Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Giants Game

Last minute tickets from our neighbor.  Low attendance game due to rain.  Giants tied for half the game, down for the remainder.  Bottom of the ninth.  Two outs.  Two strikes... then they scored two to win!  It was a "walk off win," where the final action wins the game and the whole team pours onto the field and the crowd (those of us left) high-five and hug each other.  I've never been there for that before - SUPER fun.

Love both of these photos, the first with Lou Seal and the second with G taking such pleasure in appearing to be taller than her sister.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

AP Literature and Composition

Lots read this year, just for one course!  One of the other students in K's class put together this graphic.  I think some of he works are missing... but even just with what is here, it seems impressive.  I don't see 1984, Sense and Sensibility, Beowulf, Frankenstein... it was an interesting year of study.

Thursday, May 9, 2019


Got two tickets when I saw a deal last August.  Found two more single seats that were cheapish.  Lots of anticipation.  TOTALLY worth it.

It was fun to hear the conversations from the audience, wondering, "What happened to Burr?"  Or, "How much of this is historically accurate?"  And knowing that the girls - and probably most of the kids in the audience who have been immersed in this phenomenon long before they got to see it - could answer accurately.

"Did I cry?" is what they asked at the intermission and the end, when we joined up again from our scattered seats.  Yes, of course.  Have you met me?  What's the fun of immersing yourself in a story if you hold back the emotion?  And what a story, lived with such passion, told with such brilliance, portrayed with such talent and inspiration!

K wanted "to be Peggy."  Something about the "and Peggy" is intriguing.  Guess that makes Abuela Eliza and G Angelica.  Or....

Monday, April 29, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Bake Sale to Support Mission in South Sudan

Last class of the year!  Now the countdown to ending other classes begins...

This wrapped up an interesting and very full year.  We had an elaborate "Saints Festival" in the fall, an ongoing "Random Acts of Catholics" theme, and a memorable Seder meal in which we helped recall Christ's family traditions and understand more fully the genesis of the Last Supper.  We introduced an international service theme, with students volunteering to prepare food for families in Haiti, learning about poverty in Guatemala, hearing from young people who are dedicating themselves to a year of service, and examining economic challenges that exist for individuals and families here in the Bay Area. Underlying each theme was the message of God's love, what it means to utilize your unique charisms (gifts from the Holy Spirit), and the kids' sense of agency about bringing about a better world.

As our final project, the kids decided to do a bake sale and raise money for Sister Carolyn Buhs' mission in South Sudan.  Sister Carolyn is a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur who spoke to our class when she was here on medical leave earlier this year.  She works at a teaching college in South Sudan, which is one of the world's newest countries and one where conflict, lack of infrastructure, and poverty are serious challenges.  The kids threw themselves into marketing and advertising ideas, baked up a storm, and then did a great job pricing effectively and getting a lot of customers to buy in bulk.  They targeted the parents who were coming to pick up their kids from classes and managed, in about 25 minutes, to make $332!  I'm super proud of the kids (including G!), who hopefully learned/reinforced that their efforts make a difference and that they are capable of bringing about change for good in the world.

Of the 30+ kids in the class, these four volunteered to do the pricing and selling.  I gave them full  authority to make decisions about pricing and negotiate deals to sell in bulk.  They did a great job!  

Monday, April 22, 2019

Pitching Again

It's been a few years and I know she doesn't feel confident about it, but it was nice to see her trying, cool to see her strike a few players out: