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Summer 2014: More Magical Moments


Last year was chock full of special memories and Magical Moments, and today we have a few more personal favorites from last school year sent in by parents:

From Sandi Twist, Track B:

There have been so many magical moments this past year:

  • When Kendra brought me to tears as she practiced her narrative as Odysseus and his loss.
  • The beautiful poetry journal she made in Mrs. Burns' class.
  • Gavin's giddiness at pumping up a pigs lungs with a bicycle pump.
  • The kids negotiating their nightly chores in Shakespearean banter: “dishes, tooth brushing, dog clean up etc.”

With them both on the four day program I don't get the first hand highlights as much.  The highlight now is when I pick them up and they talk over each other trying to share something exciting from their school day.  The love of learning continues.

From Michelle Dorman, Track A:

Here is a one of my favorties from the past year.  Ultimate Frisbee in the cold rain!! All the supportive parents and coaches toughed it out during the chilly, wet weather.  SO FUN!!!

{photo by Michelle Dorman}

From Lisa Boyd, Track A:

I think my son Evan's two highlights of the year were being on the new basketball team with his SLOCA buddies and the Island of the Blue Dolphins Trip.  He was initially hesitant to go, but went and had the time of his life, and the parts of the trip he was most worried about were actually the highlights for him.  It was an amazing experience all around.  He came back with lots of stories of games and activities and my 'nature-wary' boy even informed me the other day when we were watching a bird scold our cat that he learned from the naturalists on the island why birds did that! 

We are incredibly grateful for people like Coach David Hazelback, Coach Kyle Kwiatek and Cindy Hilton (boutique travel agent extraordinaire) who go the extra mile to make these amazing experiences a reality for our kids…These are memories for a lifetime!

{photo by Lisa Boyd}

From Molly Trapp, Track A:

My husband Brian and two of our kids, Calvin and Heidi, rode their bikes to Firestone tonight and met Bridget and I there (we drove) for dinner. They had already gone in and ordered by the time Bridget and I got there and as we sat down Heidi wanted to tell me what they ordered. 

Heidi, enthusiastically: “Mommy, they had this salad in there that was… Oh, what was the name?! It was this super important guy in ancient times…” 

Me: “Caesar?”

Heidi with a smile: “Ya, they had a salad named after Julius Caesar! Can you believe it?!”

Not too many 5 years olds would make that connection. Made me so happy for the educational opportunities that we have at SLOCA. 

Thanks so much for sharing these moments with us, parents! We deeply appreciate our SLOCA community and it's fun to recall some of these precious memories from last year. Do you have a favorite moment from our last school year that comes to mind? Please share it in the comments!

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