Dear Jasper and Kestrel,
Tuesday was such a fun day at school! For most of the day it was a regular schedule, with kids working on their Chromebooks on Imagine Math and Imagine Learning. These are individualized learning programs that help kids who are behind catch up, and encourage kids who can to move ahead of the class.
At lunch, I walked with my friends Leslie and Heather, and we enjoyed the warm weather and fun conversation. It’s nice to get out of the classroom and just walk.
After lunch we had quiet reading time, which today was more like chatty reading time, which is okay every now and then. Then we got a call from the office! The Kids Eat Right folks were here!
Kids Eat Right is a program is a group of young people who go around to schools and teach kids about nutrition and food preparation. They bring all their own equipment and recipes that kids really like. Today the kids, in groups of 5 or 6, were assigned jobs: chopper, recipe reader, adder, stirrer, and server. During the directions there was a lot of noise and laughing, but once the food came around, the kids were all business. “What do we do next?” I heard from a group. “Hey, Mr. Recipe Reader, what do we do next?”
At the end of the 45 minutes each group had made and eaten their fruit and yogurt parfait, cleaned up their mess, and was on the way to the next exciting thing.
US National Mountain Biking Champion Jeff Lenosky and his partner Christine had returned to University Park School to show us some stunts, give life and biking advice, and invite us to the Sea Otter Classic, the biggest mountain biking festival in the world, which is held just outside town at the Laguna Sec Race Track.
Jeff did some wonderful stunts, jumping his bike up onto steps and doing wheelies in circles. Coming off his truck, he slipped and almost fell, but caught himself. “That’s why we call them accidents, no one expects them to happen,” he said.
During the fall the chain of his bike broke and he couldn’t pedal anymore. This disappointed me, because I know he usually finishes his show by jumping over a teacher or two, and for the last few years, I have been one of the teachers! I love the applause and the excitement of watching the bike fly RIGHT over me!
But Jeff didn’t let a broken chain get in his way, and neither did I. He asked for two volunteers and my old friend Mr. Burgess joined me. Jeff scooted his bike, like a pre-schooler, and jumped over both of us. It was so fun, and since this is the last year I will be able to do it, I’m glad I got to.
And you know what I did after school, right? I came home and took a nap! That was a lot of excitement for this Grandma Judy. Now I am resting up for the next adventure.