Well is been awhile…the pictures above show the last few weeks. We had a spirit week! Crazy hair day, twin(triplet) day, atikluk day, and black and yellow day! We also celebrated Alaska Day, my class made this awesome poster map of Alaska! Last but not least my kiddos brought their puppies to show me! We are down to less than 8 hours of day light, and still no snow!
The above pictures are from the last few weeks! One of my sweet students brought us home made biscuits over the weekend! We were all all dressed up with one of the kiddos on Monday because the State of Alaska legislators came to visit our school! And last but not least we played dodgeball today in PE!
I have been terrible about blogging. Lets try to get better! Well, here I am again…Kivalina, round 3! Can you all believe it??
I arrive to kivalina early this year to set up my new MIDDLE SCHOOL classroom. I have attached pictures of the classroom unfinished and of course the finished product.
The picture of the helicopter, yes, while sitting on our couch one day Casey and I saw a helicopter hovering over the village, the dropped something off, left, came back and landed. The kids loved it and we found out they were doing some land surveying for the new school.
We’ve had a successful all staff game night, also pictured!
This year we didn’t start school 5 weeks late but we did start 3 days late. This due to the fact that the school water pump blew up and we couldn’t get water from the city tank to the school tank. All is well now though, whew!
I know it has been close to forever since I have blogged…year two has easily been a lot crazier than year one. So, instead of filling you all in on everything since my last blog, I will fill you in on the past few weeks. We have had a teacher transfer to Kivalina from another village to be our Pre-K teacher until the end of the year. We have had an aide come from another village to help me out with one of my kiddos and she is living with me, normally I would not be fond of this, but, we are getting along wonderfully. But wait, there is more! This week we have had 17 military personnel at the school conducting sports physicals in the hallway, performing surgery on animals in our science classroom and doing dentistry in our pre-k classroom…with all of this we have also had ski instructors from NANANORDIC, there has been 9 ski instructors taking our students, community and teacher cross-country skiing during the day. With all of this going on I have captured some pictures for your viewing pleasure. With only 3 weeks of school left the kids are crazy and the teachers are even crazier. I will post pictures…
Spring Break started yesterday, and as you can tell (since I am writing this at 12:21am my hours are already messed up! BUT because of that Emma left my house tonight at midnight and saw some amazing norther lights, so her Fonger and I went out to capture them. Here are a few pictures, nothing special but at least you will get the feel :)
I really need to get better about blogging more often!
We are back in the FULL swing of school. A few weeks ago we got LOTS of snow, I attached pictures so you can all see what a typical day after school is like when we get SO MUCH SNOW. We break paths, shovel the snow away from the windows, off the porch and then we play!
Since my last blog, contracts have come out. I have signed on for a THIRD year in Kivalina…stay tuned for more information coming SOON!
The other day when walking to the store, it was sunny and about -35 and someone said to me “nice out today,ah?’ and it made me giggle as I was walking away, for it to be a beautiful day in Port Townsend it takes sun, no wind, no rain, and it to be in the high 50’s (at least). In Kivalina it takes the sun, that is the only ingredient we need to make it a lovely day. Funny how expectations are different no matter everywhere you go.
Our boys and girls teams will be traveling to Kotzebue this week to compete in the Regional basketball tournament, our principal will be going with them to work the games and attend meetings, this means I will be acting principal this week. It has been 3 weeks since I have had to do this and am excited that I had that break. I appreciate how much our principal does after walking a few miles in her shoes this week.
The 3rd week in March we will have a week of spring break (yay!). Then the first week in April we will be doing testing, actually the first 3 weeks in April we will be having testing. After that its the downhill slide. I can not believe year 2 is almost completed.
Thank you for the prayers—I appreciate it greatly!
I thought it was well over due, a blog with pictures! Here are some photos that have been taken since being back from Christmas break. Weekend walks always entail lots of photos of the ice, snow and cold. There is a few pictures of the “drying rack” used to try fish in the summer, now barren with snow and ice.
And most importantly, the pictures of my “Battle of The Books” kiddos! I am so very proud of my 3/4th Grade team AND 5/6th Grade team! They have read books, answered comprehension questions, got T-shirts and most importantly ENJOYED READING!!
We are at around 7 hours of day light now, more light in the afternoon than int he morning. We’ve had some crazy wind chills lately around -48. Today we have had snow. Nothing better than watching it snow all day.
I have been sick twice since returning back to the village, I had the flu for a good 7 days. Now I have a cold, so its me the couch a book and some video games later today with Emma.
I am shocked that there are only 3 more months until I will be flying home for Summer vacation! Year 2 is ALMOST complete and I just can not believe that!!
Hugs and Kisses from the cold Arctic
This was the other morning before school, our kids were playing Eskimo Games, leg wrestling.
Then there is Fonger, “hiding from the big kids, doing morning attendance”. Every morning we have cones out for each class and our Youth Leaders do the morning announcements and we all do the pledge together.
We have our arrival and departure board in the office and this made my day :) I’M UP I’M UP!!!
And…our amazing principal got us new McQueen School Staff sweatshirts for Christmas, we all wore them today…and happened to have a professional photographer here from Alaska Dispatch (writing a book on barriers of education) who was nice enough to take our picture!
There is always a funny one…this really captures our staff the best ;)
Here is our current weather…YIKES:
Make sure you take a look at the “feels like” and sunrise and sunset….oh yeah, 7 days until I am on my way to WASHINGTON! xoxox
Of course I had to take another breathtaking walk today. Breathtaking due the the fact that is was 0, feels like -21 with the windchill and breathtaking due to the sights I got to see. As always, seen through the eyes of my camera lens….