Halloween 2018

Today The Flash made an appearance at the Halloween party for Mrs. Harris’ class.  The Flash won a sticky-spider-toss game, after getting two bullseyes.  He also took part in the Millridge Halloween parade, which was held in the gym due to rain.

  

It was still raining during trick-or-treating, but that did not stop The Flash from going the full two hours!  This year Alan was also brave enough to approach the neighborhood house where the owner answers the door with a chainsaw.  The brave souls who dare knock on the door receive a treat better than candy — a toy sword that lights up in the dark.  When he came home, Alan proudly ran over to show me the evidence of his great triumph!

Note: The Flash was the costume of choice this year following Alan’s summer of being the fastest member of the Yankees.  Alan’s scary classmate pictured with him above is De’Onta.

Noah’s Birthday Party

The Year of the Sky Zone Birthday Party continued today with Noah taking his turn as host and birthday boy.  The usual suspects – Alan, Noah, Brady, Xavier and Grady – were together again, along with a few other Millridge second graders.  After jumping and playing dodgeball, the kids played “Heads Up, Seven Up” while waiting for cake.  It was Alan’s first time playing, and he loved it.  Turns out he has a pretty good poker face!

Millridge: FOX 8 Cool School!

Today Alan appeared on FOX 8 News during the 6am and 4pm hours!  He was representing Millridge–this week’s FOX 8 “Cool School of the Week.”  This was his third time on television — first time not related to the Indians or Cavs. 🙂

Millridge earned the featured spot of the week by earning 53% of the vote in last week’s online voting competition against Forestlawn Elementary School in Sheffield (40%) and Watson Elementary School in Massillon (7%).  Voting ran between Oct. 8 and 11, and Millridge was announced as the winner during the 6am hour of FOX 8 News on Oct. 11.

Yesterday the kids were asked to wear their House shirts to school for the filming of the FOX 8 News segment.  Mrs. Harris’ class took a photo with their Mayfield High School mentors, just prior to heading to the gym for filming.

Millridge’s 5th Grade ambassadors made and held the official FOX 8 welcome sign.

Students from each grade held signs representing each House.  Alan got picked by his art teacher to hold the Blue sign!  He was so happy that he got picked, which enabled him to get some air time!

At the end of the week, Alan proudly wrote about his good fortune in his weekly journal!

Fall Weekends

Alan’s weekends this fall go something like the following:  Friday night hangouts with Daddy, followed by Saturday lessons and Sunday fun.

On Fridays we’re likely to play one of our board games together (Sorry!, Mouse Trap) and arrange baseball bats by match-ups.  Saturday lessons kick off with swimming at Hawken and are followed by piano and violin lessons back-to-back at the Music Settlement.  On Saturday nights, Alan heads to Grandma Debbie’s to see his cousins and sleepover at Grandma Debbie’s house!

Sundays involve taking Tata to Giant Eagle for shopping and then stopping by the apartment to have lunch and play.  We also usually play baseball or tennis too.  Occasionally we stop by the Wildcat Fitness Center as well.

There’s not too much schoolwork to do on weekends this fall.  Alan does do practice math problems though.  And we participated in Millridge’s Read-a-thon for the first time!  Alan logged 480 minutes while reading 22 books this month.

2nd Annual ‘Guys Only’ Week

For the second October in a row, Alan and I had extra ‘buddy time’ while Veronica went traveling for a week!

Together we had quite a week+, starting on the night of 9/27 and lasting through tonight.  There was a lot of math homework (50 problems a day), music (in the car on the way to school), books (it was Millridge Read-a-thon week), and even dad jokes (written on notes placed in Alan’s lunch bag).  There was also The Great Coffee Spill of 2018 mixed in, which fortunately we overcame.  🙂

We devoted a day (last Sunday) to board games.  Then midweek we went to Party City and bought a new one, Mouse Trap.  Alan loved it!

There was also sports (& creations).  Alan watched OSU beat Penn State while building the Lego Coast Guard set, then watched OSU beat Indians while building a new Tinker Toy 16-wheeler.  We watched the Browns upset the Ravens on a last second field goal in OT(!).  And we hit baseballs at the park, two days after Indians day at school in honor of the ALDS.

Fortunately Alan had some meditation time with this classmates after all the excitement at home.  🙂

Music Settlement Tuesdays

Tuesday nights this year (every other Tuesday to be exact) are once again group piano and music enrichment class nights.  Alan first meets with George and Pasquale to practice together for their upcoming group performance in December.  Then Alan meets up with other classmates to combine music with movement.  Tonight Alan let loose running to the beat, then practiced rhythm clapping and jumping.  Alan made it look easy, but other kids who haven’t had as much music instruction had trouble with the pace and staying on beat.

2nd Annual Father Figure Walk

Today Alan and I walked to school together as part of Millridge’s 2nd Annual Father Figure Walk.  The details were the same as last year — we parked at the Fitworks at the corner of Wilson Mills and Brainard and walked to school — but the weather was considerably nicer!  And we passed Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Russo, and Mrs. Feldman in front of the school on our walk in (they were there to greet students and father figures).  I was given a ‘thank you’ bag from Mr. Bradic again, with a water bottle, granola bar, and note inside.  Then Alan played on the playground with Colin until the first morning bell rang.  When I left, Alan thought it was funny that I still had a long walk back to my car.  🙂