Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Race for Education: A Fund Raising Success

On April 24, my children's school had their first  Race for Education.  The weather here in West Virginia is so unpredicatable, one day it is hot and the next   days are cold.  Having said that, they could not do the race outside so they did it at the gymnasium.  The Race for Education  is a fund raising event participated by  the family and friends of the school.  Each students were given a form where they can write names of people who can sponsor them.  This was a bit of a challenge for us because  the people  that we know are mostly from school so it was hard for us to come up with names.  Nevertheless, we participated as we want to help the school and also it is a great healthy awareness for the kids.
The  race was  divided into two groups, Kindergarten to  4th grade went first  then the higher grades later.  While waiting for the race to startm I went around and took some photos of the fourth graders.
 I love when they goof around and show their silly faces.  Soon, they won't be doing this anymore so I am taking the opportunity while I still have a chance lol.
 I wish I have their  level of energy, it would be nice.
  The proud second graders.  My son is always sorrounded by girls because there's onky four of them in the class, most are girls.
It was more of a warm up than a race since  they all just walk.  Well, they ran for a little bit and  kids are starting to fall so  they were instructed to just walk.
 One of my son's closest friends.  These two are like peanut butter and jelly most of the times lol.
 Strategizing.. Wait, there's no need for strategy, is there?
 Okay, they got it figured out.  Just walk  slow and easy byut steady.
At one point,  my son stopped walking and sat beside the stage so the girls stopped abd sat bbeside him.  Perfrect opportunity for me to take some more photos.
 I thought that second graders have so much energy but the fourt graders  has a lot more lol.
 They were given some ice posicles  after the race to cool down.
 Prizes were also given to those who  brought in a certain amount of sponsors and the amount the sponsors have  donated.
 We did not think that  any of our kids would get any prize because we only brought in 12 sponsors for both of them.  We were surprised that our daughter received am SJS shirt that fits me so, yay!
There was a mascost also from Wildthing.  The school is participating to the Washington Wildthings Reading Program.  
 The kids were all over him because he was dancing and  giving all of them high fives.
 A representative from Wildthing explained how to program works and what benefits  the kids get from participating.
Glad that they held it on the day that my husband was off because he gt to see it.  He misses a lot of  school activities because of work so he was very happy to have attended this one.  
The event was a huge success.  The school's goal is to raise $15,000  but  the Principal  said that after all the expenses, the school  has managed to accumulate $21,000 which is  a huge help to carry on the projects at school.  Catholic schools doesn't get full funding fom the government so the school relies on the  tuition that students pay and  fund raising.  We do a lot of volunteering so the school won't have to hire extra manpower.  It was nice of the school's principal to acknowledge the help that  families and friends does for the school.  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Flowers and Other Special Things My Children Gave Me on Mother's Day

Have you been racking your brain trying to come up with a good Mother's Day gift? Perhaps the best gift is one of the simplest. Rather than wasting your money on an expensive gift that your mother may not ever use or appreciate, you might want to get her a gift that every woman on the planet would enjoy. People have been giving flowers as gifts for literally thousands of years. This speaks volumes about their ability to delight those who receive them. You can order Mothers Day flowers and gifts from Fresh Flowers. Here are some of the many advantages of giving flowers as a gift.

The flowers my son gave me last year
They will not break your bank

These are difficult economic times we are living in. Therefore, you need to be careful how you spend your money. If you are on a budget and you have a limited amount of money with which to buy a gift, flowers are an ideal choice. You can get a lovely flower arrangement at a price that will not set you back very much. The person you are giving the flowers to, whether it is your mom or someone else, will appreciate the thought and effort you put into your gift. Flowers are the perfect gift for people who are looking to buy a beautiful gift and not go bankrupt in the process.
They are suitable for many occasions

There are certain gifts which are only suitable to give on specific occasions. However, this is not the case when it comes to flowers. For the most part, flowers are suitable for practically any occasion you can think of. If you have a close friend or family member who is welcoming a new child into this world, sending some flowers will be seen as a very considerate gesture on your part. Likewise, flowers are ideal to give people who are graduating college, or even when somebody you care about is recovering in the hospital. No matter what experience people are going through in life, everyone loves to receive flowers.
They will make an impression

If you give a person a gift they are not very interested in, they will soon forget that you even gave it to them. However, this will not happen when you give the gift of flowers. A beautiful arrangement of flowers will stay etched on the recipient's mind. They will not soon forget your kind gift.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bookworms: The Lesson they Learn from Reading

Warning:  This is a lengthy post as I decided to   incorporate all the book-related   topic that I want to make a post of early on  but did not have enough time to post it individually.  

Anyway, on March 16, my children's  school  had their annual book fair.  They  partnered with Scholastic  and  some of us Moms helped the Librarian in facilitating the event.  When it comes to books, I don't mind spending money for my kids because  I know that they learn so much   through reading.  
My daughter, being a Minecraft fanatic (well, both of my kids are) she bought another  mine craft book.  She also grabbed  a recipe book and two novel books.  We used a scanner   during the event to filter if there are some  books that are inappropriate for  kids age.   My daughter is like me, she likes   stories that pertains to horror, mysteries, and other  heart-stopping  story line.  She also want to start cooking savory food so I let her bought one recipe book that has simple to follow recipes.   
She is done reading with the two books that she bought and she also  wrote a short book report that she shared to her classmates.  
 I spent around $50 for their books  but I did not mind  because  aside from the lessons they learn from reading them, we also helped the school with fund raising.   My son grabbed a pack of Presidents books.  He is so interested in learning what the previous  Presidents of the United States has done, how their life was, and so on.  He read 
Aside from the books that  we book from the book fair, my daughter has also finished  reading different books that I got her previously.  Some of these books are from the  ones that I redeemed from Kelloggs.  
The more that you read. The more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss
I would love to share with you a great book company that I work with may times.  They have a huge selection of books that  are not only  has great illustrations and  stories  but it is also filled with  lessons that  children can learn.  I am talking about Wisdom Tales,  They sent me these two books to review.  The first one is "Just Like Me, Climbing a Tree." Kids nowadays are not so much with climbing trees anymore.  When I was growing up, we didn't have fancy toys so we entertained ourselves with outdoor stuff,  I love my childhood and I  always tell my kids what I did as a kid. 
 This book is  all about  the fun activity of climbing trees.  It also offers a subtle lesson of multiculturalism.  It describes 12 distinctive trees  from around the  world and the local children that climb them.  Both of the Burritos love this book because they learn some facts about certain trees.
The second book is the "When the animals Saved Earth".   This book is inspired  by a 1000-year old fable with a fascinating multi-faith history.  Most of the times when I we read, I asked my kids questions after wards.  This time, I let them read the book and  asked them to write their thoughts about the story.  

My bookworm Burritos have  learned to love reading and  also writing.
My Burritos both have iPods but it doesn't mean that they can bury their faces   in it every time they want to but they don't because I give  them limit in using them.  They can play with it on school days but only after they are done with their home works.  They are only allowed an hour a day and during the weekend, I gave them two hours of playing their mine craft.  Reading books is  an everyday  activity here at home.  At first, they resisted but now they love reading because they   have proven that they not only widen their understanding of things but it also  enhanced their  vocabulary. 

Disclosure: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the products mentioned  in exchange of my honest  opinion which may differ from yours.  

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