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Masquerade Auction

S and I had a great time at the annual school auction. The theme was "Masquerade," and I had a lot of fun embellishing peacock-themed matching masks for us to wear.

We didn't go all-out with bidding this year, but we did get some nice silent auction items (a crafty basket for me!). The canvas piece that I coordinated for BJ's class went for more than $2000! Wow.

November -- Whoosh!

Where has the month gone? We've been busy at home and at school -- in addition to field trips and the usual stuff, we've been getting ready for the school auction, working on projects, and preparing for holidays.

As part of their unit on local ocean biology, linking up with the Monterey Bay Aquarium field trip, BJ's class assigned a project. He chose to make a diorama of the kelp forest.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Field Trip

We love the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and it was even better as a field trip!

The kids got to go behind the scenes a bit to a lab/classroom, where they investigated various sealife in a kelp forest. I helped out with the tank where they made hypotheses about sea kelp.


I'm a week behind, but that doesn't diminish how much fun we had on Halloween! BJ dressed up as Luke Skywalker (from Return of the Jedi), and BB was a butterfly-winged fairy.

Aboard the Balclutha

What a field trip! We survived a night aboard the beautiful tall ship Balclutha! The kids were all very excited, as well as being nervous about the experience of re-enacting life aboard ship. This field trip is a tradition at our school, a rite of passage if you will, and all the kids knew it would be a challenge. Here I am with BJ before we head to the ship. Balclutha is the tall ship with yellow masts. Isn't she a beauty?

Texture Trees

I put together a fun fall-themed art project for BB's class: Texture Trees!

I set up three different tables and invited the kids to explore three different ways of drawing leaves with an emphasis on texture. For one table, we did the classic leaf rubbing approach.

Kid's Biz

It's time for Kid's Biz! In fourth grade, the students learn about economics by having classroom money, earning fourth grade bucks for doing assigned classroom jobs, participating in classroom auctions, and running their own Kid's Businesses. They have to apply for a license, have a business idea (complete with a strategy for earning back any real-world funds that they spend in the process of putting it together), and prepare for the opening of their "business" a few times a year.

Walk for Art!

It's Walk-A-Thon time! This is the school fundraiser that pays for lots of the "extras," including art (in other words, my job) so I made a "Walk for Art" sign to carry around. The kids had fun volunteering to carry it, and BJ and BB helped out for a lap or two, the sweeties!

Back to School Circus

Most of the time, we love where we live. But this week, not so much. Turns out they had to tent and fumigate the building where we have our apartment -- bad enough, but instead of doing it the last week of summer, as originally planned, due to an unfortunate scheduling problem they ended up doing it during the first week of school. Back to school is enough of a circus without bringing in huge tents to match, thankyouverymuch.

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