Phuket – Outdoor Chess

Our wonderful hotel in Phuket had this cool outdoor chess set that was in the shade! We could escape the heat for a bit and have a fun game. Current chess rankings in our family.

  1. Scott
  2. Blake
  3. Amy

sigh

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Phuket – Bowling W Bauer

We were lucky enough to spend two holidays in Thailand this year and that meant we got to spend lots of time with our good friends the Parhams. On our first night in Bangkok we went bowling with Bauer. Both boys bowled a strike with their first ball. That set the tone for a really fun night.

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I Heart SAS Concert

SAS had another incredible performance in March of 2017 called I Heart SAS Concert.

Our music teachers are so gifted and they get incredible performances from our kiddos.

Every kid from PK – 4 wore an SAS shirt and they sang songs and did drama to celebrate our core values.

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Oh. My. Goodness.

I am so far behind on this blog! In the 9 years I’ve been doing this blog, I’ve never been so far behind. I’m going to try in the next few days to catch up on two months of Hossacks Three activity.

Bear with me.

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VR

Had a play at a local store the other day. Must learn more about this!

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Blake and Mimi

Mimi’s dad Simon and I both bought the same SAS sweatshirt for our kids on the same day. The lady in the shop told us to put their names on the label as they were very popular. We dashed off to the design studio and went one step further!

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Visiting Authors

We had some more visiting authors arrive this month. Lucky us! Steve Jenkins and Robin Page came to talk with all the ES classrooms and art classes. Blake has loved Steve Jenkins books since he was very little. We had a copy of a book called Actual Size by Steve Jenkins that was so loved and so read (by little hands that were not too gentle) that it fell apart and we were lucky enough to pick up another one from an older boy who passed it on to us. More recently, one of Blake’s favourite creatures to learn about are tardigrades and Steve Jenkins featured them in one of his newer books. Anyway Blake is a HUGE fan and was so lucky to spend some time with these two authors.

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Dance Performance #2

Blake performed in our Grade 3 – Grade 12 Dance performance. He was brilliant. So smily, so proud, so amazing!

His first dance was to a song from Trolls.  He was a blue troll with blue hair (which has still not come out 6 days later) and was super cute.

Can you spot my little blue troll in the back on the left hand side.

The finale was a number from West Side Story. It involved every dance kid in school. It was amazing.

 

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Blake’s Birthday Escape Room

We had a terrific birthday party for Blake on Feb 10 – only 3 weeks after his b-day. The kids met after school and had a huge snack then played on the playground for awhile. Gaga ball is always a hit.

This was the first year we let Blake choose his friends instead of making him invite his whole class (plus their twins and triplets.) Making the list was hard for him and it was nice to see how many children he genuinely wanted to invite. We narrowed it down to 18 (oy vey) and it was such a nice group of kids. In the past we, as teacher parents, had to pull out the teacher voice from time to time and redirect kids away from being goof balls. This party, though big, was full of really, really lovely kiddos. Easy.

We came back to the house after a big play and divided the kids into two groups. Scott and I had gutted our back room and turned it into an escape room. One group at a time went into the escape room to solve the clues and escape the room. We had run several trials in the days leading up to the party and it was taking adults and older neighbours about half an hour. We truly didn’t know how long it would take our third graders. It took them both about 45 minutes with few hints here and there. When the moms and dads arrived to pick up their kids they asked to see how it worked, so we ran it again. Then the bulk of Links children ended up at our door for cake, so we ran it again. So far about 10 groups have gone through it. Worth the effort for sure.

Blake’s group – Group #1

Group # 2

A redo picture with everyone who was left in the hopes that Blake would look at the camera this time. Maybe next year.

 

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BRACES!!!!!

We’ve known for years this was coming. Blake has a cross bite that his dentist noticed when he was about three. His molars are in now, so it’s time to begin the process of expanding his upper jaw to fix that bite. He was a trooper.

 

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