does help.) I was very proud when I saw the "about me" sheet she'd filled out, and said that her favorite subject is Math, and that her goal for the year is to get better grades in PE. (For those that don't recall, as active a girl as she is, she wasn't too keen on the PE teacher, and her grades reflected that. Of course, PE is the one teacher that doesn't change from year to year.)

Sylvia is also starting off with a great attitude about school. She's really motivated to go to LACHSA for high school, and knows that she must have a good GPA to get in. She's in Choir this year, and is loving that. I was disappointed, however, to see that her English and Math teachers said that their goals for the year is to help the students pass the standardized tests (grrrr).

We haven't heard from their dad yet this weekend.

Work was incredibly busy this week so I've had to mark most posts read.

It is nice to be back in our school routine. We turn on the iPod while the girls do their homework and I make dinner. If there's time, we'll watch an episode of Gilmore Girls, which we're watching on syndication. I never watched this show when it was on, but it's become our latest obsession. Of course, there's the whole single mom/daughter thing that we can relate to, and I love that the daughter is such a great student, a good role model for the girls. The girls want me to emulate the mom a little more, and I wish I had her great wit, but I'm trying.

At Riley's school, we had our first PTA meeting of the year. We found out that the school's test scores jumped about 20%, which is pretty amazing. Granted, I still have the same feelings about testing, but since it will mean we maintain (or receive more) funding, then that's a good thing. Also, as a PTA, we're focusing on providing Arts programming throughout the year and I'm excited about that.

I've also taken on another blogging gig. I'll be posting once a month at Parentella. I'll mention it here when my first post goes up next week. The focus will be on education.

I had a whole Friday night and Saturday day to myself this week! The girls spent the night with my parents, who took them to a family birthday party on Saturday. I spent the time at home, doing laundry, cleaning, and watching crappy TV. It was awesome.


Tara R. said...

I hope your girls each have a fabulous year. Good luck to all of you!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic start for the girls and I HOPE that she achieves that PE goal just to do a smackdown on that teacher's attitude!

Yay for your PTA focusing on the Arts, it makes me sick when any school considers eliminating any of the arts programs...jeez, we aren't automatons!

And, darlin....why do another blog??? You are gonna kill yourself!!! (cause I know you will do it well, just like the others you do!)

Be good to yourself...enjoy the girls and here is to a great school year!

Kori said...

The girls look lovely, and I am so thrilled that thier first week was a good one.

MindyMom said...

Whoo-hoo for your nights off!

The girls look so cute. Do they get along with each other well? Sounds like a great start to the year.

Suzie said...

Sounds like a great start to the school year

Natalie said...

I still can't believe the whole "my goal is to raise the standardized test scores!" Ugh.